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Thursday, May 26 2011

Peter Case: The Case Files

The Case Files is not a new Peter Case album per se, but rather an odds and sods collection of demos, outtakes, one live shot and other rarities recorded between 1985 and 2010.


Thursday, March 24 2011

Carrie Elkin: Call It My Garden

Country/Folk songstress Carrie Elkin delivers on her first album for a label, fifteen years into her career.


Tuesday, March 22 2011

Yonder Mountain String Band: The Show

Following recent trends in Americana, the Yonder Mountain retain twang while sacrificing grit, dirt, and songs.


Thursday, February 3 2011

Lynd Ward and Walt Disney: Illustrators of America’s Tumultuous History

Much as Walt Disney would do with his famed television programs of the '50s and '60s, Lynd Ward used his talents with watercolor, oil, brush and ink, mezzotint, and lithography to illustrate hundreds of inspiring historical biographies of true-life American heroes for children to admire and emulate.


Tuesday, January 25 2011

Ben Weaver: Mirepoix & Smoke

Weaver wants to be personal, intimate, and profound but only comes off as trite, uninteresting, and self-absorbed.


Wednesday, January 19 2011

The Spares: Everything Is Easy

Chicago-based Americana duo simultaneously succeed gloriously and fail miserably.


Tuesday, January 18 2011

Englishman: Englishman

The stunning beauty contained on this album is something to behold. Certainly one of the best albums of 2010, and I fear my simple words won't convey what I feel in my heart.


Monday, November 15 2010

Dixie Chicks: The Essential Dixie Chicks

This is an evocative selection that captures a profound recent history not only in the Dixie Chicks’ career, but in the recent history of female country music.


Wednesday, April 21 2010

Shelby Lynne: Tears, Lies, and Alibis

Shelby Lynne has always had a difficult relationship to her eclecticism. It is what makes her stand out, when it works. But it makes the album a challenging format, one she failed to come to terms with this time.


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Betse Ellis: Don’t You Want to Go? (Capsule Reviews) [17.Jun.09]
Jerks of Grass: Come on Home (Capsule Reviews) [23.Mar.09]
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