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Wednesday, June 4 2014

Miranda Lambert: Platinum

Here's a chart-baiting country album that also happens to be an exploration of the spoils, perils, and hypocrisies of female stardom.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

You Can’t Make Old Friends: An Interview with Dolly Parton

On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.


Tuesday, May 13 2014

Sturgill Simpson: Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

For a genre that seems to be split between bubblegum and alternative, Sturgill Simpson is a breath of fresh air.


Thursday, April 17 2014

Rodney Crowell: Tarpaper Sky

With a recent Grammy in hand and momentum on his side, a Nashville legend returns to the studio with some old friends.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.


Monday, July 15 2013

‘Outlaw’ Is an Entertaining, Authoritative Account of Nashville’s Rebel Years

Three of country music's biggest names, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, and how they changed one of America's most conservative music scenes.


Tuesday, April 2 2013

Always It’s You: Why the Everly Brothers Still Matter

Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy pay tribute to the Everlys with What the Brothers Sang, and the Chapin Sisters with A Date With the Everly Brothers, in their new tribute albums.


Wednesday, February 22 2012

Americana May Be Country, But Country Is Rarely Americana

Like punk rock and heavy metal, country music has a formula and violating that formula is a kind of betrayal, a heresy for which one may not be forgiven. In Americana, such betrayals and unexpected turns are often welcomed.


Friday, February 3 2012

The Barbaric (and Poetic) Yawp of Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne performs live for you on 6 February 2012.


Wednesday, October 5 2011

High Flying: Pop Goes Country

1991 was a significant, even historic year, for country music, giving a strong indication of the direction it would take from then on to now.


Ronnie Dunn: Ronnie Dunn (Reviews) [15.Jun.11]
A Happy Family from the Land of Oz (Mixed Media) [5.May.11]
Loretta Lynn Shines on “Fist City” (Mixed Media) [18.Feb.11]
All-Time Best Songs 20-1 (Features) [19.Sep.07]
All-Time Best Songs 40-21 (Features) [18.Sep.07]
All-Time Best Songs 60-41 (Features) [17.Sep.07]
All-Time Best Songs 100-81 (Features) [12.Sep.07]
Charlie Louvin: Charlie Louvin (Reviews) [16.Apr.07]
Tim McGraw: Let It Go (Reviews) [10.Apr.07]
Shut Up & Sing (Reviews) [19.Nov.06]
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