Articles tagged country

Jeremy Pinnell - “Big Bright World” (audio) (Premiere)

With "Big Bright World", country songwriter Jeremy Pinnell sings about the time that he came back from the dead.

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Zac Brown Band: Jekyll and Hyde

A mess of competing signals and bad politics mar what could have been a blandly competent country rock experience.

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Shelby Lynne: I Can’t Imagine (take 1)

I Can't Imagine feels like a remarkably minor record in Lynne's discography, full of warmth and good vibes but lacking that conviction that has defined virtually all of her post-millennial work.

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Eleni Mandell - “Baby, Don’t Call” (audio) (Premiere)

The old-timey charm of Eleni Mandell's "Baby, Don't Call" is simple and irresistible.

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19 May 2015 // 7:55 AM

Guitar Solos Are Getting the Ax in Country Music Songs

There’s a disturbing new trend in country music: Producers are cutting out instrumental sections to make the songs fit certain broadcast formats.

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Glen Campbell: Rhinestone Cowboy (expanded reissue)

The overly amplified arrangements and an occasional clunker like the schmaltzy "Pencils For Sale" aside, Rhinestone Cowboy makes for an album well worth rediscovery.

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Christian Lopez Band - ‘Onward’ (album stream) (Premiere)

The 19 year old Christian Lopez shows a stunning degree of songwriting sharpness on his Blaster Records debut, Onward, out next week.

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Country Fried Rock: Sam Lewis Interview

With a country soul voice complemented by some of Nashville's top session and touring players, Sam Lewis's original songs sparkle.

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Lyal Strickland: Balanced on Barbed Wire

Before long, Strickland may not be just the Ozarks’ storyteller, but America’s. Balanced on Barbed Wire, both in its production and moxie, represents a strong step in that direction.

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Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart

No one does celebratory heartache by the numbers better than Dwight Yoakam.

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Uncle Lucius - “Don’t Own the Right” (audio) (Premiere)

Honky-tonk piano and reflective lyrics highlight the stellar new track by Austin's own Uncle Lucius.

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Sam Lewis: Waiting on You

Waiting on You is the kind of album that resonates well, one that will likely be a listening staple for some time to come.

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Stagecoach Is Now the World’s Biggest Country Music Festival

“I feel like country music is more popular right now than it’s ever been,” said Miranda Lambert.

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The Westies: West Side Stories

Michael McDermott's newest project is off to a promising start. If only it was a little more difficult.

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Chris Stapleton, Country’s ‘Baddest Voice’, Defies Categories

Chris Stapleton (formerly of the SteelDrivers) is readying the release of his debut solo album, Traveller, due May 4, and he’s continuing to swim against the country tide.

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Country Fried Rock: Mic Harrison and the High Score

Knoxville, Tennessee country legend Con Hunley, collaborated with roots rock regional favorites, Mic Harrison and the High Score, on a special 7" for charity with Waynestock.

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Kristian Bush: Southern Gravity

This isn’t disconnected from the current country-radio charts entirely; some of what he’s doing is taking familiar tropes and making them sound “fun” and easily digestible.

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Sarah Gayle Meech: Tennessee Love Song

Nashville's Sarah Gayle Meech will just as soon kick your ass as she will break your heart on Tennessee Love Song.

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Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian’s Misfortune

Perhaps this is the true ruffian’s misfortune: one mellows with age. Hubbard tries to pretend otherwise by snarling and playing blues licks.

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30 Mar 2015 // 1:02 AM

The Mavericks: Mono

Recording in mono might seem like a back-to-basics move but the Mavericks never forgot what they were about anyway.

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Counterbalance: The Avalanches' 'Since I Left You'

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"Get a drink, have a good time now. Welcome to paradise, and read all about the 305th most acclaimed album of all time. An Australian plunderphonics pioneer is this week’s Counterbalance.

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