Articles tagged country

William Clark Green - “Sympathy” (audio) (premiere)

William Clark Green takes his queues from the storied legion of Lone Star State songwriters who have gone before and brings in the energy of rock and attitude of outlaw country.

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Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms - “Innocent Road” (premiere)

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms meld together as a duo with the same naturalness as Chris and Morgane Stapleton.

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Jerry Castle: Not So Soft Landing…

The songwriting is sound and Castle himself proves authentic enough to be the only one to steer his tracks forward.

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8 Sep 2016 // 8:14 AM

Maren Morris: Hero

From the very first song off of her highly anticipated big label debut, Maren Morris makes it clear that she is more interested in creating refreshing, genre-defying anthems than limiting herself to the overused, underwhelming country formula.

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Dale Watson and His Lonestars: Live at the Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo

Longtime Texas honky-tonker brings his tunes to life in a rowdy roadhouse complete with live chickens

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Vandoliers - “Wildflower” (audio) (premiere)

"Wildflower" is a dark song with a touch of brightness and hope, a tone kept consistent by the way it occasionally soars far above its gloomy guitar spine.

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Tattletale Saints - “Big City Women” (video) (premiere)

“Big City Women” is a tale of woe and disillusionment wrapped up in soft guitar and upright bass, a lament of the anonymizing power of the city in a homey package.

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Jordan DePaul - “No Good For You” (video) (premiere)

Jordan DePaul’s electric country has rightfully turned heads, and the young singer’s fierceness makes for a captivating listen.

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Elvis Presley: Way Down in the Jungle Room

Way Down in the Jungle Room is more than just yet another repackaging of the King’s work, instead showing how vital a performer Presley remained right up to the end.

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2 Aug 2016 // 2:15 PM

Miranda Lambert - “Vice” (Singles Going Steady)

Taken as a whole, it's a low-stakes commercial country soap opera with lofty ambitions but little authenticity.

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Cody Johnson - “Wild As You” (audio) (premiere)

“Wild As You” is timeless, the pop-heavy end of the genre that fits almost anywhere from the radio to the bar to the stadium.

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2 Aug 2016 // 2:10 AM

Dierks Bentley: Black

There’s a fog hanging over Dierks Bentley’s ninth album Black. A strategic fog, perhaps.

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Evening Bell - “Dead End Friends & Fair Weather Lovers” (audio) (premiere)

“Dead End Friends & Fair Weather Lovers” is all Spaghetti Western, dust swirling around distorted amps and muted slide guitar.

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Sara Watkins - “Young in All the Wrong Ways” (Singles Going Steady)

"Young in All the Wrong Ways" showcases Sara Watkins sinewy, up-from-the-toes wail and knack for writing songs suffused with heart-wrenching sincerity.

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Stewart Eastham - “In the Morning” (audio) (premiere)

Rather than the tortured wanderings of rural America, "In the Morning" is a brief respite from the trials those entails, an acknowledgment that, no matter what, we can always dance.

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Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley - ‘The Country Blues’ (album stream) (premiere)

Virtuosic country duo Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley are ready to thrill audiences with their new LP The Country Blues.

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Sara Watkins: Young in All the Wrong Ways

On her third solo release, Sara Watkins struggles to find a true sense of self following the end of a relationship, resulting in a multi-level transitional exercise in soul-baring and genre-hopping.

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Elizabeth Cook: Exodus of Venus

It takes more than “balls”, as Cook used to sing, to get through life. Being tough is not enough.

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24 Jun 2016 // 2:15 AM

Luke Bell: Luke Bell

Luke Bell's debut handily assists in saving country music.

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For The Time Being: Robbie Fulks Reflects on His Rural Heritage With ‘Upland Stories’

For a moment Robbie Fulks worried that he'd gone to the well of southern life one too many times. Then he decided to embrace the kind of music and stories he loves best. The result? A new career high with the album Upland Stories.

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