Articles tagged country

Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material

A sumptuous dive into classic country that's also an exploration of identity, growing and exploring the idea of self within the sentimentalized past and our social-media-driven present.

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“Feeling the Notes”: An Interview with Anderson East

With his album Delilahon the horizon, Anderson East talks with PopMatters about the lead single "Satisfy Me" and connecting in the Nashville music scene.

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard: Django and Jimmie

Comfort is the way here, but there’s also an ongoing obsession with age, the passing of time and the surprises that come with it.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: Power in the Blood

Sainte-Marie takes the world personally and demands attention be paid to her concerns. What’s more, she’s fun!

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Edward David Anderson - “Jimmy & Bob & Jack” (audio) (Premiere)

The Backyard Tire Fire singer returns with a raucous new track from his forthcoming solo album.

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Striking Matches: Nothing But the Silence

This male-female country-roots duo is at their best while exploring their diverse interests in blues and rock. When they try mainstream country? Not so great.

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The Earnest Lovers - “San Andreas’ Fault” (audio) (Premiere)

Pete Krebs and Leslie Beia's voices pair as splendidly as the twangy electric and expressive steel guitars do on their tune "San Andreas' Fault".

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The Deslondes: The Deslondes

The Deslondes are stuck in the past, rather than rooted in it. That fact makes them fierce.

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Shelby Lynne: I Can’t Imagine (take 2)

This is Lynne’s show, and when she sings her voice is always the lead instrument, but she lets the layers of music carry her forward. Sometimes she gets wordlessly overwhelmed and resorts to sounds to express her emotions.

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Daughn Gibson: Carnation

Carnation finds Daughn Gibson taking scissors to his signature sound, recutting it to a new style all the while keeping his natural waywardness.

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Chris Stapleton - “15 Years of Traveller” (video)

Chris Stapleton was formerly the lead singer and one of the primary songwriters for the superlative Nashville-based bluegrass band the SteelDrivers.

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Striking Matches: Nothing But the Silence

Striking Matches have developed what is certainly an exciting first step in the right direction, cementing their album as one of the most solid full-length country debuts of the year so far.

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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 // 8:55 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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Fave Five: Alpine

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"Australian sextet Alpine's newest album is a fantastic expansion of their joyous pop sound, but two members give us five records apiece that helped define their unique musical identities.

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