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Wednesday, February 12 2014

Irene Kelley: Pennsylvania Coal

On her first album in more than a decade, the coal miner's granddaughter proves she's at her best when she pieces together her own story.


Tuesday, February 11 2014

Lone Justice: This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983

This lively archival release captures the L.A. band in their early "cowpunk" stage before Geffen got '80s production all over them.


Wednesday, August 21 2013

Vince Gill + Paul Franklin: Bakersfield

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin revisit the Bakersfield sound with often excellent results.


Tuesday, August 20 2013

John Mayer: Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley confirms that the country rock of 2012's Born & Raised was no one-off, and more importantly it demonstrates that this is the music John Mayer was meant to make all along. All these years later, the Mellow Mafia has a new capo.


Wednesday, July 17 2013

Court Yard Hounds: Amelita

If the Eagles approached country music from the rock side of the fence, then Court Yard Hounds approach rock music from the country-pop side of the tracks.


Sunday, April 28 2013

The Highest Order: If It’s Real

If It’s Real is monumental in size and scope, and it reaches out and grabs you by your rhinestone-studded Nudie Suit and wrestles you to the ground.


Tuesday, April 16 2013

Attention Must Be Paid: The Tragedy and Triumph of George Jones

No other performer in the history of the music has so perfectly embodied, in both his work and his life, the values, struggles, and idiosyncrasies that have come to define country.


Monday, April 15 2013

Kim Richey: Thorn in My Heart

The 12 new songs do not sound significantly different than her old hits that were covered by country stars, and that’s a good thing because she has always been a skillful songwriter.


Thursday, April 4 2013

Townes Van Zandt: Sunshine Boy - The Unheard Studio Sessions

The brilliant cult singer-songwriter's peak creative moment gets new light in this double-CD, which captures his joyous highs and near-mystical lows.


Wednesday, May 16 2012

Willie Nelson: Heroes

At 79, Willie Nelson can still sing the hell out of the right song, but the songwriter is likely to be somebody else.


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Vince Gill: Guitar Slinger (Reviews) [30.Oct.11]
Wagons: Rumble, Shake and Tumble (Reviews) [20.Oct.11]
Bear Cub: Always Be Down EP (Capsule Reviews) [20.Oct.11]
Crooked Still: Friends of Fall EP (Capsule Reviews) [9.Oct.11]
Danny Schmidt: Man of Many Moons (Reviews) [28.Sep.11]
The Jayhawks: Mockingbird Time (Reviews) [21.Sep.11]
Nick Lowe: The Old Magic (Reviews) [15.Sep.11]
Big Harp: White Hat (Reviews) [12.Sep.11]
Jonny Corndawg: Down on the Bikini Line (Capsule Reviews) [30.Aug.11]
Levi Lowrey: I Confess I Was a Fool (Capsule Reviews) [25.Aug.11]
Blake Shelton: Red River Blue (Reviews) [22.Aug.11]
Jeff Bridges: Jeff Bridges (Reviews) [15.Aug.11]
Daniel Isaiah: High Twilight (Capsule Reviews) [3.Aug.11]
Dolly Parton: Better Day (Reviews) [20.Jul.11]
Caitlin Rose: Own Side Now (Reviews) [26.Jun.11]
Mariana Bell: Push (Capsule Reviews) [9.Jun.11]
Carrie Elkin: Call It My Garden (Reviews) [24.Mar.11]
Lynn Miles: Fall For Beauty (Reviews) [8.Mar.11]
Doug Paisley: Constant Companion (Reviews) [27.Feb.11]
Mt. Desolation: Mt. Desolation (Reviews) [1.Feb.11]
The Spares: Everything Is Easy (Capsule Reviews) [19.Jan.11]
Rose’s Pawn Shop: Dancing on the Gallows (Capsule Reviews) [14.Sep.10]
Futurebirds: Hampton’s Lullaby (Capsule Reviews) [13.Sep.10]
Jerry Castle: Don’t Even Ask (Capsule Reviews) [8.Sep.10]
Marty Stuart: 30 August 2010 - New York (Notes from the Road) [1.Sep.10]
Dierks Bentley: Up on the Ridge (Reviews) [16.Aug.10]
Dave Rawlings Machine: 2 June 2010 - New York (Notes from the Road) [3.Jun.10]
Slow Club: Yeah So (Reviews) [2.May.10]
Rosie Flores: Girl of the Century (Reviews) [11.Nov.09]
Betse Ellis: Don’t You Want to Go? (Capsule Reviews) [17.Jun.09]
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