Articles tagged country

Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings

After a prolonged silence in the wake of her very public divorce, Miranda Lambert opens up, takes the high road and harnesses her heartbreak to create one of the best country albums of 2016.

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Wayne Hancock: Slingin’ Rhythm

When it comes to a new Wayne Hancock record, you know exactly what you’re getting -- and that in itself can be a damn comforting notion.

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Waylon Jennings: The Lost Nashville Sessions

Taking the vocal tracks from recording sessions done for the U.S. military’s recruitment program in 1970, this collection then wraps them in an anachronistically glossy sheen.

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16 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

Brent Cobb: Shine on Rainy Day

Country singer-songwriter Brent Cobb returns with an earnest, low-key collection of songs that sit nicely within the tradition of Nashville outsiders who came to define much of country music.

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All Acoustic Instruments and Kitchen Utensils: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band History With Jeff Hanna

With half a century of music and friendship, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues forward with Circlin' Back.

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‘Harmonies From Heaven’ Gives a Breakneck View of the Everly Brothers

A little too fast at times for the viewer to fully absorb, this BBC4 doc nevertheless reminds us of the power the Everlys wielded in their heyday.

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Guy Clark Biography ‘Without Getting Killed or Caught’ Is Worthy of the Late Singer-Songwriter

Anecdotes that peel back the curtain from Clark’s neatly arranged processes really add value to his story.

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Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

You already know what this album sounds like. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

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David Bromberg Band: The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues

On his 18th album, David Bromberg teaches a master-class not only in the history of blues-inflected Americana but also in how to keep that music alive and relevant.

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11 Oct 2016 // 9:43 AM

Dixie Chicks Reunited and Vibrant

No new music appears to be in the works for the group at the moment, but the crowd was happy to revel in the hits.

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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 // 7:14 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 // 1:15 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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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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