Articles tagged country

Josh Williams: Modern Day Man

Following a tumultuous road to recovery, Williams makes for a fine return to making country and bluegrass music.

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Sturgill Simpson: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson's latest musical offspring is a love letter we can all cherish.

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String Cheese Incident Brings March Madness to San Diego’s North Park

The counterculture remains blessed to have a band like the String Cheese Incident still dedicated to delivering exploratory jams framed in a socially-conscious context.

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Merle Haggard, Prolific Country Music Outlaw, Dies at 79

Haggard’s scores of plain, rough-livin’ character songs made him a critics’ choice for one of the leading songwriters of his generation.

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Holding on to Hag: Remembering Merle Haggard 1937-2016

Merle Haggard died at age 79, leaving behind a legacy of authentic country music.

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Loretta Lynn - “Lay Me Down” feat. Willie Nelson (Singles Going Steady)

"Lay Me Down" is a moving, inspiring, and meaningful piece of country music, qualities of which the modern genre seems to have nearly lost all connection to.

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1 Apr 2016 // 11:10 AM

Brandy Clark - “Girl Next Door” (Singles Going Steady)

Brandy Clark's "Girl Next Door" postures itself as an angsty, archetype-subverting country rock standoff, but it's fueled almost entirely by convention.

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Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories

It doesn’t matter if he’s singing about his aunt’s new old husband, an old man reminiscing in a nursing home, or the girls from Carolina. We are all a bunch of weirdos and better off for it.

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29 Mar 2016 // 1:12 PM

Sturgill Simpson - “In Bloom” (Singles Going Steady)

Sturgill Simpson successfully covers Nirvana by lowering the intensity, which somehow deepens the impact.

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29 Mar 2016 // 9:14 AM

Shooter Jennings Born Into Country Royalty

“My generation is so tied up in television, computers and video games,” says Jennings. “When we were born, MTV was already there. It was normal.”

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29 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

Paul Burch: Meridian Rising

In putting himself in the shoes of Jimmie Rodgers, Paul Burch delivers a compelling story-song set that ranks among some of his best work.

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Margo Price: Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

Margo Price’s country stylings sound like whiskey compared with the watery product often associated with Nashville.

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Various Artists: Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music 1968-1970

If you have ever dropped a reference to Gram Parsons or Townes Van Zandt into casual conversation, you are morally obligated to purchase this record.

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Johnny Cash: Koncert v Praze (In Prague – Live)

The abridged Koncert v Praze (In Prague – Live) ranks as the most egregious profiteering on Johnny Cash's name to date.

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15 Mar 2016 // 3:20 AM

Sean Watkins: What to Fear

Sean Watkins adds a rhythm section and opens up his sound, but the strong songwriting is what really makes What to Fear work.

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Soul Searching, Songwriting and Straight Up Hustling With Jim Lauderdale

It was a Sunday when Jim Lauderdale bumped into an old friend. Before he knew it it was Tuesday and he was on his way to making two new albums.

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Sturgill Simpson - “Brace For Impact (Live a Little)” (Singles Going Steady)

Sturgill Simpson's vocal laxity in "Brace for Impact" seems to contravene the command that gives the song its title.

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8 Mar 2016 // 3:30 AM

Loretta Lynn: Full Circle

Loretta Lynn’s latest may lack the thrilling novelty value of Van Lear Rose, but it compensates in relaxed, back-to-basics charm and grace.

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7 Mar 2016 // 11:14 AM

Chris Stapleton - “Fire Away” (Singles Going Steady)

Chris Stapleton succeeds at making one of those tracks you swore you already knew, but just forgot the words to. Nothing fancy, but that’s the point.

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Rosanne Cash and Her “Peculiar” South

Rosanne Cash brings her stories of violence and redemption, beauty and suffering, to Carnegie Hall with The River and the Thread.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 19 - "The Chitters"

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