Articles tagged country

20 May 2016 // 2:20 AM

Keith Urban: Ripcord

Keith Urban is a 48-year-old student of the game (popular music). This album is his playground. He’s trying out various things -- adapting -- while staying very much the same.

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19 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Terry Allen: Juarez

Forty-plus years later this little-known Terry Allen album deserves a larger audience, a new and much bigger set of listeners to puzzle over this eccentric classic.

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18 May 2016 // 2:12 PM

The Last Gunfighter: Songwriter Guy Clark Passes Away at 74

The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.

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13 May 2016 // 11:48 AM

Sara Watkins - “Move Me” (Singles Going Steady)

"Move Me" is a melodically ambitious roots-folk stomper that injects a singer-songwriter moodiness into the straightforward vigor of '60s rock 'n' roll.

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Darrell Scott: Couchville Sessions

As a preservationist, Scott understands how to treasure resources.

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Al Scorch: Circle Round the Signs

Chicago-based and smarter than most, Al Scorch gives us a record that feels genuine, touching and wise.

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6 May 2016 // 2:20 AM

Cyndi Lauper: Detour

Still just wanting to have fun, a former pop princess goes country with mixed results.

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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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