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Penny and Sparrow - “Makeshift” (audio) (premiere)

Austin singer-songwriter duo Penny and Sparrow move from delicate folk to rough-edged Americana on their new album.

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Janiva Magness - “Love Wins Again” (audio) (premiere)

Janiva Magness has built a career on the intersections of genres, seamlessly blending blues, Americana, country, pop, and most importantly soul into her own unique sound.

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Shovels and Rope: Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1

Busted Jukebox, Vol. 1 features more imagination than most albums of original material.

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Lucinda Williams: The Ghosts of Highway 20

On her superb new album, Lucinda Williams takes the wheel for a memory trip down Highway 20.

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The Pines: Above the Prairie

The Pines give us a record that is artful and imaginative and in many ways defies easy classification. In others, it's pure joy Americana.

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2 Feb 2016 // 11:08 AM

The Currys - “If I Find It” (audio) (premiere)

Florida's the Currys prove that the most powerful musical harmonies often come from groups of family members.

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No Longer Hiding Behind the Booze: An Interview with Caleb Caudle

Caleb Caudle's upcoming album, Carolina Ghost, reveals his first collection of songs fully developed since getting sober.

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Stephen Kellogg: South West North East

True to the sprawling designs implied in its title, it comes across like an epic effort, thanks to the memorable melodies etched in every one of its 20 songs.

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The Cactus Blossoms: You’re Dreaming

The Cactus Blossoms fill a unique niche in revisiting the early days of country music with Everly Brothers-like harmonies.

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Miranda Lee Richards: Echoes of the Dreamtime

Richards has created an album to ponder and savor, one that finds questions more interesting than answers and celebrates the journey of the spiritual seeker.

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Buddy Miller and Friends: Cayamo Sessions at Sea

Buddy Miller is a born collaborator, always managing to get brilliant performances out of the musicians he works with. This collection, which finds him dipping into the bag of country classics, is no exception.

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25 Jan 2016 // 11:30 AM

Hayes Carll - “The Love That We Need” (Singles Going Steady)

Hayes Carll does his imitation of Townes Van Zandt, but Carll misses the desperation that gave Van Zandt’s songs their edge.

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Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands - ‘The Hazel and Alice Sessions’ (album stream) (premiere)

Bluegrass fiddler extraordinaire Laurie Lewis returns with a new album tribute to two seminal female figures in bluegrass, Alice Gerrard and Hazel Dickens.

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Annabelle’s Curse: Worn Out Skin

An engaging reinvention of classic American sound.

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Donnie Fritts: Oh My Goodness

As a true Southerner, Donnie Fritts understands the finer things in life. He sings about the power of food and sex.

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Alison Brown: The Song of the Banjo

The Song of the Banjo may be Alison Brown's most mainstream effort yet.

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Ron Pope + The Nighthawks: Ron Pope + The Nighthawks

Americana comes rip-roaring out of the gates in 2016, with Ron Pope's first outing with the Nighthawks leading the way.

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5 Jan 2016 // 9:54 AM

Robbie Fulks’ Restlessness Is to Pop Music’s Benefit

Robbie Fulks: “[In Chicago], I get to meet Irish players and punk-rock players and just people outside my mental or idiomatic realm. I think that’s been healthy.”

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El Campo - “Skinny Kids” (audio) (premiere)

Emo/high lonesome country vocals with killer harmonies flow from this up-and-coming San Antonio alt-country band.

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11 Dec 2015 // 2:00 AM

The Best Americana of 2015

From the old guard reaffirming its status to upstarts asserting their prowess, personal tales voiced by true artists continue to connect on an emotional level.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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