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Thursday, December 6 2012

The Best Country Music of 2012

In 2012, you could be forgiven for being dismissive of the country music genre entirely -- to a point. For as long as country exists as a genre, there will be songwriters who are devoted to embodying their own vision of what “country” means, which sometimes means pushing the genre around.


Columns

Sunday, January 13 2013

Is Hero Worship All There Is to Country Music?

All of the albums that critics/fans who fancy themselves “pure” country defenders have praised as the best of 2012 carry a heavy aura of the past about them. But how much can country music progress if it’s spending all of its time looking back?


Reviews

Thursday, October 4 2012

Iris DeMent: Sing the Delta

It’s been 16 years since her last album of original material, and Sing the Delta is her weightiest album yet in that regard. The album balances together everything she’s done on her previous four albums, while looking both ahead and behind.


News

Monday, November 21 2011

Iris blooms again: Dement preparing for, at last, a new album

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “My least favorite thing is talking about myself,” says Iris Dement. She is on the phone from her home in southeast Iowa,


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