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The Best Country Music of 2012
6 Dec 2012 // 10:00 PM

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.


Is Hero Worship All There Is to Country Music?
13 Jan 2013 // 5:15 PM

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?


Iris DeMent: Sing the Delta
4 Oct 2012 // 6:06 PM

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.


Iris blooms again: Dement preparing for, at last, a new album
21 Nov 2011 // 4:35 AM

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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Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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