The flow of Paul Reed Smith’s LP resembles its namesake felines. The music starts loud, maybe not as noisily as a lion’s roar, but a savage joy is expressed.
Americana’s Abby Hamilton presents her characters’ experiences as valuable simply because of their quotidian relatability. Kentucky is everywhere and everyone.
Sylvia Tyson’s At the End of the Day reveals a thoughtful romantic with a heart full of spit and fire. The album is theatrical in the highest sense.
Country’s Vincent Neil Emerson writes songs about hard times without being bitter. Life experiences have shown his protagonists that things can be tough.
Jon Dee Graham’s first album in seven years, Only Dead For a Little While, showcases the Lone Star musician’s humor, creative talent, and generous spirit.
Laura Veirs’ Phone Orphans works because of its roughness. She’s not gilding the lily, and she offers her direct sensibility as a way to address her ignorance.
Joni Mitchell’s Archives Vol. 3: The Asylum Years (1972-1975) is a towering achievement and the live concert performances are a special treat.
Margo Cilker serves as a stand-in for all of us, which is why she can get her audiences to sing with her in concert and enjoy Valley of Heart’s Delight‘s details.