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'Woman Walk the Line' Is a Love Letter to Country Music Past

Where female pop musicians tend to age out of the field, country musicians tend to possess a greater reverence for their predecessors, lionizing their greatness and proclaiming their influence at each and every opportunity.

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John Denver: All of My Memories: The John Denver Collection

Denver’s image was wrapped in sincerity and disarming, if sometimes hokey, charm. On one hand these were his weaknesses – he was an easy target for the critics – but they were also his strengths, as he came across as genuine and honest.

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Ten Great Cover Singers

Though this may be the time of year when cloying pop covers of Christmas songs are picked up from far too many supermarket checkout lines, let it not sour you on all covers completely. The ten artists listed herein are laudable exemplars of how to make the cover version an artform all its own.

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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: Old Yellow Moon

A long-delayed collaboration between two roots music greats proves perfectly pleasant but may leave the listener wishing for a little more spark and fire.

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Various Artists: The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver

Forget everything you thought you felt about John Denver's music and allow yourself to enjoy this expert tribute to a master songwriter.

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Lawless (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Much like the film for which it serves as the sonic backdrop for, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' original songs and cover versions are both idiosyncratic and traditional. Those two may seem like good musical bedfellows, but here they're left to be a bland, unmemorable set of bluegrass songs.

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The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and... etc.)

Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is the festival for people who don’t like festivals.

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Marley's Ghost: Jubilee

John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Jack Clement, Larry Campbell, and Old Crow Medicine Show all make appearances on Jubilee but it's still unmistakably Marley's Ghost's show.

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Various Artists: Kin: Songs By Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell

Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell and poet Mary Karr collaborate on a moving exploration of different kinds of kinship.

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Blackie and the Rodeo Kings: Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens is a collection just bursting to the seams with pure talent, and is the group's most ambitious statement to date.

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Play Me Some Mountain Music: The Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2011, Part 2

Four days of sun, banjos, snow, Mumfords, fiddles, and rock gods at 10,000 feet.

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The Year In Music: July 2010

July 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was full of new releases, high-profile concerts, and TV specials.

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On TV This Week: Paul McCartney and the PBS Special with a Long Title

As a fan of both Paul McCartney and the Beatles, I heard quite a bit about this special, and had low expectations. The event seemed focus too much on itself and its guests instead of the real reason they were there.

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Patty Griffin: Downtown Church

One of the great songwriters in the business lays down the pen to go to church and rides off with a classic. Oh, she writes a couple of these, too, and wait'll you hear them.

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In Praise of Older Women: The Best Records of 2008 by Women 45 Years Old and Over

The old music-industry adage is that if a woman doesn't have a hit by the time she's 22 years old, she should probably look for another career. That's obviously a load of blarney.

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Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music

Informative and educational, intriguing and entertaining, part American history lesson, part biography and part concert film.

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Emmylou Harris: All I Intended to Be

Whether writing or re-interpreting, Harris ingeniously utilizes the affability of each song’s structure with grace and respect, employing her crystalline voice to buff its rough components into a jewel.

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Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

Together, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme make the graying of the quintessential baby boom musician a triumph to be celebrated.

Wayne Robins
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