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Rising Appalachia Offer a Tantalizing Collection of Covers

Rising Appalachia Offer a Tantalizing Collection of Covers

Rising Appalachia’s harmonies on “I Need a Forest Fire” are downright mesmerizing, as they deliver a zeitgeisty performance for one of 2024’s top tracks.

The Felice Brothers Seek Company in the ‘Valley of Abandoned Songs’

The Felice Brothers Seek Company in the ‘Valley of Abandoned Songs’

The Felice Brothers present us with a world where we can sing along with our imaginations and know we are all brothers and sisters on life’s journey.

Jim Lauderdale Is at Peace in ‘My Favorite Place’

Jim Lauderdale Is at Peace in ‘My Favorite Place’

Jim Lauderdale is one of the last true country troubadours, and on My Favorite Place, he continues his Americana story with reliability and grace.

Lake Street Dive Create Obligatory Fun on ‘Good Together’

Lake Street Dive Create Obligatory Fun on ‘Good Together’

While Lake Street Dive trot out their funk and soul instrumentation on Good Together, the record has few genuinely fun or moving moments.

Songs: Ohia’s ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ Remains a Dark Triumph

Songs: Ohia’s ‘Magnolia Electric Co.’ Remains a Dark Triumph

Songs: Ohia’s Magnolia Electric Co. remains a dark triumph in the face of adversity. It was the turning point and apex of Jason Molina’s brief life and career.

Steve Dawson Brings a Direct Feel to ‘Ghosts’

Steve Dawson Brings a Direct Feel to ‘Ghosts’

Now armed with a full band, Steve Dawson’s songs have more musical heft on Ghosts, resulting in one of his best and more streamlined solo works.

Jack McKeon Teaches Us to Be Kind on ‘Talking to Strangers’

Jack McKeon Teaches Us to Be Kind on ‘Talking to Strangers’

Singer-songwriter Jack McKeon volunteers his newly gained knowledge and instructs listeners to talk to strangers as a way of being kind on his debut album.

Kim Richey Knows ‘Every New Beginning’ Starts with an Ending

Kim Richey Knows ‘Every New Beginning’ Starts with an Ending

Every New Beginning offers a listening place where one’s heart can grow wings through the magic of singer-songwriter Kim Richey’s art.

Swamp Dogg Goes Bluegrass and Americana on ‘Blackgrass’

Swamp Dogg Goes Bluegrass and Americana on ‘Blackgrass’

On Blackgrass: From West Virginia to 125th St, Swamp Dogg interprets soul, funk, and jazz themes through the lens of bluegrass and Americana forms.

Curtis McMurtry Takes on Spring with ‘The Pollen & The Rot’

Curtis McMurtry Takes on Spring with ‘The Pollen & The Rot’

In The Pollen & The Rot, folk singer-songwriter Curtis McMurtry casts spring as the season as when sex and longing overwhelm the senses and turn us into beasts.

The Avett Brothers Are in Long-Term Career Mode

The Avett Brothers Are in Long-Term Career Mode

The Avett Brothers’ new self-titled album is solid but not spectacular, which can happen after a group have settled into a long-term career mode.

Alejandro Escovedo Reinvents, Reinterprets, and Rediscovers

Alejandro Escovedo Reinvents, Reinterprets, and Rediscovers

On Echo Dancing, Alejandro Escovedo’s musical personality shines, from romantic balladeer to nefarious punk, from heartland messiah to experimental maven.