Cowpunk is a reaction against conventional country music, yet embodies some of its distant and deepest traits. Likewise, it's also a reaction against punk, yet manifests as one of its purest expressions.
The Waco Brothers' Jon Langford talks about politics, the social climate, and being a musician in the wake of COVID-19. "It's the political equivalent of prog rock!"
The Yawpers give themselves a big head start as contenders for best rock and roll record of the year with Human Question.
On Forever, Vandoliers imbue the classic country figure with punk's emphasis on community thereby establishing an individualized take on the two genres.
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers’ ‘Bought to Rot’ Proves Empowerment Is Eventually Obtainable
Bought to Rot moves Laura Jane Grace away from the overt politicality and social consciousness evident on previous releases to focus on the personal and autobiographical.
Murder by Death Create a Space Western That Features Plenty for Diehard Fans and an Entry Point for New Ones
On The Other Shore, two star-crossing lovers find hope in the dark. And Murder by Death finds a new direction.
Robbie Fulks turns Linda Gail Lewis' life story into an oracle to see the past as it really was—when Southern rock was down and dirty and set the prim nation on its head.
Luke Winslow-King's Blue Mesa features his ever smoky vocals and sharp guitar playing while both lyrics and music ruminate deeply on inner journeying.
In Americana music the present is female. Two-thirds of our year-end list is comprised of albums by women. Here, then, are the women (and a few men) who represented the best in Americana in 2017.