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Plenty Tough: A Conversation With Jon Langford of the Waco Brothers

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!"

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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.

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Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis Go 'Wild! Wild! Wild!'

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.

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The Sounds of the Mississippi Delta Radiate Through Luke Winslow-King's 'Blue Mesa'

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.

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From Cowpunk to Sarah Shook

The early '80s subgenre, cowpunk, defied genre purism and redefined authenticity. That paved the way for today's hottest alt-country hero, Sarah Shook.

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The 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017

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.

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For The Time Being: Robbie Fulks Reflects on His Rural Heritage With 'Upland Stories'

For a moment Robbie Fulks worried that he'd gone to the well of southern life one too many times. Then he decided to embrace the kind of music and stories he loves best. The result? A new career high with the album Upland Stories.

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Al Scorch: Circle Round the Signs

Chicago-based and smarter than most, Al Scorch gives us a record that feels genuine, touching and wise.

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Waco Brothers: Going Down in History

The omnipresent and perhaps omnipotent Waco Brothers give us a much needed boost of energy that marries the old with the new. That's predictable. What they do with it ain't.

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Various Artists: While No One Was Looking: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records

After 20 years of steady releases and catalog development, the rest of the country has finally caught up to the vision of Bloodshot Records.

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Cory Branan: The No-Hit Wonder

Like all good country music, Cory Branan is hard, if not impossible, to define.

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Lydia Loveless: Somewhere Else

With a graceful and gradual shift, Loveless has been carving a path toward a distinct sound. On Somewhere Else, she hits the sweet spot between where she came from and where she’s going.

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Now Hear This!: Wayne Hancock, 'Ride' (Album Premiere)

PopMatters is pleased to premiere Ride, the latest by one-of-a-kind Texas Swing troubadour Wayne Hancock.

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Cory Branan: Mutt

Branan is not just another hairy face rehashing the songwriting greats of yesteryear; his songwriting is up there with the best of the new breed of today.

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Bottle Rockets: Not So Loud

Hellraising fans of the raucous electric Bottle Rockets live show may be taken aback by the stripped down revisitations here, but the snapshots of life and love on Not So Loud are all the more poignant in stripped-down form.

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Various Artists: No One Got Hurt

Bring yer dancing shoes.

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