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With half a century of music and friendship, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues forward with Circlin' Back.
09 Nov 2016
A fascinating piece of analysis about Music City, USA, Jeremy Hill's book is a thoughtful and thorough urban scholarship on origins and authenticity, among other things.
06 Jul 2016
Recorded at former chicken farm north of San Francisco, the new release from Turnpike Troubadours seems like the one that will finally solidify the group's reputation as the best of its kind. And one member says it all comes down to getting what you deserve.
21 Oct 2015
Country music star Ashley Monroe gets up close and personal, discussing the emotional rollercoaster that went into creating her latest release, The Blade along with her creative process and her role within the music business.
05 Jul 2015
David Cantwell writes from the heart and the results are, like the subject, highly unconventional and completely memorable.
12 May 2014
The idea of pleasure, of the loose swing and the obsessive grinding, becomes the central way that we talk about Luke Bryan, and often the central way that Bryan talks about himself, especially in 2013.
17 Dec 2013
In 2012, you could be forgiven for being dismissive of the country music genre entirely -- to a point. For as long as country exists as a genre, there will be songwriters who are devoted to embodying their own vision of what “country” means, which sometimes means pushing the genre around.
Dave Heaton, Jedd Beaudoin, Josh Langhoff, Steve Leftridge
06 Dec 2012
Some trends and figures are going to be left out, but this is the most comprehensive examination of country music in North America from 1922 to the present.
23 Aug 2012
The Carolina Chocolate Drops show us why it's important that country music gets in touch with its real base: rural America and the many gifts that rural America offers.
16 Jul 2012
Twentieth Century Drifter leaves the door open for more critical appraisals of Marty Robbins and his work.
01 Apr 2012
Like punk rock and heavy metal, country music has a formula and violating that formula is a kind of betrayal, a heresy for which one may not be forgiven. In Americana, such betrayals and unexpected turns are often welcomed.
22 Feb 2012
“I’ve waited 20 years to make this record,” Ronnie Dunn says in a video on the making of his first solo album. His patience wore out and now he’s clawing at our eyes and screaming in our ears for attention. He wants us to listen, and we should.
15 Jun 2011
Cigar Box Banjo is less a memoir than it is an epitaph: Paul Quarrington wanted to be taken seriously as a bluesman, less so as an author.
16 Jun 2010
It's an American pop music creation myth: that blues and folk music developed along two distinct tracks, with their own distinct traditions, divided along racial lines. The truth is, of course, far more slippery and complicated.
27 May 2010
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