Carly Simon’s literate, confessional songwriting opened the door for other artists to do the same, including Olivia Rodrigo, Sara Bareilles, and Taylor Swift.
Bruce Springsteen is a master who takes his audiences to the heart and soul of rock and roll as a communal experience on The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts.
Fans will likely love the warmth and charm of The Willie Nelson Family, but the album isn’t quite essential amid such a deep catalog.
With a backstory as exhilarating as the music itself, a Thelonious Monk concert recorded at a California high school in 1968 is a rare treat for jazz fans.
Even at its mammoth length (ten-plus hours) Columbia's 14-disc boxed set is still not an exhaustive account of Bob Dylan's The Rolling Thunder Revue.
Willie Nelson's Ride Me Back Home continues a hot streak of recent records that are every bit as good as anything he's recorded. And, yes, that includes Red-Headed Stranger and Stardust.
Given the overflow of archival Bob Dylan material available, there's value in curating key recordings into a coherent two-disc set.
Still finding new ways to refine and expand a beloved sound, the Jayhawks' Back Roads and Abandoned Motels is a triumph.