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Former 'Nashville' Star Clare Bowen Brings Show of Strength, Hope to Debut Album

Portraying promising singer-songwriter Scarlett O'Connor on Nashville, Australian Clare Bowen learned a lot about the Music City … and herself. Bowen tells us about her journey in this extensive interview.

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Robert Altman, the Blackguard of American Elections

At times it feels as if Altman is forcing us to drink drain cleaner in order for us to feel the gut wrenching pain of the farce that American democracy has become.

William Gombash
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The 10X feat. Ben Schuller - "Skull and Bones" (audio) (premiere)

Nashville-based project releases anthemic tune heavy on glossy production and layered melodies.

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'Country Comes to Town' Illuminates Nashville's and Country Music's Internal Struggles

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.

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The Saint Johns: Dead of Night

The Saint Johns might not reinvent any wheels or blaze any trails, but there’s nothing wrong with making solid, country-inflected indie rock. Especially when this much talent and emotion goes into it.

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Soul Searching, Songwriting and Straight Up Hustling With Jim Lauderdale

It was a Sunday when Jim Lauderdale bumped into an old friend. Before he knew it it was Tuesday and he was on his way to making two new albums.

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Country Fried Rock: Kevin Gordon Interview

What happens when you love people whose beliefs conflict with your values? Kevin Gordon digs deep into Southern family dynamics in Long Gone Time.

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Anderson East Stirs Hearts at Bowery Ballroom (Photos)

Anderson East passed out roses and riled up hearts as his tour rolled through New York for a sold-out headlining show ahead of Valentine's Day.

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Moon Taxi Marries Person and Professional On 'Daybreaker'

Once known primarily for its live shows, Moon Taxi continues its glide toward become an established--and memorable--studio band.

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Ruby Amanfu Stirs the Heart at Rockwood (Photos) + "Shadow on the Wall" Video

Ruby Amanfu possess a beautiful, smokey voice that can elicit tears. Watch her video for "Shadow on the Wall" and catch her on tour.

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Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City

Going hand-in-hand with the ongoing museum exhibit of the same name, A New Music City does an outstanding job defining the sweeping influence of Dylan and Cash throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

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'Nashville' Is No Conventional Melodrama

Forget the chit-chat about Nashville being a "sudsy" soap; as season three continues to show, this is a complex, feminist show that forges a new sort of sincerity.

Amanda Gilroy
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Stone Jack Jones - "Circumstance" (audio) (Premiere)

Nashville musical mystic Stone Jack Jones has released his newest single, "Circumstance", a song where a lone banjo gives way to rising and falling verses, with spectral vocals creaking throughout a long-rotten homestead on late autumn winds.

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Dinner and a Suit: Stay EP

Nashville quartet tackles grandiose indie pop-rock with aplomb across four-song EP.

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'Producing Country' Is Great Oral History

This is an exceptional read on how records get made. We learn how producers coaxed great performances, made power deals, and generally had a good time.

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Johnnyswim Love Their Place in the World

The duo Amber Sudano Ramirez and Abner Ramirez live, die, and make music with the overarching theme of gratefulness.

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Irene Kelley: Pennsylvania Coal

On her first album in more than a decade, the coal miner's granddaughter proves she's at her best when she pieces together her own story.

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Trent Dabbs: The Way We Look at Horses

Dabbs strikes at the same staid, steady musical vein that he's been mining for several years now.

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The Best Country Music of 2012

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
Books

'The Encyclopedia of Country Music: Second Edition' Lives Up to Its Name

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.

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Heavy Cream: Super Treatment

Can't miss Nashville up-and-comer garage punk lasses (and lad) hit the mark.

Stephen Haag
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Young Hines: Give Me My Change

Young Hines can carry a tune and maybe even write one, but the remarkably unremarkable Give Me My Change just doesn't add up.

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Will Hoge: The Living Room Sessions EP

Will Hoge is one of many who came to Nashville looking for a big break in Music City. Safe money is on his not anticipating receiving it via a van collision.

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Jerry Castle: Don't Even Ask

Castle is a singer whose potential is inversely proportional to his inability to shrug off the conventions of middle-of-the-road country music.

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"Gone Country" and Hoping to Make It Back Alive

Going to Nashville to become country at this point is a little like going to New York City to become the Velvet Underground.

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Part 3: The Stellar '70s

When it comes to post-modern moviemaking, everyone stereotypes the Me Decade as the genre's defining moment. In this case -- as illustrated by the 10 films that represent it -- the categorization is more than accurate.

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Solomon Burke: Nashville

Call the music on Nashville roots, Americana, country, blues or any combination thereof; the album is a transcendental listening experience irrespective of genre.

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Josh Rouse: Nashville

Josh Rouse cements his reputation as a superb artist in the vein of Aimee Mann or Jackson Browne, but with more musical variety.

Jill LaBrack

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