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Emily Nenni Sings with a Twang on ‘Drive & Cry’

Emily Nenni Sings with a Twang on ‘Drive & Cry’

Emily Nenni’s Drive & Cry is an excellent example of how country music has evolved without necessarily changing. It all depends on who is singing.

Pokey LaFarge Invites Us to Dance for Our Lives on ‘Rhumba Country’

Pokey LaFarge Invites Us to Dance for Our Lives on ‘Rhumba Country’

There’s a joyful element to Pokey LaFarge’s Rhumba Country that may be found in the Lord’s spirit, the pleasure of bouncy rhythms, or the magic of making music.

Corb Lund Pays Tribute to Ian Tyson on ‘El Viejo’

Corb Lund Pays Tribute to Ian Tyson on ‘El Viejo’

Corb Lund’s El Viejo is an entirely acoustic album with guitar, banjo, mandolin, string bass, and stripped-down bass, but it never feels like one.

It’s ‘Spiel’ Time with Office Dog

It’s ‘Spiel’ Time with Office Dog

Office Dog’s Spiel sounds like hearing three different records simultaneously. The superficial cacophony makes one an active participant in creating what they hear.

Corb Lund Mixes Country and MMA in “Out on a Win” (premiere)

Corb Lund Mixes Country and MMA in “Out on a Win” (premiere)

“Out on a Win”, the new single from Corb Lund’s upcoming LP, El Viejo, releasing in February 2024, is classic Lund: Meticulous, thoughtful, and genuine.

Ben Folds Returns With an LP Equal Parts Excellent and Ill-Conceived

Ben Folds Returns With an LP Equal Parts Excellent and Ill-Conceived

Ben Folds’ What Matters Most is a mixed bag. He may not be going for the all-out piano rock much this time, but his melodies are as good as ever.

Rodney Crowell’s Cool Confidence Shines on ‘The Chicago Sessions’

Rodney Crowell’s Cool Confidence Shines on ‘The Chicago Sessions’

In The Chicago Sessions, Americana’s Rodney Crowell travels to the house Wilco built and subtly delivers one of his best albums in years.

For Art’s Sake: An Interview with Rodney Crowell

For Art’s Sake: An Interview with Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell discusses his friendship with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, his continued passion for writing, and the importance that risk has played in his career.

Sunny War Preaches Raw Realism in ‘Anarchist Gospel’

Sunny War Preaches Raw Realism in ‘Anarchist Gospel’

Sunny War is one of the most promising, exciting voices in American roots music. Anarchist Gospel is a testament to clear-eyed persistence and gritty hope.

Tony Joe White Starts From ‘The Beginning’ Again

Tony Joe White Starts From ‘The Beginning’ Again

Swamp rock king Tony Joe White chewed and growled his bluesy lyrics more than sung them and played his guitar as if he was chopping down a tree.

North Mississippi Allstars ‘Set Sail’ with a Mellow But Effective Groove

North Mississippi Allstars ‘Set Sail’ with a Mellow But Effective Groove

North Mississippi Allstars are still creating memorable music but from a decidedly more mellow state of mind, as on Set Sail.

Lilly Hiatt’s ‘Lately’ Offers Beautiful, Vulnerable Snapshots of Intimate Connections

Lilly Hiatt’s ‘Lately’ Offers Beautiful, Vulnerable Snapshots of Intimate Connections

Lilly Hiatt’s Lately offers pandemic inspired poetic reflections on love, desire, and connection in a menagerie of musical styles.