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Old Crow Medicine Show Feel Right at Home on 'Live at the Ryman'

Old Crow Medicine Show honor history on Live at the Ryman, while continuing to show more interest in new, charged versions of tradition.

Justin Cober-Lake

'Volunteer' Features Old Crow Medicine Show at Their Most Boisterous

Volunteer is Old Crow Medicine Show staying right in their wheelhouse and putting out great songs.


Two Bands From Washington State Offer Unique Takes on Jazz Classic "St. James Infirmary" (premiere)

In this double premiere, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints and Hot Club Sandwich both take on the jazz standard.


J.D. Wilkes Recharges Kentucky Mountain Music on "Rain and Snow" (premiere)

Roots artist J.D. Wilkes emerges with an ambitious new solo album, Fire Dream,mashing up Southern music genres into a glorious stew of mountain music.


Emily Pinkerton, Patrick Burke, and the NOW Ensemble Beautifully Unite the Traditional and the Contemporary

On Rounder Songs, Appalachian folk ballads are realized through a post-minimalist context. Never descending into irony or cliche, it's an excellent album that honors tradition in a lovingly modern way.


Hackensaw Boys Revitalize "Oval Room" for the Trump Era (premiere)

The Hackensaw Boys reboot Blaze Foley's Reagan-era "Oval Room" in light of the current political climate with scorching results.


Old Buck: Old Buck

A fun, joyous album: meaning that whether or not you know how to flatfoot dance, you’ll end up on your feet giving that awkward shuffle a go.


Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest

Ten more examples of what make Welch & Rawlings great: high lonesome harmonies, beautifully judged musicianship, exquisite songcraft, and a relationship with tradition that is both serious and playful.


Charlie Parr: When the Devil Goes Blind

Fine picking, vocals that make a mockery of microphone style, and lyrics about trains, tracks, and times past, all filtered through the immediacy of the present and performed under the influence of enthusiasm.

Richard Elliott

Caleb Klauder: Dangerous Mes & Poisonous Yous

Like Wayne Hancock, the Wrights, and Dale Watson, Klauder performs material that is referential rather than deferential, not trying to recreate a lost era, but rather bringing what can be used from the past to communicate in the present.


Devine's Jug Band: Terrible Operation Blues

An old-time American jug band complete with a genuine old-time American jug.


Betse Ellis: Don't You Want to Go?

Proof that Americana is still winning her over.

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