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The 10 Best Country Albums of 2019

This was a major year for country music. With Lil Nas X, the world saw the shift. But others are helping to move country from near homogeneity to a diverse pastiche.

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Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris: The Traveling Kind

Having rekindled a decades old musical partnership, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris return with the quietly triumphant and assured The Traveling Kind.

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Poetry and Passion: An Interview with Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell is a country legend in every sense of the word. He speaks with us about Tarpaper Road and the legends that inspired and influenced this stunning new album.

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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: Old Yellow Moon

A long-delayed collaboration between two roots music greats proves perfectly pleasant but may leave the listener wishing for a little more spark and fire.

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Various Artists: The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams

The only thing more exciting than the release of 12 previously unrecorded Hank Williams lyrics is the group of artists recruited to put them together.

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Will Kimbrough: Wings

Kimbrough and Wings would do well to add more edge to the proceedings, as the laconic JJ Cale vibe that permeates the record might be a little too laid-back for its own good

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Rodney Crowell: Sex & Gasoline

Crowell’s willingness to lay it on line and not care if he comes across as a hypocrite or an jerk makes him an artist. His Dylan-like pretentiousness yields Dylan-like rage, prophecy, and poetry.

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Rodney Crowell: The Outsider

You need to get back to caring a bit more about hooks and memorable riffs if you want to expand your audience beyond the people who already know and love you.

Matt Cibula

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