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Sean McConnell Summons Literary and Musical Traditions with "Rest My Head" (premiere)

Sean McConnell's new album, Secondhand Smoke, arrives 8 February. "Rest My Head" is an Americana epic told in under four minutes with McConnell asserting his formidable talents.

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J.D. Wilkes Takes His Southern Gothic Sound to Subtle Places on 'Fire Dream'

J.D. Wilkes' songs can come across as equal parts sermon and campfire story, where the modern world's rules are underpinned by something much older and more ghostly.


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.


Lincoln Durham: Revelations of a Mind Unraveling

Touched by the Southern gothic as well as the big city idea of it, Lincoln Durham proves himself ready for wider attention on this latest and greatest.


Death's Head Lullabies: Tom Waits - "Murder in the Red Barn"

With "Murder in the Red Barn", Tom Waits offers a tale of small town murder in the American Deep South that would do William Faulkner proud.


Samantha Crain: The Confiscation

The Confiscation is short but strong, a debut album that seems to promise a solid future career.

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