David Ramirez Storms Into New Ground with 'My Love Is a Hurricane'

David Ramirez moves a step further from his roots on My Love Is a Hurricane while maintaining what makes his art so indelible.


Robert Cray Bares His Soul on 'That's What I Heard'

Forty years into his career, Robert Cray has been steadily building one of the most consistent catalogs of pure soul and smooth blues with the help of his stinging Stratocaster and a voice that somehow gets even better with age.


The Rails Tread Familiar Territory Yet Still Sound Fresh on 'Cancel the Sun'

Americana husband/wife duo, the Rails gather together their collective influences and skills on the bright, enjoyable new album, Cancel the Sun.


Penny and Sparrow Sprinkle Some R&B on Their Folk Music with 'Finch'

Austin folkies Penny and Sparrow explore low key R&B textures and add a bit of soulful punch to their lovely sound on Finch.


Bonded Harmony: An Interview with Chris Wood of the Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers found their musical potential together after years of separation, joining their subtly distinct experiences and passions to make the kind of fusion they dreamed of.


Kathy Mattea Flies Like a 'Pretty Bird'

"Tell Me What You Ache For" Kathy Mattea sings, but the songs on Pretty Bird suggest the pain is still too strong for her to do so.


Lori McKenna Shows Her Roots on 'The Tree'

There's not a track on Lori McKenna's latest release, The Tree, that won't bring a tear to your eyes. The Tree shows how we are all connected at the root level.


'Back Being Blue' Is Alt-Country Singer Kelly Willis' Welcomed Return to Solo Music

Back Being Blue is an album of swift country music that mixes Kelly Willis' pop-rockabilly sense with earnest cover tunes.


Dr. Dog Tread Water on Their Tenth Album 'Critical Equation'

Philadelphia's Dr. Dog have a new label and a handful of winning songs, but all too often, the results are lackluster.


Parker Millsap Makes 'Other Arrangements'

Other Arrangements reveals the depth and range of Parker Millsap's singing talents in his search for a bigger audience.


The 15 Best Americana Albums of 2017

In Americana music the present is female. Two-thirds of our year-end list is comprised of albums by women. Here, then, are the women (and a few men) who represented the best in Americana in 2017.


Turbo Fruits: Butter

A dazzling mixture of T. Rex and basement punk styling, Butter may provide the most listening fun you'll have all year.

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