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The 10 Best Country Albums of 2010

The synthesis of the past, present, and future was so much of what country music was about in 2010. Country was still fairly male-dominated in the era, although the changing winds, wherein women would create the most forward-looking music, were already beginning to blow.

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Farm Aid Reminds One to Think Globally, Act Locally

The annual Farm Aid benefit festival was held in Connecticut for the first time and included performances from Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves and more.

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The 10 Best Country Albums of 2018

As our 2018 list demonstrates, women continue to make some of today's most spectacular country music, regardless of what gets played on the radio.

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Willie Nelson and Phil Lesh Lead an Outlaw Music Festival of Resistance at the Hollywood Bowl

Outlaw Music Festival shows that America's musicians remain one our nation's best cultural weapons against the ever cunning forces of avarice and tyranny.

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Willie Nelson: Teatro: The Complete Sessions (review)

Remastered and re-released as Teatro: The Complete Sessions, Willie Nelson's late '90s resurgence is lovingly presented in both sound and vision, providing a holistic experience that is essential for any Nelson fan.

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Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

You already know what this album sounds like. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good.

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Austin City Limits 2016 Weekend 2: Sunday

Popular acts like Haim and under-the-radar gems like Amasa Hines deliver big on the final day of ACL 2016.

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Packing Bags and Hittin' the Road: A Look Back on Music Gatherings of Yore

Remember when Mumford and Sons spent their pre-show hours swinging from tires in a lake crowded with fans?

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Holding on to Hag: Remembering Merle Haggard 1937-2016

Merle Haggard died at age 79, leaving behind a legacy of authentic country music.

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Loretta Lynn - "Lay Me Down" feat. Willie Nelson (Singles Going Steady)

"Lay Me Down" is a moving, inspiring, and meaningful piece of country music, qualities of which the modern genre seems to have nearly lost all connection to.

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The Best Albums of 2014

From Polish black metal to mind-blowing progressive R&B and electronic music, 2014's best albums certainly have something for everyone.

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Eric Clapton and Friends: The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale

It’s safe, which only gets The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale so far, but, this record will undoubtedly get a lot of people to revisit, or discover JJ Cale, which is a win in itself.

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Ranking the Performances: The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Was music’s biggest night worth staying up all night for? Read on to find out.

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John Medeski: A Different Time

Take away the funky jazz organ, replace it with a naked piano. Turn down the volume. A Different Time.

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Is Hero Worship All There Is to Country Music?

All of the albums that critics/fans who fancy themselves “pure” country defenders have praised as the best of 2012 carry a heavy aura of the past about them. But how much can country music progress if it’s spending all of its time looking back?

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Willie Nelson: The Classic Christmas Album

A new collection of Willie Nelson Christmas songs provides a warm, rustic accompaniment to your holiday activities.

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Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: Wasted

Willie's kid, uh, rolls his own on his jam-friendly second album.

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Willie Nelson – “Just Breathe” (Video)

For his latest album 'Heroes', country legend Willie Nelson covered Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" and now the video release finds Willie and his son Lukas, an up-and-coming musician, on a roadtrip together.

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Black Country Communion: Darius Rucker and Lionel Richie

Despite country's southern roots, there remains a dearth of black artists. Darius Rucker dipped his toes in those muddy waters in the past, but alas, Lionel Richie's new country album doesn't wade in much deeper.

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Waylon Jennings / Willie Nelson: Live! at the US Festival

The US Festivals took place during the post-Woodstock/Altamont and pre-Live Aid years, when rock festivals were equated with hippie values and squalid sanitary conditions.

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The Little Willies: For the Good Times

Norah Jones and co. took some of their most beloved country tunes and recreated them with the love you’d expect from the original songwriters themselves.

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Merle Haggard: Working in Tennessee

Merle Haggard's new album sounds good, but doesn't add anything to his legacy.

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The 18th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride, CO

In mid-September each year, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival caps off the summer season with musically varied artists and a three-hour Grand Tasting featuring over 150 beers from 50 microbreweries.

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Blind Boys of Alabama: Take the High Road

Few surprises, but there's no moment of this album that doesn't sound good.

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Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown: 21 June 2011 - Red Rocks Amphitheater

The smell of chewing tobacco, and the sight of cowboy hats and cut-off jean shorts were enough to make even the most weathered cowboy say something along the lines of, “Well, my God, this is a party”.

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The Year in Music: October 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in October 2010.

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Willie Nelson in the Twilight Glow

At 77, Willie's hair is now down to his tailbone, and you can see his trademark red locks fade to gray about midway up his back -- it's like examining the rings of a tree.

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Farm Aid: 4 October 2009 - St. Louis, MO

America's longest-running annual charity concert keeps rolling along, assisting family farms and bringing plenty of musical highlights.

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Bob Dylan + Willie Nelson + John Mellencamp: 28 July 2009 - Durham, NC

Who would deny the appeal of the Willie Nelson/John Mellencamp/Bob Dylan ballpark tour, even after we agree that Mellencamp doesn't belong with such a distinguished duo?

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Willie Sounds Better Naked

Editing the original RCA tapes makes the songs on Naked Willie so much better that I’m remembering the reasons why I fell in love with Willie Nelson so many years ago.

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Willie Nelson / Asleep at the Wheel: Willie and the Wheel

Nelson is the ideal singer for this sort of material, but a magical voice like his just doesn't belong in such mundane, stilted surroundings.

Joshua O'Neill
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Willie Nelson + Mary McBride

For the entire night, you are not sure if you are present to hear Willie Nelson's music or simply to see the man himself. In the end, you attend for both.

Liberty Kohn
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