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Various Artists: Bob Dylan in the '80s: Volume One

If you're unfamiliar with Bob Dylan's work in the 1980s, this album is no place to start.

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Uncle Tupelo: No Depression

If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.

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Johnny Cash: Out Among the Stars

For all of its faults, this album speaks to the variety of Cash's immense body of work in a way that the much-celebrated Rick Rubin recordings simply do not.

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Elvis Presley: Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis

There's a lot to be learned from Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis, not just about Elvis Presley, but about the amorphous metrics by which we measure the quality of live performances.

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Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes (take 1)

A patchwork of studio leftovers, covers and reworked originals billed as a studio album proper, High Hopes leaves something considerable to be desired.

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Drive-By Truckers: 7 November 2013 - Bloomington, IN

Drive-By Truckers's performance at the Bluebird Nightclub in Bloomington, Indiana was a total triumph -- raucous, profound and very, very loud.

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Merle Haggard: 31 October 2013 - Carmel, IN

Haggard and his songs managed to leave a far greater impression than the over-the-top venue.

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George Thorogood and the Destroyers: Self-titled and Move It on Over

With the recent re-release of Thorogood's first two albums--the eponymous 1977 debut and its 1978 follow-up, Move It On Over--comes the opportunity to put Thorogood's work in the proper context.

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George Jones: Amazing Grace

The first officially sanctioned posthumous Jones collection is a solid testament to the man's ability, but far from a definitive statement of his genius.

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Vince Gill + Paul Franklin: Bakersfield

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin revisit the Bakersfield sound with often excellent results.

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Chris Isaak: 28 July 2013 - Carmel, IN

In spite of his tremendous talents, Isaak misses an opportunity to do in a live setting what he's consistently done with his recordings - make new out of old and render strange the familiar.

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Elvis Presley: Elvis at Stax

Take one of the great vocalists of the past century, give him classic material to lay into, and you’re bound to come out with something not just eminently listenable, but occasionally revelatory.

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RCA / Sony Legacy

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Charlie Robison: Live at Billy Bob's Texas

Great songs and a great band distinguish Robison's latest live offering.

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Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: Sunny Road

It's too brief, but Sunny Road is nonetheless a potent expression of Crudup's genius.

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Randall Bramblett: The Bright Spots

The Bright Spots may not break new ground, but it's much more than a mere throwback. It's too confident, too accomplished, and quite simply too good to be dismissed or denied.

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Willie Nile: American Ride

A statement of purpose and a call to arms, American Ride is a triumphant record, perhaps even a masterpiece of its form.

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John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone

With a songwriter of Fogerty’s calibre, you want him to keep going. Wrote a Song for Everyone certainly convinced me that he has, but more than that, it made me eager to hear him continue to do so.

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"Commiserating Is Underrated in Art": An Interview with Jason Isbell

Following his time with the legendary Drive-By Truckers and garnering huge accolades for his last effort, Jason Isbell decided to strip things down on his dark, personal new album, and tells PopMatters about its creation and what it's like to have that "hit" everyone wants you to play.

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Della Mae: This World Oft Can Be

This World Oft Can Be is the rarest kind of roots album: The past grounds it, but so too does the present, and the result illuminates both.

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Ten Foot Polecats: Undertow

Undertow is all blues rock played like punk, which sounds a whole lot better in print than it does on a stereo.


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