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John Paul White, to paraphrase a Steve Earle song, may just be one of the last of the hardcore troubadours. By ‘troubadour,' we mean one of those guys that lives to write great songs – more specifically, great country songs – and then get these songs into the ears of folks that will truly appreciate them. It's why he collaborated with a few of his country songwriting heroes to create the album "The Hurting Kind."
A lot of the early reviews for "American Love Song," Ryan Bingham's latest set of raucous and reflective Americana brilliance, have characterized it as the singer/songwriter's most personal album to date. That hardly seems possible for someone who has written about everything - from his mother's death from alcoholism to his father's suicide - through an intensely personal lens.
After having huge success at the get go with "Redneck Woman," Wilson eventually went her own way and took a break. During her "hiatus," Wilson started her own label and was a "120 percent mom" to her teenage daughter.
A visit with Hayes Carll finds him taking a rare day off at home, he and girlfriend, Allison Moorer split time between homes in New York City and Nashville, to discuss new album "What It Is."
Dale (The Real Deal) Watson has been releasing hard country albums since 1995 and shows no signs of slowing down on his most recent release, "Call Me Lucky."
The Long Ryders have come a long way since they were initially associated with other Los Angeles relatively retro acts collected under the Paisley Underground umbrella. Even back during the mid to late ‘80s, though, this multifaceted group stood out from the pack.
Suffice it to say that the past has always loomed large throughout Chip Taylor's career. That's all the more obvious if only for the fact that Taylor wrote some of the biggest pop hits of the ‘60s, "Wild Thing" (famously recorded by The Troggs, Jimi Hendrix and innumerable others), "Angel of the Morning"(the oft-covered seminal hit by Merilee Rush and later, Juice Newton), "Anyway You Want Me" (another smash success by The Troggs) "I Can't Let Go" (an early hit by the Hollies, later revived by Linda Ronstadt) and "Son of a Rotten Gambler" (another hit the Hollies could claim).
Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.
Not too long ago, Tyminski was in the process of putting some new songs in his portfolio to share with other artists, but a funny thing happened on the way: his package of songs was so distinct that UMG encouraged him to record and promote the songs under his own name. The result is "Southern Gothic," a dark, foreboding collection of songs, all co-written by Tyminski, that explore the not-quite-right ethos afoot in the culture these days.
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echo In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else. "Echo" is a virtuoso turn by this duo.
Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band, his potent solo career and an almost uncountable number of cameos on an equally impressive number of albums.