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CD review - Desperate Man Eric Church While Eric Church has set the bar high with his previous studio albums, Desperate Man is right up there with his best and may just be his most accomplished effort to date. Church continues to write memorable songs »»»
CD review - Earls of Leicester Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame The Earls of Leicester To suggest The Earls of Leicester are bluegrass royalty is no false decree. Unlike other self - proclaimed members of the traditional hierarchy - kings, queens, dukes and such - this sextet comes by the honor naturally: it's their name! »»»
CD review - Holler Amy Ray Amy Ray's lovely, commanding, southern voice is just one strength in what might be her best solo album to date, Holler. Her well-crafted songs range from haunting to uplifting to indigenously Southern in all its glory and duality. »»»
CD review - Cry Pretty Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood's life was reading straight from the storybooks: one of the few American Idol Winners with ongoing success; a professional athlete for a husband; a beautiful baby boy. The string of great fortune turned sharply in 2017, »»»
CD review - My Way Willie Nelson Not one to rest on his laurels, Willie Nelson's second studio release of the calendar year finds the artist dipping back into the Great American Songbook. Previous collections, including 1978's stellar Stardust, 2009's "American Classic" and 2016's "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin," established Nelson as one of the finest modern interpreters of American standards. »»»
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Tyminski goes dark – Country music feature - Tyminski goes dark 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. »»»
Washburn, Fleck create "Echoes" – Country music feature - Washburn, Fleck create "Echoes" 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, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else. »»»
Hillman bides his time – Country music feature - Hillman bides his time 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, »»»
The Cadillac Three creates its "Legacy" – Country music feature - The Cadillac Three creates its "Legacy" William Shakespeare noted a few centuries back that a rose by any other name would be equally aromatic, and that general idea has musical implications as well. The Cadillac Three knows a thing or two about maintaining a sonic identity after a name change; »»»
With Stanley and Watson, sound isn't elementary – Country music feature - With Stanley and Watson, sound isn't elementary Those aware of the late Owsley "Bear" Stanley likely know him for one of two reasons - his pioneering work manufacturing lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in San Francisco during the mid-to-late 1960s and his role as an innovative sound engineer. Most notably, Bear worked... »»»
May shifts gears, directions – Country music feature - May shifts gears, directions Headed into 2015, Imelda May was on a hit streak. Her rockabilly career was in full swing, nurtured by the likes of former Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland and guitar icon Jeff Beck. Her albums routinely topped the charts in her native Ireland. »»»
Concert Review: For The Jayhawks, it's the music first and foremost – The uninitiated may have thought The Jayhawks were going the covers route in concert by playing "Everybody Knows" or Jakob Dylan's "Gonna Be a Darkness" from the HBO show "True Blood." But that wouldn't quite be accurate because The Jayhawks are touring behind "Back Roads and Abandoned Motels,"... »»»