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This is the Heavy

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Steve Earle pays tribute to one of his mentors and heroes, Jerry Jeff Walker, on "Jerry Jeff," which follows his "GUY" tribute to Guy Clark and "TOWNES" tribute to Townes Van Zandt. Earle has called these projects a necessary form of therapy, as each of these great artists have passed on.
The title track to James McMurtry's "The Horses and the Hounds" plays out like one of those great running songs, namely Merle Haggard's "The Fugitive." "Lord I've been running for so long I just can't find a way back home," McMurtry sings, in that enjoyable deadpan vocal tone of his. When the Haggard song is mentioned, though, McMurtry responds, "I don't really remember.
Back before the world retreated into makeshift fallout shelters for a year of Netflix binging, board games and what Warren Zevon referred to as splendid isolation, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Shannon McNally was invited to play a Music City benefit concert.
By their own admission Track45 hails from a town that is "big enough for a WalMart and a Waffle House, but not a Target or a Starbucks." Ironically, Meridian, Miss. (population (41,148) is the birthplace of the father of country music, Jimmy Rodgers. The harmony-driven sibling trio of Track45 includes Ben Johnson and his infectiously bubbly sisters Jenna and KK.
It was only fitting that Lindsay Ell had Lauren Alaina as a guest on her recent livestream concert. Alaina penned the song "Crashing The Boy's Club." That is exactly what Ell is doing using her Stratocaster as a battering ram. Men have disproportionately occupied lead guitar, vocals
"Right Now" is where Americana/bluegrass band Twisted Pine is at - a compelling reason to believe that traditional music will continue to grow.

Concert Reviews

It all works for Marlowe

Kameron Marlowe is a bit of a conundrum. Most likely a good conundrum. On the one hand, he offers nods to traditional country music and underscores that with his covers (Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" definitely done his way – a bit bluesy, a bit punky and the country rock of ...

Russell's hard won joy can never be taken away

Seeing Allison Russell live makes it clear how Americana is the only genre category that can approximately encompass this singer/songwriter's eclectic talent. She opened her debut Troubadour performance by playing clarinet along with her all-female, interracial band. Yes, much of her music ...

DBT's Cooley offers songs his way

If longing to see Drive-By Truckers – that is, if you missed the band on tour this year - about the best you could have done on this night anyway was to take in DBT guitarist Mike Cooley solo acoustic. Now, that's not exactly the same as seeing the Truckers, but Cooley acquitted himself ...

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is forever young

It would be easy to be cynical about a group like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Still plying its musical wares and no longer a factor on the charts, they could be accused of surviving and living on their past. But that would be cutting the band, which started in Long Beach, Cal. in 1966, short. Very short. ...

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