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Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives


CD review - Altitude

Parker McCollum

Never Enough

CD review - Never Enough

Del Barber


CD review - Almanac

Bella White

Among Other Things

CD review - Among Other Things

William Prince

Stand in the Joy

CD review - Stand in the Joy

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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

Double bill of Moore, McBryde add up to night to remember

There is probably no better place to honor Memorial Day than a county fair and no better soundtrack than country music. Furthermore, there are few better country artists to take on that role and responsibility than Justin Moore. In front of a crowd already primed to party in the three-day weekend, it ...

LeVox offers a real treat

Gary LeVox (whether with or without Rascal Flatts) is one of country music's most distinctive voices. Whenever his voice comes over the radio, you know right away it's him. LeVox headlined a Monday night at The Troubadour, and it was surprising to see the venue only three quarters full. ...

Swedish duo First Aid Kit show how American music is done

It's sometimes a little embarrassing when those from foreign countries serve back American music better than a lot of the native Americans do it, but such was many times the case while watching and listening the Swedish duo First Aid Kit. With lovely vocal harmonies and strong songs, this skilled ...

Devine, The New Amsterdams pay homage to their pasts

Kevin Devine and The New Amsterdams are not exactly household names. They had more in common than that on their current joint tour. Devine and The New Amsterdams, which is really lead singer Matt Pryor and a few backing musicians, were both playing two decades-old releases in their entirety. ...

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