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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Dirt Goes Dylan

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Steve Forbert

Moving Through America

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Railroad Earth

All For the Song

CD review - All For the Song

Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway

Crooked Tree

CD review - Crooked Tree

Paul Cauthen

Country Coming Down

CD review - Country Coming Down

Maren Morris

Humble Quest

CD review - Humble Quest

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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.
Back with her first disc in a dozen years, Heidi Newfield breaks out of the box with 'The Barfly Sessions, Vol. 1.'

Concert Reviews

Wetzel, Montana rock it

Koe Wetzel may be labeled as merging country and rock, but the emphasis most definitely was on the latter on this evening. Wetzel didn't vary all that much from his sound starting with the muscular "Fuss and Fight" with its eyepopping staging of pots of fire going off occasionally and ...

Church proves why faithful gather again

Eric Church is calling his 2022 trek the "Gather Again" tour, and this could well be the moniker for most any post-pandemic concert schedule. It's especially fitting for Church, though, as his fans – known as his "choir" – are loyal ones that attend his shows again and again. ...

Smith finds herself in a great spot

Caitlyn Smith may be in a bit of a tough spot when it comes to figuring out exactly where she fits in the musical landscape. The Minnesota native certainly knows how to rock, but she's actually on Sony Nashville, a major player on the country side. So, while the industry marketing experts may not ...

Combs closes out Stagecoach day 3 on day of worthwhile music

Luke Combs headlined the concluding day of Stagecoach 2022 with a well-received set. However, Combs has seemingly given in to a troubling trend. It was as though he felt compelled to prove his masculinity with multiple F-bombs and more rocking musical elements. His songs are so darn good, and all of his ...

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