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CD review - LP5 John Moreland John Moreland's plain, unpretentious title indicates more of the same, but those of you (most of you most likely) expecting another batch of great, but deeply sad songs may find a few surprises on "LP 5." »»»
CD review - What I Came Here For James Steinle James Steinle is an emerging Texas singer-songwriter, who is already being hailed by Ray Wylie Hubbard and compared to story telling greats like Robert Earl Keen. Given that Bruce Robison produced What I Came Here For speaks volumes »»»
CD review - Tornillo The Lil Smokies The band name may suggest Appalachia and in some respects their sound does, but Lil Smokies hail from Montana, and deliver Tornillo, their third release, which is named for the town where the studio for this release, Sonic Ranch, is located. »»»
CD review - Nightfall Little Big Town Little Big Town gets billed as a country music vocal group, but Nightfall plays out more like a four-headed singer-songwriter effort. Many of these songs hearken back to some of the best '70s introspective songwriter efforts. »»»
CD review - Formations Hawktail Hawktail features some of the finest players of a generation in traditional American acoustic music. The product of their collaboration, Formations, is a testament to the musical milieu in which they create. »»»
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With "Headlights," Della Mae turns it up – Country music feature - With "Headlights," Della Mae turns it up Ten years on, Della Mae has covered a lot of ground in the world of bluegrass, and the band is meeting the challenges of building a sustaining, long-term career with its latest release "Headlights." »»»
The Mavericks "Play the Hits" – Country music feature - The Mavericks "Play the Hits" When recording its album "Play the Hits," The Mavericks approached this covers album in much the same way the band creates any of its other studio albums. "Above all, we're always trying to reach a certain musical »»»
Larue moves "Onward" – Country music feature - Larue moves "Onward" The release of "Onward," his eighth studio album, finds veteran Texas Music/Red Dirt artist Stoney Larue at a crossroads. After almost two decades on the road, playing 200 shows a year across America »»»
Willis, Robison spin "Beautiful Lie" – Country music feature - Willis, Robison spin "Beautiful Lie" Eleven years ago, Kelly stepped away from music. She had just finished touring on 2007's exquisite "Translated From Love" and felt the angst of being a travelling musician with family at home. At that point, Willis and her husband, musician/producer Bruce Robison, »»»
Chip Kinman celebrates brother, career on "Sounds Like Music" – Country music feature - Chip Kinman celebrates brother, career on "Sounds Like Music" For a brief moment last summer, the news of Tony Kinman's death was, if not greatly exaggerated, then at least fortuitously premature. The roots rock icon, known for his work in The Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird and Cowboy Nation with his younger brother Chip, had been diagnosed with cancer in March 2018, »»»
Shiflett learns "Hard Lessons" – Country music feature - Shiflett learns "Hard Lessons" Until recently, Chris Shiflett took a somewhat obsessive/compulsive approach to his music career. For the past two decades, Shiflett has been the primary guitar foil for Dave Grohl in Foo Fighters; early in his tenure, Shiflett was so self-deprecatingly »»»
Concert Review: Lambert smiles, dances the night away – Miranda Lambert didn't perform "Tin Man," one of her best, but also one of her saddest songs during this Wildcard tour stop. It's a song sung from the perspective of one who is sad that she has a heart that can be broken. That's not the current condition of Lambert's heart, though. She's apparently in a good... »»»