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This is the Heavy

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Mr. Sun

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Different Man

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Laura Benitez and the Heartache

California Centuries

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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

Not your typical gig, but Cash, Tuttle display musical wares

The concert featuring Rosanne Cash, Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway, Loudon Wainwright III and Ali McGuirk seemed great on paper. Artists at different stages of their careers. Different musical styles and sounds. And a low-key, but enjoyable atmosphere. But this not a "regular" night out for ...

Flying solo, Hood does DBT justice

With the Drive-By Truckers off the road until 2023, lead singer Patterson Hood hit the road anyway. Following in the footsteps of DBT guitarist Mike Cooley, Hood appeared at the same club exactly two weeks later with a slightly larger, but small crowd. And like Hood's band mate, there was a lot ...

The Lone Bellow makes joy palpable

Throughout their decade-long career, The Lone Bellow have been a model of consistency both when over the course of five albums and live performances. And with another winning album, "Love Songs for Losers," out just two weeks ago, not much has changed for The Lone Bellow on those two counts. ...

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 ...

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