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star-crossed

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Sierra Ferrell

Long Time Coming

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Mike and the Moonpies

One to Grow On

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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

Price plays musical chameleon

Margo Price isn't always that as she showed with a generally satisfying 45-minute set. If you didn't know that Price was a country singer beforehand, it's not all that clear that you would have thought so after the fact either. It was as if Price, who has a bunch of quality songs under ...

Strings puts psychedelic light on bluegrass

Billy Strings opened his Los Angeles tour date quite appropriately with New Riders of the Purple Sage's "Lonesome L.A. Cowboy." It was appropriate because Strings played lots of old-fashioned bluegrass music for this cosmopolitan, contemporary music town. Furthermore, Peter Rowan ...

Daniel brings Bakersfield with him

Jesse Daniel brought a little bit of Bakersfield to Orange County on this Sunday night – and this was more than just the two Merle Haggard songs and the one Buck Owens song he covered. Backed by a sturdy band, which also included a steel guitar player, Daniel played a wide variety of songs from ...

Isbell offers master class

Muscle Shoals, Ala. was so influential musically in birthing its own sound. Fittingly, Jason Isbell is a native. His country rock/blues hybrid is the essence of the storied area. His 2021 tour is a master class in diverse textures and expert musicianship. He sets off a pleasant atmosphere with ...

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