Rodney Crowell's career is littered with butterfly-effect decisions that, in retrospect, represent life-altering milestones along the singer/songwriter's star-crossed path. If the Houston native hadn't moved to Nashville at age 22, he wouldn't have been discovered by Jerry Reed or met his greatest influence and hero Guy Clark or enchanted Emmylou Harris, who consistently recorded Crowell's songs and even hired him as her Hot Band guitarist.
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
Aoife O'Donovan performed Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska," in the exact order these 10 songs appeared on the album, to a quiet, attentive audience. In fact, after this crowd gave O'Donovan hearty applause once she hit the stage, she pointed out how it was probably a good thing to ...
What started for Amanda Stewart by playing music during the cocktail hour at a wedding of a Boston-area couple in Montana this summer turned months later into the Americana/country singer's most welcome Beantown debut.
But Stewart, a native of Bozeman, Mont., acquitted herself in a very generous 2 ...
Family bands can be a thing of beauty. There is nothing like family harmonies and a sense of direction from a band simply because of their bloodlines.
That was not always the case, however, for the bluegrass band Southern Raised in a sold-out show.
The playing was there for the quartet with fiddle ...
This concert could have been all about the elephant in the room, Only it pretty much wasn't. After all with a surname like Prine, there were reasons why the 130-person club sold out weeks in advance for this show and an earlier show was added.
That was the fate of Tommy Prine, the 27-year-old son ...