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ALBUM REVIEWPeter Rowan - Calling You From My Mountain

By Hal Horowitz, June 21, 2022

Coloring within bluegrass’s established outline, Calling You From My Mountain is another classy, beautifully crafted addition to a catalog and 60-plus-year career that’s as impressive as any in roots Americana.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSWillie Nelson - Stardust

By Jof Owen, June 21, 2022

Stardust managed to capture something almost childlike in its simplicity; Nelson’s gently picked guitar drawing out the melancholy from the songs and filling the space around it with a wistful sense of the slow passing of time. The whole album is just a step away from being a collection of really fucking sad Muppets songs.

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ALBUM REVIEWHackensaw Boys - Hackensaw Boys

By Hal Horowitz, June 20, 2022

The vulnerability in the lyrics and music of the Hackensaw Boys' new release feels honest and natural - a refreshing way to propel the band forward into their third decade.

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ALBUM REVIEWJimmie Allen - Tulip Drive

By Jason Scott, June 20, 2022

It might only be June, but Allen just made a bid for album of the summer. Sometimes, albums can just make you feel good 一 and that’s enough.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSGretchen Wilson - Here for the Party

By Soda Canter, June 20, 2022

Here for the Party is the soundtrack to which we can honor our own gloriously complicated lives and fully accept our origin stories with outward pride.

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ALBUM REVIEWBrett Eldredge - Songs About You.

By Maxim Mower, June 16, 2022

A solid - if a tad predictable - offering from one of country's leading men.

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ALBUM REVIEWVarious Artists - Americana Railroad

By Lee Zimmerman, June 15, 2022

Former Textone Carla Olson and an all-star cast of contributors bring the seminal sounds of the American West to full fruition.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSWillie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, June 8, 2022

‘Red Headed Stranger’ not only catapulted Willie Nelson to superstardom, but it also marked his first artistic triumph on his own terms. Its impact on country music has been incalculable.

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ALBUM REVIEWMichaela Anne – Oh To Be That Free

By Hal Horowitz, June 8, 2022

Some singer-songwriters hide their emotions behind the characters in their songs; Nashville resident Michaela Anne is not one of them. This set digs deeper into the almost wincingly intimate issues she comes to terms with on these eleven shimmering folk pop pieces.

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ALBUM REVIEWAmerican Aquarium – Chicamacomico

By Hal Horowitz, June 6, 2022

Now that the fun of Slappers, Bangers and Certified Twangers is out of his system BJ Barham returns to his heavier introspective impulses on these ten contemplative tunes.

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ALBUM REVIEWPatty Griffin - Tape

By Deborah Crooks, June 6, 2022

Patty Griffin’s new collection of previously unreleased demos and home recordings makes up for unvarnished production by capturing the immediacy of inspiration and sure-footedness of a master songwriter at work.

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ALBUM REVIEWThe Slocan Ramblers - Up the Hill and Through the Fog

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, June 6, 2022

Canadian bluegrass outfit The Slocan Ramblers capture the poetry of the everyday so convincingly that it's as if they write stadium anthems for your front porch.

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ALBUM REVIEWDrive-By Truckers - Welcome 2 Club XIII

By Hal Horowitz, May 30, 2022

Drive-By Truckers flip back the calendar to muse on their origins on this smart, literate, grounded and musically creative 9-song set.

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STAFF PICKSS.G. Goodman - Teeth Marks

By Carena Liptak, May 30, 2022

Teeth Marks may be a slim collection, but in its songs, Goodman somehow manages to pack in more of everything. Not only are they more vulnerable, gripping and immediate -- they’re also, as a whole, groovier.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSWillie Nelson - Yesterday's Wine

By Mark Hagen, May 30, 2022

When Willie found a new creative impetus in Austin, he began an artistic rebirth that continues unabated to this day. Crucially, Yesterday’s Wine is where it started.

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ALBUM REVIEWMary Gauthier - Dark Enough To See The Stars

By Helen M Jerome, May 30, 2022

Under heartfelt wishes for no more pain or struggle, and thoughts of reuniting beyond this mortal coil, Dark Enough To See The Stars shows Mary Gauthier as a subtle, evocative wordsmith at her peak. It’s a highly rewarding album.

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ALBUM REVIEWSteve Earle & The Dukes - JERRY JEFF

By Lee Zimmerman, May 25, 2022

The relentless renegade displays his admiration for an influential icon.

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ALBUM REVIEWBanditos - Right On

By Hal Horowitz, May 23, 2022

This relatively sharp break in the Banditos’ sound breathes fresh life into an outfit outfit looking to expand boundaries while maintaining its core musical mojo.

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ALBUM REVIEWWilco - Cruel Country

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, May 23, 2022

Wilco come home to their alt-country roots - sort of - with a surprise double album of intimate group performances steeped in reflections on America.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSMiranda Lambert - Revolution

By Jason Scott, May 23, 2022

Revolution is a masterclass in songwriting that perfectly balances tradition with modern style. Inarguably, it remains the template for what great country music should always be about.

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ALBUM REVIEWHannah White - About Time

By Deborah Crooks, May 23, 2022

There’s no numbing the pain in White’s world, only walking—and sometimes stumbling—through it, feeling everything and alchemizing it with music and love.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSNancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Nancy & Lee

By Carena Liptak, May 19, 2022

The songs on Nancy & Lee helped both artists to shape their sounds at pivotal moments in their lives; creating a dark, complex and ethereal synergy that would inform generations that followed.

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STAFF PICKSZach Bryan - American Heartbreak

By Jason Scott, May 17, 2022

American Heartbreak sculpts the entire breadth of human experience, as Bryan stitches together songs of love, loss and life’s fleeting nature with brilliant command.

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ALBUM REVIEWMavis Staples and Levon Helm - Carry Me Home

By Hal Horowitz, May 16, 2022

Fans of Staples and Helm will be thrilled with this magical, professionally recorded and mixed concert, hidden away for over a decade, that puts us right at the heart of the 2011 action.

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