Loney Hutchins - Buried Loot Album Cover
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STAFF PICKSLoney Hutchins - Buried Loot: Demos from the House of Cash and Outlaw Era, ‘73-‘78

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, December 8, 2021

A double-album’s worth of ‘70s recordings never intended for public consumption, Buried Loot is indeed a treasure trove of lost outlaw-country classics.

Holler Country Music
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ALBUM REVIEWNeil Young and Crazy Horse - Barn

By Lee Zimmerman, December 8, 2021

There’s something assuring about this combination, like the comfortable fit of an old flannel shirt.

The Band - Cahoots (50th Anniversary Edition) Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWThe Band - Cahoots (50th Anniversary Edition)

By Hal Horowitz, December 6, 2021

Experiencing this wonderful revitalization of Cahoots should spark renewed interest in what remains one of The Band’s still worthy efforts.

Nicole Atkins - Memphis Ice Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWNicole Atkins - Memphis Ice

By Hal Horowitz, December 6, 2021

Even if Nicole Atkins’ name is unfamiliar, Memphis Ice shows her to be a superlative talent just waiting for the world to acknowledge her gifts.

Treetop Flyers - Old Habits Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWTreetop Flyers - Old Habits

By Helen M Jerome, November 30, 2021

An immersive, nostalgia-driven fourth studio album from the London six-piece.

Jason Boland - The Light Saw Me
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ALBUM REVIEWJason Boland & The Stragglers - The Light Saw Me

By Helen M Jerome, November 29, 2021

Buckle in - this concept album is an existential western sci-fi extravaganza.

Holler Country Music
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ALBUM REVIEWWillie Nelson - The Willie Nelson Family

By Lee Zimmerman, November 23, 2021

Yet another outing by America’s most invincible icon, assisted this time by family and friends.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raise The Roof Album Cover
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STAFF PICKSRobert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raise The Roof

By Helen M Jerome, November 18, 2021

Consider labelling this hugely-anticipated record as the very definition of Americana.

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWBruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts

By Hal Horowitz, November 15, 2021

This is a sweat-soaked gig that will make even the most skeptical observer surely appreciative of Springsteen’s talents as a potent writer, player, singer, bandleader and especially performer.

Harrison Whitford - Afraid of Nothing Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWHarrison Whitford - Afraid of Nothing

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, November 15, 2021

With his sophomore effort, Harrison Whitford fleshes out the hushed, contemplative sound he introduced on his solo debut and emerges as a producer with a unique vision.

Dion - Stomping Ground Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWDion - Stomping Ground

By Hal Horowitz, November 15, 2021

Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and friends join the 82-year-old doo-wop icon for this rapturous bluesy collection.

Holler Country Music
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ALBUM REVIEWCody Jinks - Mercy

By Deborah Crooks, November 9, 2021

On Mercy, where Jinks has the option to be definitive and nuanced, he more often opts for vague declarations and opposing expressions.

Album - Jake Shimabukuro - Jake & Friends
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ALBUM REVIEWJake Shimabukuro - Jake & Friends

By Hal Horowitz, November 8, 2021

Jake Shimabukuro welcomes guest stars including Willie Nelson, Billy Strings, Bette Middler and more for this eclectic set of covers.

Album - Kiely Connell - Calumet Queen
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ALBUM REVIEWKiely Connell - Calumet Queen

By Hal Horowitz, November 8, 2021

Kiely Connell may be a newcomer now, but based on this striking recording, she won’t be for long.

Holler Country Music
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COUNTRY CLASSICSTaylor Swift - Red

By Will Groff, November 8, 2021

As with so much of Swift’s output, Red can be remembered as it should be: truly, gloriously singular. Just don’t say it’s her best album.

Sam Outlaw - Popular Mechanics Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWSam Outlaw - Popular Mechanics

By Hal Horowitz, November 8, 2021

Whether he continues releasing this overtly dated music is unclear. However, those who have previously jumped on Sam Outlaw’s chugging Americana train will want to sample his newfound course before hanging on for this unforeseen trip back in time.

Doc Watson - Life's Work: A Retrospective Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWDoc Watson - Life’s Work: A Retrospective

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, November 8, 2021

Spanning the breadth of Doc Watson’s career, this new box set offers a thorough —if disjointed —overview of one of the most important country/bluegrass figures of the 20th-century.

Album - Gov't Mule - Heavy Load Blues
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STAFF PICKSGov't Mule - Heavy Load Blues

By Hal Horowitz, November 7, 2021

If this sidetrack sends some of Gov’t Mules’ harder-rocking fans back to hear the originals - while tempting them with new music - it has done its job.

Album - Aimee Mann - Queens of the Summer Hotel
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ALBUM REVIEWAimee Mann - Queens of the Summer Hotel

By Helen M Jerome, November 2, 2021

It’s a measure of Aimee Mann’s skills that even though she admits feeling “possessed” when writing about someone else’s memoir, she’s definitely made it her own.

Album - Nathaniel Rateliff - The Future | Stax (2021)
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STAFF PICKSNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - The Future

By Hal Horowitz, November 1, 2021

The Future effectively combines provocative lyrics married to the Sweats’ trademarked attack; one that’s successful, even triumphant, and paves the way for more of the same in forthcoming endeavors.

Album - Legendary Shack Shakers - Cockadoodledeux
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ALBUM REVIEWLegendary Shack Shakers - Cockadoodledeux

By Hal Horowitz, November 1, 2021

For this Shack Shakers edition, J.D. Wilkes shifts to high octane country swing, mashing Commander Cody and Asleep at the Wheel’s trademarked Texas soufflé with good natured honky-tonk.

Holler Country Music
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ALBUM REVIEWEmily Scott Robinson - American Siren

By Helen M Jerome, October 27, 2021

It appears that Emily Scott Robinson can no longer be labelled as an emerging talent; with this album she’s surely already there.

Johnny Cash - Bear's Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash at the Carousel Ballroom, April 24 1968 - Album Cover
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ALBUM REVIEWBear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash – At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24, 1968

By Hal Horowitz, October 26, 2021

This record captures Cash in a transitory stretch - not yet lauded as the spokesperson for the downtrodden and a progenitor of the “outlaw” sound, but rather a talented country musician plying his trade on the road.

Album - Hayes Carll - You Get It All
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ALBUM REVIEWHayes Carll - You Get It All

By Deborah Crooks, October 26, 2021

You Get It All indeed does have it all: the good, the bad and the most acute challenges of human experience which Carll treats with humor, heart and clear-eyed intelligence.

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