Album Cover - Jim Lauderdale - Hope

ALBUM REVIEWJim Lauderdale - Hope

By Paul Sexton, July 28, 2021

To use an old advertising line, Jim Lauderdale is as good for you today as he's always been. With Hope, he delivers a specific message of better days to come.

Album Cover - David Crosby - For Free

ALBUM REVIEWDavid Crosby - For Free

By Paul Sexton, July 22, 2021

Crosby's better angels have delivered in spades again.

Album Cover - Jackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere

ALBUM REVIEWJackson Browne - Downhill From Everywhere

By Hal Horowitz, July 22, 2021

This late-in-life entry to a stunning near five-decade catalog is as warm, lyrically articulate and musically compelling as any Jackson Browne has recorded.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - 662 Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWChristone "Kingfish" Ingram - 662

By Mark Hagen, July 22, 2021

662 is an outstanding collection of music from an outstanding talent. If you have any interest at all in what traditional electric blues can do in 2021, then you need to hear this.

Rodney Crowell - Triage

ALBUM REVIEWRodney Crowell - Triage

By Hal Horowitz, July 20, 2021

It takes a brave artist to admit “If I’d known what I know a long time ago /I might have made of my life something more”. When it comes to Rodney Crowell, many would disagree; the intimate and often hypnotic Triage shows that he still has lots more to give.

Midland - The Last Resort EP Cover

ALBUM REVIEWMidland - The Last Resort EP

By Helen M Jerome, July 15, 2021

Sepia-tinged and harking back to the mythical good old days, yet still forward-facing and flashy, Midland’s image and musical style somehow manage to take the best of everything and mash it together.

Album Cover - Chase Bryant - Upbringing

ALBUM REVIEWChase Bryant - Upbringing

By Hal Horowitz, July 13, 2021

Kudos to Bryant for overcoming his psychological obstacles to craft his sturdy, if a little cliched, of Upbringing.

Album Cover - The Flatlanders - Treasure of Love

ALBUM REVIEWThe Flatlanders - Treasure of Love

By Hal Horowitz, July 7, 2021

While it may not be The Flatlanders at the top of their game, any fan of pure Texas country will find lots to relish on this collection. The tunes are terrific and it remains a treat to hear these troupers clearly having fun working at this late stage in their lives.

Album - The Wallflowers - Exit Wounds

ALBUM REVIEWThe Wallflowers - Exit Wounds

By Hal Horowitz, July 6, 2021

Since releasing two stripped-down solo efforts in 2008 and 2010, then returning to his band for 2012’s Glad All Over, it’s been radio silence in Jakob Dylan’s career. That puts this new Wallflowers set, arriving nearly a decade later, squarely into comeback territory.

Album Cover - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Angel Dream 2021

ALBUM REVIEWTom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Angel Dream

By Hal Horowitz, July 2, 2021

Even Petty fans hip to the initial soundtrack will want to add this refreshed take to their collections.

Album Cover: Flatland Cavalry - Welcome to Countryland

ALBUM REVIEWFlatland Cavalry - Welcome to Countryland

By Helen M Jerome, June 29, 2021

If you’re craving some sweet country authenticity, then this young Texan six-piece might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Album cover: Always Like New by Jennifer Nettles

ALBUM REVIEWJennifer Nettles - Always Like New

By Zoe Hodges, June 22, 2021

This invigorating album encapsulates all the aspects of Nettles’ musical abilities. It is bound to capture the imagination of fans from both genres, whilst opening opportunities for her career to blossom even further than it already has.

Lady Nade - Willing Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWLady Nade - Willing

By Helen M Jerome, June 16, 2021

This feels like third time lucky for Lady Nade, as she flexes her considerable songwriting and performance skills on the very edges of Americana. It’s almost as if Austin, Texas had upped sticks and landed alongside the River Avon. Or perhaps even vice versa.

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ALBUM REVIEWJoana Serrat - Hardcore from the Heart

By Helen M Jerome, June 10, 2021

It might be named after a book by sexologist and essayist Annie Sprinkles, but it is very much the Catalan’s creation, drenched in hugely summery vibes with folk-angled vocals, and instrumentation that swirls and chimes across her tremendous walls of sound.

Album - Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - A Few Stars Apart

ALBUM REVIEWLukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - A Few Stars Apart

By Hal Horowitz, June 8, 2021

While the laid-back nature of it could use more of the energy exhibited on much of his other work, it demonstrates that slowing down to reevaluate your life, whether you planned to or not, is time well spent.

Album - Joy Oladokun - in defense of my own happiness

ALBUM REVIEWJoy Oladokun - in defense of my own happiness

By Hal Horowitz, June 2, 2021

It’s an impressive introduction - a balancing act that keeps one foot in deep, dark impressions while the other stands within enough commerciality to attract newcomers to Oladokun's sound.

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ALBUM REVIEWBlackberry Smoke - You Hear Georgia

By Hal Horowitz, May 25, 2021

With You Hear Georgia, Blackberry Smoke’s tried and true approach feels as potent now as it did when they started down their long career path 20 years ago.

Album - John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - Leftover Feelings

ALBUM REVIEWJohn Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band - Leftover Feelings

By Hal Horowitz, May 20, 2021

It’s a classy, frequently moving, always provocative collaboration and one of Hiatt’s finest efforts which, considering his extensive catalog, is saying plenty.

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