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Album - Jason Isbell - Georgia Blue
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STAFF PICKSJason Isbell - Georgia Blue

By Hal Horowitz, October 12, 2021

Joined by a handful of like-minded musicians, 'Georgia Blue' sees Isbell cover a selection of songs by Georgia-hailing artists. It's a delightfully loose, expertly played and above all sincere 13-track set that checks every box for a project of this kind.

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STAFF PICKSBrandi Carlile - In These Silent Days

By Helen M Jerome, September 29, 2021

This is a stone-cold, instant classic – one that should cement Carlile and her collaborators at the forefront of the warm embrace of mainstream Americana.

Charley Crockett - Music City USA
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STAFF PICKSCharley Crockett - Music City USA

By Hal Horowitz, September 14, 2021

It’s tricky to pick one singular track to return to after the 50-minute album is complete. It’s once again an all-killer-no-filler album, Crockett keeping up his extraordinary run of matching quantity with quality, all garnished with an endearing, “aw-shucks” vibe.

Album - Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers - Ramble in Music City
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STAFF PICKSEmmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers - Ramble in Music City: The Lost Concert

By Hal Horowitz, September 1, 2021

A stunning live recording that helps solidify the importance of the three-year stint of the Nash Ramblers, adding another notch to Harris’ impressive belt that every Emmylou enthusiast - and even those that aren’t - will treasure.

Album - James McMurty - The Horses and the Hounds
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STAFF PICKSJames McMurtry - The Horses and the Hounds

By Hal Horowitz, August 16, 2021

James McMurtry has always been one of Americana’s finest artists, but with The Horses and the Hounds, he even bests his previous work for an album undoubtedly on the shortlist as one of 2021’s finest. 

Album Cover - Leah Blevins - First Time Feeling
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STAFF PICKSLeah Blevins - First Time Feeling

By Hal Horowitz, August 10, 2021

It won’t take long to realize that with First Time Feeling, singer/songwriter Leah Blevins has released one of the most impressive debuts in recent memory.

Album - Yola - Stand for Myself
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STAFF PICKSYola - Stand for Myself

By Hal Horowitz, July 26, 2021

Relish in one of contemporary music’s most dynamic voices at the peak of her songwriting powers and soul saturated vocal intensity.

Album Cover - Ava Earl - The Roses
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STAFF PICKSAva Earl - The Roses

By Helen M Jerome, July 21, 2021

A breakthrough release for the 18-year-old prodigy, this is the kind of record that’s going to repay revisiting; a complete work to get lost in.

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STAFF PICKSJohn R. Miller - Depreciated

By Helen M Jerome, July 16, 2021

He’s got the tunes, the twang and the delivery. Call it what you want – poetic country rock, singer-songwriter folk, or muscular Americana – this first solo collection from John R. Miller feels like a genuine leap into the big leagues.

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STAFF PICKSHiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It

By Hal Horowitz, June 21, 2021

This release feels like the beginning of a confident new phase for M.C. Taylor - and might herald that for the music world in general too.

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STAFF PICKSAmythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange

By Hal Horowitz, June 15, 2021

For Staff Picks, we share with you our favourite new releases that you need to listen to. This week, it's Amythyst Kiah's Wary + Strange - a mesmerizing, frequently hypnotic and always challenging work.

Album - Shannon McNally - The Waylon Sessions
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STAFF PICKSShannon McNally - The Waylon Sessions

By Hal Horowitz, May 26, 2021

It comes as little surprise that McNally has finally got around to honoring Jennings with a disc dedicated to highlights and a few obscurities from his catalog.

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STAFF PICKSLord Huron - Long Lost

By Hal Horowitz, May 19, 2021

Relish in this sumptuous look back into an Americana that may have never existed other than in the mind of Ben Schneider, an auteur who crafts this delightful, sometimes challenging conceptual piece without a hint of pretentiousness or affectation.

Artwork - The Marfa Tapes
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STAFF PICKSJack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall - The Marfa Tapes

By Hal Horowitz, May 4, 2021

The Marfa Tapes is the rawest – and some might say most real - recording you’ll get from this trio - and it's all the better for it. Its unembellished sound and scruffy methodology is a quality we don’t have enough of in today’s often excessively tweaked and overly polished fare.

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STAFF PICKSEric Church - Heart & Soul

By Jof Owen, April 20, 2021

Heart & Soul is a tour de force of heartland rock and driving country soul that more than holds up under the weight of its own ambition and influences, as Church gloves up for three more rounds of fighting the good fight for country music.

Rhiannon Giddens - They're Calling Me Home
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STAFF PICKSRhiannon Giddens - They're Calling Me Home

By Hal Horowitz, April 9, 2021

Rhiannon Giddens doesn’t need much time or supporting instrumentation to create fervently moving art. Even though the stripped-down qualities of They’re Calling Me Home are the result of the pandemic, they yield some of the most stirring music you’re likely to hear, this year or any other.

Artwork - Esther Rose - How Many Times
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STAFF PICKSEsther Rose - How Many Times

By Jof Owen, March 26, 2021

The third album from Esther Rose - her first for Full Time Hobby - is a harmony drenched alt-country heartbreak record. While augmenting her lap steel and fiddle with glossy mountain-top folk-pop, she dives headfirst into her most introspective and deeply personal songs thus far.

Israel Nash - Topaz
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STAFF PICKSIsrael Nash - Topaz

By Hal Horowitz, March 12, 2021

There aren’t many artists talented enough to pull off a concept this uniquely creative and idiosyncratic without a hint of pretension. But Israel Nash has honed this territory for a while. The result is an immaculately constructed, filmic album that’s both expansive yet personal.

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