S.G. Goodman - Teeth Marks Album Cover

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.

Holler Country Music

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.

Leyla McCalla - Breaking The Thermometer Album Cover

STAFF PICKSLeyla McCalla - Breaking The Thermometer

By Madeline Crone, May 6, 2022

With near unmatchable vocal strength, McCalla uproots hidden histories that hold the key to her ancestral past.

Holler Country Music

STAFF PICKSMiranda Lambert - Palomino

By Jof Owen, April 27, 2022

Palomino revels in the idea of how good it feels to not be tied down to anything or anyone, to always be passing through the world and all the possibilities it becomes rich with when you do.

Caroline Spence - True North

STAFF PICKSCaroline Spence - True North

By Jason Scott, April 26, 2022

In an era where we are collectively reassessing meanings of life and death, the singer-songwriter's latest will stand as a lasting memento 一 an apt discernment of time and aging.

Holler Country Music

STAFF PICKSJoshua Hedley - Neon Blue

By Hal Horowitz, April 18, 2022

A crash course in pure country from one of the music university’s finest and most knowledgeable professors.

Holler Country Music

STAFF PICKSMaren Morris - Humble Quest

By Will Groff, March 25, 2022

Humble Quest, the third album from country-pop superstar Maren Morris, is a nuanced return to the fold.

Hailey Whitters - Raised

STAFF PICKSHailey Whitters - Raised

By Deborah Crooks, March 16, 2022

Raised is a generous and unabashed celebration of growing up in a big family in a small town that cements Whitters as a true country songwriter of note.

Holler Country Music

STAFF PICKSMadi Diaz - Same History, New Feelings

By Madeline Crone, March 2, 2022

These four renovated songs — once tear-stained journal entries — represent the breadth of experience, and the strength derived from re-shaping the story you tell yourself.

The Whitmore Sisters - Ghost Stories

STAFF PICKSThe Whitmore Sisters - Ghost Stories

By Hal Horowitz, January 19, 2022

The key to the album’s success is not just the wonderful, beautifully crafted songwriting or even the Whitmore Sisters’ stunning vocals. Rather, it’s the years the duo spent honing their craft alone before realising that together, they shared the final piece of the wonderful puzzle.

Loney Hutchins - Buried Loot Album Cover

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 a treasure trove of lost outlaw country classics.

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raise The Roof Album Cover

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.

Album - Gov't Mule - Heavy Load Blues

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 - Nathaniel Rateliff - The Future | Stax (2021)

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.

Film Graphic - Tom Petty - Somewhere You Feel Free

STAFF PICKSTom Petty – Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers

By Hal Horowitz, October 19, 2021

Similar to the best documentaries, you don’t need to be a Tom Petty fan to appreciate how this film captures the creation of Wildflowers, and illuminates his character, determination and perfectionism.

Album - Jason Isbell - Georgia Blue

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.

Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days Album Cover

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

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.

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