Album - My Morning Jacket / ATO Records 2021

ALBUM REVIEWMy Morning Jacket - My Morning Jacket

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, October 21, 2021

My Morning Jacket certainly make a resolute statement with this new album, i.e: “we’re back”. Of course, coming as it does from a group so averse to explosive displays, it's the kind of measured statement one needs to lean-in to discern.

Lady A - What A Song Can Do / Big Machine Label Group (2021)

ALBUM REVIEWLady A - What A Song Can Do

By Jason Scott, October 20, 2021

With What a Song Can Do, Lady A's eighth career set, the band continue pushing forward with emotionally-driven songwriting while also looping back to their poppier roots.

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 - Steve Earle - Copperhead Road

COUNTRY CLASSICSSteve Earle - Copperhead Road

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, October 18, 2021

After working within a standard country template for his first two albums, Steve Earle embraced hard rock with his third effort Copperhead Road, kicking off the doggedly nonconformist streak that’s defined his career ever since.

Album - Ryan Hurd - Pelago

ALBUM REVIEWRyan Hurd - Pelago

By Helen M Jerome, October 13, 2021

There's huge promise from Ryan Hurd's debut, on which his image as a Nashville insider yet outlier is burnished by much heart-on-the-sleeve vulnerability.

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.

Pokey LaFarge - In The Blossom of Their Shade Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWPokey LaFarge - In the Blossom of Their Shade

By Hal Horowitz, October 12, 2021

In the Blossom of Their Shade will make you forget about the frustrations of the last year and a half - at least for 40 minutes - and is a wonderful way to get acquainted with LaFarge’s unique, diverse and delightfully idiosyncratic musical personality.

Zac Brown Band - The Comeback Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWZac Brown Band - The Comeback

By Lee Zimmerman, October 12, 2021

Granted, Brown’s good-ole-boy persona never drifts far from the surface, and any number of tracks reinforce that notion. In that regard, The Comeback resonates exactly as intended.

David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name (50th Anniversary Edition) Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWDavid Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name (50th Anniversary Edition)

By Hal Horowitz, October 11, 2021

Many believe that the best art emerges from times of psychological struggle and/or philosophical unrest. That was the case in late 1970, when David Crosby recorded his first solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name.

Album - Natalie Hemby - Pins and Needles

ALBUM REVIEWNatalie Hemby - Pins and Needles

By Hal Horowitz, October 8, 2021

Pins and Needles sounds professional and pleasant, however the smoothed over, unruffled 70s-styled production strips many of these selections of the impact their smartly written lyrics deserve.

Old Dominion - Time, Tequila & Therapy Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWOld Dominion - Time, Tequila & Therapy

By Will Groff, October 8, 2021

Time, Tequila & Therapy marries soft-rock and jam-band sensibilities over 13 songs that are most obviously indebted to “Gulf and Western” primogenitor Jimmy Buffett.

Album - Joshua Ray Walker - See You Next Time

ALBUM REVIEWJoshua Ray Walker - See You Next Time

By Lee Zimmerman, October 5, 2021

See You Next Time invokes the image of an all-night dive bar that offers safe haven for lovers, losers, drifters and dreamers whose hopes and aspirations always remain just out of reach.

Album - Lilly Hiatt - Lately

ALBUM REVIEWLilly Hiatt - Lately

By Saby Reyes-Kulkarni, October 5, 2021

Lately will likely challenge listeners looking for more of what Lilly Hiatt’s last two albums offered, but her music remains as unabashedly approachable as ever.

Album - Sean Rowe - The Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights

ALBUM REVIEWSean Rowe - The Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights

By Hal Horowitz, October 4, 2021

Between his earnest rumble of a voice, lyrics so genuine they can’t be fiction and the no frills production, these musical sketches bring us closer to connecting with Sean Rowe from a place total vulnerability. 

Album - Carolyn Wonderland - Tempting Fate

ALBUM REVIEWCarolyn Wonderland - Tempting Fate

By Hal Horowitz, October 4, 2021

The years of Carolyn Wonderland being a well-kept secret are about to end.

Shania Twain - Come On Over - Album Cover

COUNTRY CLASSICSShania Twain - Come On Over

By Helen M Jerome, October 4, 2021

Man, it feels like a landmark.

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.

Album - Asleep at the Wheel - Half a Hundred Years

ALBUM REVIEWAsleep at the Wheel - Half a Hundred Years

By Hal Horowitz, September 28, 2021

The 19-track, hour playing time zips along with so much enthusiasm that it feels half as long. Even though it’s a bit of a mish-mash of re-recorded Asleep material with new songs, Half a Hundred Years is a constantly delightful recording that never takes itself too seriously.

Album - Drive By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera

COUNTRY CLASSICSDrive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera

By Hal Horowitz, September 25, 2021

There is never a moment throughout this saga when the playing, singing and vocals feel anything less than earthy, honest and pure. That’s quite an accomplishment for this expansive hour and a half listen, particularly one where lyrics are so crucial to its enjoyment.

Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors Album Review

COUNTRY CLASSICSDolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors

By Marcus K. Dowling, September 25, 2021

It's on 1971’s Coat Of Many Colors that Dolly Parton's Hall of Fame level talent as a creator and wordsmith emerged. As for the rest of the album, it’s a fascinating journey into how the foundations of her professional streak took shape.

Album - Billy Strings - Renewal

ALBUM REVIEWBilly Strings - Renewal

By Matt Wickstrom, September 24, 2021

Renewal is Billy Strings’ Sistine Chapel; his grandest work to date that’s sure to cast a wide net of influence over bluegrass music for years to come.

Mickey Guyton - Remember Her Name Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWMickey Guyton - Remember Her Name

By Helen M Jerome, September 23, 2021

Not your run-of-the-mill country album by any measure, Mickey Guyton has stepped up and grabbed her moment in the spotlight here. Exploring everything from romance and abandonment to self-esteem and social justice, Remember Her Name is a milestone record.

Album - Taylor McCall - Black Powder Soul

ALBUM REVIEWTaylor McCall - Black Powder Soul

By Hal Horowitz, September 22, 2021

Listeners who gravitate to the darker fringe of the genre will find plenty to chew on in this stunningly intense album that takes no prisoners, often detonating as if ignited by the explosive titular element.

Merlefest 2021 by Amanda Wicks

LIVE REVIEWReview: Merlefest 2021

By Amanda Wicks, September 21, 2021

The beloved festival — which boasts attendees who show up not just year after year, but decade after decade - underlines what it has grown to encompass since its earlier bluegrass days; you might even venture to call it “traditional plus plus”.

Album - Adia Victoria - A Southern Gothic

ALBUM REVIEWAdia Victoria - A Southern Gothic

By Hal Horowitz, September 16, 2021

Victoria has crafted a serious, often unrelenting and potent collection in A Southern Gothic - a powerful, searing work that pulses with the heartbeat of the American South.

The Felice Brothers - From Dreams To Dust Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWThe Felice Brothers – From Dreams To Dust

By Helen M Jerome, September 16, 2021

“Music is a medicine. It can make our time on the planet a little more enjoyable”, Ian Felice of the Felice Brothers said. Their new record, From Dreams To Dust, succeeds in doing precisely that.

Album - Carly Pearce - 29: Written In Stone

ALBUM REVIEWCarly Pearce - 29: Written In Stone

By Jof Owen, September 15, 2021

As crushing and humiliating as heartbreak can be, it always allows for a rebirth of sorts. For Carly Pearce, it's resulted in 29: Written In Stone - a modern country music masterpiece.

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.

Kacey Musgraves - star-crossed Album Cover

ALBUM REVIEWKacey Musgraves - star-crossed

By Amanda Wicks, September 14, 2021

On star-crossed, Musgraves' vulnerability doesn’t fully disappear, but neither does she trust it so completely anymore. What emerges are astute observations told plainly. Wrapping them in witticisms or metaphors would lose the truth they need to convey — to herself as much as to anyone else.

Album - Deana Carter - Did I Shave My Legs For This?

COUNTRY CLASSICSDeana Carter - Did I Shave My Legs For This?

By Jof Owen, September 13, 2021

Did I Shave My Legs For This? caught the fever that was tearing through country music in the 90s, as a new army of women spiced up tradition with a reinvigorated tone of feisty independence.

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