Album Cover - Jim Lauderdale - Hope
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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 - 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.

Eric Church - Chief - Album Cover
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COUNTRY CLASSICSEric Church - Chief

By Mark Hagen, July 26, 2021

Chief took you away from the world for three, four, five minutes and then dropped you back where you began - only now somehow changed, in touch with a feeling that you didn’t know you already had, in exactly the way that The Boss' own records do.

Album Cover - David Crosby - For Free
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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
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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
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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.

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.

Rodney Crowell - Triage
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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.

Kris Kristofferson - The Silver Tongued Devil and I Album Cover
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COUNTRY CLASSICSKris Kristofferson - The Silver Tongued Devil and I

By Paul Sexton, July 19, 2021

While far greater stardom and albums with bigger hits were to come, The Silver Tongued Devil and I was widely received as even better than Kristofferson's greatest hits of a debut.

John R. Miller - Depreciated Album Cover
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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.

Midland - The Last Resort EP Cover
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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
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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.

Holler Country Music
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LIVE REVIEWWindy City Smokeout 2021: The Review

By Holler , July 13, 2021

This past weekend, the United Center in Chicago made a 360-degree turn, becoming 18 acres of space for more than 15,000 eager music lovers, who were ready to celebrate the return of live music at the Windy City Smokeout festival.

LeAnn Rimes - Blue Album Cover
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COUNTRY CLASSICSLeAnn Rimes - Blue

By Paul Sexton, July 13, 2021

We take a look back at the iconic album that shot a 13-year-old LeAnn Rimes to global fame.

Album Cover - The Flatlanders - Treasure of Love
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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
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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
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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: The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East
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COUNTRY CLASSICSThe Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East

By Hal Horowitz, June 30, 2021

We reflect on this iconic album for its 50th anniversary, taking a look back at the story of the band's live recording at New York City's iconic Fillmore East.

Album Cover: Flatland Cavalry - Welcome to Countryland
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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
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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.

Holler Country Music
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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.

Lady Nade - Willing Album Cover
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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.

Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange Album Cover
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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.

Holler Country Music
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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
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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.

Holler Country Music
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COUNTRY CLASSICSRandy Travis - The Storms of Life

By Jessica Nicholson, June 7, 2021

Travis’ debut would prove to have an indelible influence on those who quickly followed him and contemporary artists who fly their own flag today.

Album - Joy Oladokun - in defense of my own happiness
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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.

Live - Katie Pruitt 3
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LIVE REVIEWKatie Pruitt and S.G. Goodman Live At The Burl, KY

By Matt Wickstrom, May 31, 2021

For many music lovers in Central Kentucky, the Burl is a home away from home, so to get to step foot back inside and lay eyes on the glowing stain glass behind the stage is nothing short of magical.

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.

Holler Country Music
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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.

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