Amanda Wicks

Amanda Wicks is a culture writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Vulture, Pitchfork, The Bluegrass Situation, Paste, and elsewhere. She currently lives in North Carolina.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Mikaela Finne's 'What If I'

By Amanda Wicks, July 6, 2021

Finne's Scandinavian approach to Americana offers a fresh take on the genre.

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Sara Watkins Announces New Album Under the Pepper Tree

By Amanda Wicks, January 27, 2021

The children's album will be released March 26 via New West Records.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Tim Easton - 'You Don't Really Know Me'

By Amanda Wicks, June 23, 2021

The roots-infused title track appears on his forthcoming tenth album, You Don't Really Know Me.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Sean Rowe's 'To Make It Real'

By Amanda Wicks, July 22, 2021

The song appears on Rowe's forthcoming album The Darkness Dressed in Colored Lights.

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INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: The War and Treaty

By Amanda Wicks, January 20, 2021

Americana, gospel or soul - The War and Treaty have it covered. Holler spoke to the duo about their latest album, fusing genres and holding on to hope in difficult times.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Kelsey Lamb - 'Let It Break'

By Amanda Wicks, June 3, 2021

What if you just want to wallow in heartbreak?

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Erik Shicotte

By Amanda Wicks, July 7, 2021

Ironworker by day, songwriter by night, Wisconsin native Shicotte loves penning songs about open roads and rails.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Ava Earl

By Amanda Wicks, July 20, 2021

The Alaska-born singer/songwriter Ava Earl just graduated from high school but she's already preparing to release her fourth album. That's right, fourth.

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OPINIONClearing Space for Sober Stories in Country Music

By Amanda Wicks, January 20, 2021

As country reckons with its need for greater diversity - across gender, race, and sexuality - the same goes for its storytelling. It’s time for new tales about alcohol and its aftermath.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Dallas Burrow - 'Born Down in Texas'

By Amanda Wicks, May 19, 2021

Burrow's new single crackles with Texas heat.

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Jake Hoot shares new song 'Somethin' We Can Slow Dance To'

By Amanda Wicks, January 27, 2021

Rising country star Jake Hoot has shared a new song, 'Somethin' We Can Slow Dance To', from his debut EP Love Out of Time.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: F. Scott & the Nighthawks - 'Stevie Girl'

By Amanda Wicks, June 15, 2021

Toronto’s rollicking country-rock band F. Scott & the Nighthawks take a more sentimental note on their new single.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Bridget Caldwell

By Amanda Wicks, June 9, 2021

Caldwell's songwriting examines life’s darker moments and translates that pain in moving – and cathartic – ways.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Matthew Fowler

By Amanda Wicks, June 16, 2021

Fowler's new single 'I'm Still Trying' details how one failure tends to highlight them all.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: The Brothers Comatose's 'Gone Gone Gone'

By Amanda Wicks, July 29, 2021

The jaunty song shows off the band's warm harmonies and playful spirit.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Lauren Davidson - 'Silver Linings'

By Amanda Wicks, June 29, 2021

Even with the chaos of life swirling around Davidson “like a carousel”, she doesn’t let it get her down.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Joe Bourdet - 'Lost Along the Way'

By Amanda Wicks, June 8, 2021

Bourdet's newest single has 60s folk-inspired sound.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Sara Watkins

By Amanda Wicks, March 25, 2021

Watkins spoke with Amanda Wicks about the songs she connected to most as a child, why it was important for her to record a family-friendly album and takes us deeper into Under the Pepper Tree.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs - 'Feed the Beast'

By Amanda Wicks, July 28, 2021

The Montana-based folk band has shared an emotionally charged new single.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Watchhouse - 'Upside Down'

By Amanda Wicks, July 21, 2021

The duo are premiering the video for their new single exclusively at Holler.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Wesley Dean - ‘Gypsy’

By Amanda Wicks, May 26, 2021

Dean sheds his earlier polished sound for a more raw - and honest - approach to songwriting.

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INTRODUCINGAlbum Premiere: Anna Vaus' Wild Honey

By Amanda Wicks, July 15, 2021

The project showcases the striking harmony Vaus has found between her sunny California past and her Nashville country-pop present. Listen below.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Jason Eady - 'French Summer Sun'

By Amanda Wicks, June 22, 2021

More than any other music genre, country loves to tell a story. Eady’s new single 'French Summer Sun' elevates that form.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Sierra Ferrell - 'The Sea'

By Amanda Wicks, June 1, 2021

The singer/songwriter's debut weaves together multiple influences into country and folk.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Rachel Baiman's 'Rust Belt Fields'

By Amanda Wicks, July 14, 2021

The cover appears on Baiman's new album Cycles and features Watchhouse's Andrew Marlin and Josh Oliver.

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Rhiannon Giddens

By Amanda Wicks, April 7, 2021

Rhiannon Giddens searched for a salve in the one place she knew where to find it: music. But it wasn't enough to write her way through her feelings of longing and loss. She needed the community that collaboration offered — the way that it, too, could be a home.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Noah Hicks

By Amanda Wicks, May 25, 2021

The Georgia-born singer-songwriter has turned his early passion for music into a career penning honest songs.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Kylie Morgan

By Amanda Wicks, June 30, 2021

Morgan's debut EP 'Love, Kylie' is stacked full of bright, pop-country tracks that showcase her clever lyricism and crackling voice.

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Kris Kristofferson Officially Retires From Music

By Amanda Wicks, January 29, 2021

The 84-year-old's last performance was at Outlaw Country Cruise in 2020.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Ross Cooper

By Amanda Wicks, May 21, 2021

Ross Cooper's Western country is heavily influenced by his time in the rodeo riding broncs.

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ALBUM REVIEWCourtney Marie Andrews - Old Flowers

By Amanda Wicks, December 18, 2020

Breakup albums are well-worn folk territory, but Andrews brings fresh perspective to the larger picture of loss and sorrow on her beautiful album Old Flowers.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Misty River's 'Walk Me to the River'

By Amanda Wicks, July 1, 2021

In her new music video, River sings about the strength necessary to break away from what everyone else is doing.

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Ruston Kelly announces livestream show Stream & Destroy

By Amanda Wicks, January 29, 2021

The show will stream live from Nashville on February 19

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INTERVIEWIn Conversation: Amanda Shires

By Amanda Wicks, December 18, 2020

If one person raising their voice starts the conversation, then more raised voices start the movement.

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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Hiss Golden Messenger

By Amanda Wicks, June 10, 2021

M.C Taylor is crafting an ongoing investigation into existential matters: of identity and self, of family and fatherhood, of faith, of art and what happens when it has to “pay the rent”. The result is one of the most profound and insightful catalogues from a contemporary musician.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Zoe Cummins

By Amanda Wicks, July 13, 2021

Cummins crafts songs with sharply tuned lyricism, letting her wisened alto capture an emotional crackle in each one.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Bill and the Belles - 'People Gonna Talk'

By Amanda Wicks, June 10, 2021

The band tapped Mehitabel and the What’s Their Name Brothers for their quirky ode to small town residents.

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Esther Rose Announces New Album How Many Times

By Amanda Wicks, January 26, 2021

She also shared the title-track from her forthcoming third album.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Riddy Arman's 'Half a Heart Keychain'

By Amanda Wicks, July 8, 2021

In the long tradition of 'singing cowboys', ranch hand and singer/songwriter Arman has much to say.

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Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard Perform 'Undivided' at Inauguration Concert

By Amanda Wicks, January 21, 2021

The duo released their new single this past week.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Ryan Kinder

By Amanda Wicks, July 27, 2021

Kinder has translated his early love of guitar into heat-laden Southern rock.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Mercy Bell's 'Who Said We Were Friends'

By Amanda Wicks, July 21, 2021

The queer Filipino artist delivers a swaggering bravado on the honky tonk track.