Marcus K. Dowling

It's rumored that journalist Marcus K. Dowling's favorite activity is kissing angels good mornin' while standing alongside Willie, Waylon, and David Allan Coe.

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.

Allen Toussaint

GUIDEA Guide To: Louisiana's Soul, Cajun and Zydeco Legacy

By Marcus K. Dowling, March 16, 2021

“New Orleans is a metropolis in the middle of a swamp, that also serves as the womb of American music" - a definitive guide to the Soul, Cajun and Zydeco legacy of Louisiana, through 11 songs that galvanize the rich cultural tradition.

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Lathan Warlick

By Marcus K. Dowling, May 3, 2021

Though some may be sceptical that his message of “God, love, and unity” can supersede cultural divisions and even musical genres, it’s Lathan Warlick's unflinching religiosity and unique perspectives that makes him such a compelling artist.

Solomon Burke

OPINIONSolomon Burke: The Country Star?

By Marcus K. Dowling, March 23, 2021

The key in understanding the soul legend is realizing that his talents as a vocalist lent very well to him becoming the biggest Black country star since DeFord Bailey.

Disko Cowboy

INTERVIEWDisko Cowboy's Vinyl Ranch: Throwback Country Meets Youth Culture

By Marcus K. Dowling, February 1, 2022

Fusing rave culture with a throwback cowboy-style independent spirit, Vinyl Ranch - headed up by Austin's Disko Cowboy - is changing the narrative of country music’s “youth and street culture.”

Brandi Carlile by Jason Kempin / Getty Images

OPINIONAmericana Awards 2021: The National Need for Healing

By Marcus K. Dowling, September 28, 2021

Marcus K Dowling explains how the awards were a bittersweet attempt by an industry representing a nation to again celebrate its once proudly indomitable spirit.

Miko Marks

INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Miko Marks

By Marcus K. Dowling, February 2, 2021

Miko Marks talks about her comeback to country music, and how she's had to overcome the racist structures within the Nashville machine.

Holler Country Music

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Leon Timbo

By Marcus K. Dowling, November 29, 2021

Leon Timbo reflects on the experiences highlighted on his EP Lovers and Fools, as well as his theories on creativity, artistic growth and iconic Black musicians who are evolving Americana as a musical space.

Ashland Craft

INTERVIEWIntroducing: Ashland Craft

By Marcus K. Dowling, September 7, 2021

After listening to Travelin’ Kind, one thing stands out most significantly: Ashland Craft has cornered the market by exceeding the example set by her influences, creating a world-wisened and universally timeless sound.