“Do you remember … the ballad of the past … ” From the opening question to the last line of their last song, Kentucky Avenue’s second record harkens back to the classic country rock music of 1970s Laurel Canyon, infusing […]
With the world shut down for most of 2020, it was hard to predict what 2021 would bring in terms of music. The end of full-band rockers? A glut of lonely songs from people’s bedrooms? Nothing at all? Thankfully, […]
Long before JP Harris became a well regarded honky-tonker, he used his childhood nickname “Squash” while playing archaic “old-time” American tunes at underground fiddlers’ gatherings, engrossed in this punkish folk music world. Don’t You Marry No Railroad Man, his debut […]
Guitar virtuoso Julian Lage makes his Blue Note Records debut with Squint, a striking new album produced by Armand Hirsch and Margaret Glaspy that weds incisive, expressive songwriting with the profound interplay of his deft trio featuring bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Dave King.
John Hiatt’s first collaborative album with The Jerry Douglas Band, titled Leftover Feelings, is out now. “Long Black Electric Cadillac” is a freewheeling ode to a flashy ride that “goes a thousand miles on a charge.” For the video’s filming, Douglas […]
With her new album, The Waylon Sessions, the prolific and wide-ranging Shannon McNally set out to revisit the songs and spirit of Waylon Jennings, a legend with whom she’s always had an ongoing fascination. But her collection of tunes ended up being […]
Joy comes through loud and clear on Riley Downing’s debut solo album, Start It Over. Even in its most serious and somber moments — and also given the fact that it was recorded during a pandemic — it radiates with a […]
Sometimes a sea shanty isn’t just a sea shanty. With “The Ship,” the heralded singer-songwriter Ana Egge has taken the traditional shanty and transformed it into a modern-day parable. Soft but still clearly defiant, “The Ship” portrays sailors, fed-up with […]
On Brand New Good Old Days, Leftover Salmon delivers a feel-good collection of 10 new tracks, dipping their collective musical toes back into the bluegrass stream from which they emerged as a band 30 years ago. The resulting album is […]
Winners of the 2021 Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year, world-beating alt-country duo The Weeping Willows (Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth) plunge headlong into darkness once again with brooding new single “Black Crow.” Encroaching doom never sounded so sweet. […]
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