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Tony Rice
Church Street Blues

We lost guitarist Tony Rice far too soon (at only 69 in 2020), However, we can still enjoy the master's work with this vinyl reissue of 1983's "Church Street Blues" album. Although Rice is mainly thought of as a bluegrass artist and was inducted into the International Bluegrass ...

Zach Top
Cold Beer & Country Music

On the opening track "Sounds Like The Radio," Zach Top gives away the game – he's a throwback to '90s country like George Strait and Alan Jackson, with the same reverence for classic honky-tonk that set those artists apart from their peers and a tendency toward classic ...

Beyonce
Cowboy Carter

With the "Cowboy Carter" opening track, "American Requiem," Beyoncé makes her case for familial, if not always stylistic, country legitimacy. After singing a brief biographical sketch she states, "If that ain't country, tell me what is." This opener also seeks ...

Ted Russell Kamp
California Son

On singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist's Ted Russell Kamp's (TRK) 14th full-length album, he pens an homage to his adopted state and to a huge cadre of musicians that he invites into his circle for "California Son." The album does contain more co-writing than Kamp has done in the past. ...

Wonder Women of Country
Wonder Women of Countrry

This trio of three country singers - Kelly Willis, Melissa Carper and Brenda Leigh - offers welcome sound. This short six-song set is simply wonder-ful. The project opens with on a light note with "Fly Ya To Hawaii," which features Leigh on lead vocal. It's a simple, playful love song ...

Armchair Boogie
Hard Times & Deadlines

Armchair Boogie is a young roots quartet from Wisconsin that's purposely hard to pin down as they blend bluegrass acoustic instruments with electric guitars, electric bass and drums on their fourth album. Fiddle appears only on two tracks, and it's played by guests. We've heard the ...

Corb Lund
El Viejo

Award-winning Canadian rootsicana artist Corb Lund returns with his 11th album of original material, following the success of his 2022 covers album, "Songs My Friends Wrote." "El Viejo" has an intimate, 'living room' feel and for good reason: an acoustic album recorded in ...

Eric Brace & Thomm Jutz
Simple Motion

"Simple Motion" had to be a very difficult album for Eric Brace and Thomm Jutz to make, in the wake of the sudden passing of the third member of their vital trio, Peter Cooper. Naturally, the album is dedicated to the memory of Cooper, and inevitably strains of loss ring through these songs. ...

Rowdy McCarran
Here

David Brim, aka Rowdy McCarran, signals via his black Stetson hat, colorful shirt, tattooed forearm and black leather pants with a chain hanging from his right hip what he's all about in the cover photo. He delivers just the kind of music we would expect – mostly pulsating radio-friendly ...

The Steel Wheels
Sideways

"Sideways" is the 11th album in less than two decades from the Shenandoah Valley, Va.-based string band, The Steel Wheels, an understated commercial entity as well, owning their own record label and hosts of the Red Wing Roots Music Festival. This album will strike fans as a bit quieter ...

Gabby Barrett
Chapter & Verse

Gabby Barrett's sophomore album ''Chapter and Verse" has a lot of material she can draw from as a mother of three, and the importance of family and faith pervades the album. She enlisted some of music city's best songwriting talent in in the form of Ross Copperman and Hillary Lindsey. ...

James Talley
Bandits, Ballads and Blues

Nashville has rarely had a more authentic artist than singer-songwriter, octogenarian James Talley, who enters his sixth recording decade with his 15th studio album, Talley, who under more fair circumstances, should be as equally revered as the one his vocals are most often compared to Willie Nelson. ...

Annie Bosko
Annie Bosko

Annie Bosko starts out a little quiet on her five-song EP, but revs up to a rollicking ride down the "Honky Tonk Highway" to close it out. This project may represent a brief trip, but she sure makes for one fun travel partner. Bosko is a fine singer that surrounds herself with undeniably ...

Amanda Stewart
Since It's Christmas

Amanda Stewart's holiday EP is only five songs long, but every single track is a winner. It's a little like getting absolutely everything you want for Christmas. The release contains three originals and two covers from the Montana-based independent artist. The covers consist of a truly ...

Logan Mize
A Very Merry Christmas from Logan Mize

Logan Mize begins his holiday album the right country way with one titled "I Saw Santa In A Bar." If you want to find real country folk, you'll have more luck in a tavern than, say, at the mall. It's a fun drinking song with a Christmas theme. What follows is 10 selections of ...

Dolly Parton
Rockstar

With the possible exception of puppies, the only thing Americans can agree on in this acrimonious era of ours is Dolly Parton. Wherever you may fall on the political spectrum, you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who would dispute her status as a national icon. And it's not just her ...

Chris Stapleton
Higher

There was a bit of a controversy at the recent CMAs when Chris Stapleton beat out Morgan Wallen for best male vocalist, especially after Wallen had such a huge year, commercially speaking. Yes, one can make the case that Wallen is the most popular male singer in country music these days. ...

Twinnie
Blue Christmas

Twinnie created this holiday release with relationships on her mind. Although she closes the five-song project with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," everything that comes before it puts love and romance smack dab into the holiday season context. Even though she puts it gently with ...

Shooter Jennings
Shooter Jennings And The Werewolves Of Los Angeles do Zevon

Shooter Jennings' tribute album of Warren Zevon covers is clearly a labor of love. Zevon was a legendary Los Angeles singer/songwriter that somehow has been overlooked by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Jennings, though, has chosen to willfully focus his attention on this great artist's life ...

Jon Pardi
Merry Christmas from Jon Pardi

You know from the first notes of Jon Pardi's "All I Want For Christmas" that this is going to be good album as it starts off with a steel guitar intro. Later, there is also a twin fiddle solo. These elements reveal how this track is a true country version. It's also executed well, ...


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