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Jubal Lee Young
Wild Birds Warble

Jubal Lee Young was raised by music royalty and has managed to not only live with that pressure throughout his career, but forge his own path. His father, Steve Young, was a forbear of the outlaw country music known for writing "Seven Bridges Road" (Eagles, Dolly Parton), and "Lonesome, ...

David Serby
Low Hanging Stars

"Low Hanging Stars" marks the return of singer-songwriter David Serby to the recording studio after a 10-year hiatus. Serby is an L.A.-based alt-country musician who has previously released five albums, dabbling in folk and pop on his last couple. Here he returns to his trademark talents, ...

Lonesome River Band
The Winning Hand

The Lonesome River Band has been around since the early '80s with such alumni as Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Adam Steffey. Current band leader and banjo wizard, Sammy Shelor joined the band in 1990 and has kept the LRB going through numerous personnel changes. ...

Willie Nelson
The Border

Willie Nelson has released more than 150 albums in his career, including four in the past two years. All this while approaching and surpassing the age of 90. Of all his many solo recordings, "The Border" ranks as one of his best. The songs are fresh, sincere, and full of energy and have many ...

The Mavericks
Moon & Stars

It is, of course, impossible to know how the world would have been different if Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson had not perished in that fateful plane crash. But if Feb. 3, 1959 had not been the day the music died, but, instead, the day the music had a terrifying close ...

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 ...

Carley Arrowood

The world is Carley Arrowood's canvas on "Colors," her second album, which expands a bit beyond the musical boundaries of her debut offering, "Goin' Home Comin' On." The exceptional singer/fiddler player/songwriter from North Carolina displays elements of bluegrass, ...

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. ...

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow was done. She said in more than one public forum that 2019's "Threads" would be her last studio album. It wasn't that the honeycomb voice had soured or that she had creatively dried up. Rather, it was the music business itself. The unwritten, but rule showed the ...

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

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 ...

Missy Raines

Missy Raines has said that if bluegrass is a place, she feels like she's there, "standing gently on the shoulders of its tradition," where she can see the whole world. "Highlander" reflects that viewpoint, as it's a bluegrass album that looks back to the roots where ...

The Steel Wheels

"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. ...

Charles Esten
Love Ain't Pretty

Charlie Esten is known playing ace guitarist Deacon Claybourne on the ABC hit show "Nashville." Esten has been acting and playing music under the radar long before he was cast in the show and developed an indie following that culminated in the release of his debut album. ...

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