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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Dirt Goes Dylan

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Lyle Lovett

12th Of June

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Steve Forbert

Moving Through America

CD review - Moving Through America

Railroad Earth

All For the Song

CD review - All For the Song

Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway

Crooked Tree

CD review - Crooked Tree

Paul Cauthen

Country Coming Down

CD review - Country Coming Down

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The title track to James McMurtry's "The Horses and the Hounds" plays out like one of those great running songs, namely Merle Haggard's "The Fugitive." "Lord I've been running for so long I just can't find a way back home," McMurtry sings, in that enjoyable deadpan vocal tone of his. When the Haggard song is mentioned, though, McMurtry responds, "I don't really remember.
Back before the world retreated into makeshift fallout shelters for a year of Netflix binging, board games and what Warren Zevon referred to as splendid isolation, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Shannon McNally was invited to play a Music City benefit concert.
By their own admission Track45 hails from a town that is "big enough for a WalMart and a Waffle House, but not a Target or a Starbucks." Ironically, Meridian, Miss. (population (41,148) is the birthplace of the father of country music, Jimmy Rodgers. The harmony-driven sibling trio of Track45 includes Ben Johnson and his infectiously bubbly sisters Jenna and KK.
It was only fitting that Lindsay Ell had Lauren Alaina as a guest on her recent livestream concert. Alaina penned the song "Crashing The Boy's Club." That is exactly what Ell is doing using her Stratocaster as a battering ram. Men have disproportionately occupied lead guitar, vocals
"Right Now" is where Americana/bluegrass band Twisted Pine is at - a compelling reason to believe that traditional music will continue to grow.
Back with her first disc in a dozen years, Heidi Newfield breaks out of the box with 'The Barfly Sessions, Vol. 1.'

Concert Reviews

Carpenter brings the backyard feeling

With its Hollywood hills backdrop, Mary Chapin Carpenter's concert felt a little like a casual backyard gathering. With her comforting, but wise, singing and songwriting approach, it was a night that sure felt like home. She made us all feel like we were among friends. Carpenter kept her between ...

Hiatt shows no signs of slowing down

About the only thing that slowed down John Hiatt in recent years was COVID in keeping him off the road. That didn't mean he wasn't busy. The veteran singer/songwriter, who turns 70 in August, collaborated with Dobro master Jerry Douglas on the very fine "Leftover Feelings," which came out last year. ...

Lovett, Isaak: just damn good fun

As If the high-quality music Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak performed on a relatively chilly evening wasn't enough, both veteran performers also embellished their sets with plenty of between-song humor. While opener, Lyle Lovett, has a much dryer, more deadpan wit, Isaak worked a touch or sarcasm into his remarks. ...

Lake Street Dive gets predictable - and that's a good thing

One of many positives that can be stated about Lake Street Dive is that when it comes to consistency, this band is spot on. While you may not exactly know what you're going to get song-wise from LSD, you know the quality is there time after time after time. It all starts with lead singer Rachael Price. ...

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