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Lori McKenna

Christmas Right Here

CD review - Christmas Right Here

Amanda Shires

For Christmas

CD review - For Christmas

Eddie Montgomery

Ain't No Closing Me Down

CD review - Ain't No Closing Me Down

Mitchell Tenpenny

Naughty House

CD review - Naughty House

Pistol Annies

Hell Of A Holiday

CD review - Hell Of A Holiday

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Georgia Blue

CD review - Georgia Blue

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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

Strings becomes musical apostle for the ages

Billy Strings named his latest album, "Renewal." Perhaps the bluegrass ace (he's considerably more than that though) is signaling with the September release that we're headed for better times given the trauma of COVID. If Strings is leading the musical charge as we deal with COVID ...

Lukas Nelson needs to be heard

Although Lukas Nelson mentioned early on how he was struggling with losing his voice - after Promise of the Real's 49-date tour - he later noted his vocals had finally stabilized. However, what Nelson felt, could not be heard by the audience. He sounded great from the start (appropriately enough, ...

Midland covers say it all

You can tell a lot about a band from the covers it plays. Many country acts seemingly go rock when it comes to covers. And in the case of the fine traditional country trio Midland, their covers certainly spoke volumes – Garth Brooks' fine tribute to the late Chris Ledoux "Much Too Young ...

Crockett, Walker show Music City ain't the only game in (country) town

It's tempting to suss out young traditional country singers whenever they come along these days. Are these merely performance artists, playing the role of country singers, or are they sincere lovers of the genre? Charley Crockett certainly suggested authenticity with his recorded output, and then ...

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