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Monica Taylor

Trains, Rivers, & Trails

CD review - Trains, Rivers, & Trails

John Moreland

Birds in the Calling

CD review - Birds in the Calling

Zach Bryan

Summertime Blues

CD review - Summertime Blues

Acoustic Syndicate

All in Time

CD review - All in Time

Jim Hurst

From the Ground Up

CD review - From the Ground Up

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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

American Aquarium is a band with purpose

Primary vocalist/songwriter BJ Barham saved some of the best for last when closing out American Aquarium's powerful show on, as he put it, a "school night" at the storied Troubadour club. One of these was a slightly older one called "One Day at a Time," which finds Barham being ...

Wallen earned his time in spotlight

It took a long time for Morgan Wallen to launch a full-blown tour after the huge commercial success of his double-CD sophomore release "Dangerous" in January 2020. Of course, he has himself to blame, in part, for using the N word, and then there was COVID. But in this country of comebacks ...

Oh well. Rhett gives crowd what the want

There's a saying, 'Give the people what they want,' which Thomas Rhett clearly lived by at his first of two local concerts. Although he's recorded more country-leaning music recently, his live shows are anything but country. His fans come to sing along to (mostly) light lyrics and ...

If Pardi, Wilson, Whitters are mainstream country's future, we're in good hands

Jon Pardi brought his "Ain't Always the Cowboy" tour to town along with two unbeatable openers, Hailey Whitters and Lainey Wilson. Pardi, one of mainstream country's best and most traditional performers, looked and sounded great. He writes songs that appeal to traditionalists and ...

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