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Brandi Carlile

In These Silent Days

CD review - In These Silent Days

Carly Pearce

29: Written in Stone

CD review - 29: Written in Stone

Kacey Musgraves

star-crossed

CD review - star-crossed

Connie Smith

The Cry of the Heart

CD review - The Cry of the Heart

Sierra Ferrell

Long Time Coming

CD review - Long Time Coming

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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

Songs make for powerful show for McBryde

Ashley McBryde's recent horseback riding accident may have slowed her down a tad, but it couldn't keep this smart singer/songwriter from bringing her tough-girl country to town. She may not have been overly mobile, but there was more than enough sonic flexibility to make up for any physical limitations. ...

Hunt brings the afterburners to festival

This second day of Sammy Hagar's Afterburner Festival began with day two of the Pacific Airshow, which included U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other assorted, high-powered airplanes. The music was actually billed as a post airshow event. However, headliner Sam Hunt's performance could have easily ...

Table setters HARDY, Wilson shine ahead of Aldean

Jason Aldean opened his headlining set with "Crazy Town," which includes the line "with a touch of twang." In Aldean's case, that touch of twang must have been represented by his steel guitar player. However, you could only hear this steel guitar part once in a while because its ...

Lady A consistently pleases

The rebranded Lady (formerly Antebellum) A brought a welcome set of country vocal music back to the area after the long pandemic pause and showed that the talented trio hasn't lost a step during our unexpected health crisis. Driven by Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott's strong lead vocals, this ...

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