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Steve Earle pays tribute to one of his mentors and heroes, Jerry Jeff Walker, on "Jerry Jeff," which follows his "GUY" tribute to Guy Clark and "TOWNES" tribute to Townes Van Zandt. Earle has called these projects a necessary form of therapy, as each of these great artists have passed on.
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.

Concert Reviews

Fleet Foxes bring the glow

On this rainy night in Los Angeles, it sure didn't feel too much like spring. Dispositions improved significantly, though, once Fleet Foxes' sunny sounds filled this downtown venue. It's been said SoCal has gotten more rain this year than Fleet Foxes' Seattle hometown. ...

Old 97's ages especially well

Old 97's has titled its current concert trek its "30th Anniversary Tour," and now that the group has been at it for three decades, the "Old" in Old 97's takes on added meaning. Instead of calling the group aged, however, it's better to take stock and just be thankful ...

For Andress, it doesn't get better than this

Charismatic. Engaging. Confident. Dynamic. Relatable. Not to mention being a real good singer and songwriter as well. That all describes the magnificent, doesn't get better than this outing of Ingrid Andress in her Boston headlining debut. In song after song after song throughout the fast-paced ...

With vocals, showmanship, Underwood cheats no one

Carrie Underwood may not fit any traditionalist's definition of a country singer, but there's no denying her vocal abilities and shear showmanship. These talents were on full display during her thoroughly entertaining concert. Underwood's 20-plus song set presented a healthy overview of ...

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