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Kane Brown

Different Man

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Laura Benitez and the Heartache

California Centuries

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Jon Pardi

Mr. Saturday Night

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Kelsey Waldon

No Regular Dog

CD review - No Regular Dog

Fireside Collective

Across The Divide

CD review - Across The Divide

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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

LA shows Wallen the love

Morgan Wallen was taken aback at overwhelming applause that greeted him when he took a few moments to welcome fans to the second of two Los Angeles concert dates. His crowd was 'teen idol cheering' loud tonight, and this boisterous applause lasted from the beginning to the end of Wallen's ...

Pardi decides on honest to goodness country

Jon Pardi foreshadowed where he would soon be coming from with the songs played before he would hit the stage before a sold-out crowd. "9 to 5" from Dolly. "Dust On the Bottle" courtesy of David Lee Murphy. "Fishin' in the Dark" piped in from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. ...

Bryan shows why he's a bright light

Zach Bryan may be about the brightest light in country music these days when it comes to the next generation. But don't expect to hear the Okie on the country airwaves any time soon. In fact, Bryan is being handled by Warner's Los Angeles office, not Nashville. The business decision west ...

BeachLife Ranch Festival results in wonderful weekend

On paper, the lineup for BeachLife Ranch Festival, went from good (Friday), better (Saturday) and best (Sunday). That was on paper though, which is why – as they say in sports – we play the game. It turned out Friday was much better than expected, while Sunday turned out to be a bit of a letdown. ...

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