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Jaime Wyatt is a fantastic country singer that has just released her third album, "Feel Good," and is currently on her first headlining tour. This trek has taken her to places and venues where she's never played before and has been a heartening success.
Rodney Crowell's career is littered with butterfly-effect decisions that, in retrospect, represent life-altering milestones along the singer/songwriter's star-crossed path. If the Houston native hadn't moved to Nashville at age 22, he wouldn't have been discovered by Jerry Reed...
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.

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Strange bedfellows - Lovett, Loeb - make for good night of music

At first glance (and maybe even subsequent ones), the pairing of Lyle Lovett and Lisa Loeb seemed like a strange one. Lovett, a Texas native, is a bit of an idiosyncratic personality playing Americana, country and jazzy songs. Seemingly far more conventional, Loeb is a West Coast pop singer with ...

If this is what The Decemberists sound like on night two...

For The Decemberists, this was only the second night of A Peaceable Kingdom Tour. That meant lots of changes in the set list from opening night on Tuesday in Kingston, N.Y. in their first heavy duty touring since 2018! If this is what the veteran northwest band sounds like this early in the tour, ...

Nickel Creek, Nelson highlight MerleFest closing day

Sunday at MerleFest is a long coda to the four-day festival, with gospel sets peppered throughout the morning schedule and a limited afternoon slate of artists that's done by dinnertime. Even with the more laid back, abbreviated day, there were definite highlights. The trend of new acts making ...

MerleFest day 3: Fleck shines along with new acts

On a jam-packed Saturday schedule at MerleFest, many of the best moments continued to be found at the small stages and lesser known acts, showing the festival's potential for audiences to discover great new artists alongside the marquee names. There were plenty of the latter as well, from the ...

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