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    Amidst six albums of originals, Colvin has never abandoned her love of the cover and has just released her second batch of interpretations. On it, she turns to some of her very favorite writers -- Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, Neil Finn, and Stevie Wonder.

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    Singer/songwriter Jason Isbell grew up in Greenhill, Alabama, with a head full of poetry and a heart full of soul. He's come a long way since then ... without going all that far.

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    It's hard to not be charmed by Brandy Clark. Whether it's her sly smile, her casual conversation, or her tremendous talent that gets you, you're going to get got.

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    With On to Something Good, Ashley Monroe puts her beguiling voice through its paces, delivering toe-tapping boogies, soul-tinged ballads, and summer-loving boppers.

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    Having set the artistic bar so immeasurably high with Southeastern, Jason Isbell challenged himself to best that effort with his new LP, Something More Than Free, and both he and producer Dave Cobb believe he did.

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    Alabama has a lot to be proud of when it comes to musical heritage, from both then and now. One of the Cotton State's newest treasures is soul-based singer/songwriter Anderson East.

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    Politically outspoken, in his life and his art, Steve Earle learned his craft from the masters -- guys like Townes Van Zandt, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan -- who often ran toward a challenge rather than away from it.

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    For over 30 years now, the Indigo Girls have continually pushed their music forward, switching up styles and sounds as their muses demand -- because, despite their activist and acoustic leanings, they've never been mere folk singers.

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    Chris Stapleton's soulfully rocking take on country music sidles up alongside Tim McGraw as naturally as it does Sturgill Simpson and Willie Nelson, carving out a middle ground that may well suit the mainstreamers, the upstarts, and the outlaws, alike.

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    Maybe not quite to the level of Johnny and June or Sonny and Cher, but the Weepies' Steve Tannen and Deb Talan are a much-beloved husband-wife duo who have been making delightful folk-pop records for the past dozen years or so.

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    No one has ever been able to pin Buffy Sainte-Marie down, and her new album continues that tradition. With more fire and less folk, it brings her music and mindset all the way into the 21st century.

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    From the opening strains of the title track through all the howls and hollers that follow, Alabama Shakes' new album is a huge step forward, artistically… though not a surprising one to anybody who knows their work and certainly not to the band.

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    Ben Gibbard has long been considered one of the most literate and compelling voices on the rock scene, indie or otherwise, and on his eighth Death Cab for Cutie album, Kintsugi, he has staged a return to form that even he acknowledges.

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    Lee Ann Womack makes the kind of country music that country used to be -- the kind of country that sings about heartaches, not tailgates. And it's the kind of country that proves how much she still has to offer and how ready she is to offer it.

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    While Ani DiFranco's latest release, Allergic to Water, may seem more peaceful than a lot of her works, it's no less puissant. No longer someone who is living in clip, DiFranco offers a languid meditation on life as she knows it, in this moment... not the next.

Texas Forever: Hayes Carll Proves What Songs Are For

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 in Concert Reviews
Texas Forever: Hayes Carll Proves What Songs Are For

In a town so over-run with great singer/songwriters, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Nashville’s not the only place they come from. Massachusetts, California, New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Oregon all do their part, too. Heck, even Iowa chips in, now and then. And, of course, there’s always Texas which, on Friday […]

Undercover Angel: An Interview with Shawn Colvin

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Undercover Angel: An Interview with Shawn Colvin

Perhaps inspired by “Tiny Dancer,” Shawn Colvin originally wanted to be the seamstress for the band … not the leader of it. But she eventually got out front and sang a bunch of cover tunes until she found her own voice as a songwriter. Several decades later — and amidst six albums of originals — […]

Brandi Carlile Makes Her Own History at Ryman Auditorium

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 in Concert Reviews
Brandi Carlile Makes Her Own History at Ryman Auditorium

Most artists who play at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium comment about how historic the room is and what an honor it is to step on that stage. Maybe all of them mean it, but probably none of them to the extent that Brandi Carlile meant it on Saturday night. She seemed supremely touched and genuinely humbled […]

Soul to Soul: Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne Take the Show on the Road

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 in Feature Pieces
Soul to Soul: Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne Take the Show on the Road

Anyone who caught Mavis Staples shimmying out in the middle of the big musical number on Stephen Colbert’s recent Late Show debut knows that the 76-year-old gospel/soul singer’s still got it. In just the past five years she has released two albums — You Are Not Alone, which won a Grammy in 2011, and One […]

Patty Griffin: Servant of Love

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 in Album Reviews
Patty Griffin: Servant of Love

As artists move through the world, they see and feel things that less-sensitive people don’t. Then, they retreat to their creative spaces and translate those experiences into music, paintings, and words, as best they can. Patty Griffin has long had her eyes and heart trained on the stories unfolding around her in the lives of […]