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    Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, and made in onto the charts every decade for the last seven. He's had 24 number one hits, 12 number one albums, and racked up more accolades, awards, and accomplishments than he can keep track of.

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    Mavis Staples' need to do what she does seems unattached to anything other than the pure pleasure and emotional expression of the music itself. If she weren't “Mavis Staples, the much-lauded gospel singer,” no doubt she'd still be “Mavis, that lady with the amazing voice in the church choir.”

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    When you grow up in a small town, oftentimes, your dreams are all you have. The dream Brandy Clark harbored was to be a country singer... a dream that has come true.

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    Mere mention of Steve Martin's name instantly evokes a multitude of references to his iconic comedic work over the past five decades. But there's so much more to the man than just a wild and crazy guy.

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    When Natalie Merchant departed 10,000 Maniacs in 1993, it was to find her voice … which also happened to be the voice of her generation. Finding it, becoming it was something she accomplished right out of the gate.

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    In the two decades since her debut, Patty Griffin has blown her music wide open, time and again. This year, she brought all of her influences and inspirations to bear in Servant of Love, a masterful and mesmerizing work.

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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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    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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    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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    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.

The Singular Sensation of Ani DiFranco

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Feature Pieces
The Singular Sensation of Ani DiFranco

Over the course of her more than 25 years of making music, Ani DiFranco has been widely celebrated and often emulated. The trouble is, DiFranco’s work is a moving target which words and imitation fail miserably in hitting. She would argue — and has — that hers is a living, breathing body of performance art […]

Michaela Anne: “Where Will I Be Found”

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 in Song Premieres
Michaela Anne: “Where Will I Be Found”

Over the past few years, a lot of ink has been spilled about outlier country artists who honor their heroes rather than chase the trends. The women oft-cited in that regard are Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Ashley Monroe, though lately, another wave has joined their fray — Margo Price, Dori Freeman, and Michaela Anne, […]

Ana Egge & the Sentimentals: Say That Now

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Album Reviews
Ana Egge & the Sentimentals: Say That Now

Ana Egge is no stranger to collaboration. On her last outing, 2015’s Bright Shadow, she partnered with the Stray Birds. On her new set, Say That Now, she nabbed the Sentimentals, a folk-rock band from Denmark. The Danes provide a wonderfully complementary mooring for Egge’s buoyant voice, whether they’re working through the bluesy rock of […]

Squared Roots: LP x Roy Orbison

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Artist Interviews
Squared Roots: LP x Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison was the kind of artist who defied all qualifiers and quantifiers. His voice, alone, could stop time. And his songs stand the test of it. Though Orbison had myriad contemporaries, he had no counterparts. Not really. His indelible talent and understated style collided to create a mesmerizingly mysterious allure. Across his more than […]

A Radical Spirit: A Conversation with Filmmaker Josh Fox

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Artist Interviews
A Radical Spirit: A Conversation with Filmmaker Josh Fox

Any which way you slice it, the world is currently at a critical juncture. Environmentally, politically, socially, economically, and otherwise, the systems we have built have long been crumbling with people — and the planet — beginning to slip through the cracks. Documentary filmmaker Josh Fox has told one of those stories in great detail […]