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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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    Listening to Jeffrey Foucault's records -- even just perusing his album covers -- gives the sense that he's the kind of guy who lives close to earth, unafraid to get his hands dirty ... literally or metaphorically.

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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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    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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    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.

Restoration and Revival: An Interview with Wynonna Judd

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 in Artist Interviews
Restoration and Revival: An Interview with Wynonna Judd

To hear (or read) the name “Wynonna Judd” instantly elicits a reaction from pretty much everyone. And, rightfully so. For the past 30+ years, the country superstar with the big voice and brash style has topped charts and made headlines with every move she’s made. But, forget what you know — or think you know […]

Squared Roots: Lissie x Bobbie Gentry

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 in Artist Interviews
Squared Roots: Lissie x Bobbie Gentry

Bobbie Gentry is one of those artists whose legend all-too-often overshadows her artistry. With the surprise — and massive — success of “Ode to Billie Joe,” Gentry made a name for herself in multiple music circles. The chart-topping, Grammy-winning song — like so many in her catalog — drew its inspiration from the hard-scrabble lives of her Mississippi homeland. […]

Nashville Ballet Teams Up with Bluebird Café for ‘Attitude’

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 in Artist Interviews
Nashville Ballet Teams Up with Bluebird Café for ‘Attitude’

The Nashville Ballet has never shied away from an artistic challenge. Quite the opposite, really — they continually seek out new paths to blaze, often incorporating the work of local musicians. For the past few years, their Attitude series has been at the forefront of that particular movement, turning to artists like Matthew Perryman Jones […]

Dylan LeBlanc: Cautionary Tale

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 in Album Reviews
Dylan LeBlanc: Cautionary Tale

Like Jason Isbell and so many others before him, singer/songwriter Dylan LeBlanc hit bottom a few years back and emerged with a brilliant recounting and reckoning in the form of his new Cautionary Tale. Produced by John Paul White (formerly of the Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (of the Alabama Shakes), the early ’70s-inspired album […]

Five Questions: The Cactus Blossoms

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: The Cactus Blossoms

As their new album starts to make the rounds, the Cactus Blossoms — aka Page Burkum and Jack Torrey — have been garnering more than a few comparisons to the Everly Brothers. The duo’s honey-sweet harmonies and yonder-days vibe certainly warrant the invocation, but this is just as much a band for — and of […]