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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.

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 […]

Four Questions: Sarah Jarosz

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 in Artist Interviews
Four Questions: Sarah Jarosz

The talent that Sarah Jarosz wields is truly something to behold. Like some of her peers — Sierra Hull, Parker Millsap, Mipso, and others — the width and depth of what she has done and will yet do is a little bit mind-boggling. And her gorgeous new album, Undercurrent, warrants even further acclaim as it […]

Squared Roots: Kevin Morby x Harry Dean Stanton

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in Artist Interviews
Squared Roots: Kevin Morby x Harry Dean Stanton

Roots culture cuts a wide swath that expands far beyond music, and Kentucky native Harry Dean Stanton is a living testament to that. Any list of roots icons would have to include him, if only for his performances on screens big and small in everything from Cool Hand Luke to Gunsmoke. But what only the […]

The Gambler’s Last Deal: Kenny Rogers Knows When to Fold ‘Em

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Feature Pieces
The Gambler’s Last Deal: Kenny Rogers Knows When to Fold ‘Em

Kenny Rogers pauses for a moment when I ask him to recall his first tour. “We didn’t know that big, big amplifiers weren’t heavy enough to stay down on the top of the station wagon,” he says with a laugh. “So we’re driving 60 miles per hour and that amplifier came sliding down the freeway […]

Wendell Berry and the Virtue of Hope: A Conversation with Filmmaker Laura Dunn

Posted on May 27, 2016 in Artist Interviews
Wendell Berry and the Virtue of Hope: A Conversation with Filmmaker Laura Dunn

For legions of folks, Wendell Berry is far more than a writer and a farmer. He’s also a hero, an icon, a role model. His plain-spoken, yet poetic way of moving through the world inspires those who seek to tread a similarly thoughtful path without leaving much in the way of footprints. Through his book […]