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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.

Five Questions: Shawn Mullins

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Shawn Mullins

Before — and after — Shawn Mullins was a pop star in the late ’90s, he was a songwriter of both substance and style. While his early Big Blue Sky release shared a folky kinship with Shawn Colvin, some of his later records were more in step with the classic country of Kris Kristofferson. On […]

Laying It All on the Line: An Interview with David Ramirez

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 in Artist Interviews
Laying It All on the Line: An Interview with David Ramirez

With his stunning new album, Fables, singer/songwriter David Ramirez breaks a three-year hiatus that was not of his choosing. He’d been on the road pretty consistently for years — traveling some 260,000 miles on his own — when a writer’s block crashed the system. Like all the finest poets and philosophers before him, Ramirez dove […]

Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 in Album Reviews
Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

Even though they may be encoded with 1s and 0s or enshrined in vinyl grooves, songs are not static entities. They live and breathe, expand and contract as the years wear on. They take on different meanings for the listener, just as they do for the artist. It’s no wonder, then, that singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant […]

David Ramirez: Fables

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Album Reviews
David Ramirez: Fables

David Ramirez’s new album, Fables, is a jewel in the 2015 Americana crown and a must-listen for anyone who has ever waged a personal war with the capital “t” Truth. Problem is, the first two cuts of the album are so good, it’s hard to get past them to explore the other eight. “Communion” opens […]

The Truth of Absolutes: An Interview with Son Little

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Artist Interviews
The Truth of Absolutes: An Interview with Son Little

Son Little (aka Aaron Earl Livingston) is one of those artists who transcend time, place, and genre. That makes his music hard to define, though not hard to appreciate … much like the artist who makes it. Livingston was born in Los Angeles, but grew up on the East Coast — somewhere between New York, […]