Valerie June: The Order of Time

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 in Album Reviews
Valerie June: The Order of Time

One of the best things about modern roots music is its conflation and innovation, of traditions and of visions. And many of the artists making the greatest strides in that regard are Black artists, including Alabama Shakes, Rhiannon Giddens, Son Little, and Valerie June. Each brings an inimitable style and an indelible spirit to their […]

Caroline Spence: Spades & Roses

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 in Album Reviews
Caroline Spence: Spades & Roses

When you think about it, songwriters do an amazing thing. Taking a limited number of notes and a limited number of words, they craft infinite expressions of emotion. They turn the mundane into the sacred, the personal into the universal. It’s a wonder, really, that there are so many different ways to say — or […]

Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 in Album Reviews
Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway

Sometimes, a voice comes along at the exact moment in history that it very much needs to be heard. Though Rhiannon Giddens first stepped up to the mic as part of the Sankofa Strings and Carolina Chocolate Drops in 2005, it’s on her truly stunning new album, Freedom Highway, that she truly finds her voice […]

Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Album Reviews
Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land

Having Dave Cobb produce an Amanda Shires record was inevitable, considering the superlative work he’s done on her husband Jason Isbell’s last couple of albums. Alternately playful and poised, My Piece of Land is the wonderful result of that collaboration. Written and recorded as she stared motherhood right in the eye, My Piece of Land […]

Chely Wright: I Am the Rain

Posted on Sep 30, 2016 in Album Reviews
Chely Wright: I Am the Rain

There comes a time in all great artists’ careers when they release their masterpiece. Sometimes, it’s their debut, as with Shawn Colvin’s Steady On and Patty Griffin’s Living with Ghosts. Other times, it comes considerably further into their careers. Rosanne Cash’s Interiors and Jason Isbell’s Southeastern both land there, as does Chely Wright’s new — […]