Deb Talan: “Joshua Tree in the Headphones”

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Song Premieres
Deb Talan: “Joshua Tree in the Headphones”

Few things recall an era as quickly and clearly as citing “wood panel walls and shag carpet,” as Deb Talan does in “Joshua Tree in the Headphones.” She does so to set the scene of a very specific memory of being at her best friend’s house, stoned and immersed in U2’s “Where the Streets Have […]

Gregory Alan Isakov: “The Stable Song”

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 in Song Premieres
Gregory Alan Isakov: “The Stable Song”

More so than many of his peers, Gregory Alan Isakov has a magical, mystical way with a folk song. There’s a tenderness to his approach that never tips into the abyss of corniness that befalls so many others. His new collaborative album, Gregory Alan Isakov and the Colorado Symphony, is a perfect example, as the […]

Courtney Marie Andrews: “Rookie Dreaming”

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 in Song Premieres
Courtney Marie Andrews: “Rookie Dreaming”

Somewhere, somehow, between being born in Arizona in 1990 and moving to Washington in 2011, singer/songwriter/guitarist Courtney Marie Andrews managed to spend some time in Laurel Canyon in the early 1970s… at least metaphorically. And her new album, Honest Life, seems to be the result of bending that space-time continuum because, while she keeps company […]

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, […]

Kacey Musgraves Sneaks Us in “Late to the Party”

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 in Song Premieres
Kacey Musgraves Sneaks Us in “Late to the Party”

Though her Pageant Material is only a week old, Kacey Musgraves is already racking up accolades for avoiding the sophomore slump. The album, which features 13 quirky country gems (plus a hidden bonus track), picks up where Same Trailer, Different Park left off. Indeed, Musgraves and her merry band of collaborators mined so much similar […]