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Category Archive for 'Alt-Country'

“You can’t listen to this freewheeling Texas singer and songwriter long without becoming thoroughly convinced that he’s a full-blooded relative of Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and Merle Haggard.” –Los Angeles Times Check Our Catalog

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Check Our Catalog “With previous projects ranging from the political cabaret of the Citizens’ Band to the garage punk tantrums of Mildred and the Mice, Elson has her share of musical experience, but with such wide-ranging credits, it was anyone’s guess what her own album would sound like. On The Ghost Who Walks, she runs [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Whether backed by simple guitar or a full-band ramble, Bingham’s intricately detailed portraits of the wayward and lost are some of the best short stories you’ll hear all year.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “…Sultry and wounded like Lucinda Williams. That’s a comparison that’s dogged Merritt since her debut, but with “See You on the Moon,’’ she’s coming awfully close to approaching Williams not as an acolyte but as an equal.”–The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “The vibe on the new album may be rootsier and more acoustic than Walker’s usual fare, but it still emphasizes his knack for memorable wordplay and melodic know-how, which have earned him writing and producing gigs with Weezer, Pink and Avril Lavigne.” –Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “It has the right balance of line and harmony, the right feel for mass and momentum, the right sense of being in and of the moment, and above all, the sheer audacity to pull off the whole mighty and monumental work.” — All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “The Mumlers take their name from a 19th-century man who claimed he could photograph spirits. So probably the least contentious point of comparison between the California sextet and its namesake is that the Mumlers’ Don’t Throw Me Away is also haunted by ghosts. The crisp, direct start to the album verges on [...]

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Will Hoge: The Wreckage

Check Our Catalog “[Hoge revisits] the themes that populated his previous albums: love and life in the South, the sad beauty of roadside Americana, and the glory of rock & roll. Those are conventional subjects, perhaps, but few 21st century songwriters tackle them better than Hoge, who sets his lyrics to a soundtrack of heartland [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Seventeen years old and already turning the heads of critics, producers, and session musicians alike, Sarah Jarosz is not only a jaw-dropping talent but a multidimensional one, as well.

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Check Our Catalog “Clark is a master storyteller, a dream weaver blessed with the ability to match ear-catching melodies with poetic lyrics that aim for the deepest part of the listener’s soul. Somedays the Song Writes You is another choice album from one of the greatest songwriters to ever come out of the state of [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Every one of these 15 tunes is a living, breathing creature, from the haunting, modal-tinged blues-waltz (with cello) of ‘Rake’ to the jaunty fingerpicking and mouthy dialogue of ‘Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold’ (a duet featuring son Justin Townes Earle) to the eternally elegant Tex-Mex anthem ‘Pancho and Lefty.’”–Billboard

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Check Our Catalog “Bingham isn’t an innovator, he’s a reanimator, and on Roadhouse Sun the 28-year-old breathes new life into alt-country clichés through the power of his weathered croon and his stiff-jangle arrangements.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “Electric Dirt sounds fresh, emphatic, and as effective as anything Levon has cut since the mid-’70s, and one can only hope he has a few more discs in him just this good.”–All Music Guide

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Rhett Miller: Rhett Miller

Check Our Catalog “On this fine self-titled set (produced, as was the most recent 97′s album, by Dallas-based Salim Nourallah) Miller works his familiar mixture of ’60s-pop jangle and alt-country twang, singing about the highs and lows of love like someone who just experienced them for the first time.”–Billboard

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Kathy Mattea: Coal

Check Our Catalog “Coal is a heartfelt examination of the hard, often dangerous life of coal miners, and includes classic mining songs by the likes of Merle Travis, Hazel Dickens, and Jean Ritchie all arranged in a delicate, muted acoustic style by Mattea and her producer this time out, Marty Stuart. Mattea’s unadorned vocals and [...]

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Check Our Catalog “While this set is saturated with hunger and ambition, it’s also confident and sophisticated — the album sounds as if they meant every word but had a great time making it. They prove they were always meant to be a live act whether in the studio or on a concert stage.”–All Music [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark is a dazzling return to form, delivering some of their finest, most eclectic, and most mature music to date.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “The Old 97′s sound youthful and newly energized, having returned to Dallas and relocated that beloved crossroads between twangy country rock and tight, economic power pop. Blame It on Gravity is a homecoming of sorts, a revisit to the sonic sweet spot that made Too Far to Care the ideal pop album [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Abandoning the Bright Eyes moniker he’s been performing under since his teens, Conor Oberst reverted to his birth name for his 2008 follow-up to 2007′s Cassadaga….much of this tight 12-track album resides firmly within the confines of classic country-rock…the fact that the music does feel relaxed, even when it bears his classicist [...]

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Check Our Catalog “A strong if characteristic collection of rugged country folk-rock. It all sounds great; full when it needs to be but sparse enough to shake off any concerns previous fans of Carll’s indie releases might have about a major-label sellout.”—All Music Guide

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