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Category Archive for 'Country'

Don Henley: Cass County

“…the nice thing about the record is that he’s not calling attention to himself, not in the way he did when he loaded up albums with somber six-minute anthems.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Maddie & Tae: Start Here

“The reason Start Here feels fresh lies entirely with Maddie & Tae, how they’re tomboys who wish their boyfriend would just ‘Shut Up and Fish,’ how they feel as genuine when they’re settling into sentiment on ‘Fly’ as they do on ‘Sierra’ when they pray for the downfall of a mean girl.” -Allmusic.com Check our […]

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Kip Moore: Wild Ones

“He’s (Moore) effectively evoked the feel and aesthetic of mid-’80s heartland rock, and if that doesn’t necessarily make him a wild one, it does make him a rebel of sorts.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Lee Brice: I Don’t Dance

“I Don’t Dance may sink its teeth in slightly slowly, but that’s Brice’s style: he lets the listener come to him and, once they’re there, he offers a warm seduction that lasts not just for a night but for a relationship.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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Luke Bryan: Kill the Lights

“…Kill the Lights winds up feeling happy and generous, an inclusive record that plays to teenage desires as effectively as memories of an adolescence left behind.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“Southeastern was a triumph from a talented songwriter and vocalist who stepped up to a new level; Something More Than Free shows Jason Isbell knows he just got there, and is still making use of that hard-won knowledge — it confirms his status as a major artist.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“As a stage experiment, Watkins Family Hour has thrived for 13 years, and now with a fine record to document their efforts, they’ve hit on a format that could offer boundless possibilities for years to come.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“Even with the uncertainties of a first-night performance, these musicians are itching to play together; and, as the tape traders know too well, by the end of this two-week run this group would be rattling the rafter. For veteran fans, it’s fascinating to hear their more tentative beginnings here.” -Allmusic.com Check our Catalog

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“Often, country memories can get maudlin, but Willie and Merle are filled with good humor here and the pair often strike a delicate balance of fun and sweet melancholy which gives Django and Jimmie a soulful lift. Both singers are aware they’re approaching the twilight, but they’re not cursing the dark, they’re enjoying the sunset.” […]

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Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material

“Pageant Material favors softness, sometimes nearly swooning in its slowness, especially on the gorgeous keynote ‘High Time’ and the closer ‘Fine,’ both so deliberate and hazy they evoke memories of lazy high-school dances.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart

“Dwight Yoakam recalibrated his career with 2012’s 3 Pears, returning to his former home of Warner and reconnecting to the nerviness of his first albums. With Second Hand Heart, Yoakam continues this unfussy revival, sharpening his attack so the record breezes by at a crisp, crackling clip. Once again, he’s reviving himself through reconnecting the […]

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“Here, Giddens expands upon the neo-string band of the Carolina Chocolate Drops by crafting an abbreviated and fluid history of 20th century roots music — along with the older forms that informed it — concentrating on songs either written or popularized by female musicians. As a torchbearer, not a revivalist, Giddins isn’t concerned with replicating […]

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Earls of Leicester: Earls of Leicester

“As a tribute, The Earls of Leicester is nearly flawless, and this may encourage some younger bluegrass fans to dig into the Flatt & Scruggs catalog, but as far as having a mind and a character of its own, these sessions leave a certain amount to be desired.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“The New Basement Tapes recorded Lost on the River in a real studio fully aware there was an audience awaiting their output, an attitude that’s the polar opposite of the ramshackle joshing around of the original Basement Tapes. Thankfully, nobody involved with Lost on the River contrives to replicate either the sound or feel of […]

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“Then Came the Morning reveals so much growth it’s hard to believe this is only the Lone Bellow’s second album. This trio pulls off a chosen weave of hybrid roots sounds with seeming ease, passion, and verve. No one else performing Americana or crossover country music attempts anything like it, leaving the trio in its […]

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“Like Earle’s best work, Absent Fathers is low on flash and high on emotional honesty and perceptive songwriting, and paired with Single Mothers this is some of his most intelligent and moving music to date.” -allmusic.com Check our Catalog Listen Now

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“There are moments where Single Mothers feels like art therapy as much as music, but this album communicates its pain with intelligence and a gentle touch, and as a singer and lyricist Earle grows with each album; there are more than a few moments of brilliance on this set if you don’t mind sharing a […]

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“At its core, Bringing Back the Sunshine is a middlebrow makeout record that can double as a fine morning tonic. Nothing here rocks (although the closing ‘Just Gettin’ Started’ tries to work up a full head of steam), nothing is gritty, even the ode to a ‘Good Country Song,’ which isn’t a slice of hardcore […]

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Trisha Yearwood: Prizefighter

“Yearwood has had more than ten hits — and she’s also had no fewer than five compilations — but the hits here are well chosen (‘She’s in Love with the Boy,’ ‘How Do I Live,’ ‘Wrong Side of Memphis,’ and ‘The Song Remembers When’ are all here), and the new songs are solid enough to […]

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Garth Brooks: Man Against Machine

“From its beefy arena rock arrangements to its preponderance of power ballads, this is an album constructed from remnants of the golden age of the diamond album, a cross-demographical blockbuster that’s now a bit of accidental narrowcasting. This is for audiences who wish they made country records like they used to — not when Hank, […]

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