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Kingsley Flood: Battles

“This is a band that plays with a manic energy and is far more apt to snarl than to coo…..Yet even within the torrent of energy Kingsley Flood puts out live, the band distinguishes itself with richly textured songs….It [is] easy to understand why Kingsley Flood’s profile is rising above its Boston base.” –Boston.com Check [...]

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“Prior to the 2013 release of 12 Stories, Brandy Clark was known primarily as a songwriter, and a good one too….In her songs, Clark is tuneful and defiant, happily celebrating the virtues of weed and rebellion, but Clark never comes across as a redneck….Perhaps she’s too subtle to be a stadium-filling superstar, but the superb [...]

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“As a whole, this set is more diverse than either of its predecessors and at least as consistent….As evidenced by this first volume from season two, Nashville is a series that keeps on giving, both on and off the screen.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Beachwood Sparks: Desert Skies

“Prior to the release of Beachwood Sparks’ 2000 self-titled Sub Pop debut album, the California neo-hippie country-rock outfit had already produced an album’s worth of material. Recorded in true DIY style in a small converted one-car garage known as the Space Shed, this would-be debut, titled here as Desert Skies, featured the band’s earlier six [...]

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“Entering a long line of artists who’ve drawn inspiration from the Everly Brothers, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones serve up a unique tribute with Foreverly….They’re a good match. Jones’ suppleness sands down Armstrong’s ragged voice, he gives her grit while she lends him grace, and these qualities are evident throughout this lovely little gem [...]

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“It’s some of her most instantly gratifying work… perfectly encapsulating all of her personas, from the erudite, whiskey-shooting provocateur to the sweet and soulful, small town crooner who sounds like she was plucked from the pages of a novel set in the antebellum north. Case has proven time and again that she has the songwriting [...]

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“Lyrics hint at disquiet beneath the surface, but so much of The Civil Wars can be appreciated merely upon that surface, hearing Williams and White ease into their harmonies as they tastefully conjure spirits of the past to inhabit the present. Ultimately, the Civil Wars are impeccable craftsmen, taking weathered elements and repurposing them for [...]

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“Pushin’ Against a Stone, Valerie June’s Concord debut, is the fruit of over a decade of dues paying by the native Tennessean after three self-released ‘bootleg’ recordings. While her music is steeped in various musical traditions of the South — blues, black and country gospel, soul, and Appalachian folk — she combines them so idiosyncratically… [...]

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“This set, the Lone Bellow’s debut album, is a gem. Full of haunting, passionate songs that breathe with country soul and a kind of autumnal grace….This is a solid debut, made by a band that arrives fully formed and has a great future.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Holly Williams: The Highway

“The Highway is singer/songwriter Holly Williams’ first recording in over four years. It is also her first self-released offering on her and husband/guitarist Chris Coleman’s label, Georgiana Records. Working with Grammy-winning producer Charlie Peacock (Civil Wars), Williams wrote or co-wrote everything here.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Vince Gill & Paul Franklin

“Bakersfield is a collection of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard tunes from the 1960s, cut by an all-star session band. It not only pays tribute to these giants and the era, but also the sound, and the men who created it….The bottom line is Bakersfield smokes from top to bottom; a fitting tribute, it is [...]

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Della Mae: This World Oft Can Be

“This is traditional American music, not just a bluegrass session. It’s a combination of tradition and eclecticism, which has become the signature sound for the all-female band who refuse to be pigeonholed.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Termed a ‘Southern gothic musical,’ Ghost Brothers of Darkland County was scripted by novelist Stephen King with the music coming from maverick heartland rocker John Mellencamp, a collaboration a bit left-field for both artists. This set includes Mellencamp’s songs interspersed with key dialogue from King’s libretto….They… may well be among the best Mellencamp has ever [...]

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“For those who don’t already know, the actors in the series actually perform the songs assigned them. The music is selected, directed, and often produced and performed by T-Bone Burnett and his ace studio band…. Like the second half of the first season in this series, this volume has plenty to offer fans of the [...]

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“Richey’s characters on Thorn in My Heart inspire strong empathetic ties with listeners via simple, beautiful melodies and lyrical accuracy by turns poetic and accessible. It is yet another in a string of excellent releases by her, but it’s also something more. It integrates everywhere Richey’s been yet inhabits a terrain completely of her own [...]

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“The whole album accumulates in a powerful, meditative way, and its themes are less about drinking and trying to forget the past than they are about making peace with the past and trying to remember it and use it as a spark and a springboard to the future. Honky Tonk is country facing forward informed [...]

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“This album, In Time, is…a further step away from anything resembling a mainstream country release, incorporating not only the Tex-Mex and Cuban influences the band was known for, but also the rhythms of polkas, tangos, and all manner of approaches, making them closer to a band like Los Lobos than to Tim McGraw or Jason [...]

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Kris Kristofferson: Feeling Mortal

“Most of these songs aren’t new — Kristofferson says he writes very little now — but they are unheard, making their recorded debut here. It makes one wonder just how many other gems he has in a desk drawer or on some dusty cassette tape. Based on the soul-satisfying evidence of Feeling Mortal, one can [...]

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“Ultimately, you can listen to Temple Beautiful for the superficial catchiness of its tunes, Prophet’s slashed guitar chords and his searching, keening vocals and have a good time. And if you want to, you can listen more closely to what he’s getting at on this album, and experience the album as one man’s alternative history [...]

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“A country music maverick, [Rodney Crowell]‘s written some great songs, been a top-line country star with videos and the whole enchilada, was married to Rosanne Cash for over a dozen years, and has collaborated with Emmylou Harris and countless others as a songwriter, musician, and producer….[T]he songs on Kin are smart, literary, lyrical, full of [...]

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