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Steve Earle Sings the Blues, Not Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

Steve Earle‘s Terraplane backs typically vibrant vignettes (“You’re the Best Lover I Ever Had”) with deep blues (“Ain’t Nobody’s Daddy Now”). The New York City resident spoke with CMT Edge …

Mighty Oaks Sway in the Breeze of “Just One Day”

Hailing from three countries and making their home in Berlin, Mighty Oaks are proof that a rootsy Americana sound is not exclusive to the North American continent. The band’s three …

Indiegogo – Caleb Caudle

4 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Mr. Caleb Caudle is proving a prolific songwriter these days and nothing could make me more excited this morning than thinking about getting some new music. I’m certain this will be an amazing album and aside from that there’s only a few things that make you feel better than actually supporting artists you care about [...]

Mindy Smith Marks 10 Years of “One Moment More”

Mindy Smith made a name for herself with One Moment More, her beautiful debut album from 2004. To mark its 10th anniversary, she headlined a hometown show at Nashville’s City …

Readers’ Pick: Terraplane by Steve Earle & The Dukes

4 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, Terraplane beats out THE REVEREND PEYTON’S BIG DAMN BAND, So Delicious as your favorite for the week of February 17, 2015. Poll Results   Readers’ Top 25 – Winter 2015 STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, Terraplane (18) JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Absent Fathers (17) THE DECEMBERISTS, What a Terrible World, What […]

Single Review: Dwight Yoakam, “Second Hand Heart”

“Second Hand Heart” Dwight Yoakam Written by Dwight Yoakam Easily his strongest single since “The Back of Your Hand”,  Dwight Yoakam is at his best on his new release, “Second Hand Heart.” Returning to the weathered heartache territory that he … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Luke Bryan, “I See You”

“I See You” Luke Bryan Written by Luke Bryan, Ashley Gorley, and Luke Laird This is the sound of an artist that’s struggling against the confines of the niche he’s been assigned, but not being willing to give up enough … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight”

“Lonely Tonight” Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe Written by Brent Anderson and Ryan Hurd It’s billed as a duet, but it’s about as much as an equal pairing as Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle back in the day.  Monroe essentially … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Kip Moore, “I’m to Blame”

“I’m to Blame” Kip Moore Written by Westin Davis, Kip Moore, and Justin Weaver When Kip Moore puts on the outlaw boots, they actually fit just right.   He’s not posing.  He’s not playing a character.  He’s singing his truth, and … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Zac Brown Band, “Homegrown”

“Homegrown” Zac Brown Band Written by Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, and Niko Moon Zac Brown Band has been doing so many variations on the same handful of themes – relaxing, drinking, digging your hometown – that each new release has … Continue reading ?

UPSETLISTS #3

5 days agoMusic / Country : Nine Bullets

Upsetlists are EP-length transmissions, upsetting set-lists, malfunctioning time machines, flashes of divine recombination. A coupla-song podcast. This one hunts for some twang and torn-apart parts. How are y’all? Rilo Kiley – “Bury,...Show More Summary

Monday Morning Video – Patrick Sweany Rockin’ Some AC/DC

5 days agoMusic / Country : Twangville

How about starting the week with Patrick Sweany and his band laying down an especially bluesy version of AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top.” I guess no one told them that they were playing “the acoustic stage.”

Micky & the Motorcars Navigate to Downtown Nashville

With a band name like Micky & the Motorcars, it’s no surprise these guys make their living on the road. Micky and Gary Braun have family roots in Idaho; in …

Gretchen Peters Paints a Visceral Picture in Blackbirds

Within the last year, Gretchen Peters has crossed off some whopping entries from her to-do list. “I don’t think there’s anything left,” she chuckles, perched on a conference room couch …

See Jason Isbell’s “Traveling Alone” From Austin City Limits

How many romantic Americana songs can you think of? Not many, right? Personally I’d place Jason Isbell’s “Traveling Alone” among my favorite love songs from the last few years. I …

Single Review: Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter, “Wild Child”

“Wild Child” Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter Written by Kenny Chesney, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne No, it isn’t as strong as “You and Tequila.” Let’s get that out of the way right now, because expecting that lightning to strike … Continue reading ?

Single Review: Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”

“Take Your Time” Sam Hunt Written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne “Take Your Time” is interesting for its combination of rapidly delivered spoken word and warmly sung melody, and for its tentative attempts to acknowledge a woman’s … Continue reading ?

Nikki Lane Perks Up for Live @ CMT

High-class hillbilly Nikki Lane stopped by the studio for the latest episode of Live @ CMT, bringing her rebellious country tunes and an always-perky personality. The Nashville musician made big …

Robert Earl Keen Cooks Up “Hot Corn, Cold Corn”

Texas has a musical heritage as vast as the state itself, but one genre it’s never been associated with is bluegrass. That’s why at first blush it seems odd that …

The Cactus Blossoms Stick to Brotherly Harmony

The Cactus Blossoms are two brothers — Jack Torrey and Page Burkum – whose blood harmony harkens back to the golden era of the Everly Brothers. Just by coincidence, I …

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