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Drive-By Truckers "Brighter than Creation's Dark" New West

Drive-By Truckers "Brighter than Creation's Dark" New West

by Kyle McCraw One thing is clear: Drive-By Truckers is a band that believes in the album as a format. “Brighter than Creations Dark” is more than a collection of songs. They are songs that make sense together and flow into each other organically. After the soft, mournful “Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife” has […]

Jewel “Perfectly Clear” Valory Music Co.

Jewel “Perfectly Clear” Valory Music Co.

by Jody Mason Women who came of age during the ‘90’s keenly recall the emotional range and husky vibrato of Jewel’s voice. It comes as no surprise that she has signed on to country label Valory Music Co. and her newest album is due to release on June 3rd. Her hit single, “Stronger Woman,” echoes […]

Justin Townes Earle “The Good Life” Bloodshot Records

Justin Townes Earle “The Good Life” Bloodshot Records

by AP Justin Townes Earle’s name alone stirs a certain amount of expectation and curiosity before one hears a single note of his debut solo release, “The Good Life”. How could it not? Justin is the son of acclaimed troubadour Steve Earle and is named for his father’s hero, the troubled country/folk genius, Townes Van […]

Drive-By Truckers “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” New West Records

Drive-By Truckers “Brighter Than Creation’s Dark” New West Records

by Jesse Hill A cliché: There are two best friends, and boy, could they get liquored up, raise alotta hell, ball chicks, and have a laugh reliving it all the next morning over a bloody mary and a big ol’ plate of migas. But when one of them is catapulted into adulthood by, I don’t […]

Dolly Parton “Backwoods Barbie” Dolly Records

Dolly Parton “Backwoods Barbie” Dolly Records

by Jody Mason We haven’t seen a mainstream record from the legendary Dolly Parton in 17 years, and it seems she has remained true to her classic style after all this time. Backwoods Barbie includes the single “Better Get to Livin’,” a characteristically upbeat song that is countrified by Dolly’s bluegrass voice singing gospel-style lyrics. […]

James McMurtry “Just Us Kids” Lightning Rod

James McMurtry “Just Us Kids” Lightning Rod

by Jesse Hill “Just us kids hangin’ round today, watching our long hair turning gray,” James McMurtry announces on the title track to “Just Us Kids,” his ninth full-length album. It is a statement that carries throughout the ferocious, self-produced album full of patriotic, poetically penned portraits of the Americans in our gutters and blistering […]

Old 97’s “Blame It on Gravity” New West Records

Old 97’s “Blame It on Gravity” New West Records

by Brad Tucker The Old 97’s return to the studio for the first time since 2004 with Blame It on Gravity. The band’s third album with New West picks up where their up-tempo alt-country sound left off before front man Rhett Miller’s most recent solo venture. Miller’s aptitude for pop-friendly phrasing is on display immediately […]

Dwight Yoakam “Dwight Sings Buck” New West

Dwight Yoakam “Dwight Sings Buck” New West

by Jesse Hill Like a deconstructed tumbleweed that’s danced across southern and western terrains for the span of five decades, Dwight Sings Buck is an explosive unraveling of the history of country music, rockabilly, and moreover, music in general. It is a masterpiece that rebuilds a well-trodden bridge between two legendary bodies of work, and […]

Tift Merritt, “Another Country” Fantasy

Tift Merritt, “Another Country” Fantasy

by Brad Tucker Tift Merritt’s third release, Another Country, comes in the wake of a solitary stay in Paris. Merritt holed up with a guitar and a piano, penning the new album after four years away from the studio. The opening track “Something to Me” brings to mind early Jackson Browne, both in its lively […]

Jakob Dylan “Seeing Things” Columbia/Starbucks Entertainment

Jakob Dylan “Seeing Things” Columbia/Starbucks Entertainment

by Jesse Hill I wanted to approach this album as objectively as possible. See, I’m that annoying Bob Dylophile. You know, the one who listens to, plays, reads, and talks about Dylan so much that everyone around him starts to loath Dylan because of it. Did you know Greil Marcus wrote a whole book about […]

Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” Sub Pop

Fleet Foxes “Fleet Foxes” Sub Pop

by Lindsay Eanet Scruff-laden hippies rejoice, for the future of music is once again in your hands. While the frenetic blips of Cut Copy and Crystal Castles may have their place, a new wave of indie bands (Yeasayer, Blitzen Trapper, Iron & Wine) have emerged with an earthier sound and earnest lyrics, bands that are […]

Railroad Earth “Amen Corner” SCI Fidelity

Railroad Earth “Amen Corner” SCI Fidelity

by Lindsay Eanet The release of country jam band Railroad Earth’s fifth studio album, Amen Corner, comes with a sentimental and slightly tragic undertone. The band’s in-house video director, Dave Manzo, shot the music videos for the album at the historic blues venue the Stanhope House in Stanhope, N.J., where they had their first gig […]

My Morning Jacket “Evil Urges” (ATO)

My Morning Jacket  “Evil Urges” (ATO)

by Lindsay Eanet My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James’s bedroom must be a wonderful and frightening place. It might be the kind of bedroom that would be in a seduction scene in a bad ’70s adult film—he goes into the bathroom to “freshen up” and comes out in a scarlet silk robe, his once long, […]