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Silver Jews

by Rebecca Zaragoza One could research the Silver Jews and their music and come to find some common themes throughout texts. I encourage you to do so and you will begin to resonate with this proposal. When you consider the criticisms written by music’s brightest elitists, you find patterns and a passion of a band… […]

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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 […]

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Josh Turner "Jackson County Fair Performance"

by Lisa Kiser Featuring Josh Turner and Jake Owen Yee-haw! As I rolled my pickup into the Jackson County Fairgrounds, I was alive with anticipation about an evening of sweet country tunes at the county fair. I had no right to be so giddy; having seen Turner on two other occasions, but somehow the prospect […]

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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. […]

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Carrie Underwood “Carnival Ride” Arista

by LK Get your tickets and hold on tight for the Carnival Ride tour, featuring Grand Ole Opry inductee and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood! The tour stopped to play at the Dow Arena in Saginaw, MI, gathering a variety of fans ranging from the young to the young at heart. Underwood’s mass appeal, springboarded […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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