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Crossroads – the Life and Music of Hasil Adkins

by Elizabeth Bissette Hunchin’ at the Crossroads Once upon a time, in a holler far, far away, a music revolution was born when the cries of Hasil “The Haze” Adkins, the last of ten Adkins children, first echoed across Appalachia. No one knows the exact date of the event. Though it was recorded in a […]

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The Wood Brothers “Loaded” Blue Note

by Kyle McCraw Every so often, you stumble upon an album that is immediately indispensable. Such was my experience first hearing The Wood Brothers’ debut, “Ways Not to Lose,” and I was worried that their follow-up, “Loaded” would not live up to my high expectations. In a sense, it didn’t because this feels less like […]

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Montgomery Gentry “Back When I Knew It All” Sony BMG

One of country music’s favorite duos is back. With Back When I Knew It All, Montgomery Gentry has given country fans an album that is, in turns, rockin’, rollicking, amusing, and insightful. While all 11 songs are solid country music, Back When I Knew It All offers listeners three truly extraordinary tracks: “The Big Revival” […]

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Old Crow Medicine Show

by Jesse Hill On September 23rd, Old Crow Medicine Show will release their third album Tennessee Pusher, a beautifully cinematic and empathetic album about a people and from a people, the American people, the people from which this musical tradition is sprung. After going into the lost alleys and forgotten trailer parks to find the […]

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JASON ALDEAN/EMERSON DRIVE – San Jose, CA

by Jody Mason Whenever someone comes back from a concert and giddily announces that the performer is even better live than recorded, I’m usually a little dubious. It seems unlikely that a recording artist would sound better accompanied by guitar feedback and a crackling microphone above the din of a large crowd. And it seems […]

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Emmylou Harris “All I Intended to Be” Nonesuch Records

County Legend Emmylou Harris, a self-described “finder of songs and gatherer of songs” has outdone herself with what deserves to be regarded as one of the year’s most remarkable country albums. Her first solo album since 2003, “All I Intended to Be” showcases Harris’s unparalleled gift for song selection. The album’s thirteen tracks are masterfully […]

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Keith Anderson "C'MON!" Sony

by Jody Mason High Country Boy All-American songwriter Keith Anderson has been writing music since his boyhood in Oklahoma and has finally released “C’MON!”, an album that rallies the American spirit and taps into his romantic side at the same time. The title track “C’MON!” is enough to get a party started, or maybe just […]

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EMERSON DRIVE "Countrified" Midas Records

by Jody Mason Buried Treasure: Emerson Drive’s Missed Hits Emerson Drive hasn’t released an album since 2006 with “Countrified” but the 5-piece band is still touring and serenading us with current singles “A Good Man,” “Moments,” and “You Still Own Me.” Surprisingly, the song that most represents their Southern charm-meets- ring around the collar boyishness […]

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Jackopierce “Promise of Summer” Foreverything

by Lisa Kiser I’m not gonna lie – I’d never heard of these guys until I stumbled upon them on the web, and decided to take a listen to the band with the funny name. Come to find out, they’re actually quite established, having produced a pleathora of albums dating back to the days when […]

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