ALBUM REVIEW: Bonnie Prince Billy – Best Troubador
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ALBUM REVIEW: Bonnie Prince Billy – Best Troubador

A life-long Merle Haggard fan, Will Oldham has apparently long considered recording an album of Haggard songs and in the wake of his death last April he’s done just that. He hasn’t gone straight for the hits though, he’s hen-picked from 44 years of recorded songs, choosing personal favourites in honour of the great songwriter. … Continue reading

NEWS: Bloodshot Records Announces 2017 Xmas Compilation
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NEWS: Bloodshot Records Announces 2017 Xmas Compilation

Bloodshot Records know their way around a good compilation album and this year they’ve put together 13 tracks to celebrate/survive/bemoan the December festive period. 13 Days of Xmas has something to fit any mood, any occasion, for this sometimes-wonderful, sometimes-trying time of year. From the garage-soul of Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ “Papa Barrence’s Christmas,” … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child
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ALBUM REVIEW: Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child

A year on from the death of friend and collaborator, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson pays tribute with ‘He Won’t Ever Be Gone’, the closing track on God’s Problem Child. The passing of time and mortality rears its inevitable head on a number of the album’s songs. ‘Old Timer’ and the black humour of ‘Still Not … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure
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ALBUM REVIEW: Daniel Romano – Modern Pressure

Shapeshifting songwriter Daniel Romano has covered wide stylistic ground, from his post-hardcore band Attack in Black through to his run of top-notch solo albums that take in classic country, folk and psychedelic variations of the aforementioned. Now with Modern Pressure he’s consolidated his sound, corralling all those Americana variations into his consistently best album to … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: John Moreland – Big Bad Luv
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ALBUM REVIEW: John Moreland – Big Bad Luv

John Moreland has been one of those best-kept secrets for a while now, slowly emerging as a highly respected songwriter on the alt-country/Americana scene. He’s never had a breakout single or any landmark moment, rather he’s slowly refined and improved his craft, garnering increasing critical acclaim and a growing fanbase. Big Bad Luv finds him … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Davidson Brothers – All You Need Is Music
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ALBUM REVIEW: Davidson Brothers – All You Need Is Music

The brothers are back with another album of bluegrass, folk and country music in their laconic, easy-going style. At times the songs themselves dip into bland and cliched lyrical territory but if you can get past that, take a long drive or kick back on a sunny afternoon and relish the exceptional musicianship on display. … Continue reading

NEWS: Margo Price Announces New 2017 LP
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NEWS: Margo Price Announces New 2017 LP

Margo Price only just released her new EP Weakness and now she’s gone and announced that a new full-length album will be released on October 20th via Third Man Records. All American Made was recorded at Memphis’ Sam Phillips Recording during the same sessions as Weakness and was again co-produced by Matt Ross-Spang, Alex Munoz, Price, and Jeremy Ivey, the latter … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound
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ALBUM REVIEW: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound

In the space of his last two albums Jason Isbell’s status has rocketed from ex-Drive-By Trucker and respected songwriter to Grammy and Americana Association awards winner and one of the most acclaimed of this generation’s Americana/country artists, alongside Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton. The Nashville Sound is a re-framing of Isbell, with his long-serving band … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: John Mellencamp ft. Carlene Carter – Sad Clowns & Hillbillies
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ALBUM REVIEW: John Mellencamp ft. Carlene Carter – Sad Clowns & Hillbillies

Since those heady early days when Mellencamp was touted by record labels as the heartland rock, pinup boy Johnny Cougar, through to his eventual reshaping into his true self, the strength of his songwriting has always been consistent. Now, with his 23rd studio album, Mellencamp again shows his range and canny ability to draw on … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Shane Nicholson – Love And Blood
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ALBUM REVIEW: Shane Nicholson – Love And Blood

Though Shane Nicholson is now firmly entrenched in Australian country music, with awards aplenty, he’s shown over his strong run of solo albums that he can still maintain a foot in the indie scene in which he forged his songwriting abilities. That positioning has enabled him to straddle alt-country and commercial country with equal aplomb. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1
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ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 1

Two years after the release of his bestselling, award winning solo debut, Traveller, Stapleton returns with an album that in some ways feels like a retreat from the large stages and mainstream acclaim he received. Shacking up in Nashville’s RCA Studio A with producer and guitarist Brent Cobb, Stapleton recorded two album’s worth of songs. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Pokey LaFarge – Manic Revelations
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ALBUM REVIEW: Pokey LaFarge – Manic Revelations

Pokey LaFarge has always been tagged as an authentic revivalist, from his music to the way he dresses. He’s still cutting a fine sartorial look but on Manic Revelations he’s sounding more contemporary than ever. LaFarge skill is seamlessly melding the cornerstones of roots music – from country and blues to soul, New Orleans jazz … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street
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ALBUM REVIEW: Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street

By now Justin Townes Earle has released enough albums and developed his songwriting to the extent where he’s found his own distinct corner of the country music world. He’s developed an identifiable sound, particularly in the effortless swing he places in his music and the way he delivers his lyrics – that fluid and melodious, … Continue reading