Album Reviews

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Natalie Hemby


All too often, the folks that write the songs sung by the artists who reside on top of the charts get too little credit. After all, were it not for … Read more

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Patty Reese

Patty Reese is the pride of Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic region. She has won a staggering 17 Washington Area Music Association Awards (WAMMIES) including Album of the Year, Artist … Read more



I love this guy, but maybe I’m a little psycho, too. Kevin Russell, the heart of Shinyribs, keeps one foot in soul, but stretches the rest of his musical body … Read more


The Candles

After three albums, one would think The Candles would be better known. Their easy, accessible sound clearly enhances their appeal, and with a track record that includes backing duties with … Read more


Tim Kolleth

Sometimes good music comes from the most unexpected sources. Tim Kolleth has spent almost his entire career as the radio promoter for Alligator Records.  Little did most of know that … Read more


The Gibson Brothers

From their hardscrabble, gratifying dairy farm upbringing in the northernmost reaches of New York State, the Gibson Brothers know tradition. With In the Ground, they’ve perfected their brand of traditional … Read more


Benedikt Jahnel Trio

You’d never conclude from the lyrical, pop fluidity that graces young pianist Benedikt Jahnel’s musical exaltations that he’s a Berlin mathematician who counts interacting particle systems within the realm of … Read more


Son Volt

Much has been made of the Townes Van Zandt quote, “There are only two kinds of songs,” There’s the blues, and there’s zip-a-dee-doo-dah.” When I first heard that Son Volt … Read more


Scott Ramminger

Round up the best session players in New Orleans. Bring in top flight female singers like Bekka Bramlett, Francine Reed, Janiva Magness and the McCrary Sisters. How can you lose? … Read more


Delbert McClinton & Self-Made Men

Come. Stay. This bad boy is on his best behavior, obvious before even dropping the needle on Prick of the Litter. Song after song, Delbert McClinton outdoes himself on his … Read more