Mar 3, 2014 — Mead hooks the listener, eager to show us the bleak side of what seemed like a bright scenario. That's the way he operates during much of Free State Serenade.
Feb 10, 2014 — Church uses the power he's accrued from hit records to make exactly the kind of album he wants.
Feb 2, 2014 — As fun as his bold declarations can be, the country star's depth comes from his ruminative side; his decade-long slow rise has made him as flexible as he is determined. The greatest thing about The Outsiders is its range, both in sound and in the stories Church tells.
Jan 29, 2014 — Both Jon Pardi and Jason Eady have to confront the dilemma of all young country musicians: how to navigate the pop current that keeps country music commercially viable while connecting to a past that fewer and fewer listeners are aware of.
Jan 26, 2014 — Ellis eludes categorization within either mainstream country or Americana music by going the route of both formats' greatest maverick craftsmen; you'll hear Merle Haggard here along with Willie Nelson, and a bit of Rodney Crowell's sparkle.
Jan 23, 2014 — Todd Snider, Widespread Panic's Dave Schools and Duane Trucks perform in a new band that specializes in covering working-class songs.
Jan 21, 2014 — The singer discusses flat-picking, his frustrating career in Nashville, and Gone Away Backwards.
Jan 13, 2014 — The River & the Thread, Cash's first album in eight years, began with a visit to her father's boyhood home, and continued through landmarks great and small. "The things you push away the hardest when you're young, you end up embracing when you get older," she says.
Jan 10, 2014 — Ken Tucker says The River & The Thread is a travelogue; a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.
Jan 5, 2014 — Each song on Cash's new album is rooted in the Southern soil connecting her family's old homestead in Arkansas to its ancestral Virginia homeland, expanding to survey its artistic roots in Alabama and Tennessee. Some narratives are fictional, while others mine family lore.