Country

Neon Blue (CD)

Joshua Hedley has an unexpected ace of a country release on his latest, Neon Blue. Why unexpected? Because '90s-style radio-friendly country may not be what most aficionados of the genre consider as its heart and soul...but that's exactly where Hedley finds his inspiration. And boy, is it a treat. The twang is pure backwoods harmony, the fiddle is bittersweet and soaring, the guitar rollicking and ready for anything. The songs are upbeat and ultra catchy, with that unmistakeable country ethos that sometimes feels like it has been swallowed up by the genre's mainstream flirtations with pop songwriting conventions. Neon Blue is solid through and through. If you fell in love with country back in the radio days, this album just might reignite your love affair.

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Paint This Town (CD)

Old Crow Medicine Show's Paint This Town celebrates the panoply of rootsy American genres, colorful history, and backwoods weirdness. The title track starts with rousing fiddle and southern-fried harmonies, setting the stage for the journey listeners are about to take. Over the course of the album, OCMS traverses the thin line between the simple joys and all-American optimism of country life and the darker undercurrents of our history as well as our present. It's a rollicking good time, filled to the rim with heart, soul, and passion. An atmospheric, ebullient must-hear.

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A Beautiful Time (CD)
The 72nd studio album from the 89-year-old outlaw country star includes covers by The Beatles & Leonard Cohen and a new song by Chris Stapleton & Rodney Crowell. Not to mention five new tracks by the venerable songwriter. Read more
Toward The Fray (CD)

The Infamous Stringdusters address social unrest on Toward The Fray, combining pointed, honest lyrics with the virtuosic fiddle and banjo arrangements of their progressive bluegrass sound. “Means To An End” and “Hard Line” showcase the band’s rockin’ energy and soaring melodies. The folky “I Didn’t Know” employs an anthemic chorus to acknowledge white privilege and resolve to stay vigilant. Elsewhere “Down From The Mountain” has a gothic country feel and “Revolution” is a lively, pretty instrumental.

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