• redboots

    Late last year, country songwriter Brandy Clark quietly released her debut album as an artist and a funny thing happened: People listened and loved it. Now, she's having herself a grand ole time out there.

  • jtj

    Jacob Thomas Jr.'s new record, Original Sin, feels like slipping into a worn-in pair of jeans or rocking on a porch in the rain. There's a comfort to it, but it's a weary comfort, a hard-earned respite.

  • sm3

    It would be easy to say that it's all about the knowing, familiar voice when it comes to Sandra McCracken. But the voice wouldn't be nearly as comforting and comfortable if it weren't channeling a life lived with care and concern for everything and everyone around her.

  • franti

    When Michael Franti started his hip hop career, he probably had no idea that he would get to a point in life when he was doing yoga and singing dance tunes. He's come a long way, baby. And it's a journey that he is very happy to take.

  • Daphne_LowRes076

    With both Chicago and Texas in her bones — and music in her blood — Daphne Willis was destined to become a singer/songwriter. You can't fight both nature and nurture, after all. Willis actually tried.

  • Indigo-Girls-1

    Engaging while entertaining, Indigo Girls Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have always worked — and lived — at the intersection of art and activism, supporting myriad great causes and organizations.

  • joanos

    The potency of Joan Osborne's performances stems more from her knowing, from her well-worn heart, than from her voice alone. With that knowing in mind, I thought I would ask her for relationship advice.

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    Katie Herzig's latest effort, Walk Through Walls, is a complex and cathartic set that fully delivers on the promise made by her previous offerings and it begs the question, “Where do you go from here?”

  • orlowskiband

    With his new album, Believer, Seattle's Kris Orlowski steps forward in two new directions. Listening to the depth and breadth of Believer, both points ring out loud and clear -- it's a solid collection of songs rendered in big sonic fashion.

  • cc

    With her new release, Flying Dream, Catie Curtis is on her own... in more ways than one. She parted from the label she's been with for the past nine years (Compass Records), as well as the wife she's been with for the past 17.

  • robby960

    Even though the singer/songwriter genre is chock full of amazingly talented artists, very few of them are as consistently wonderful as Robby Hecht. With his eponymous third release, he proves this fact yet again.

  • korby960

    If you aren't familiar with Korby Lenker, it's important to note that he is wildly talented, ever stylish, and proudly quirky. Those three traits run through everything he touches.

  • amybig

    Amy Ray is a rebel. She also lists folk singer and punk rocker on her resumé. And, for her newest adventure, she inhabits a wholly new persona — that of country raconteur.

Evan Rasch: Sophomore

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 in Album Reviews
Evan Rasch: Sophomore

There’s a reason the freshman effort by singer/songwriter Evan Rasch is titled Sophomore. (He’s soon to be a sophomore music major at Kenyon College.) There’s also a reason what would seem to be the title track is spelled differently, as “Sophmore.” (His girlfriend’s name is Sophie.) It’s also worth noting that the set’s producer, Andrew Brassell, is […]

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell Inaugurate New Hall for Music City Roots

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell Inaugurate New Hall for Music City Roots

For the inaugural broadcast of Music City Roots from Liberty Hall in Franklin, Tenn., the show couldn’t have chosen two better headliners than Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. The duo has been touring behind their collaborative Old Yellow Moon project and are currently in the studio working on its follow-up. Still, they took leave to gift […]

A Song and a Stage: Vonda Shepard

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 in Aural Fixation
A Song and a Stage: Vonda Shepard

Dating back to her late teens, singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard has enjoyed an incredibly varied and lengthy career. She’s been a backup singer for Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, Jackson Browne and others; an adult contemporary chart-maker with songs of her own, as well as the classic “Can’t We Try” duet with Dan Hill; a musical […]

Brandi Carlile Woos and Wails with Nashville Symphony

Posted on Jul 6, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Brandi Carlile Woos and Wails with Nashville Symphony

When I attended the Indigo Girls with the Nashville Symphony at the end of May, I had an absolutely revelatory experience. The songs, the scores, and the performances all converged to simultaneously take my breath away and breathe new life into a catalog of music I’ve been enjoying for more than 25 years. Chasing that same […]

Brandy Clark on the Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic of Life

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Brandy Clark on the Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic of Life

Late last year, country songwriter Brandy Clark quietly released her debut album, 12 Stories, on a little indie label out of Texas. Though the collection was chock full of exquisite craftsmanship, captivating performances, and ace production, Clark was an unknown quantity as an artist. Sure, she’d scored a couple of number one hits (Miranda Lambert’s […]

The Shadowboxers Keep It Sharp at 3rd and Lindsley

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Concert Reviews
The Shadowboxers Keep It Sharp at 3rd and Lindsley

Setting the tone and taking the stage to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” The Shadowboxers looked as sharp as they sounded last night at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley. Kicking off the evening with the soulful harmonies and smooth grooves of “Let You Get the Best of Me,” the Atlanta quintet set a brisk […]