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    After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will.

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    With her new album, Louise Goffin takes another step forward into the spotlight. It's a solid effort from a thoughtful artist who has nurtured her given gifts and let her career set its own pace while balancing a life outside of music.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?”

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

Katie Herzig Shows Her True (School) Colors in “Drug”

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Aural Fixation
Katie Herzig Shows Her True (School) Colors in “Drug”

Despite the fact that her music is filled with deeply contemplative themes, Katie Herzig has a sneakily humorous side, as well. One view of her “Hey Na Na” video proves that, flat out. But, if further evidence is needed, her latest video for “Drug” should dispel any remaining doubts. In it, Herzig shows those true […]

Five Questions: Bry Webb

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Bry Webb

After years of blasting it out as a member of the Constantines, singer/songwriter Bry Webb turned it all down a few notches for his new solo effort, Free Will. Written as a something of a meditation on his new role as a father to a son, the set is quieter, to be sure, but it’s not without some edge. […]

Ray LaMontagne at the Woods at Fontanel

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 in Concert Reviews
Ray LaMontagne at the Woods at Fontanel

Ray LaMontagne writes great songs and makes great records. And that’s certainly no small feat. His live shows, though, while being technically and musically superlative, really don’t leave the audience with a whole lot to hang on to other than the technique and the music. There’s no personal engagement on LaMontagne’s part. It’s as if […]

Jonah Tolchin: Clover Lane

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in Album Reviews
Jonah Tolchin: Clover Lane

With the opening strains of “Mockingbird,” listeners know they are in for a ride worth taking all the way down Jonah Tolchin’s Clover Lane. Recorded over the course of a mere four days in Nashville with producer Marvin Etzioni and some of the best players around, the set harkens back to a simpler time in […]

Korby Lenker Gets to the Truth of “If I Prove False”

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in Aural Fixation
Korby Lenker Gets to the Truth of “If I Prove False”

Singer/songwriter Korby Lenker has to be one of the hardest-working, most all-around creative guys in Nashville. In addition to releasing an album earlier this year, Lenker also just published his first book of short stories, Medium Hero, and is relaunching a live performance web series, Wigby. Still, when he needed a video for his “If […]

Five Questions: Louise Goffin

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 in Artist Interviews
Five Questions: Louise Goffin

As the child of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, singer/songwriter Louise Goffin comes from musical stock. But genetics never grant a free pass or guarantee a successful career. Just ask Ben Taylor or Holly Williams. Sure, it’s a leg up, but an artist still has to prove themselves on their own merit. So that’s what […]