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Schooltree's no laughing matter

It takes a certain kind of courage to get onstage and make people laugh.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 13, 2013


Mike Cooley | The Fool On Every Corner

Cooley Records (2013)
A Mike Cooley solo album is a treat for Drive-By Truckers fans.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  January 08, 2013


Patterson Hood sidesteps his Trucker mouth

Drive-by slowly  
Rock and roll once saved Patterson Hood's life.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  September 11, 2012


Glen Hansard | Rhythm & Repose

Anti (2012)
The Frames' Glen Hansard releases Rhythm & Repose, his first solo album, having created an unusual juggernaut with Once .
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  September 13, 2012


Ryan Montbleau comes home with an accent

Southern comforts
It's a sleepy Monday night in April, and Ryan Montbleau is taking advantage of a rare opportunity to get out and see some friends and hear some music.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  June 19, 2012

Kin - Crowell and Karr

Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell | Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell

Vanguard (2012)
Kin is a finely crafted country ode to home and family from a couple of writers who know the territory.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  June 05, 2012


From Sun Volt to Guthrie with Jay Farrar

Multitudes of challenges
Putting together the New Multitudes project, singer-guitarist Jay Farrar had access to a treasure trove: thousands of lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 14, 2012


John Wesley Harding | The Sound of His Own Voice

Yep Roc (2011)
It's fitting that John Wesley Harding's new album is bookended by tributes to songwriting and music — "Sing Your Own Song" and "The World in Song."
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  October 12, 2011


Wild Flag | Wild Flag

Merge (2011)
It's not quite a Sleater-Kinney reunion, but those who have missed the band since their 2005 swan song, The Woods , should be thrilled with Wild Flag.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  September 13, 2011


Paley & Francis | Paley and Francis

Sonic Unyon (2011)
The fact that Paley and Francis wrote this album together over the course of three afternoons and then recorded it in two is part of its charm.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  September 07, 2011


Tommy Keene | Behind the Parade

Second Motion Records (2011)
For nearly 30 years Tommy Keene has been a go-to guy for fans of guitar-driven pop rock.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  August 30, 2011


Jeff Bridges | Jeff Bridges

Blue Note (2011)
Jeff Bridges hit on a successful formula with the rich country sound of the Crazy Heart soundtrack, and he doesn't vary it much on his self-titled major-label debut.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  August 16, 2011

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Levon Helm brings 'Rambles' to Solid Sound

A joyful noise
Helm's enthusiasm radiates, whether he's playing one of his "Midnight Rambles" in the 250-seat studio/performance space attached to his rural Woodstock home or at a festival like this weekend's Solid Sound, which he's co-headlining with Wilco.  
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  June 24, 2011

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Emmylou Harris | Hard Bargain

Nonesuch (2011)
Anyone with a passing knowledge of Emmylou Harris will recognize that "The Road," the opening track on Hard Bargain, is about Gram Parsons and the relationship that kicked off her career 40 years ago.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  May 18, 2011

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Steve Earle | I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

New West Records (2011)
New West Records (2011)
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  April 27, 2011

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Henry Wolfe | Linda Vista

(Undermountain 2011)
(Undermountain 2011)
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  April 06, 2011


Withered Hand | Good News

Absolutely Kosher (2011)
Good News is the sound of a gifted writer declaring his humanity in all its filthy, fucked-up glory.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  March 17, 2011


Eulogies | Tear the Fences Down

Dangerbird Records (2011)
Given its origins, this could have been a morbid, self-indulgent exercise. Instead, it’s a fine indie-pop album.
By: NICK A. ZAINO III  |  February 01, 2011
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