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The Whigs: Mission Control

The Whigs began life as a guitar/bass/drums college band toiling away in Athens.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  March 05, 2008


Reba McEntire

Reba Duets | MCA
Reba McEntire became famous in the 1980s, when country music consisted of ballads as big as the hair of the singers who sang them.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  February 12, 2008


Sideshow and tell

The strange and wonderful world of Baby Dee
She goes by the name Baby Dee, even though she was born in Cleveland in 1953.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  January 28, 2008


Little Big Town

A Place To Land | Equity
Although you may wish that the first single wasn’t about life on the road, even it is soaked in a sweetness that’s too rare these days.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  December 31, 2007


Kenny Chesney

Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates | Sony
Chesney has built his sizeable country empire on selling Jimmy Buffett–like beach fantasies with guitar-fueled mid-tempo frat rock.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  December 03, 2007


Carrie’s gift

From American Idol to Music Row
The process was well under way, but YouTube provided a caught-on-camera bright-red underline.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  November 27, 2007


Lori McKenna

Unglamorous | Warner Bros.
Lori McKenna had her major-label debut co-produced by Hill’s husband, country superstar Tim McGraw.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  November 06, 2007


Irish sprung

Fionn Regan makes his way to America
Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan answers straightforward questions with beguiling sidesteps.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 24, 2007


Putumayo Presents Americana

Most of what you’ll find here is about as appealing as the disc’s candy-colored cover, which has got to be in the running for one of the ugliest of the year.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 18, 2007


Donovan Frankenreiter

Recycled Recipes | Lost Highway
Lost HighwaySurfer-turned-musician Donovan Frankenreiter has a sandy beard, a warm old soul voice, and a sonic signature planted firmly in the 1970s.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  September 05, 2007


Magic Numbers

Those the Brokes | Capitol
The Magic Numbers are throwbacks to a time when pop was lighter than air.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  August 14, 2007


Anchored in Love: A Tribute to June Carter Cash

Tribute albums are usually hit-or-miss, and this one honoring June Carter Cash is no exception.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  May 05, 2009


Big + Rich

Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace | Warner Bros.
They once seemed capable of much more.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  July 30, 2007


Brad Paisley

5th Gear | Broken Bow
Paisley’s winsome 5th Gear is about as light as Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is dark — in a good way.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  June 27, 2007


Jason Aldean

Relentless | Broken Bow
Jason Aldean is a young, earring-wearing hat act who plays the Nashville game the way it’s always been played.
By: WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  June 05, 2007
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