Jewly Hight

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Adia Victoria Reckons With The South

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The singer and songwriter grew up under difficult circumstances in South Carolina. Today she uses her music, and the legacy of Southern black women's music, to come to terms with the past and present.

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'A Reason For The Rhythm': Keith Urban Stays On The Beat

Saturday, May 07, 2016

On his ninth album, Ripcord, the pop-country superstar delves deeper into programmed beats, but in an interview, Urban says rhythm has always been the anchor of his musical sensibility.

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Sturgill Simpson Puts A Paternal Twist On Hard-Edged Country

Friday, May 06, 2016

On A Sailor's Guide to Earth, Simpson focuses on bringing beauty and a sentimental spirit to his buzzed-about country sound. The album is meant to be a musical letter to his wife and son.

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First Listen: Jennifer Nettles, 'Playing With Fire'

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Few who've been following the Sugarland singer's career could deny her expressive range, but even she had never reveled in it quite this freely until now.

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First Listen: Kacy & Clayton, 'Strange Country'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Singer Kacy Anderson and fingerstyle guitarist Clayton Linthicum carve out plenty of room for play in their take on British and Appalachian folk and pre-electric blues.

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First Listen: Lera Lynn, 'Resistor'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The singer, a veteran of TV's True Detective, uses sensual minimalism to get at emotional truths. Hers is the sort of wistful awareness that gets under your skin.

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First Listen: Josh Kelley, 'New Lane Road'

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Kelley has spent years stocking his musical bag of tricks, and it shows: The singer's new album is an unfussy collection of soft rock, soul, adult pop and country.

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Songs We Love: Elizabeth Cook, 'Methadone Blues'

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The funky, down-home boogie comes from the beloved Nashville singer-songwriter's first album in six years. "I was so rusty I had to go to a craft store and make collages," Cook says.

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Songs We Love: Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones, 'As You Were'

Friday, April 01, 2016

The side-by-side harmonies of the Everly Brothers inspire this contemporary triumph of classic pop partnership. "I like to say that Kelly is the light and I am the dark," Teddy Thompson says.

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Songs We Love: Ryan Beaver, 'If I Had A Horse'

Monday, March 28, 2016

The singer-songwriter's sparse ballad pushes country music's fascination with cowboys into a more adult direction.

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Songs We Love: Leyla McCalla, 'A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey'

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Great new Haitian/Creole-influenced music and video from the singer-songwriter-violinist (and ex-Carolina Chocolate Drop); plus, an interview about where her creative energy now resides.

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First Listen: Parker Millsap, 'The Very Last Day'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A young Oklahoman with Pentecostal roots looks at apocalypse from surprising angles, in music ranging from rockabilly to blues.

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First Listen: Margo Price, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A debut solo record, born of both heartache and imagination, is saturated with sounds of '60s and '70s Nashville.

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A Country Revolution With A Low-Stakes Sound

Monday, March 14, 2016

Young singers climbing the country charts, from Brothers Osborne to Maren Morris, are making a stylistic break with tradition by emphasizing restraint.

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Songs We Love: Terry Allen, 'Cortez Sail'

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Over the decades, the myth around Terry Allen's 1975 album Juarez has grown into a fantastical, thing. Its tale has been fed by myriad creative offshoots (multi-media installations, radio and stage plays, a sculpture series, a musical theater collaboration with David Byrne etc.), and by the ...

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Songs We Love: Parker Millsap, 'Heaven Sent'

Friday, February 26, 2016

The great novelist Flannery O'Conner once wrote that, "To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures." This was her way of explaining why she populated her fiction with grotesquely flawed characters, exaggerating their ugliest impulses in the funhouse mirror of ...

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First Listen: Loretta Lynn, 'Full Circle'

Friday, February 26, 2016

At this point in Loretta Lynn's career, each new album is more than an album — it's also a tweaking of her legacy. She's been recording for more than half a century now, along the way collecting virtually every conceivable honor for contemporary and lifetime achievements, from CMA Entertainer ...

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First Listen: Bonnie Raitt, 'Dig In Deep'

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A few years back, both Adele and Bon Iver invoked Bonnie Raitt's adult-pop sophistication with their wistful covers of Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin's "I Can't Make You Love Me," a ballad she'd made famous at her early-'90s commercial peak. It was a reminder of the influence ...

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First Listen: Birds Of Chicago, 'Real Midnight'

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Feminist theologian Wendy Farley once wrote that, "Over the edge of the horizon against which the objects of desire recede lies the world's final answer to all desire: death. The human mind does not tolerate this answer amicably." Musicians have found many different ways to deal with this existential dread: ...

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First Listen: Vince Gill, 'Down To My Last Bad Habit'

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Fame can be a myopic beast. Whatever first lands a person in the spotlight is the thing most likely to keep attracting attention ever after. Throughout Vince Gill's late-'80s-to-late-'90s commercial heyday in country's mainstream, it was his sensitive ballads — many with adult-pop sheen, some with modern honky-tonk melancholy, ...

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