Jewly Hight

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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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Songs We Love: Dori Freeman, 'Still A Child'

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

There's a time-tested tradition in popular music of women speaking their minds about no-good men, a practice that links R&B diva Ruth Brown with alt-rocker Alanis Morissette and country foremother Loretta Lynn with pop queen Beyonce. We're accustomed to such songs liberating female anger in myriad forms, be it searing ...

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Front Row: Charles Kelley, 'The Only One Who Gets Me (1 Mic 1 Take)'

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It is a familiar posture: the popular musician who heroically resists the demands of mainstream popularity, aiming instead for loftier notions of statement making, authenticity flaunting, muse following and the like. Yet country acts tend to avoid such passion projects, at least until they've aged out of competing for radio ...

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First Listen: Lucinda Williams, 'The Ghosts Of Highway 20'

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Few roots-leaning songwriters have inspired such intense adoration, or as much emulation, as Lucinda Williams. Since her 1998 masterpiece Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, Williams has served as a template for many Americana hopefuls; if the bristly sensuousness of her songwriting voice is impossible to reproduce, plenty of ...

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First Listen: Sierra Hull, 'Weighted Mind'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

They start them young in bluegrass, grooming pre-tweens to master their instruments and study the standards of the bluegrass jam repertoire: all those hard-driving instrumental romps and high-and-lonesome odes to idealized cabin homes. Just about every kid picker wants to get to the point where she can jump in on ...

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First Listen: Aubrie Sellers, 'New City Blues'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The ominous guitar intro that opens Aubrie Sellers' album — 45 seconds of tense, reverberating chord changes that move with exaggerated sluggishness — primes listeners for a brutish display of force. Maybe something along the lines of the sinewy groove that soon follows; that or a big-screen shootout. Certainly ...

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Songs We Love: Hayes Carll, 'The Love That We Need'

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Failure has always been a favorite topic of Texas troubadour Hayes Carll. Much of the songwriting catalog he's built up over the last dozen-plus years revolves around dashed dreams, doomed romance and drunken predicaments. Very often, though, he's leavened the losing with cleverly deployed gallows humor, self-deprecation and yarn spinning, ...

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First Listen: Dylan LeBlanc, 'Cautionary Tale'

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The whole point of fables like "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" was to scare impressionable children into obedience; their safety could only be guaranteed if they didn't go around yanking the chains of the folks who could come to their rescue. Dylan LeBlanc's Cautionary Tale conveys less confidence in ...

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Songs We Love: Kinky Friedman, 'Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis'

Monday, December 14, 2015

There's a certain sort of vacancy to many holiday songs, their picturesque settings and sentiments functioning a bit like portrait studio backdrops, ready and waiting for somebody, anybody to walk into the frame and momentarily own and animate it with their presence. While one guesses that Kinky Friedman was hardly ...

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The Music Of A Struggle: Sam Gleaves' Traditional Revolution

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Last year, the book Rednecks, Queers & Country Music — a significant, if overlooked work by scholar Nadine Hubbs — drove home just how powerful and pervasive outsider assumptions about the backwardness of rural identities and downhome music can be. Too often, we'll seize on a figure like Kim Davis ...

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First Listen: Old Dominion, 'Meat And Candy'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Contemporary country music has gotten an especially bad rap in recent years, routinely dismissed by outside observers as mindless, artless, suburban party fare. If ever there was a band equipped to challenge those characterizations, it's Old Dominion: singer Matthew Ramsey, guitarist and keyboardist Trevor Rosen, guitarist Brad Tursi, bassist Geoff ...

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AmericanaFest Preview: Lucette, Whitey Morgan, Oh Pep! And More

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NPR Music is in Nashville all this week for the 16th annual AmericanaFest. So the newest episode of All Songs Considered offers a big bundle of music from some of the acts who are playing the festival that the team is most excited to see. Before leaving D.C., Bob called ...

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Songs We Love: 2015 Americana Awards Edition

Monday, September 14, 2015

Every style of music produces great songs: even in genres like house or rap, better known for ecstatic mixes and freestyle flows, songs are the going units of measurement. But Americana music lovers are the hierophants of great songwriting, bearing deep knowledge of the bardic traditions of country, folk and ...

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First Listen: Gary Clark Jr., 'The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

There was a clear path laid out for Gary Clark Jr. If he'd wanted, he could have allowed himself to be crowned the young, African-American savior of 21st-century blues guitar. After all, the guy came up in the clubs of Austin, apprenticed under Jimmie Vaughan (brother of

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First Listen: Ruby Amanfu, 'Standing Still'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ruby Amanfu made an incredible impression as Jack White's visual and vocal foil during live and recorded performances of his 2012 single "Love Interruption" — she as the inscrutable, bouffant-sporting woman of color, possessed of a live-wire vibrato, and he as the spectral, stylized rocker. Considering that that ...

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The Real Charlie McCoy, A Musical Quarterback Of 1960s Nashville

Saturday, August 08, 2015

McCoy is best known as a harmonica player, but the studio veteran also played a big role in the pivotal moment when counter-cultural folk-rock came to Music City.

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In The Middle Of A Whirlwind, Miranda Lambert Shares The Spotlight

Friday, July 31, 2015

There was a time when rock critics regularly described Miranda Lambert as some sort of vengeful, arson-happy, petite, blond Amazonion, thanks both to the potent imagery in some of her early singles and the critical tendency to view the characters which inhabit country songs in a ...

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With 'Traveller,' A Songwriter Steps Out From Country's Backstage

Monday, June 29, 2015

After years of writing hits for stars like Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton has released an album that's entirely his own.

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