Jewly Hight

Jewly Hight appears in the following:

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: 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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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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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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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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