Lula Wiles' What Will We Do comes out Jan. 25 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
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January 17, 2019 The Berklee-educated trio of Isa Burke, Eleanor Buckland and Mali Obomsawin deftly mine the particulars of their individual lives into a rousing, modernist adaptation of Americana music.
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Leyla McCalla's The Capitalist Blues comes out Jan. 25.
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January 17, 2019 On her bustling third album, the former Carolina Chocolate Drops member maps her vision of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora while gently taking Anglocentricism (and capitalism) down a notch.
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January 11, 2019 As different as the two Christian rappers are artistically, they proved equally thoughtful about their aims and aspirations in conversation.
Randy Houser's Magnolia comes out Jan. 11.
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January 3, 2019 Randy Houser imagines and inhabits a blue-collar, tortured soul character with some of the most expressive performances of his career.
December 26, 2018 In the era of #Time'sUp and #MeToo, women continue to struggle in the world of country music. Many are taking matters into their own hands and bypassing the industry's gatekeepers.
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Kacey Musgraves had one of country music's biggest albums of 2018, but it came only after she shrugged off any lingering obligation to pursue radio airplay.
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December 21, 2018 If you look at it broadly, the country music scene can appear frustratingly stagnant, with little growth for women and trailblazers. But from every corner, a rising generation is making progress.
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December 4, 2018 Over breakfast biscuits and coffee, the two Nashville artists talk about songwriting, filmmaking and how one medium informs the other.
November 14, 2018 The psych-rock band's ambitious recreation of Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete features a cast of women vocalists gifted at pondering both interior and exterior worlds from a remove.
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November 13, 2018 Mattea and Quinn-Broadus inhabit two totally different musical worlds, but when each artist was stopped in her tracks by vocal difficulties, they found common ground in the journey back to the stage.
"Mother" Maybelle Carter (left) performs with her daughter Helen in 1977 at the A.P. Carter Memorial Festival in Virginia.
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October 30, 2018 From family memorials to jam sessions to every show at the Grand Ole Opry, the familiar singalong helps people feel connected to those who have died — whether legendary musicians or loved ones.
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Rosanne Cash's She Remembers Everything comes out Nov. 2.
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October 25, 2018 Rather than the complexities of inheritance, Rosanne Cash's mind is on what it takes to dislodge entrenched patterns and hierarchies.
Miranda Lambert performs in Dover, Delaware in 2015.
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October 22, 2018 Taking on all manner of "shouldn'ts" is a specialty of Lambert's, whose body of work knowingly disobeys the rules of feminine decorum. Who else has been more strong-willed and sisterly at once?
Kaia Kater's Grenades comes out Oct. 26
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October 18, 2018 Get to know the extremely talented 25-year-old Grenadian-Canadian singer-songwriter.
Adam Hood's Somewhere In Between comes outs Oct. 12
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October 4, 2018 Adam Hood has written songs for big-name acts like Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town, but for his solo work, he prefers a leaner, more low-key approach.
Eric Church's new album, Desperate Man, comes out Oct. 5.
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September 27, 2018 Eric Church responds to an unsettling time with white-knuckled assertions of individual grit.