• Robert Plant: Band of Joy

    Robert Plant: Band of Joy

    The good news about Robert Plant’s Band of Joy? It’s not a reprise of his mega- platinum duets with Alison Krauss (Patti Griffin is the female vocalist here), it’s not a Zep or Honeydrippers album, ...
  • Eden Brent: Ain't Got No Troubles

    Eden Brent: Ain't Got No Troubles

    Having been compared to everyone from Bessie Smith to Dinah Washington to Diana Krall, Mississippi blues mama Eden Brent summons them all, and more, on her second album, recorded in New Orleans with some local ...
  • Eric Clapton: Clapton

    Eric Clapton: Clapton

    In a deeply satisfying work of self- exploration, Eric Clapton dives into some blues, gospel, pop, and southern-flavored rock ’n’ roll past and present; assembles crack bands on each track that include the likes of ...
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

    The buzz around the debut of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen is well-earned. A lot of what makes the quartet special is found on the first track, the hard- charging Solivan original, “Driftin’ Apart.” The ...
  • Jim Byrnes: Everywhere West

    Jim Byrnes: Everywhere West

    We most recently heard from veteran Canada-by-way-of-St. Louis bluesman Jim Byrnes via a terrific performance on a Mississippi Sheiks tribute steered by his producer, Steve Dawson. On his new Everywhere West, with Dawson again behind ...
  • Alison Krauss: Paper Airplane

    Alison Krauss: Paper Airplane

    Owing to her Raising Sand collaboration with Robert Plant becoming something of a cultural phenomenon, that Alison Krauss and her superb Union Station band haven’t released a new album together in seven years seems, well, ...
  • Sierra Hull: Daybreak

    Sierra Hull: Daybreak

    Nineteen-year-old Sierra Hull has been turning heads in the bluegrass world since she joined Alison Krauss on the Opry stage as a sixth-grade mandolin prodigy. Mentored by Krauss and now championed by Chris Thile, Hull ...
  • Dana Fuchs: Love to Beg

    Dana Fuchs: Love to Beg

    From the first electric slide howl of the opening title track—one of several original numbers dissecting obsessive- compulsive love affairs—to the closing “Superman,” a herky-jerky stomp on recent socio-political fiascos, Dana Fuchs offers a virtuoso ...
  • Johnny Cash: The Fabulous Johnny Cash

    Johnny Cash: The Fabulous Johnny Cash

    As in its original 1959 release and expanded 2002 reissue, so in this new 180-gram vinyl edition by Impex Records: The Fabulous Johnny Cash consolidates the strengths that had catapulted the singer to regional stardom ...
  • Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: No Help Coming

    Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: No Help Coming

    London-born, Georgia-dwelling Holly Golightly (not a pseudonym—her mother was a Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan) has made some 30 albums in various incarnations. No Help Coming is the fourth with her strychnine-voiced, multi-instrumentalist Texas-bred partner known ...

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