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    Ry Cooder: Paradise and Lunch

    It’s like a postcard from Weird Old America. Working with compositional sources as diverse as Burt Bacharach (“Mexican Divorce”) and Blind Willie McTell (“Married Man’s a Fool”), roots-rock guitarist Ry Cooder stitches a folksy quilt ...
  • Father John Misty: Pure Comedy

    Father John Misty: Pure Comedy

    Josh Tillman’s shtick as Father John Misty is to shock you with uncomfortable truths about modern American life while soothing you with mellow, Laurel Canyon-style rock—or so it would seem on Pure Comedy. As with ...
  • Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite

    Noam Pikelny: Universal Favorite

    On his fourth solo album banjo virtuoso and Punch Brother deluxe Noam Pikelny makes one key departure: he sings, which turns out to be one of this project’s pleasant surprises. Sparkling sonics highlight the technical ...
  • The 1960s Folk Music Revival

    The 1960s Folk Music Revival

    The current popularity of “Americana” is only the most recent phase in the long history of American folk music. Indeed the folk music in and of our country has been “discovered,” or “revived,” several times ...
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    Head, Heart, and Hands

    Allan Moulton is North American Sales Manager at U.S.-based equipment distributor Musical Surroundings. Why do people still listen to records? It’s the question instinctively asked by nearly all those outside our hobby (and many within) ...
  • Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

    The sessions for John Wesley Harding took place in Columbia’s Nashville recording studios, where most of Bob Dylan’s previous album, Blonde on Blonde, was also recorded. Bob Johnston was again the producer, and the core ...

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