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Remembering Tom T. Hall, Connie Bradley, Kenneth Wayne 'Scat' Springs, Nanci Griffith, Ross Norton, Robb Earls and more

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We talk with Brittney Spencer, count down the year’s top local albums and much more

From Allison Russell and Reaux Marquez to Tristen and Joy Oladokun, here are our favorite local LPs of the year

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Talking with Emerging Act of the Year Allison Russell and Americana Music Association executive director Jed Hilly, previewing must-see shows and more

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From The Rolling Stones to the Nashville Symphony, from hip-hop ace Isaiah Rashad to punks Mannequin Pussy and beyond, there’s a live show for everyone

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Some country artists were able to combine commercial and critical success in 2020. By comparing the critics’ voting for Artist of the Year and Billboard’s year-end list for Top Country Artists (based on sales, streams and airplay), we find that 12 of the top 25 in the Critics’ Poll also show…

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On the title track of his 2018 album Last Man Standing, Willie Nelson sings: “It’s getting hard to watch my pals check out / Cuts like a wore-out knife / One thing I learned about running the road is forever don’t apply to life / Waylon and Ray and Merle and old Harlan lived just as fast as me.” 

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The past year has seen significant coverage about the scarcity of Black artists in country music. While this highlights crucial social and political problems, the music’s artistic significance often gets overlooked. And that’s a disservice to someone as gifted as Mickey Guyton, who dominated…

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