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“Let’s funk it up,” Eric Church called out near the halfway point of his concert in Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday night, the first of two shows he’ll perform in the city to launch his 2019 Double Down Tour. The band followed his lead, kicking off an especially greasy version of “Hangin’ Around,” a track off […]

Cody Johnson is certain his time has come. The former prison guard and rodeo rider from Huntsville, Texas (pop. 38,000), has earned his chance at country music stardom the hard way, racking up streams and building a fan base as a true-blue independent for more than a decade. Now, with the release of Ain’t Nothin’ […]

“My favorite things are tired and worn,” sings Caroline Spence on “Mint Condition,” the closing track from her forthcoming LP of the same name. Written about her hopes for a relationship in the rear view, when the photo albums are torn and the jewelry’s rusting but love lingers on, it’s a graceful, vibrantly detailed slow […]

Nobody starts a string band to make a quick buck. Then again nobody can accuse Greensky Bluegrass of taking any shortcuts. The Michigan-bred quintet, known for marathon live shows that have earned a continuously swelling Grateful Dead-like fanbase, have been gigging relentlessly for nearly two decades, using the best parts of bluegrass — hard-driving rhythms, […]

Eric Church was among the guests at Saturday night’s all-star musical tribute to Willie Nelson, held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. For his turn on the stage, Church even sang one of the country’s legend’s great road songs, “Me and Paul.” The title track from Nelson’s 32nd studio album released in 1985, “Me and Paul” nods […]

TV tapings can be a drag. But amid the set changes and staged introductions from host Ed Helms at Saturday night’s all-star tribute to Willie Nelson in Nashville, there were some true moments of musical spontaneity — particularly from the guest of honor. Titled Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw and produced by Blackbird […]

Bob Seger summed up the staying power of a 50-plus-year career by the second song of his Nashville concert on Friday night: “Still the Same.” The 1978 single was the de facto theme of what the Michigan rocker has dubbed his Travelin’ Man Final Tour, as Seger delivered a 22-song set of classics and deeper […]

Randy Houser capped off release week for his new album with a performance on Good Morning America, where he sang “No Stone Unturned.” Magnolia, Houser’s fifth studio album, is out today. Earlier in the week, the Mississippi native celebrated the release with an intimate Monday night show at Third Man Records’ Blue Room in Nashville, […]

Reclusive “Ode to Billie Joe” and “Fancy” songwriter Bobbie Gentry continues to inspire a new generation of artists including indie rockers Mercury Rev, who have debuted their uniquely psychedelic jazz rendition of the Mississippi legend’s swampy “Okolona River Bottom Band,” with vocal assistance from Norah Jones. “Okolona” is the opening track on Mercury Rev’s forthcoming […]

Morgan Wallen begins his If I Know Me Tour on Friday night in Rosemont, Illinois. Ahead of the kickoff, the Tennessee singer-songwriter has released a video for his song “Chasin’ You.” A cut off Wallen’s If I Know Me album, the song has become a highlight of the performer’s live show. The black-and-white video captures […]

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