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- Chuck Wicks: Turning Point
- Green River Ordinance: Fifteen
- Jack Wall: Call of Duty, Black Ops III
- Black Violin: Stereotypes
- Glen Hansard: Didn’t He Ramble
- Dominik Scherrer: The Missing
- Jonathan McReynolds: Life Music, Stage Two
- Bobby Long: Ode To Thinking
- Alicia Witt: Revisionary History
- Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class
- Pat McGee: Pat McGee
- John Anderson: Goldmine
- Whitey Morgan: Sonic Ranch
- Anat Cohen: Luminosa
- Meredith Monk: Piano Songs
- Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds
- Louise Goffin: Appleonfire
- Mohammed Fairouz: Follow, Poet
- Michael J. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
- Patty Larkin: Still Green
- Somi: The Lagos Music Salon
- The Barr Brothers: Sleeping Operator
- Lee Ann Womack: The Way I’m Livin’
- Montell Jordan: Captured
- Marco Benevento: Swift
Monthly Archives: January 2001
Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are arguably the most successful production duo in contemporary music history. The longtime friends have had a hand in over 100 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and they’ve worked with the best in the … Continue reading
When composer/reed virtuoso Evan Ziporyn graduated from college he started travelling with the goal of taking himself as far away as possible from the known—a literal and figurative search for new directions. Eventually he landed in Bali, where gamelan music … Continue reading
On his first legit CD, DJ and mix-tape legend Tony Touch does it all, producing, mixing, scratching and rhyming, all with his own distinctive "Nuyorican" flavor. He’s the consummate collaborator: everyone respects Tony Toca, and "The Piece Maker" features contributions … Continue reading
Underground Hip-Hop MC Afu-Ra put everything into the creation of his first full-length solo release. "The Body of the Life Force," he says, is full of "dope beats and dope lyrics," and Afu-Ra is all about "knowledge, wisdom and understanding". … Continue reading
Bare Jr. is a quartet of renegade Nashville native sons led by Bobby Bare Jr., son of country legend, Bobby Bare. This is not his father’s music; Bare Jr. is a swirl of rootsy, distorted, rock. This sophomore release consists … Continue reading
Raised in the family band and steeped in traditional country music, Elizabeth Cook’s self-produced debut reflects who she is. It’s also generated enough excitement to land her a deal with Atlantic Records and a string of performances on the Grand … Continue reading
Automatic, Dweezil Zappa’s fourth solo album, finds the accomplished guitarist exploring new terrain via multi-tracked guitar textures and explosive improvisation. On this predominately instrumental album, Zappa demonstrates his virtuosity and the expressive qualities of his instrument with an eclectic mix … Continue reading
Haystak Mak Million hails from Nashville’s south side, where he grew up in a trailer park "on the wrong side of the tracks." Add a teenage prison term and you’ve got a hard-core rapper who’s as street as he needs … Continue reading
Steve Ward is a jack-of-all-trades musician with an uncanny knack for writing catchy pop tunes about emotionally charged moments. On "Opening Night," Ward, the former singer of indy pop band Cherry Twister, writes about ending one relationship and starting another. … Continue reading
Martin Sexton’s "Wonder Bar" is a heartfelt mix of searching ballads, uptempo songs about women in need, and gospel-tinged musings about his upbringing and continuing journey. Sexton, one of today’s best rock-and-soul singers, writes from a deep place, and delivers … Continue reading