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Irma Thomas: My Heart’s In Memphis—The Songs of Dan Penn

A collaboration between two stalwarts of Soul and R&B, "My Heart’s in Memphis" features the singing of the "Soul Queen of New Orleans," Irma Thomas, and one of the architects of soul music, writer Dan Penn. Both have countless hits, … Continue reading

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Bare Jr.: Brainwasher

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

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Elizabeth Cook: Elizabeth Cook

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

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Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott: Real Time

Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott created this Grammy-nominated album in a no-overdubs session at Scott’s house. O’Brien was a member of Hot Rize, a dominant force in bluegrass from 1978 to 1990. Scott is a well known session player in … Continue reading

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Allison Moorer: The Hardest Part

This sophomore album is a deadly serious look at love and relationships. Moorer comes from a musical family; her sister is singer Shelby Lynn. Her beautiful alto is reminiscent of singers such as Patsy Cline and Tracy Nelson. In classic … Continue reading

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John Wesley Harding: The Confessions Of St. Ace

His real name is Wesley Stace. He’s from Hastings, England, took his current name from Bob Dylan’s classic 1967 album, and currently lives in Seattle. He’s produced several critically acclaimed roots rock-based albums, and one traditional folk album. "The Confessions … Continue reading

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Alison Brown: Fair Weather

In recent years, band leader, entrepreneur and banjo player Alison Brown has pushed the banjo past its country/bluegrass boundaries into jazz. On this album she revisits her bluegrass roots, supported by an all-star cast that includes such greats as Vince … Continue reading

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Paul Thorn: Ain’t Love Strange

"Just a white boy from Tupelo, Mississippi" is how Paul Thorn describes himself. Hardly. He’s recorded three albums, his songs have been covered by some of Nashville’s finest, he fought boxing champ Roberto Duran (he lost), he’s taken up painting, … Continue reading

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Chris Strachwitz: Arhoolie Records—The Journey of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records was founded in 1960. 40 years and 275 releases later, founder and "song snatcher" Chris Strachwitz has preserved a living tradition of American musical roots. The Arhoolie box set consists of 5 CDs with 107 tracks personally recorded … Continue reading

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Peter Case: Flying Saucer Blues

Peter Case is a veteran of the punk-power pop scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s. He played with The Nerves and had a hit with the Plimsouls. By 1986 Case embarked on a solo career that has produced … Continue reading

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