IMOGEN CLARK COLLIDE

The second major label outing from Imogen Clark breaks with the rustic sonic palette of Love & Lovely Lies (2016). A frequently brooding note of high drama pervades Collide, which finds Clark grappling with the unending pitfalls and betrayals of burgeoning maturity. Produced by Mark Lizotte (Diesel), it’s an album of brilliant polish and expansive […]

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW VOLUNTEER

Produced by an evidently tireless Dave Cobb, Old Crow’s signature old-timey sound feels as alive as ever – in fact you’d be forgiven for thinking it was recorded at a kitchen party. It’s bound to thrill longtime fans, and anyone looking for some relief from the suffocating smoothness of most mainstream country. Its’ rustic references, […]

MORGAN WALKEN IF I KNOW ME

The sought-after songwriter co-penned six tracks for this album, and the project perfectly embodies Wallen’s downhome roots, whiskey-soaked vocals, and Southern rock edge, serving as a fitting introduction to “country music’s newest superstar” (NKD Mag). Morgan Wallen’s “addictive” new single ‘Up Down,’ featuring Florida Georgia Line, is catapulting up the Country charts and has earned […]

KIM RICHEY EDGELAND

On album No 8 Richey utilizes no less than three separate groups of musicians for her first release in 5yrs. Ramping up the eclectic instrumentation, if not the volume – the players contribute everything from electric sitar to Bouzouki, vibraphone and resonator guitar – which brings refreshing variation to Richey’s sweet vocals. Strings arranged and […]

JOHNNY CASH: FOREVER WORDS VARIOUS ARTISTS

This companion piece of sorts to 2016’s Johnny Cash: Forever Words book finds some of Americana’s most respected artists creating music to handwritten letters, poems and other documents unearthed after his 2003 death. Largely ballad-oriented set ranges from the raw, stripped down banjo and vocals of Kacey Musgraves with husband Ruston Kelly (‘To June This […]

TRAVELLER WESTERN MOVIES

Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel, and Jonny Fritz are three of Nashville’s most beloved songwriters, so the announcement that their supergroup Traveller – a project they teased in 2015 – had a full-length album on the way was a welcome one. Western Movies is a fitting introduction to the music these three artists make together: playful, […]

BRAD COX SELF TITLED

Brad Cox, the reigning Star Maker whom we introduced last issue after that impressive win, has delivered an imposing debut album. Owning an exceptional vocal and solid song writing chops, Brad is the real deal with the dirt-left-on when it comes to Australian contemporary country. Refreshingly raw and unpolished there is no pretense or artifice […]

DIERKS BENTLEY THE MOUNTAIN

Bentley has a well-known love of bluegrass inc his bluegrass-inspired album Up on the Ridge in 2010. He has now scaled heights anew to conquer The Mountain. The Colorado ski town of Telluride, home to a storied progressive bluegrass festival, inspired a freewheeling process spiked by returning with six of his favourite “Telluwriters” to imbue […]

CHARLIE WORSHAM THE BEGINNING OF THINGS

First single ‘Old Times’ Sake’ is a pretty good standard bearer for the superiority it heralds – rhythmic soul, classic licks and solid story-telling. It is cool, confident and idiosyncratic. Worsham seemed slightly over-polished on his 2013 debut Rubberband, so this clever, quirky collection comes as a welcome surprise. Worsham still indulges in studio slickness […]

MEGAN COOPER WILD MOUNTAIN

Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Megan Cooper turned heads with stunningly poised 2013 debut Ghosts, Choirs & Kings. Since then, Cooper has done anything but bide her time, performing tirelessly while assembling the songs that comprise breathtaking sophomore outing Wild Mountain. Re-enlisting producer Michael Muchow (Hillbilly Killers), Cooper assembled players including bassist Ben Conicella (Bill Chambers), Danny Widdicombe […]

WADE BOWEN SOLID GROUND

Texan singer-songwriter Wade Bowen may not be a name you recognize but he’s an artist that’s worked from the ground up to nurture a strong following. Solid Ground is free from gimmicks and trend-roping, concentrating instead on crafting an artistically rich collection of songs. With co-writes from the likes of Andrew Combs, Charlie Worsham and […]