Song of the Week
For her solo debut, Natalie Hemby chose not to use the opportunity to spell a confessional diary of her life or ride a show horse around the stable.
Written with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, this is a delicate, mournful ode to the bitter and sweet that so often exist where joy is supposed to reign.
The Weight of These Wings is undoubtedly a breakup album that follows Miranda Lambert into the deep, cavernous cracks of heartbreak and then shifts to see how those cracks let the light shine through.
There's always a safe place within the notes and bars of a song. No matter how much easier it might be, white noise is never the answer.
Jonny Fritz has always been an extremely detailed writer, singing about trash cans, panty liners, and, now, alcoholics and seedy hotels; and sometimes that can make people a little uncomfortable.
Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (ft. Rhiannon Giddens), 'St. James Infirmary Blues'
Langhorne Slim and Jill Andrews, 'Sea of Love'
John Prine with Holly Williams, 'I'm Tellin' You'
Jade Jackson, 'Motorcycle'
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, 'A Wonderful Seed'