Song of the Week
Dolly Parton's Pure and Simple delivers on its title, scaling back the production on most songs to showcase her lyricism and distinctive voice in a minimal format.
On her sophomore full-length, the Kentucky native further proves she does have a way -- with introspective lyrics and a delivery that somehow turns heartbreak into a soundtrack fit for long drives in the country or a late night on the porch.
The title track to Whiskey Myers' new record leaves country music on the backburner in favor of heavy riffs and anthemic delivery.
Wilco doesn't need to prove themselves to anybody, but taking things back to the basics is one surefire way to do it.
For singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews, the Joni Mitchell comparison is not an unjust leap -- she evokes the legend without being completely derivative, and with a little more swing in her step.
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'
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, 'A Wonderful Seed'
Courtney Marie Andrews, 'Irene'