The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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Canon FodderJul 7, 2017

Because she spent so much time between albums -- eight years between her second and third, six between her fourth and fifth -- Lucinda Williams has been assigned a reputation as a perfectionist, as though country music must be approached with the sonic exactitude of prog-rock. But the near-decade interim separating 1980’s Happy Woman Blues…

Canon FodderJun 2, 2017

In September 2016, I did an interview with banjo player and producer Alison Brown for the now-dormant Producers column, and she told me a little bit about her studio in Nashville. Compass Records is headquartered there now, but 40 years ago, it was known as Hillbilly Central, where numerous outlaw and outlier country albums were…