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Artist of the MonthOct 4, 2017

As far as voices go, Sam Beam has one of the more distinctive vehicles within indie folk. It’s been hailed as "intimate," "unadorned," and -- interestingly -- "limited," the latter description coming from an earlier observation he shared with The New York Times in 2013. If Beam saw his instrument as constrained, that might have something to do…

Artist of the MonthSep 6, 2017

Charley Pride might be 83 and a living country legend, but that doesn't mean he's not wise or proud enough to still listen to his wife. "It's been six years since the last one," Pride says of his 2011 album, Choices. "And my wife said, 'Why don't you try and find a producer you might like…

Artist of the MonthAug 2, 2017

Although the earliest traces of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers joining musical forces date back to 1981 -- and their original meeting back to 1974 -- the Indigo Girls' debut album, Strange Fire, was released in 1987. To mark the much-beloved duo's 30th anniversary, we wanted to say "thank you" to Amy and Emily for everything they have…

Artist of the MonthJul 14, 2017

No one really knows who actually watches Today in Nashville, a newsmagazine show that comes on at 11 am and usually includes segments featuring local chefs making seasonal cocktails, barbeque tips, and probably a few cute and/or furry pets. It's the kind of program that makes Nashville still feel like a small town, full of random snippets…

Artist of the MonthJul 14, 2017

Two decades ago, 1996 was a leap year, a time before America had lost itself in iPhones and Instagram, before music was as much of a soundtrack to life and love as it was a 10-second signal that your mom was calling, and why weren’t you picking up? It was also the year that Ani DiFranco…