The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

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ReviewsJan 18, 2017

On this Steve Berlin-produced longplayer, Jackie Greene adeptly inhabits the same neighborhood of fashionable yet forthright pop and roll that was built 40 years ago by Andrew Gold and Stephen Bishop and has been regularly reinhabited by the likes of Matt Nathanson and Howie Day.Greene’s somewhat more soulful, though -- more a mix of Daryl Hall…

ReviewsJan 18, 2017

Pat Green is one of those guys who can ride the fine line between commercial country and Americana, the kind of singer who can be a labelmate to the likes of Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, and friends with guys like Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett.On this record, he makes the peace with both…

ReviewsJan 18, 2017

As R&B collections go, this four-disc, 108-song set gets high marks for its intelligent and well-conceived presentation. Producer James Austin wisely eschews the folly of the eye-burning, 5,000 word "expert essay" in six-point type in favor of a few hundred introductory words of enthusiasm for the music, the kinds of singles for which every crate digger lusts with…

ReviewsJan 18, 2017

There's a reason why pretty much everything to come from the house of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch immediately goes to the top of every Americana list on planet Earth. They are a pair of formidable talents -- artists who precisely evoke the essence of traditional country music yet never sound like Americana mockingbirds.For this record…

ReviewsJan 18, 2017

Death, taxes, and good songs from Joe Ely: Those are the three things you can count on in life and, with the release of this new set of a dozen tunes, the latter becomes more and more apparent. The central theme here is movement ... of time, of people, of the restless heart. The songs are filled…