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Yola Chooses to Stand For Herself, But She's Always Looking for Big Ol' Softies
Cover StoryApr 9, 2021

The very first fans to discover Alejandro Rose-Garcia — the musical mind behind the moniker Shakey Graves — admittedly didn’t have much information to go on. “When I first snuck this record out, it was just a photo of me with a cow head,” recalls Rose-Garcia of his self-released 2011 debut, Roll the Bones. “All…

Yola Chooses to Stand For Herself, But She's Always Looking for Big Ol' Softies
Cover StoryMar 5, 2021

It’s been two years since Mandolin Orange’s prior album, Tides of a Teardrop, which took them everywhere from the stage of Nashville’s fabled Ryman Auditorium to a placement on the Billboard 200 album chart. Since touring for that album wound down, the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz has been mostly hunkered down at…

Yola Chooses to Stand For Herself, But She's Always Looking for Big Ol' Softies
Cover StoryFeb 24, 2021

Langhorne Slim didn’t intend to make his new record, Strawberry Mansion, but he found a musical path through a crooked piece of time. He isn’t escaping the chaos of the era. Instead, we find him traversing it, soaking it in, and sharing a real-time creative reaction. In “Sing My Song” he writes, “I’ll sing my…

Yola Chooses to Stand For Herself, But She's Always Looking for Big Ol' Softies
Cover StoryJan 21, 2021

Fans of roots music are likely already familiar with the work of singer-songwriter Marlon Williams and the folk duo Kacy & Clayton. Williams, who hails from New Zealand, released his self-titled debut in 2015, capturing listeners' attention with his sepia-toned alt-country and his distinct voice, which drew comparisons to Roy Orbison. The Canadian duo Kacy…

Yola Chooses to Stand For Herself, But She's Always Looking for Big Ol' Softies
Cover StoryDec 3, 2020

Fans of Gillian Welch have been rewarded for their customary patience with an abundance of albums released in 2020. During the earliest days of the pandemic, Welch and her partner, David Rawlings, stayed in and recorded songs from a collection of old songbooks. (The result, All the Good Times, received a Grammy nomination for Best…