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Rodney Crowell's 'Triage' Is All About Love, Mortality, and Making Amends
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…

Rodney Crowell's 'Triage' Is All About Love, Mortality, and Making Amends
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…

Rodney Crowell's 'Triage' Is All About Love, Mortality, and Making Amends
Cover StoryNov 18, 2020

To hear Mipso perform, it’s hard to believe that Libby Rodenbough, Joseph Terell, Jacob Sharp, and Wood Robinson didn’t originally get together with the intention of digging into bluegrass history or starting a band. But as the self-described “indie kids” played around with vocal harmonies and playful strings as students at UNC Chapel Hill, the…

Rodney Crowell's 'Triage' Is All About Love, Mortality, and Making Amends
Cover StoryOct 28, 2020

Kate Stables, principal of alternative roots outfit This Is the Kit, didn't intend to write a pandemic album to follow her acclaimed 2017 debut, Moonshine Freeze. In fact, she wrote the entirety of Off Off On well before the term "COVID-19" entered our collective consciousness. In the way that great art often can, though, the…

Rodney Crowell's 'Triage' Is All About Love, Mortality, and Making Amends
Cover StorySep 4, 2020

“Welcome to Hard Times,” the opening and title track from country crooner Charley Crockett’s eighth album is Crockett at his finest. He is pensive and pitch perfect, relevant and retro. “The dice are loaded, and everything’s fixed,” he sings. “Even a hobo would tell you this.” It’s hard to tell if the 36-year-old Crockett is…