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Rooted & Restless | Issue 1

March 3, 2019
Hayes-Carll

Our new monthly music feature, Rooted & Restless, finds country music aficionados Josh Hurst and Jonathan Keefe wading into all things Americana, expanding the definition of ‘country’ to incorporate all the permutations that the genre has opened itself up to, especially in recent years. And our first issue, focused on February releases, already…

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Dixie Chicks | Wide Open Spaces

March 27, 2015
DIXIE

Wide Open Spaces can be counted more as a reboot than as a debut. Sisters Martie Seidel and Emily Robison had originated the Dixie Chicks with vocalist Laura Lynch as a cowgirl-themed act who played bluegrass and Western swing on a series of independent albums during the early 90s. But for their move to a major label, the Chicks parted ways with Lynch and brought in powerhouse frontwoman Natalie Maines, whose pop and rock influences lent a strong commercial slant to the trio’s…

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Trisha Yearwood | Hearts in Armor

January 23, 2015
trisha

Her self-titled debut may have spawned four top-ten singles, but it was on Hearts in Armor that Trisha Yearwood properly announced herself as one of the finest country artists of her generation. Informed by the end of her first marriage, the album explores both the subtle and the dramatic ways that a relationship can dissolve, and it allows Yearwood to lay bare hard-earned truths that lesser vocalists might have left hidden. Though none of the songs are explicitly autobiographical,…

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