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December 11, 2019

by Josh Hurst Kicking the Canon Music

Johnny Cash | American Recordings

Nobody denies that Johnny Cash was a legend; his mythos looms large in Ken Burns’s Country Music documentary, as good a bellwether as any for how Cash remains one of the genre’s defining personalities. On what foundation does his legacy truly rest, though? For decades, the Man in…

December 11, 2019
by Jonathan Keefe by Josh Hurst Music

Rooted & Restless | December

Our 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. We…

December 11, 2019
by Josh Hurst Music Rooted & Restless

Kalie Shorr | Open Book

Contrary to what the country airplay charts may tell you, the last decade has been a creatively fertile season for the women of Nashville: think of Kacey Musgraves’s small-town cynicism, Miranda Lambert’s kerosene-soaked rabble rousing, even the feisty, confessional songwriting of teenage Taylor Swift.…

December 11, 2019
by Jonathan Keefe Music Rooted & Restless

Allison Moorer | Blood

Allison Moorer’s last album, Down to Believing, which drilled into the messy cycle of grief, was arguably a career-best for the extraordinary singer-songwriter. Her latest, Blood, plumbs even greater depths and boasts even more scalpel-sharp songwriting; in what has been an exceptional year for…

December 11, 2019
by Jonathan Keefe Music Rooted & Restless

Miranda Lambert | Wildcard

The most incisive and distinctive songwriter of her generation, Miranda Lambert has a track record to date—counting her three outings with Pistol Annies, a total of ten albums that range from great to canon-worthy—that leaves her with few true peers. It’s less productive to…

December 11, 2019
In Review | Online film and music criticism