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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 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
by Jonathan Keefe Music Rooted & Restless

Midland | Let It Roll

Midland have drawn the ire of authenticity fetishists who take issue with the trio’s having invented a hardscrabble origin story when, in reality, the group members’ respective paths to country stardom included such activities as directing a music video for Bruno Mars and working…

October 11, 2019
by Jonathan Keefe by Josh Hurst Music

Rooted & Restless | Issue 6

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…

October 1, 2019
by Jonathan Keefe Music Rooted & Restless

Trisha Yearwood | Every Girl

Though she’s the finest albums artist of her generation of country stars, Trisha Yearwood hasn’t actually released an album of all new material since 2007’s Heaven, Heartache, & The Power of Love. Fortunately, there are few signs of rust on Every Girl, which finds…

October 1, 2019
by Jonathan Keefe Music Rooted & Restless

Luke Combs | The Prequel

What Luke Combs ultimately represents is a recalibration of mainstream country music. Less traditionalist than traditional-ish, Combs presents a more mainstream-palatable iteration of Chris Stapleton. The genre still hasn’t reconciled Stapleton’s commercial success vis-a-vis the rest of the trash they’ve been playing on the…

August 21, 2019
by Jonathan Keefe Music Rooted & Restless

Justin Moore | Late Nights & Longnecks

To this point in his career, Justin Moore hasn’t developed an artistic identity: A consistent C-list presence, his output has been characterized primarily by Moore’s trend-hopping, nakedly chasing success at radio. Fortunately for Moore, the current climate at country radio has turned at least…

August 21, 2019
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