Category: Country/Country Rock

Palace Brothers – There is no-one what will take care of you

Palace Brothers – There is no-one what will take care of you       Mark Deming: ‘Will Oldham’s first album under the Palace rubric, There Is No-One What Will Take Care of You, seemed to emerge from under a cloud of mystery on its first release in 1993. The first edition had no credits […]

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Peter Broderick – Home

Peter Broderick – Home       Home is a collection of folk songs recorded at the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. In late 2007, Peter Broderick toured all around Europe with the Danish ensemble Efterklang, playing violin and opening the shows as a solo act. His recorded work up to this […]

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The Notting HillBillies – Missing… Presumed Having a Good Time

      Tom Demalon: ‘On hiatus from Dire Straits, guitarist Mark Knopfler joined with Brendan Croker, Steve Phillips, and Guy Fletcher for 1990’s Missing…Presumed Having a Good Time. The result is a low-key, joyous run-through of mostly traditional, blues-based songs with a handful of originals. Despite the high-profile presence of Knopfler, the Notting Hillbillies […]

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The Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams

The Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams       Carolina Dreams, released in 1977, was The Marshall Tucker Band’s sixth album and an ode to the band’s home state, South Carolina, USA. Focusing on Western themes, it spawned their biggest hit to date, “Heard It In a Love Song”, which rose to #14 on […]

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Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective

Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective       Steven Stolder: ‘Only a handful of bands have made a greater impact with fewer recordings than the short-lived Buffalo Springfield. Their history is told in the titles of their three albums: 1967’s eponymous debut was followed by the peak-performance Again later that year, which was followed by 1968’s […]

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Lee Hazlewood – Requiem for an Almost Lady

      This album was advertised as “the heaviest breakup album ever made” when I decided to buy it, the advertising was right on the money. It’s a brilliantly honest record, sparingly arranged, quite beautiful, angry, sad, and depressing, all at the same time. This sublime collection consists of 10 short, simple, economically orchestrated […]

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The Grateful Dead – American Beauty

The Grateful Dead – American Beauty AMG Review: With 1970’s Workingman’s Dead, the Grateful Dead went through an overnight metamorphosis, turning abruptly from tripped-out free-form rock toward sublime acoustic folk and Americana. Taking notes on vocal harmonies from friends Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Dead used the softer statements of their fourth studio album […]

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Gene Clark – No Other

      Thom Jurek: ‘Upon its release in 1974, Gene Clark’s No Other was soundly reviled as an exercise in studio and financial excess, a critical and commercial failure — it was pop music’s Heaven’s Gate. However, a scant year and a half later, Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album and its successor, Rumours, utilizing similar […]

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Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars

Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars AMG Review: If Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars had come out when its sessions were completed, it would’ve appeared sometime in 1984, arriving between 1983’s flinty Johnny 99 and 1985’s slippery, sentimental Rainbow. Allegedly, this album — discovered by Legacy and John Carter Cash during some […]

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Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot AMG Review: Few bands can call themselves contemporaries of both the heartbreakingly earnest self-destruction of Whiskeytown and the alienating experimentation of Radiohead’s post-millennial releases, but on the painstaking Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco seem to have done just that. In early 2001, the Chicago-area band focused on recording their fourth album, which […]

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum AMG Review: During 1969 and 1970, CCR was dismissed by hipsters as a bubblegum pop band and the sniping had grown intolerable, at least to John Fogerty, who designed Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum as a rebuke to critics. He spent time polishing the production, bringing in keyboards, horns, even […]

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues Helplessness Blues is the second studio album by Seattle, Washington-based folk band Fleet Foxes. It was released on May 3, 2011 as a follow-up to their eponymous 2008 Fleet Foxes album. Upon release, the album received universal acclaim from critics and was nominated for Best Folk Album for the 54th […]

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