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Rodney Crowell’s Journey: From Bars and Church Choirs to Diamonds and Dirt

Rodney Crowell

Imagine that you grew up in a remote Texastown with a population of about three thousand. On Saturday nights you played drums in your dad's honky-tonk band, and on Sunday mornings you went to church with your grandfather, who was the choir director

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The Littlest Birds: In Their Sparse Western Soundscapes, Everything New Is Old Again

The Littlest Birds

Listening to a Littlest Birds album is like walking into an antique shop and gradually realizing something is amiss: The elegant pieces of furniture are so unmarred they might be new; they even smell that way.

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The HillBenders Experience: Not Your Mama’s Bluegrass, and Infectious To Boot

The Hillbenders

The headline of an article in the prestigious Bluegrass Unlimited magazine sums up the band HillBenders' musical mission in a nutshell: "Making Bluegrass hip again, one day at a time." As a result, it's not surprising that the quintet recently appeared at an event in Missouri titled "This Ain't Your Mama's Bluegrass."

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The Band Solas: Shining a Musical Light on Celtic Histories in the American West


Celtic music can be an arcane realm with a vocabulary of its own. Where else can a band's list of instruments alone run to more than a dozen items, distinguishing between a "tin whistle" and a "low whistle" and including a device known as a "bodhran"? (Which, incidentally, is a small framed drum that looks like a cousin of the tambourine.)

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Blue Canyon Boys: Old-Time High Lonesome, With Just a Hint of Grateful Dead

Blue Canyon Boys

The name itself, Blue Canyon Boys, carries echoes of bands from an earlier century. And the audience for the group's Sunday, August 4 concert at the upcoming Beartrap Summer Festival can be forgiven if they're convinced they've been transported to the golden era when a series of "brother acts" ruled the stage at the Grand Ol' Opry: the Delmores, the Louvins, the Monroes, the Stanleys

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