Country

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis shared an uncanny chemistry on Two Men With the Blues

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis shared an uncanny chemistry on Two Men With the Blues

I’m not one to snap up everything Willie Nelson or Wynton Marsalis puts out. But ‘Two Men With the Blues,’ released in the summer of 2008, was special.

Bob Wayne – Hits the Hits (2015)

Bob Wayne – Hits the Hits (2015)

‘Hits the Hits,’ a 13-song collection of covers, allows Bob Wayne to put his unique spin on classic rock – and some much stranger pop choices.

Lobo – The Best of Lobo (1993): On Second Thought

Lobo – The Best of Lobo (1993): On Second Thought

It’s time for a reassessment of Lobo. You’re reminded on this great compilation that he penned spiffy songs, and sang them with inviting sincerity.

Solitaire Miles, “Ghost Riders in the Sky” from Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas (2015)

Solitaire Miles, “Ghost Riders in the Sky” from Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas (2015)

Given Solitaire Miles’ musical education, her Susie Blue persona may come as a surprise to some, but it is hardly a lark – and this proves it.

Joe Ely, May 23, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Joe Ely, May 23, 2015: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Rivers, highways, coyotes, border crossings, and the wide night sky all played a part in Joe Ely’s resonant Lone Star travelogue.

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton’s country-jazz experiment ‘Tennessee Firebird’ broke every rule. He joins Tom Wilmeth to discuss a gutsy decision to record in Nashville.

Fortunato Isgro, Joe Mandica + Tony Pantano, “Didn’t Take The Time” (2015)

Fortunato Isgro, Joe Mandica + Tony Pantano, “Didn’t Take The Time” (2015)

“Didn’t Take The Time,” from Fortunato Isgro, Joe Mandica and Tony Pantano, is one of those rare country songs capable of pleasing all kinds of music fans.

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

This is a setting, like the measured context of the Band’s early work, that perfectly suits – even as it amplifies – Levon Helm’s voice.

Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave was a rustic, spiritual, unbent farewell

Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave was a rustic, spiritual, unbent farewell

Issued five years ago today, ‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave’ finds Johnny Cash in the midst of a bracing acceptance of his looming fate.

Dwight Yoakam, “Second Hand Heart” (2015): One Track Mind

Dwight Yoakam, “Second Hand Heart” (2015): One Track Mind

On one level, it sounds like the Byrds. On another, Buck Owens. On another still, Gene Vincent. Keep going. At bottom, it’s uniquely Dwight Yoakam.