Country

Cracker – Berkeley to Bakersfield (2014)

Cracker – Berkeley to Bakersfield (2014)

Cracker always stood with a foot in both of these California music beds. ‘Berkeley to Bakersfield’ fully explores their twinned inspirations.

Butch Walker, “21+” from Afraid of Ghosts (2015): One Track Mind

Butch Walker, “21+” from Afraid of Ghosts (2015): One Track Mind

You might expect a rootsy track called “21+” to focus on hell raising in a fictional saloon. Butch Walker does something different.

It wasn’t the country music that made a key Blues Brothers scene so difficult

It wasn’t the country music that made a key Blues Brothers scene so difficult

Steve Cropper grew up around the sounds he was asked to play during a memorable ‘Blues Brothers’ segment at a country bar. That wasn’t the issue.

Blackberry Smoke, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Again” (2014): One Track Mind

Blackberry Smoke, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Again” (2014): One Track Mind

With “Rock ‘n’ Roll Again,” Blackberry Smoke got my toes tapping. There’s not much more you can ask for from this type of song.

Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (2014): One Track Mind

Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (2014): One Track Mind

Glen Campbell, stricken with Alzheimer’s, doesn’t shy away from the disease’s brutal realities on “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “Magnolia” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “Magnolia” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

A perfectly calibrated tribute, one full of broken Stonesy grandeur.

‘It’s been just incredible': The Eagles’ Don Henley notes deep-cut confusion among surge of new fans

‘It’s been just incredible': The Eagles’ Don Henley notes deep-cut confusion among surge of new fans

“Half the audience,” Henley says, “came to the party a little bit later.”

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “East Side of Town” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

One Track Mind: Lucinda Williams, “East Side of Town” from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Every detail is given the kind of weight only Lucinda Williams can provide.

Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, the Mavericks, LeAnn Rimes + others – Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue (2014)

Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, the Mavericks, LeAnn Rimes + others – Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue (2014)

There’s not nearly enough “outlaw” here to justify the name of this album.

‘Uh, don’t touch our masters': The controversy surrounding the Eagles’ first No. 1 song

‘Uh, don’t touch our masters': The controversy surrounding the Eagles’ first No. 1 song

Don Henley became so infuriated that he came up with an ingenious plan.