Country

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016)

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20 (2016)

Once again Lucinda Williams excels at making her pain, perseverance and hope relatable to ours, like few others can.

Jeff Crosby – Waking Days (2015)

Jeff Crosby – Waking Days (2015)

‘Waking Days’ is Jeff Crosby’s best thus far and one of the best singer-songwriter albums you’re likely to come across this year.

Following no trends, the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden was an impressive comeback

Following no trends, the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden was an impressive comeback

The Eagles’ ‘Long Road Out of Eden’ arrived on Oct. 30, 2007 sounding like nothing else out there. It was unabashedly an Eagles record.

Levon Helm made a rootsy, thrilling comeback with Dirt Farmer

Levon Helm made a rootsy, thrilling comeback with Dirt Farmer

Levon Helm’s ‘Dirt Farmer,’ released on Oct. 30, 2007, was so determinedly rustic that it made the Band sound like sleek electronica.

Yes, “Clap” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Yes, “Clap” from The Yes Album (1971): YESterdays

Initially, it might have been difficult to imagine a three-minute acoustic Yes track having such an impact. Then Steve Howe begins playing “Clap.”

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.