Country

Robert Earl Keen, “Footprints in the Snow” from Happy Prisoner (2015): One Track Mind

Robert Earl Keen, “Footprints in the Snow” from Happy Prisoner (2015): One Track Mind

Robert Earl Keen’s take on Bill Monroe’s “Footprintw in the Snow” is this the best kind of cover song — timeless but personal.

Mark Knopfler, “Beryl” from Tracker (2015): One Track Mind

Mark Knopfler, “Beryl” from Tracker (2015): One Track Mind

“Beryl” reminds us of why Mark Knopfler became famous in the first place — even as it seems to retrace the steps that led him away from that fame.

Gregg Allman prepares his next, typically uncategorizable move: ‘Everybody seems to want some kind of label’

Gregg Allman prepares his next, typically uncategorizable move: ‘Everybody seems to want some kind of label’

Gregg Allman has turned his attention to a new solo album. Just don’t ask him to define it — or even nail down an exact release date.

Jamey Johnson, “Alabama Pines” (2015): One Track Mind

Jamey Johnson, “Alabama Pines” (2015): One Track Mind

Jamey Johnson has released his first new non-holiday song since ending a prolonged dispute with Mercury and launching his own label.

Levon Helm, “Even a Fool Would Let Go” from Levon Helm (1982): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Even a Fool Would Let Go” from Levon Helm (1982): Across the Great Divide

A journeyman country tune makes the case all over again for Levon Helm’s tender, heart-openingly emotional side.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Country + Southern Rock): Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Country + Southern Rock): Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson

Bob Wayne, Sturgill Simpson, Whiskey Myers and Whitey Morgan are included in Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 list for country and Southern rock.

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Whitey Morgan – Grandpa’s Guitar (2014)

Sometimes, as with the title track to Whitey Morgan’s new album ‘Grandpa’s Guitar,’ a song just hits you right where you live.

Jack White, “Parallel” (2014): One Track Mind

Jack White, “Parallel” (2014): One Track Mind

If you’re riding with Jack White, you’d best buckle up. He’s going to take more sharp turns in one album than most artists dare in a career.

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.