Country

Billy Joe Shaver, Aug. 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Billy Joe Shaver, Aug. 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The show was an hour and a half late. Audience members were understandably nervous. Then, in strode Billy Joe Shaver — all 77 years of him.

Blackberry Smoke, “Waiting on the Thunder” from Like an Arrow (2016): One Track Mind

Blackberry Smoke, “Waiting on the Thunder” from Like an Arrow (2016): One Track Mind

Blackberry Smoke’s last album needed a little more grit. If “Waiting for the Thunder” is any indication, maybe we’ll get some of that back.

Steven Tyler – We’re All Somebody From Somewhere (2016)

Steven Tyler – We’re All Somebody From Somewhere (2016)

I wasn’t going to listen to Steven Tyler’s new country-influenced album, but I’m such an Aerosmith fanboy that I unfortunately just couldn’t resist.

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, July 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, July 23, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The two words that repeatedly came to my mind during Lyle Lovett’s concert were “generosity” and “faith.”

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Which Way Is Up (2016)

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Which Way Is Up (2016)

Listening to Jackson Taylor’s latest record, one has to wonder if the hell-raising country rocker has reached a crossroads.

The Beatles, “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

The Beatles, “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” from Beatles for Sale (1964): Deep Beatles

“I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” reveals the Beatles’ country and rockabilly roots, even as it foreshadows – like much of ‘Beatles for Sale’ – the musical changes to come.

Hank Williams Jr. – It’s About Time (2016)

Hank Williams Jr. – It’s About Time (2016)

This won’t compete with those classic late-1970s and early-1980s records, but it does seem that Hank Williams Jr. has found his way again. It’s about time.

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.