Singer-songwriters

On Second Thought: David Ackles, “Montana Song” from American Gothic (1972)

On Second Thought: David Ackles, “Montana Song” from American Gothic (1972)

Bombastic and wildly ambitious, but also deeply moving.

Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems (2014)

Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems (2014)

He remains a mystery, as misunderstood as his most famous song, as purposeful in his third act as he is utterly aware of the creeping shadows all around.

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

One Track Mind: Cat Stevens, “Dying to Live” from Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (2014)

Both the singer and the song are revitalized here.

‘You just want to get the job done': Graham Nash talks frankly about Crosby Stills Nash and Young’s squabbles

‘You just want to get the job done': Graham Nash talks frankly about Crosby Stills Nash and Young’s squabbles

David Crosby wasn’t the only one who derailed this group over the years.

Willow Willow – Listening To Music (2014)

Willow Willow – Listening To Music (2014)

This makes you remember why you enjoy music in the first place.

Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues [Yet] (2014)

Loudon Wainwright III – Haven’t Got The Blues [Yet] (2014)

He talks the language of those his age, but in a way that transcends eras.

Gimme Five: Songs of despair by Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake, Phil Ochs, others

Gimme Five: Songs of despair by Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake, Phil Ochs, others

A visit with singers who know what it means to lose heart.

‘It’s never left my head': For Stevie Nicks, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault has transportive quality

‘It’s never left my head': For Stevie Nicks, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault has transportive quality

“Lady” speaks to an earlier time, when her future was far more uncertain.

One Track Mind: Judith Owen, “Summer Breeze,” from In The Summertime (2014)

One Track Mind: Judith Owen, “Summer Breeze,” from In The Summertime (2014)

This song will always evoke a sense of late-season wistfulness.

Louise Goffin – Songs from the Mine (2014)

Louise Goffin – Songs from the Mine (2014)

The daughter of Carole King and the late Gerry Goffin shines on her own.