Singer-songwriters

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams’ ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’ is an expection to the rule of double albums being full of filler. This one is all killer.

Amanda Kravat, “Wouldn’t Be This” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Amanda Kravat, “Wouldn’t Be This” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Amanda Kravat crafts a billowing dream of what could be — for herself, and for this song.

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.