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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.

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.

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton in Nashville: 1960’s Tennessee Firebird was a fusion album like no other

Gary Burton’s country-jazz experiment ‘Tennessee Firebird’ broke every rule. He joins Tom Wilmeth to discuss a gutsy decision to record in Nashville.

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “Dance Me Down Easy” from American Son (1980): Across the Great Divide

This is a setting, like the measured context of the Band’s early work, that perfectly suits – even as it amplifies – Levon Helm’s voice.

Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave was a rustic, spiritual, unbent farewell

Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave was a rustic, spiritual, unbent farewell

Issued five years ago today, ‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave’ finds Johnny Cash in the midst of a bracing acceptance of his looming fate.

Dwight Yoakam, “Second Hand Heart” (2015): One Track Mind

Dwight Yoakam, “Second Hand Heart” (2015): One Track Mind

On one level, it sounds like the Byrds. On another, Buck Owens. On another still, Gene Vincent. Keep going. At bottom, it’s uniquely Dwight Yoakam.

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Cantina del Diablo (2015)

Jackson Taylor and the Sinners – Cantina del Diablo (2015)

Jackson Taylor’s ‘Cantina del Diablo’ reminds us that underneath the fun-loving, boozy persona we often see, there’s a damned good songwriter.

Bob Wayne, “All About that Bass” (2015): One Track Mind

Bob Wayne, “All About that Bass” (2015): One Track Mind

This entirely unexpected Meghan Trainor cover doesn’t display the maturity of Bob Wayne’s last album. But it’s a fun and funny few minutes.

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.