Album Reviews

  • Album Review: Eilen Jewell, 'Sundown Over Ghost Town'

    • July 29, 2015
    • Kelly McCartney
    With a title like 'Sundown over Ghost Town' and cover art of a silhouetted figure with an acoustic guitar in front of a vast, star-filled horizon, Eilen Jewell's new album sends a signal that what lies therein could easily be simple and spacious country-folk songs.
  • Album Review: Kasey Chambers, 'Bittersweet'

    • July 20, 2015
    • Cindy Howes
    Country singer Kasey Chambers, who has been a prime representative for Southern Australia's rural music tradition, strikes a balance of exploration and maintaining her core sound on her latest release 'Bittersweet,' due out via Sugar Hill Records on July 24th.
  • Album Review: The SteelDrivers, 'The Muscle Shoals Recordings'

    • July 20, 2015
    • Kelly McCartney
    Seeing as Muscle Shoals is not more than a hop, skip, and a jump or two from their home base in Nashville -- and lead singer Gary Nichols grew up there -- the SteelDrivers headed down that way for their new set, unceremoniously titled as 'The Muscle Shoals Recordings.
  • Review: Mavis Staples, 'Your Good Fortune'

    • May 05, 2015
    • Kelly McCartney
    Mavis Staples has a once-in-a-generation voice and, when she wields it, she lifts spirits and saves souls with its power -- something she's been doing for most of her life.