ROSANNE CASH: The River and The Thread

          ROSANNE CASH The River and The Thread Blue Note www.rosannecash.com   Ever since her 1990 album Interiors, which marked the move from Nashville to New York City after divorcing Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash’s songs have become an odyssey for personal discovery. That these songs resonate … → read more

ROD PICOTT: Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail

          ROD PICOTT Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail Welding Rod Records www.rodpicott.com   Some songwriters adopt a blue-collar persona. For Picott, a former sheetrock worker, it’s an honest voice. After growing up in Maine with chum Slaid Cleaves (with whom he penned the title … → read more

EMMYLOU HARRIS & RODNEY CROWELL: Old Yellow Moon

        EMMYLOU HARRIS     & RODNEY CROWELL Old Yellow Moon Nonesuch 534285 www.nonesuch.com   Wonderfully produced by Nashville veteran Brian Ahern (George Jones, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison), who also adds guitar throughout, Old Yellow Moon is the first official collaboration by the pair since Crowell originally joined Harris’ Hot … → read more

MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY: Red River Drifter

          MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY Red River Drifter Red River 052 www.michaelmartinmurphey.com   Martin Murphey’s origins provide a key to his music. “I grew up in Texas, the world’s number one musical crossroads where anything goes musically.” In the tradition of Lone Star statesmen like Bob Wills … → read more

CROOKED STILL: Friends Of Fall

Crooked Still: Friends of Fall

      CROOKED STILL Friends Of Fall Signature Sounds 2043 www.signaturesounds.com www.crookedstill.com   I have always admired Crooked Still for their fearlessness and imagination. They have maintained a very high degree of quality, all the while pushing the envelope of possibilities for a new acoustic traditional based string band. … → read more