Based in Boston but with strong ties to the Deep South musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, Amy Black performs Americana roots rock along the likes of Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Rosanne Cash.
An adjective that frequently appears in descriptions of the Felice Brothers' music is "ramshackle," usually referring to their mix of classic folk and Americana instrumentation and rock and roll stomps.
Nikki Lane's newest record, "All or Nothin'," isn't just an album title. It's a statement of character: you either like her or you don't. You take her as she is, or you don't get anything at all.
It's easy to forget that there are lots of ways to be involved in the music industry. Rodney Crowell, though not a household name, is a giant of his craft, and getting your mind around the length and breadth of his career can be daunting.
The countrified, poppy aesthetic of the Mastersons, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter duo, was forged at a festival in Colorado where the pair first met by chance.
Often described as dexterous and original, Marisa Anderson's guitar playing stretches the limitations of conventional blues, combining American folk, blues and country music in each song.
Bobby Bare Jr was born into country music royalty, with George Jones and Tammy Wynette as next door neighbors, and many opportunities for the easy path lay at his feet, but he took a route of his own design.
Amy LaVere's new work captures her lonely, desperate and complicated teenage years, and the wandering mind of a runaway, full of confusion and angst.
In the middle of a world tour in support of his sophomore album, "Falling Faster Than You Can Run," Hermann, Missouri native Nathaniel Rateliff recorded a session that validates why local talent should be given a good listen.