Blitzen Trapper is a band out of Portland, Ore. that, despite its northern home, rattles with the shake of desert sand in a storm.
If you're looking for a better country songwriter working today than Robbie Fulks, you'd have to turn to names like Lauderdale, Haggard or Crowell. But Fulks comes from the alternative side of the tracks; yet his songs, like "When You Get to the Bottom," have the timeless feel of pure country, at its hardest and most honest best.
With their sophomore effort "Amelita," Texas duo Court Yard Hounds embrace breezing southwest-folk style with biting lyrics sung in ringing harmonies by sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison.
People who live in St. Louis are lucky for lots of reasons, not the least of which is KDHX. I know that sounds self-serving, but it's true. And here's one reason why: discovery.
Returning to St. Louis after spending time living in San Francisco and Brooklyn, the Cree Rider Family Band tells tales of life and love over a blend of alt country, roots and Americana.
"Piano Jazz" host, and fine musician in her own right, Marian McPartland, has died at the age of 95.
Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu make music that could have drifted out from the tube radio in your grandparents' kitchen: gorgeous country melodies, intricate acoustic guitar work and that voice.