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One Truck Still Doesn’t Have a Country Song Written About It

A single 1974 Dodge Club Cab pickup in Oak Vale, Mississippi, has somehow escaped the gaze and thoughtful tune-smithing of country music songwriters. Trailer reports.

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Ashley Ray

Album Review: Ashley Ray – Ashley Ray EP

Originally published at The 9513 in May 2010. As best I can tell, Ray is now without a record deal but still playing around town. She has yet to release a full album. Someday, someone will let Ashley Ray release a full album. The Kansas-bred singer-songwriter first appeared with a four-song digital EP on Capitol Nashville in 2007. At some point, she moved over to Universal South, then survived the merger with Show Dog to release this new five-song EP on Show Dog Universal. Soundwise, it's … [Read More...]

Bastard Sons New Old Story

Album Review: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – New Old Story

Mark Stuart and his Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash cannot be accused of false advertising. New Old Story abounds with likable new approaches to well-trod subject matter. The main 'story' here seems to be the allure and excitement of the rambling musical life on one hand and its costs back at home on the other. If you're not familiar with the band (formed in 1995) yet, their name might deceive you. They don't sound much like Cash, nor do they have the punk or Americana leanings suggested by the … [Read More...]

Kelsey Waldon Goldmine

Album Review: Kelsey Waldon – The Goldmine

The first full-length collection from Kelsey Waldon (who hails from Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky) blisters with the realities of working-class twentysomething life: Full of lessons in heartbreak and resilience learned in the oppressive glare of small-town gossips and fellow barflies. This is the sort of hard country album where Mama appears as a touchstone of strength and good sense on at least five tracks; Daddy's either kind of a jerk or - more likely, in Waldon's gray-shaded world - simply too … [Read More...]