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Shel Silverstein

Twistable Turnable Man
Sugar Hill Records
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Musical comedian Shel Silverstein wrote many songs; some were the melodic and lyrical equivalents of one-liners, but others were gems, as on Twistable Turnable Man. Produced by friend and collaborator Bobby Bare, Sr., with help from his son Bobby Bare, Jr., Twistable (more…)

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Toulouse Engelhardt

Perpendicular Worlds
Lost Grove Records
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Acoustic-guitar pioneer John Fahey influenced a generation of fingerpickers, and none sound more like a genuine musical heir than Toulouse Engelhardt This is a solo guitar album, and its tunes, with titles such as “Threnody to Sequoia Sempervirens” are more like musical landscapes. Engelhardt’s (more…)

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Marty Stuart

Ghost Train
Sugar Hill Records
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Marty Stuart is a musician, cultural historian, collector, photographer, and prodigal son-in-law. All these facets come together on his new album, Ghost Train, a pretty darned brilliant piece of work. For those unfamiliar, Stuart’s curriculum vitae reads like the history of Americana (more…)

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Mike + Ruthy

Million to One
Humble Abode Music

Michael Merenda and Ruth Ungar formed The Mammals early this decade, and in 2008 put the band on hiatus so members could pursue other projects. For Michael and Ruth, that side project is Mike + Ruthy. How does Mike + Ruthy’s music (more…)

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Raul Malo

Sinners and Saints
Concord Music Group
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From the opening trumpet notes, you know Sinners and Saints won’t be your ordinary country CD. The title cut sounds like the end result of a Ventures meeting with Nino Rota at a seaside bar in Cuba, then having them sit to write the title tune for the next Clint Eastwood spaghetti western. Ex-Mavericks front-man […]

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Fiddlemon Music
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Contemporary bluegrass comes in many varieties – neo-trad bands such as Del McCoury or Open Road, Nash-Vegas acts such as Rhonda Vincent or The Grascals, “newgrass” bands such as John Cowan and Sam Bush, Jam/rock/bluegrass bands like Drew Emmitt/Nershi or the Avett Brothers, and grass/jazz groups including David Grisman’s Quintet, Crooked Still, and Psychograss. Frank […]

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Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore

Saints and Sinners
Remington Road Records/Virtual Label
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Mollie O’Brien and her husband, Rich Moore, have been fixtures in the Denver music scene for more than 30 years. And though they have released several albums over the years (culled from their many live gigs) Saints & Sinners is the duo’s first studio album together. O’Brien has the vocal power and control of a […]

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Gilkyson, Gorka, Kaplansky

Red Horse
Red House Records
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Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky have played on each other’s albums and shared concert stages, but the idea for a group album surfaced when they played together during Red House Records 25th Anniversary tour. The experience was so positive (more…)

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Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Compass Records
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Peter Rowan has been the front man for bluegrass icons including Bill Monroe and Tony Rice. On Legacy, he’s still a front man, but shares the spotlight with Jody Stecher, who’s better known as an old-time player than a bluegrasser. The results are both a (more…)

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Shane Lamb

Shane Lamb Music
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On his first solo release, Shane Lamb delivers an even dozen bitter-sweet country/rock bon-bons. Though his music shares a genre populated by last-name folk-rock icons such as Dylan and Petty, Lamb’s music vibrates with a level of originality and personal authenticity that rivals (more…)

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