Americana

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Jana Horn: the enigmatic Texan songwriter guided by her faith
Recorded after she made peace with ‘ugliness and imperfection’ in music, Horn’s debut album is a skeletal marvel that evokes Yo La Tengo and soft country shuffles

Laura Snapes

29, Dec, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Billy Strings: Renewal review – bold and beautifully written bluegrass
Revelations about heartbreak, America and addiction combine with banjo workouts in a testament to complex humanity

Laura Snapes

16, Dec, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2021, No 4: The Weather Station – Ignorance
Wrestling with ‘climate grief’ in angry and melancholy songs, Tamara Lindeman created an album that was pure bliss

Alexis Petridis

14, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Barn review – reliably ragged and still sounding great
Their 14th album together sounds much as you’d expect – and that’s absolutely nothing to complain about

Michael Hann

10, Dec, 2021 @8:30 AM

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Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raise the Roof review – uplifting and enthralling
From blue-eyed soul to English folk, the unlikely dream team’s second instalment of covers is a welcome dose of musical reassurance

Kitty Empire

21, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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One to watch: Margo Cilker
The American singer-songwriter’s expertly honed country-rock is as frank and fresh as it is warm and familiar

Emily Mackay

06, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Buffalo Nichols: Buffalo Nichols review – urgent, steeped-in-tradition blues
The Texas-based singer-songwriter’s juggles the personal and the political on his compelling debut

Neil Spencer

23, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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I was astronomically unlucky to get a rare cancer. Good job I was in a band
Writing and recording an album with my group, the Sweetheart Revue, has been therapeutic and provided precious solace in the aftermath of my diagnosis

Gerard Sampaio

15, Oct, 2021 @2:09 PM

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Pokey LaFarge: In the Blossom of Their Shade review – all kinds of breezy Americana
Surf guitars, R&B and cod-Caribbean sunshine combine in this upbeat response to lockdown

Neil Spencer

09, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Steve Gunn: Other You review – more elegant, cosmic Americana
The guitarist’s immaculate playing is beyond doubt, but his latest solo work is a little too meandering

Phil Mongredien

29, Aug, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Trippers & Askers: Acorn review – delicate, literate Americana
This US collective impress with a subtle, ambient debut inspired by Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Neil Spencer

31, Jul, 2021 @3:00 PM

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‘Odd, free and uninhibited’: Karen Black, Hollywood’s great singer-actor
She worked with Jack Nicholson, Robert Altman and more – and had a sideline in spectral, beautiful songwriting. As her lost songs are released, those close to Karen Black remember her

Andrew Male

19, Jul, 2021 @11:43 AM

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