Country

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‘We’re like Mork and Mindy!’ Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, music’s odd couple
Fourteen years after their Grammy-winning debut, the roots duo have reunited – facing high expectations. They explain how they left their comfort zones with a ‘nuts but tasteful’ all-star band

Marissa R Moss

24, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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‘I knew I was pushing buttons’: Kacey Musgraves on breaking country music taboos
She’s already broken out of Nashville to become an unconventional pop superstar. Now she’s stretching the limits of country again – with the help of psychedelics and a four-poster bed in her studio

Alexis Petridis

11, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed review – a tragedy of wifely strife
The bliss of Musgraves’ Grammy-winning Golden Hour sours on this follow-up, with a breakup narrative that is a little too tidy

Laura Snapes

10, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Emmylou Harris’s teenage obsessions: ‘The Beatles parted the clouds after JFK’s assassination’
The country singer, 74, recalls the inspirational power of Joan Baez and American folk – and the lessons dogs can teach us

As told to Dave Simpson

26, Aug, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Don Everly obituary
Half of the Everly Brothers, the famous US pop duo known for hits such as Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie and Cathy’s Clown

Michael Gray

22, Aug, 2021 @2:46 PM

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‘I couldn’t be tied down!’ Wanda Jackson, rockabilly’s raucous queen
She dated Elvis – then made him look tame with her growling, high-energy rock’n’roll. And at 83 years old, she still can’t quite embrace retirement

Alexis Petridis

19, Aug, 2021 @11:45 AM

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‘We aren’t all dumb hillbillies’: how Covid caused a rift in country music
Country stars such as Jason Isbell have received backlash for insisting on safety at their concerts, exposing an age-old political divide

Kyle Mullin

16, Aug, 2021 @3:36 PM

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Nanci Griffith obituary
American folk-country singer and songwriter best known for Love at the Five and Dime and her album Other Voices, Other Rooms

Adam Sweeting

15, Aug, 2021 @3:27 PM

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Big quiffs, zombies and dead crows: the wild world of psychobilly
The turbocharged twist on rockabilly enraptured 80s punks and rock’n’rollers – and alienated plenty more – with its food fights, ferocious club nights and phantasmagoria

Michael Hann

30, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Leon Bridges: ‘My transition was dishwasher one day, star the next’
The speed of the soul singer’s stardom left him reeling. As he releases his best album yet, he explains how he shook off his insecurities – and confronted love, loss and a racist US

Max Bell

23, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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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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Rodney Crowell: Triage review – brave and soul-baring
His contemplative 18th album finds Crowell on fine form, pondering mortality

Neil Spencer

17, Jul, 2021 @3:00 PM

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