Country

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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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Brittany Howard: ‘I think back and I can’t even recognise that kid now’
Continuing our series where stars recall their teenage obsessions, the Alabama Shakes frontwoman remembers fishing, home recording and leftfield spirituality

As told to Stephanie Phillips

01, Jul, 2021 @1:56 PM

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Nashville review – Robert Altman’s country classic still sings
With its constant soundtrack of country music and political commentary, Altman’s sprawling state-of-the-nation epic reverberates with the troubled zeitgeist of the 70s

Peter Bradshaw

25, Jun, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Quietly Blowing It review – a gentle kind of protest music
MC Taylor offers up soulful Dylan-esque country rockers about the impact of the system on ordinary lives

Dave Simpson

25, Jun, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Robert Altman’s 20 best films – ranked!
From The Long Goodbye to Short Cuts, Altman’s innovative movies have influenced a generation of film-makers. With the re-release of Nashville and a BFI tribute, we rank the work of one of America’s greatest directors

Ryan Gilbey

17, Jun, 2021 @11:00 AM

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BJ Thomas obituary
Singer who enjoyed huge success with Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, written for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Adam Sweeting

31, May, 2021 @3:44 PM

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Man in Black at 50: Johnny Cash’s empathy is needed more than ever
The country star is not always remembered for his politics, but his about-face to withdraw support for Nixon and the Vietnam war may be his finest moment

Michael Stewart Foley

31, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Gwenifer Raymond review – finger-picking good
The Welsh guitarist dazzles with awe-inspiring technique and her intense musicality

Kitty Empire

29, May, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Country singer Martina McBride showed me the toxic side of masculinity
In the last in our series, Grayson Haver Currin explains how the Nashville artist made him understand the tensions in his own childhood home

Grayson Haver Currin

28, Apr, 2021 @3:21 PM

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