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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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‘My energy comes from optimism’: the hopeful music of spring 2021
In part two of our series on the musicians foregrounding hope in their songs, Esperanza Spalding, Rostam and more discuss the importance of positivity

Christine Ochefu, Dave Simpson and Laura Snapes

28, Apr, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Lady Dan: I Am the Prophet review – farewell to Christ and creeps
Tyler Dozier’s intense backstory powers a debut rich in moods and modes

Emily Mackay

25, Apr, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Taylor Swift: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) review – a labour of revenge, but also of love
Painstakingly re-recording her breakthrough 2008 album to hit back at her music business enemies proves a fruitful endeavour for the songwriter

Kitty Empire

10, Apr, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough review – a spirited victory lap
Fifty albums in, the country star and guests are in the mood to celebrate

Emily Mackay

21, Mar, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Troy Cassar-Daley: 'I looked in the mirror and thought, stop it. You are destroying everything you love'
On the launch of his new album, The World Today, one of the monoliths of Australian country music opens up about the things closest to his heart

Andrew Stafford

18, Mar, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Valerie June: The Moon and the Stars review – psychedelic Memphis soul
The Tennessee singer-songwriter’s bittersweet country soul with an astral bent fares best when it’s kept simple

Kitty Empire

14, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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'The boat has been rocked': Mickey Guyton, the Grammys' first Black solo female country nominee
Her song Black Like Me is a bold statement in an often conservative genre, but the Texan singer is conflicted about bringing diverse voices into the ‘lion’s den’ of country music

Marissa R Moss

12, Mar, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
An album of flinty classics and sparky duets, full of resolve – the extraordinary country singer shows no sign of slowing

Alexis Petridis

11, Mar, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Who will – and should – win the 2021 Grammy awards?
Beyoncé is looking to convert her nine nominations while Billie Eilish could repeat her success last year – but there’s strong competition from Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift, and an all-female rock lineup

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

10, Mar, 2021 @11:00 AM

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After Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' adaptation, what other lyrics could encourage Covid vaccination?
We would like to hear your song lyric adaptations on why people should be vaccinated

Guardian community team

03, Mar, 2021 @12:04 PM

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Country star Morgan Wallen suspended by record label after using racial slur
Wallen apologized and said ‘there are no excuses’ after video released by TMZ showed him using a slur

Lauren Aratani

03, Feb, 2021 @8:09 PM

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