Album Review · Video

Vivian Cook’s Dynamite Debut, and More

Vivian Cook named her debut album The Long Shot after the subject line on the email she sent to producer R. Walt Vincent, asking him whether he wanted to work with her on it. Assuming there’s any justice in the world, it will become clear that a more accurate title for the record would have… Continue reading Vivian Cook’s Dynamite Debut, and More

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A Buck Owens Anthology, and Three More New Releases

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957–1966. If you think you know country music but haven’t familiarized yourself with Buck Owens’s catalog, it’s time to return to school. Along with Merle Haggard, Owens played a key role in popularizing the back-to-basics Bakersfield (California) Sound, and he influenced a generation of artists, including… Continue reading A Buck Owens Anthology, and Three More New Releases

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Carrie Ann Carroll: You Should Know

“Honeymoon,” from newcomer Carrie Ann Carroll, ranks with the strongest singles I’ve heard in some time. The addictive hook and jangly guitars certainly help but what most makes this number click are Carroll’s intimate vocals and the confessional lyrics, which demonstrate her ability to transform little details from real life into compelling vignettes. The song—which… Continue reading Carrie Ann Carroll: You Should Know

Commentary · Video

RIP, Jesse Winchester (1944–2014)

We’ve lost too many great artists in the past year and none greater than Jesse Winchester, who died yesterday after a second battle with cancer. He’s been a friend I never met for more than 40 years—from “Yankee Lady” and “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz” to “Bless Your Foolish Heart” and “Baby Blue.” Albums ranging from… Continue reading RIP, Jesse Winchester (1944–2014)

Book News · Video

Springsteen Talks About High Hopes

Here, he discusses his new album. And speaking of new, the new paperback edition of Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters, has just gone to the printer. It will be in bookstores April 1—the same day Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters comes out in hardcover in North America. Meanwhile, here’s Bruce…