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The Anniversary

Blood Bank Turns 10

Let’s kick things off with a bold statement: Blood Bank is arguably the most consequential EP of the 2000s. Arriving a year and a half…
Stephen Deusner | January 18, 2019 - 9:45 am

2018 In Review

The 10 Best Country Albums Of 2018

A 32-year-old Delaware native who moved to Nashville more than a decade ago, Jimmie Allen hustled to land a record contract, lived in his car…
Stephen Deusner | December 12, 2018 - 12:02 pm


Pistol Annies On Finding Strength In Numbers And Coming Together For Interstate Gospel

"The Best Years Of My Life," a standout from the Pistol Annies’ third album, Interstate Gospel, may have the best opening line of any song…
Stephen Deusner | November 7, 2018 - 3:11 pm

The Anniversary

Painted From Memory Turns 20

Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach go way back. They go back further than 1998’s Painted From Memory. More than 40 years, in fact.
Stephen Deusner | September 28, 2018 - 1:08 pm

The Anniversary

Deserter’s Songs Turns 20

I want to share with you two scenes, two instances when I purchased Deserter’s Songs, two moments that continue to shape how I hear the…
Stephen Deusner | September 27, 2018 - 4:16 pm

Band To Watch

Band To Watch: The Other Years

Nestled deep in the mountains of West Virginia, there is a creek that runs through a mountain. Over hundreds of millions of years the water…
Stephen Deusner | September 18, 2018 - 10:06 am

Band To Watch

Artist To Watch: Haley Heynderickx

To write "Untitled God Song," Haley Heynderickx had to get away from God's creation. "I was living with a friend and very self-conscious because we…
Stephen Deusner | January 16, 2018 - 9:20 am

2017 In Review

The 10 Best Country Albums Of 2017

Well, it certainly looked like the CMAs got political this year after all.
Stephen Deusner | December 18, 2017 - 12:01 pm


The 9 Best R.E.M. Songs Since Bill Berry Left 20 Years Ago Today

On October 30, 1997 -- 20 years ago today -- Bill Berry left R.E.M. And on September 21, 2011, R.E.M. announced they were "calling it…
Stephen Deusner | October 30, 2017 - 11:09 am

Sounding Board

An American Boy: Remembering Tom Petty

It's one of rock 'n' roll's greatest trades. Tom Petty was only 10 years old when his uncle invited him to the set of the…
Stephen Deusner | October 3, 2017 - 1:54 pm


Q&A: Jessica Lea Mayfield On Recovering From Trauma And Her Courageous New Album Sorry Is Gone

When Jessica Lea Mayfield moved from Ohio to Tennessee a few years ago, it was not merely a professional decision. The relocation put her at…
Stephen Deusner | October 2, 2017 - 1:15 pm


Q&A: Chris Hillman On Working With Tom Petty, Reappraising The Byrds, & Touring In His 70s

Chris Hillman bought his first smartphone just a few months ago. "I didn't want one," he admits. "I had a flip-top phone and that was…
Stephen Deusner | September 15, 2017 - 12:39 pm


Always Music In The Air: Twin Peaks: The Return Performances From Worst To Best

When Julee Cruise appeared at the end of Twin Peaks: The Return Episode 17 on Sunday night, reprising "The World Spins" from the first season…
Stephen Deusner | September 6, 2017 - 11:52 am


14 Essential Paisley Underground Songs

Although it's identified with Los Angeles, the Paisley Underground has roots that extend about 400 miles to the north. Specifically, to Davis, California, a small…
Stephen Deusner | August 24, 2017 - 2:00 pm


Q&A: Joan Shelley On The Louisville Scene, Working With Jeff Tweedy, & Bourbon Cookies

Joan Shelley is looking for a table away from the music. "I don't like listening to music and having a conversation," says the Louisville singer-songwriter.
Stephen Deusner | April 5, 2017 - 12:12 pm