Americana Highways

Top Ten Favorite Releases of July 2020 — Readers’ Pick — with playlist

The results from the readers’ vote for favorite July 2020 releases are in! Congratulations top ten!  There was a tie for first place!! The top three (in this case, four) will be featured in our next playlist update by Laura Sikes. (Find the playlist any time, on our website’s homepage) 1) TIED FOR FIRST: Ten […]

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REVIEWS: Bill Callahan’s “Gold Record” Examines the Touchstones That Keep Us Grounded

Formerly known as Smog, Bill Callahan established a reputation as an enigmatic brooding singer-songwriter with a penchant for life’s seemingly mundane moments. He has released seven (including Gold Record) albums under his own name since retiring the Smog moniker. Under his given name, Callahan hand has continued to explore similar corners of life but with […]

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Music Reviews: A Deluxe Reissue of the Grateful Dead’s ‘Workingman’s Dead’ Plus Bonnie Whitmore & Sugar Ray

By Jeff Burger The Grateful Dead’s first three albums—their eponymous 1967 debut, 1968’s Anthem of the Sun, and 1969’s Aoxomoxoa—feature psychedelia-influenced, experimental, sometimes sprawling numbers that reflect the milieu of the group’s Haight-Ashbury home base in San Francisco. On their June 1970 fourth studio album, however, they follow such artists as Bob Dylan (1968’s John […]

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