REVIEW: Abigail Dowd “Beautiful Day” Brings Fresh Perspective

References to rivers in the song titles and lyrics of country and Americana music are far too many to count. It’s a go-to image for songwriters. But when water, in both its beauty and its destructive power, has profoundly altered the path of a life, those river references are more than an easy touchstone. North […]

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REVIEW: Rhiannon Giddens “They’re Calling Me Home” is Always Beautiful

When the aliens finally come to Earth, I hope they’re musically inclined. Because, if they bring an instrument with them and happen upon Rhiannon Giddens, she’ll have it mastered within half an hour of meeting. The singer-songwriter-banjo player-writer of fancy things like ballets and operas can truly do anything. Most recently, she’s paired with Italian […]

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