REVIEW: Jill Andrews’ “Thirties” Urges Us to Keep Moving Forward

Most of us can mark moments or periods of time in our lives by music. A few years back (or a dozen, to be more accurate), I saw a young Americana-ish band, the everybodyfields, fronted by Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn, opening for Tift Merritt at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. Later on, I looked […]

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REVIEW: Sierra Hull’s “25 Trips” is Musically Complex Self-Exploration

For a woman in the country music universe, the only thing that might be tougher than getting airplay is getting recognition for being a brilliant musician. Even in the relatively open-minded Americana world, only two women (Sara Watkins and Molly Tuttle) have won Instrumentalist of the Year from the Americana Music Association. Mandolinist Sierra Hull, […]

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REVIEW: Christopher Paul Stelling’s “Best of Luck” Produced by Ben Harper is Defiance and Resilience

A lot of our favorite musicians are pretty solitary individuals. It’s evident in the term “singer-songwriter” – many tour solo, but even those with a backing band are calling most of the creative shots. So when the chance arrives to work with an ace producer, there may be some unexpected hesitation at the thought of […]

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