Marty Stuart Recounts His Spiritual Journey to Make “The Pilgrim”

photo by Glenn Cook Pretty soon Congress will be in session. Marty Stuart is raising funds for his new museum in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. There’s a chance to have your own name on a pew in what will be known as Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Country Music Museum. A visit to the […]

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A Turning Point for Sam Cooke, Plus Michael Doucet, Michel Petrucciani, Chris Maxwell

From a career standpoint, Sam Cooke’s Keen Records period bears comparison to Elvis Presley’s days at Sun. Presley made seminal recordings at the latter label before his new manager, the hard-driving Colonel Tom Parker, signed him up for stardom at the much larger RCA. Similarly, Cooke spent an important transitional period at Keen before another […]

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An Essential Hank Williams Compilation, Plus Mick Kolassa and Letitia VanSant

The latest evidence that 1998’s The Complete Hank Williams is erroneously titled is Pictures from Life’s Other Side, a six-CD, 144-track collection of performances from the country legend’s 1951 radio show on Nashville’s WSM. (These are commonly known as the Mother’s Best recordings, because the Mother’s Best Flour Company sponsored the 15-minute programs.) Much of […]

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