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Malcolm Holcombe: Sing a little bit of those working man blues North Carolina songwriter takes a hard look at harder times with his Darrell Scott-produced “Pretty Little Troubles”

By j. poet Malcolm Holcombe’s tuneful growl sounds like it’s coming from the depths of a coal mine, or the smoky backroom of a seedy pool …

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Where the bad winds blow … How songwriter Chris Fullerton turned his hellish “Epilepsy Blues” into a stunningly original — and beautifully weird — work of art

By Richard Skanse “The first time’s bad but the second time it’s worst And the third time’s sad and the fourth time it just hurts …

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John Moreland (Photo by Joey Kneiser)
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Q&A: John Moreland The Oklahoma troubadour talks about his hardcore roots and the road to "Big Bad Luv"

By Mike Ethan Messick A soulful, gritty-voiced mountain of a man hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, John Moreland has gradually built up a catalog of heartbreakingly …

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Sunny Sweeney (Photo by Christina Feddersen)
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Q&A: Sunny Sweeney The sassy but down-to-earth Texas country singer on writing her excellent new album “Trophy,” knowing when to go vulnerable and when to snark it up, and why she'll never get used to all those Grand Ole Opry invites — or feel anything but proud of her very first record.

By Richard Skanse Sunny Sweeney does more before 9 a.m. than most late-rising lazy music writers do all day. Granted, so does just about everybody, …

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Q&A: Jay Farrar The Son Volt frontman talks about “Notes of Blue,” finding inspiration in alternate guitar tunings, and the importance of challenging oneself

By Scott Schinder It’s been over 20 years since Jay Farrar launched Son Volt in the wake of the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, the pioneering …

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Nikki Lane, Highway Queen (Photo by Semi Song)
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Q&A: Nikki Lane From High Class Hillbilly to “Highway Queen,” the Nashville-based entrepreneur and upstart Americana maverick has always kept her hands on the wheel

By Scott Schinder On the cover of her third album, Highway Queen, outlaw-country upstart Nikki Lane poses in a vintage dress, draped across the horns …

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