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Music, Hear This Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones

Now touring with a backing trio, seasoned songwriter Rickie Lee Jones assembled recent album Balm in Gilead from material written throughout the past two decades. That includes opener "Wild Girl," which showcases her gift for economic storytelling just as much…
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Music, Reviewed Alison Krauss & Union Station

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Fiddler/singer Alison Krauss is a phenomenon in that she's a child prodigy (started playing at 5, recording at 14) who's achieved a substantial measure of mainstream success by performing purely acoustic music: traditionally oriented bluegrass with folk overtones, occasionally adapting…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

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No other contemporary artists do downtempo Americana better than Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. On last year's Grammy-nominated CD Time (The Revelator) -- as well as the pair's first two albums -- their extreme slow-motion style draws listeners into a…
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It's strange that one of the giants of modern jazz guitar doesn't play much jazz anymore. But then neither do his popular contemporaries. While Pat Metheny has devolved into an unlistenable, soft-stringed balladeer, and John Scofield, having survived a midlife…
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