Review: Chris Knight snarls out an album that fits the times

Chris Knight, "Almost Daylight" (Thirty Tigers) In his first release in more than seven years, Kentucky-born country rocker Chris Knight has snarled out an album that's gruff, uncomp...

Review: Michaela Anne delivers spirited yet gentle new set

Michaela Anne, "Desert Dove" (Yep Roc) The new album by Michaela Anne is a spirited collection by a singer with big-time talent, though it suffers a little from too much radio-play c...

Review: Hiss Golden Messenger delivers music with a purpose

Hiss Golden Messenger, "Terms of Surrender" (Merge) The new album by Hiss Golden Messenger is one to play on repeat, immersing in every nuance. It's Americana music with a purpose. ...

Americana awards honor John Prine, Brandi Carlile, others

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Prine's winning streak has continued at the Americana Music Association's annual awards ceremony in Nashville, though his two-year reign as Americana artist of the year ha...

Review: Tyler Childers keeps sound firmly rooted in Kentucky

Tyler Childers, "Country Squire" (Hickman Holler/RCA) The list of country artists making groundbreaking music these days isn't as long as it should be, but it has to include Tyler Ch...

Review: Texas band Los Coast dabbles joyously on funky debut

Los Coast, "Samsara" (New West) A lot of disparate influences lurk beneath the surface on "Samsara," the funky and eclectic debut album from an adventurous young band out of Austin, ...

Review: Unheralded duo delivers a gem from Kickstarter rough

Ordinary Elephant, "Honest" (Berkalin Records) A remarkable new album by a husband and wife duo who quit their jobs to go all-in on their music is full of elegant contradictions that...

Review: Daniel Norgren rakes politely on trippy, bluesy set

Daniel Norgren, "Wooh Dang" (Superpuma) Daniel Norgren's devotion to American roots music is undisguised on his latest work, "Wooh Dang." But the Swede with the big Scandinavian foll...

Review: Glen Hansard brings familiar intensity to latest set

Glen Hansard, "This Wild Willing" (ANTI-Records) A brooding intensity runs through much of Glen Hansard's music, from his time with the Frames to the ambitious songcraft of "Once" to...

Review: Renee Wahl digs deep on evocative Americana set

Renee Wahl and the Sworn Secrets, "Cut to the Bone" (Double R Records) The first sound of Renee Wahl's voice on her fine new album is enough to set off the comparisons to Rosanne Cas...

Review: Way Down Wanderers bend genres in soaring set

The Way Down Wanderers, "Illusions" Somewhere on the spectrum between Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons lies the spirited bluegrass-based artistry of the Way Down Wanderers...

Tennessee gov. says he regrets wearing Confederate uniform

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee was 17 when he joined the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Auburn University, which every spring held an "Old South" party where he and other members dressed i...

Review: Carsie Blanton makes disillusionment fun

Carsie Blanton, "Buck Up" (So Ferocious Records) Songwriters of all political persuasions have labored to define the odd moment we've been living through since the U.S. election of 2...

Review: Frances Cone delivers dreampop with a purpose

Frances Cone, "Late Riser" (Living Daylight/Thirty Tigers) Frances Cone's new album "Late Riser" is a brilliant work of modern melancholia that finds the sweet spot between soothing ...

Review: LP, diminutive singer with big voice, lays it out

LP, "Heart to Mouth" (BMG/Vagrant) There's a reference to shape-shifting tucked into the lyrics of "When I'm Over You," the second song on LP's new album, "Heart to Mouth," and it di...