Hi there...! Here's an index of my reviews of new country, bluegrass and Americana records, more or less as they've been posted over the years. Most of these reviews have also been added to my genre-specific hick music guide, which includes dozens of artist profiles, and other, older record reviews. If you find this review archive useful, you're strongly urged to also check out the rest of the hick music section.
Hick Music Reviews - August, 2007
Chet Atkins, Chester & Lester, Stevie Barr, Cherryholmes, The Derailers, Grasstowne, Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings, John Jorgenson, Rose Maddox, Kim Richey, The Stanley Brothers
Hick Music Reviews - July, 2007
Robbie Fulks, Merle Haggard, Robert Earl Keen, Riders In The Sky, Max Stalling, Josh Turner, Kelly Willis, Various Artists "PUTUMAYO PRESENTS AMERICANA", "JUST ONE MORE"
Hick Music Reviews - June, 2007
Kathie Baillie, Sam Baker, The Basement, Sarah Borges, Elizabeth Cook, Autry Inman, Miranda Lambert, Daniel Lee Martin, Dwight McCall, Pam Tillis, Adrienne Young, Various Artists: "ANCHORED IN LOVE: A TRIBUTE TO JUNE CARTER CASH"
Hick Music Reviews - May, 2007
Jason Aldean, Darol Anger & Mike Marshall, Asleep At The Wheel, Guy Clark, Antsy McClain & The Trailer Park Troubadours, Willie Nelson, Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard/Ray Price, Peter Rowan & Tony Rice, Ann Savoy, Uncle Earl, Porter Wagoner, Bradley Walker, Clay Walker, Dale Watson, Bobby Williamson *
Hick Music Reviews - April, 2007
Gary Allan, Axton Kincaid, David Ball, Johnny Cash, Bucky Covington, The Greencards, Steve Gulley, Doyle Lawson, Rose Maddox, Dolly Parton, Pine Leaf Boys, John Prine & Mac Wiseman, Daryle Singletary, Todd Snider, Special Consensus, Gina Villalobos, Various Artists: "TEXAS HOEDOWN REVISITED"*
Hick Music Reviews - March, 2007
David Bromberg, Carolina Cotton, The Circuit Riders, Ry Cooder, John Denver, Val Esway, Elana James, Hal Lone Pine & Betty Cody, Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans, Audrey Auld Mezera, Smiley Maxedon, David Serby, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, Sunshine Ruby, Various Artists "COUNTRY HICKS, v.1"*
Hick Music Reviews - January-February, 2007*
Tom Anderson, Jack Cooke, Waylon Jennings (DVD), Norah Jones, Jim Lauderdale, Willie Nelson, Charlie Rich, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Lucinda Williams
The Best Of 2006: My Twenty Top Picks
Sam Baker, Johnny Cash, Guy Clark, Jessi Colter, The Dixie Chicks, James Hand, Waylon Jennings, Laurie Lewis, Bruce Molsky, Doug Moreland, Willie Nelson, Trent Summar, Sunny Sweeney, James Talley, April Verch, Rhonda Vincent, Dale Watson, The Whitetop Mountain Band, Various Artists: GLORYLAND; THE PILGRIM
Hick Music Reviews - December, 2006*
Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Drew Landry, Chuck Maultsby And His Old Band, Doug Moreland, Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy, Carl Smith, Sugarland, Trent Summar, Keith Urban, Faron Young, Various Artists: "REDNECK CHRISTMAS"; "STILL BELIEVING IN CHRISTMAS"
Hick Music Reviews - November, 2006*
Jimmy Buffett, Tracy Byrd, Johnny Cash, J. D. Crowe, Heartland, Delbert McClinton, Natalie McMaster, Craig Morgan, Joan Osborne, Keith Sykes, Stoll Vaughan, Various Artists: "REDNECK COUNTRY"; "VIVA TERLINGUA NUEVO"
Hick Music Reviews - October, 2006*
Gary Bennett, Dale Ann Bradley, Paul Burch, Johnny Cash, Mark Chesnutt, Jon Christopher Davis, David Grisman (x2), Waylon Jennings, Blaine Larsen, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lonesome Travelers, Andy Statman, Rafe Stefanini, Larry Stephenson, Aaron Tippin, Various Artists "JOHNNY CASH: ROOTS AND BRANCHES", "THE PILGRIM: A CELEBRATION OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON"
Hick Music Reviews - September, 2006*
Dave Alvin, Riley Baugus, Chatham County Line, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jack Ingram, Waylon Jennings (box set), Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, The Mavericks, Bruce Molsky, Alecia Nugent, Sunny Sweeney, IIIrd Tyme Out, Bob Wills (box set), The York Brothers, Various Artists: "Hillbilly Hot Rod & Automobile Songs"; "Old Town School Of Folk Music -- Songbook, v.1"; "Treating Her Wrong"; "Bluegrass Country Soul" (DVD)
Hick Music Reviews - August, 2006*
Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Moe Bandy, Rory Block, (The Original) Chuck Wagon & The Wheels, Guy Clark, Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers, Floyd Flowers, David Grisman & Andy Statman, Raul Malo, Ronnie Milsap, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Reckless Kelly, Chris Thile, Two Tons Of Steel, Dave Van Ronk, The Whitetop Mountain Band, Keith Whitley, Hank Williams, Jr.
Hick Music Reviews - July, 2006*
Jimmy Arnold, T-Bone Burnett, Johnny Cash (CD & DVD), The Crooked Jades, Jesse Denatale, The Derailers, Dave Evans, Red Foley, Chris Knight, Lee Roy Parnell, Reno & Smiley, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Tom Russell, The Sadies, Yard Sale, Various Artists: "FEEL LIKE MY TIME AIN'T LONG", "THE PILGRIM", "WILL SING FOR FOOD"
Hick Music Reviews - June, 2006*
The Bottle Rockets, Sam Bush, Paulette Carlson, Slaid Cleaves, John Cowan, James Luther Dickinson, The Dixie Chicks, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Grandpa Jones, Alison Moorer, Willie Nelson, No Speed Limit, The Sadies, Jim Van Cleve, Vern & Ray, Rhonda Vincent, Various Artists: "NO DEPRESSION, v.2," "TAKE ME HOME"
Hick Music Reviews - May, 2006*
Axton Kincaid, Sam Baker, Tab Benoit, Casey Dreissen, Tompall & The Glaser Brothers, Alan Jackson, Rockie Lynne, Bruce Robison, The Wilders, Doug & Telisha Williams, Yonder Mountain String Band, Various Artists: "A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION", "GLORYLAND", "SAIL AWAY: THE SONGS OF RANDY NEWMAN", "THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF"
Hick Music Reviews - April, 2006*
Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp, Mike Compton & David Long, John Corbett, Radney Foster, James Hand, Shooter Jennings, The McGillicuddy Sisters, Joe Nichols, Pinmonkey, John Rich, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Bill Sheffield, Rhonda Towns, Loudon Wainwright III, The Wood Brothers, Various Artists: "HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS", "VOICE OF THE SPIRIT: THE GOSPEL OF THE SOUTH"
Hick Music Reviews - March, 2006
Johnny & June Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, Dave Childers & The Modern Don Juans, Frog Holler, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Split Lip Rayfield, The Statler Brothers, Bryan Sutton, Dale Watson, Sean Watkins
Hick Music Reviews - February, 2006
Norman & Nancy Blake, Carl Butler & The Webster Brothers, Butch Cage & Willie B. Thomas, Clothesline Revival, Jessi Colter, Louise Hoffsten, Pine Leaf Boys, Steep Canyon Rangers, Marty Stuart, Big Mama Thornton... *
Hick Music Reviews - January, 2006
Alabama, BR549, The Duhks, The Gibson Brothers, Mike Marshall & Chris Thile, Tom Russell, Todd Snider, Marty Stuart, James Talley, April Verch...*
Holiday Music Reviews - Christmas, 2005
Bobby Helms/Johnny Paycheck, Reverend Horton Heat, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs & Family, 3 Fox Drive, Uncle Earl, Various Artists: "TO: KATE"
Hick Music Reviews - December, 2005
Paulette Carlson, Terri Clark, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Bill Malone & Rod Moag, Marty Robbins, Gretchen Wilson, Various Artists: "HANDS ACROSS THE WATER"...
Hick Music Reviews - November, 2005
Banjo & Sullivan, Clint Black, Ronnie Bowman, Junior Brown, Cherryholmes, Billy Currington, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Highwaymen, Hot Club Of Cowtown/Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan, Tommy Jarrell/Oscar Jenkins/Fred Cockerham, Little Big Town, Neal McCoy, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Psychograss, Collin Raye, 3 Fox Drive, Uncle Earl, Various Artists: "Rockabilly Lives"
Hick Music Reviews - October, 2005
Bill Carlisle, Bruce Cockburn, Cowboy Troy, Jerry Douglas, Eric Heatherly, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Nichols, Dolly Parton, Jon Randall, The Road Hammers, Connie Smith/Sharon White/Barbara Fairchild, Marty Stuart, Joy Lynn White, Wildfire; Various Artists: "Good For What Ails You," "Should Have Been Hits"
Hick Music Reviews - September, 2005
Rodney Crowell, Honi Deaton, Val Esway, Eliza Gilkyson, Hacienda Brothers, Zona Jones, Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon, Kim Lenz, Patty Loveless, Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, The Peasall Sisters, Wayne Scott, Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band, Marty Stuart, Benny Thomasson, Various Artists: "Greetings From Georgia," "Greetings From Texas"...
Hick Music Reviews - August, 2005
Carl Butler & Pearl, June Carter Cash, Ray Charles, Hank Cochran, Tommy Collins, Elizabeth Cook, Robert Gordon, Jenny Kerr, The Knitters, Loretta Lynn, Taj Mahal, Maria McKee, Jim Mills, Nickel Creek, Greg Parker, Jeannie C. Riley, Slipstream, Son Volt, Carl Story, Van Zandt, Billy Walker, Gene Watson, Dallas Wayne, The Wrights, Adrienne Young, Various Artists: "Greetings From Alabama"; "Greetings From Oklahoma," "Old Time Mountain Banjo"...
Hick Music Reviews - July, 2005
Jeff Black, Brian Capps, Ry Cooder, The Greencards, Donal Hinely, Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys, Toby Keith, The Morells, Michelle Nixon, Old School Freight Train, Johnny Paycheck, Darrell Scott, Ralph Stanley, George Strait, Troublesome Creek String Band, Two Tons Of Steel, Tom Tall & Ginny Wright, Dwight Yoakam, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (Soundtrack)...
Hick Music Reviews - June, 2005
Tommy Alverson, Pete Anderson, Laura Cantrell, The Coal Men, The Country Gentlemen, Grey Delisle, Freddie Hart, Chris Hillman, Erika Jo, George Jones & Gene Pitney, George Jones (and very special guests!), Jesse McReynolds & Charles Whitstein, John Prine, The Sons Of The Pioneers, Lee Ann Womack...
Hick Music Reviews - May, 2005
Keith Anderson, Dierks Bentley, The Bills, The Everly Brothers, Corey Harris, Jim & Jennie And The Pinetops, Alan Laney, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jimmy Martin, Charlie Poole, Red Stick Ramblers, Greg Trooper, Patricia Vonne, Loudon Wainwright III; Aaron Watson, Cody Widner, Various Artists: "THE APPALACHIANS"; "COUNTRY COMES TO CARNEGIE HALL"
Hick Music Reviews - April, 2005
Trace Adkins, Paul Barry & The Del Rays, Scott H. Biram, Alison Brown, Hayes Carll, Deryl Dodd, Robbie Fulks, Mary Gauthier, Billy Gilman, The Hot Club Of San Francisco, Jump 'N The Saddle Band, Miranda Lambert, D. Landry & The Dirty Cajuns, Los Super Seven, Billy Swan, Stevie Tombstone; Various Artists "GREETINGS FROM HAWAII"...
Hick Music Reviews - March, 2005
The Chapmans, Clifton Chenier, Kenny Chesney, Crooked Jades, Jonathan Edwards, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Louise Hoffsten, Ryan Holladay, Christy Lane, Blaine Larsen, Terry Melcher, Morrison-Edwards, Jamie O'Neal, Rank & File, The South Austin Jug Band, Suzy Thompson, Aaron Watson, Dulcie Younger...
Hick Music Reviews - February, 2005
Big 'N' Rich, Shawn Camp, Deana Carter, John Conlee, Phil Leadbetter, Heather Myles, The Special Consensus, Travis Tritt, Wayne Warner, Chely Wright... and more!
Hick Music Reviews - January, 2005
Lynn Anderson, Gene Autry, Jason Boland, Ray Bonneville, Neko Case, Judy Canova, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Raymond Froggatt, Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwartz, Dan Hicks, Reckless Kelly, Sonny Landreth, NRBQ, The Sadies, Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks, Keith Urban, YMSB... and more!
Hick Music Reviews - December, 2004
Lynn Anderson, Clint Black, Elvis Costello, Kevin Fowler, Frog Holler, The Gatlin Brothers, Shooter Jennings, Buddy Miller, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Rogers, Red Simpson, Art Stamper, Foy Willing... And a holiday section as well! Ho-Ho-Ho!!
Hick Music Reviews - November, 2004
Roy Acuff, Brooks & Dunn, Richard Buckner, Ed Burleson, George Canyon, Slaid Cleaves, The Crickets, Jimmy Dean, Eleven Hundred Springs, Pat Green, John Wesley Harding, Red Murrell, Bill Nettles, Graham Parker, Split Lip Rayfield, Ralph Stanley, The Stray Cats, Shania Twain... and more!
Hick Music Reviews - October, 2004
Mark Chesnutt, Steve Earle, Rosie Flores, The Gourds, Alan Jackson, Julie Lee, Nathan, Wille Nelson & Kimmie Rhodes, Tony Rice, Peggy Seeger, Red Simpson, Darryl Worley... and more!
Hick Music Reviews - September, 2004
Kay Adams, Allison's Sacred Harp Singers, Eric Andersen, Kenny Baker, Norman & Nancy Blake, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Carolina Cotton, Dick Curless, Eliza Gilkyson, Tim McGraw, Tift Merritt, Nora O'Connor, Ronnie Reno, Jason Ringenberg, Charlie Robison, Maggie & Suzzy Roche, Geraint Watkins, Dan Zanes... and more!
Hick Music Reviews - August, 2004
The Armstrong Twins, Junior Brown, Jimmy Buffett, Burrito Deluxe, Amy Farris, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Colin Gilmore, John Dee Graham, Andy Griggs, Ray Herndon, Patterson Hood, Linda Gail Lewis, Willie Nelson, Old 97s, Waylon Payne, Norm Pikelny, Rachel Proctor, Kimmie Rhodes, Sugarland, Tres Chicas, Uncle Kracker, Ben Weaver... and more!
Hick Music Reviews - July, 2004
Terri Clark, John Conlee, Deke Dickerson, Joe Diffie, Joe Ely, Emerson Drive, Jay Farrar, The Flatlanders, Rob Ickes & Blue Highway, Kieran Kane & Kevin Welch, Blaine Larsen, Los Lobos, The Meat Purveyors, Buddy & Julie Miller, Montgomery Gentry, The Notorious Cherry Bombs, Roane County Ramblers, Todd Snider... and more!
Hick Music Reviews - June, 2004
Tom Adams & Michael Cleveland, Red Allen, Bobby Bare, Jr., Brad And Shelley, Maggie Brown, Josh Gracin, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jon Langford, Jim Lauderdale, The Lees, Lonestar, Charlie Louvin, John Arthur Martinez, Gurf Morlix, David Lee Murphy, Railroad Earth, Doug Sahm, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Lane Turner, Uncle Dave & The Waco Brothers, Gretchen Wilson... and more!
Hick Music Reviews - Spring, 2004
Red Allen, Asleep At The Wheel, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, The Blasters, BR549, Marshall Chapman, Angel Dean & Sue Garner, Grey DeLisle, The Flatlanders, Michael Fracasso, Jolie Holland, Toby Keith, Raul Malo/Pat Flynn/Rob Ickes/Dave Pomeroy, John Michael Montgomery, Allison Moorer, Alecia Nugent, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dolly Parton, Dirk Powell, The Stanley Brothers, Dale Watson
Hick Music Reviews - 2003 (A-H)
Gary Allan, Danny Barnes, Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys, Kate Campbell, The Charles River Valley Boys, The Chieftains/Various Artists, Guy Clark, Kevin Deal, The Dixie Chicks, Nanci Griffith, Wayne Hancock, Emmylou Harris
Hick Music Reviews - 2003 (I-N)
Mark Insley, Mike Ireland & Holler, Iron Horse, Jim & Jennie And The Pinetops, Norah Jones, Chris Knight, Jim Lauderdale & Donna The Buffalo, Shelby Lynne, Mike Marshall & Chris Thile , Delbert McClinton, James McMurtry, John Miller, Moonshine Hangover, Joe Nichols
Hick Music Reviews - 2003 (O-Z)
Red Stick Ramblers, Rick Shea & Brantley Kearns, James Allan Shelton, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Larry Sparks, Star Room Boys, Hank Thompson, Lucky Tomblin, Travis Tritt, Two High String Band, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Townes Van Zandt, Porter Wagoner, Dale Watson, Lucinda Williams, Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, Holden Wofford, Adrienne Young, Various Artists: "CAUGHT IN THE WEBB," "DRESSED IN BLACK," "KINDRED SPIRITS," "LIVIN', LOVIN', LOSIN': SONGS OF THE LOUVIN BROTHERS"
Hick Music Reviews - 2002 (A-H)
Ryan Adams, Bad Bob & His Good Friends, Kenny Baker, Bill Parker And His Motherscratchers, Norman Blake & Peter Oshtroushko, The Blasters, Greg Brown, Caitlin Cary, Kasey Chambers, Elizabeth Cook, Deke Dickerson, Deryl Dodd, The Drive-By Truckers, Steve Earle, Dave Gleason's Wasted Days, Andy Gorwell, The Gourds, Nanci Griffith, David Grisman/Old & In The Gray, Corey Harris, John Hartford, Hot Club of Cowtown, Hot Rize
Hick Music Reviews - 2002 (I-N)
Mark Insley, Mike Ireland & Holler, Jim & Jennie And The Pinetops, Chris Jones, George Jones, James Keelaghan, Toby Keith, Bill Kirchen, Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley, Tracy Lawrence, Kimberly M'Carver, Roger McGuinn, The Meat Purveyors, Buddy & Julie Miller, John Miller, Montgomery Gentry, Mark Newton, Joe Nichols
Hick Music Reviews - 2002 (O-Z)
Jill Olson, Porter Hall TN, Railroad Earth, Suzzy & Terry Roche, Bruce Robison, Kev Russell's Junker, Rick Shea & Brantley Kearns, James Alan Shelton, Daryle Singletary, Ralph Stanley, Star Room Boys, John Train, Porter Wagoner, Dale Watson, Dale Watson, Various Artists: "CAUGHT IN THE WEBB," "EVANGELINE MADE," "TIMELESS," "A TRIBUTE TO THE SOUNDTRACK OF ROBERT ALTMAN'S NASHVILLE"
Hick Music Reviews - 2001
Richard Buckner, Rosie Flores, Emmylou Harris, Rex Hobart, Mark Olson & The Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers, Dolly Parton, Tom Paxton & Anne Hills; Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen; Charles Sawtelle, Shaver, Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show, Larry Sparks, Split Lip Rayfield, Dallas Wayne, Dwight Yoakam, Various Artists: "O, BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?"
Hick Music Reviews - 2000
Richard Buckner, Rosie Flores, Emmylou Harris, Rex Hobart, Mark Olson & The Original Harmony Ridge Creekdippers, Dolly Parton, Tom Paxton & Anne Hills... (HEY, wait a minute...!! This is starting to sound awfully familiar... Oh, crap... I seem to have deleted this years reviews page... Oh, well.)
Hick Music Reviews - 1999
Mandy Barnett, Beachwood Sparks, Big Sandy & The Fly-Rite Boys, Norman Blake, The Derailers, Stacey Earle, Robbie Fulks, Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys, George Jones, Jimmy Nations Combo, Dolly Parton, John Prine, Suzzy Roche, Josh Rouse, Savoy-Doucet Band, Various Artists "RETURN OF THE GRIEVOUS ANGEL"; Various Artists "EXPOSED ROOTS: THE BEST ALT.COUNTRY"; Various Artists "SWING WEST!" (Vol.1-3)
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