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New Stuff: Ry Cooder, The Wood Brothers, Patty Griffin

At RCR, we recognize that our loyal readers aren’t here simply to honor the deceased. Occasionally you expect us to plow through a stack of new releases and offer a few recommendations for your [...]

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Trouble Brewin’ in Nashville

I’ve spent quite a bit of time on this site complaining about contemporary Nashville country (for example, here and here). And just when I decide to finally leave it alone, a massive brawl breaks [...]

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Me and The Bo

Let’s revisit one of our first posts, from October 2009 (Bo Diddley passed away the previous year at the age of 79). He signed his name “The Bo” and was referred to by The New [...]

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Random Playlist #34: Memphis Soul

Is there a more perfect hybrid in American music than Memphis Soul? Give me a hard-driving rhythm section, throw in some screaming horns and a sanctified gospel singer, add some tasty blues [...]