Coal Miner’s Granddaughter

As a staff music writer for The Tennessean in the early 2000s, I got a crash course in the Music City system, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Quite a few publicists could not understand why I did not share their conviction that Shania Twain and Garth Brooks were the most important things ever to… Read more »

The Range

When we music nerds talk about vocalists having range, we mean they can sing from way down low to way up high, with a lot of notes in between. But sometimes Music City Roots shows a different kind of vocal range, like this Wednesday night’s show, in the astonishing diversity of ways humans can emit… Read more »

Young and Restless

Memphis-based artist and songwriter Amy LaVere did something rare and special on the occasion of her latest album release this spring. Instead of hiring a hack like me to interpret her thoughts and artistic process in what the industry misleadingly calls a “bio,” she wrote a candid first-person account that fits the definition of a… Read more »

“The Room Sings Back To You”

I didn’t hear him say it first hand, but two trusted sources tell me that was Rodney Crowell’s verdict on our new home. It sings back to you. That’s a beautiful way to put it. And a little mysterious too, because it’s not as if Liberty Hall rings or echoes. It has a sound-settling quality,… Read more »