Country

If the title Essential Dale Watson leads you to expect a collection that will give a (reasonably) complete picture of the first 12 years in the musical life of this hardcore honky tonk man -- well, that isn't what you get.

Watson's first three albums were recorded for the well-respected ro...

Anyone who has seen Ralph Stanley's fine touring band will be familiar with guitarist James Alan Shelton. Shelton's innovative method of cross-picking allows him to play lead while simultaneously never losing the rhythm.

These picking skills are in abundant display on his 2004 Rebel releas...

Born in the lower reaches of Appalachia in eastern Alabama, Ira and Charlie Louvin brought gospel-fed mountain harmonies to the country table when they made the switch from gospel to secular material, and their close harmony approach (Charlie generally sang the lead lines with Ira adding a high h...

It's a platitude to denigrate "Hollywood" personalities' attempts at music. Indeed, every album from the Bacon Brothers has almost certainly met some automatic criticism. Every album has also, however, received mentions of surprise -- surprise that an actor can make straightforward, good music. B...

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