Country rebel Eric Church returns with the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 studio album Chief. His latest includes the hit title track, which he performed live at the 2013 CMA Awards.
The third LP from Mike Rosenberg, better known as the songwriter and driving force behind folk-rock outfit Passenger, offers up another evocative collection of heartfelt, largely acoustic, indie folk gems that invoke names like Coldplay, Van Morrison, Villagers, Mumford & Sons, and even Neil Young.
Kacey Musgraves could easily be country’s next big thing. She’s a sharp songwriter with a bit of an edge, and while it’s tempting to think of her as another Taylor Swift, she’s got a relaxed sureness about what she’s doing as a songwriter and performer that puts her closer to a Miranda Lambert.
Rosanne Cash hasn’t been especially prolific in the 21st century, but she’s learned to make every word and every note count, and this album confirms once again that she’s matured into a singular artist with the talent and the vision to make these stories of her travels in the South come to vivid life.