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Album Review: Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables

Known as one of "Alt-Country" or "Americana"'s liberal troubadours (not unlike Kris Kristofferson), Todd Snider certainly isn't afraid to shake things up a bit. Read on to see how well he shakes things up on this, his latest album.
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Humming House - Humming House

Alt-country has been pushing the boundaries of country music for nearly three decades now, fusing old school rockabilly with new school punk and a wealth of bluegrass more inspired by The Pogues than Bill Monroe. Read on to see how good Humming House is with this amalgam of genres.
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Israel Nash Gripka - Barn Doors and Concrete Floors

Israel Nash Gripka has been compared to heartland country/rockers like Ryan Adams or Jakob Dylan and legends like Bruce Springsteen.  Is he able to manage to live up to these types of comparisons?
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Eddie Spaghetti - Sundowner

Eddie Spaghetti is the frontman for the country/rock band The Supersuckers and while that band's on hiatus, he's continued to make albums under his own name. Sundowner is his latest release.  How does it compare to past works?
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Kasey Chambers - Little Bird

Known as one of the top 'alt-country' stars, Australia's Kasey Chambers' most recent release was 2006's Carnival. Is Little Bird more like that record or more like her rootsy duets album with her husband Shane Nicholson?
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Elizabeth Cook - Welder

Elizabeth Cook has always been an artist who fell between the cracks of country music. Her previous albums, filled with her Florida twang and traditional instruments were far too country to be played on mainstream radio. Is this the same?
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Anne McCue - Broken Promise Land

With her previous albums, Australia native Anne McCue crafted records that recall the same type of genre bending rootsy rock of Lucinda Williams.  Does Broken Promise Land follow the same path as those earlier efforts?
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Gary Allan - "Get Off On The Pain"

Gary Allan is one of the rare major label artists who is able to successfully straddle the line between art and commerce with a successful string of hits that always hit home with fans and critics alike.  Is his latest single, the title tune to his current CD, a success?
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Patty Griffin - Downtown Church

known to many for her angelic vocals and uncanny ability to harmonize with just about anybody, Patty Griffin has long been a staple of the roots music scene.  For this album, she went back to her roots to honor Gospel music.