David Cantwell

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  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Rarely have songs so down in the dumps sounded so blindingly sunny as those on the Pernice Brothers' The World Won't End. Like famous pop depressives such as Brian Wilson and Ian Curtis, frontman Joe Pernice appears to transform all the things tha...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Tammy Cochran has just released the sort of mainstream country debut you figured Music Row didn't have in it anymore. Cochran has a stunning voice that's muscular and 21st-century twangy, though she has clearly gleaned wisdom from the old records ...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Led by the indomitable Clarence Fountain, the Blind Boys of Alabama formed in 1939 when Fountain and four other students from the Talledega Institute for the Blind began sneaking off to sing at a local military base as the Happyland Singers. In th...

  • 15 years ago | Music News

    After nearly a decade of losing at the big-time Nashville game, Shelby Lynne has a stunning new album, one promoted as her Declaration of Independence from the soulless, clone-crazy monster that is the contemporary country music industry. But I Am...

  • 16 years ago | Music News

    For a brief moment in the '70s, James Talley appeared poised for stardom. His songs of hard-working Americans were championed by critics and even caught the ear of Jimmy Carter. Despite all the attention, though, units didn't move, and soon Talley...

  • 16 years ago | Music News

    Usually when the lives of "white trash" are evoked at all, they're played for laughs (Southern Culture on the Skids springs to mind), some particularly degenerate brand of tragedy (Will Oldham), or both (any number of Bloodshot Records bands). Phi...

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