Kacey Musgraves, with her smooth country good looks and simple pretty voice might be just another pop-ish country music girl singer if she hadn't decided to point out some uncomfortable truths about life in red state America in Same Trailer Different Park, and lend vociferous support for marriage equality in the single "Follow Your Arrow." Her new album Pageant Material continues in this truth-telling vein.
From Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads to Odysseus outwitting the sirens, the history of music is filled with myth and legend. Music loves a good story, and a certain recording from a Kenyan village definitely has one — one that's 65 years old.
Frida Kahlo became known for works that are bold, colorful, rebellious and emotive. What music might best compliment her paintings? The Villalobos Brothers, a trio of singer-violinists from Veracruz, Mexico, now based in Manhattan, were asked to help answer that question.
With a silver pompadour and a belt-busting baritone that delivers songs about heartbreak and honky-tonking, Texas musician Dale Watson is straight country — but he doesn't necessarily want you to say so.
On his last album, Miguel sang songs that swooned with the emotion of a first kiss. Wildheart, the new album by the Grammy-winning R&B artist, takes things a little further. While that sleek mix of bass, synths and soul that powered his 2012 breakout remains, the songwriting on Wildheart takes a much more personal, introspective approach.