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From Loretta's next album to Faith's new film, we count down the music and events we're most looking forward to over the next 12 months
Country music in 2014 may have been still awash in bro-country imagery — Trucks! Cutoffs! Bacardi! — but there were still enough doses of three chords and the truth to balance out the clichés. Country radio artists like Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Dierks Bentley released albums that were both commercially successful and creatively engaging, while indie acts Sturgill Simpson, Nikki Lane and Lori McKenna furthered the genre through bold songwriting, catching the attention of non-country fans in the process.
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Somber holiday tune was inspired by lonely people at Christmastime"Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" just got one-upped in the holiday bummer department. When Corb Lund, a Canadian with a dusty Cormac McCarthy soul, sat down to write a tune for his label New West's Christmas compilation, An Americana Christmas, he didn't go for mistletoe and cheer. Instead, he penned "Just Me and These Ponies (for Christmas this Year)," a solemn ode to the darker side of December — to loneliness, absent families and those who tip a little too much spike in their eggnog.
The Americana Music Association has announced its year-end Top 10 and Top 100 Albums of the Year. These are based on the records reported to the Americana Airplay Chart during the period of December 2, 2013 through December 1, 2014.This year's Top 10 most played albums are:1. Rosanne Cash, The River & The Thread
THE holidays are a time for family, for reflection, for conspicuous consumption. For musicians, they’re a time to tackle old standards and see who comes out on top, or to try to record new ones, because there’s no bigger gift than hubris. Here, the pop and jazz critics of The New York Times reach down into their stockings and hope there’s no coal. (Prices may vary, depending on whether you’ve been naughty or nice.)
All Is Bright — The Exclusive Amazon Holiday Playlist is Now Available on Prime Music
Amanda Palmer, Ashley Monroe, Brandi Carlile, Jessie Baylin, Jessica Hernandez, Lucinda Williams, PHOX and Yoko Ono with the Flaming Lips are among artists with never heard before renditions of holiday favorites
Newly-written holiday songs exclusively for Amazon can be heard from artists including Anna Nalick, Blondfire, Liz Phair and Ruby the RabbitFoot