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Mark Times Debut EP Review

Artist: Mark Times Album: Self-Titled Year: 2017 Label: Mark Times Genre: Americana, New Wave Outlaw Last week I had the pleasure of attending a local songwriters round in Stony Plain, Alberta, but it was the opener for the evening that really caught my attention. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that part of the…

Sunny Sweeney: Trophy Review

Artist: Sunny Sweeney Album: Trophy Year: 2017 Label: Aunt Daddy Records Genre: Country I’ve got a stone-cold country album this week. Trophy is Sunny Sweeney’s 2017 release, and it was an absolute delight to break down. Besides having one of the most unique voices I’ve heard in a long time, Sweeney’s songwriting ability is incredible,…

Tyler Childers: Purgatory Review

Artist: Tyler Childers Album: Purgatory Year: 2017 Label: Hickman Holler Records Genre: Bluegrass, Americana I stumbled across this week’s album a few months ago, and I knew right away that it was something Lula needed to showcase. I’ve been sitting on it all this time trying to flesh out how to explain what it is…

Hallie Long: Truth Teller Review

Artist: Hallie Long Album: Truth Teller Year: 2018 Label: Truth Teller Records Genre: Traditional   If Martina McBride, Lori McKenna, and Lee Ann Womack had a vocal love child, Hallie Long would be it. With both a distinct power and vulnerable sweetness, Long’s new EP Truth Teller sounds like it could have come straight out…

Angaleena Presley: Wrangled Review

Artist: Angaleena Presley Album: Wrangled Year: 2017 Label: Mining Light Music Genre: Outlaw Brave women who aren’t afraid to speak their minds have always been the ones to pave the way in country music. Loretta wasn’t afraid to sing about birth control, Tammy wasn’t afraid to sing about divorce, Reba wasn’t afraid to sing about…

Aaron McDonnell: Lucky Me EP Review

Artist: Aaron McDonnell Album: Lucky Me Year: 2017 Label: Independent Genre: country “Just gotta hang on for a little while ’til the people really dig my style.” That’s a line from one of the songs on Aaron McDonnell’s latest EP called “Life Sounds Easy On The Radio.” Tell you one thing, Aaron, this gal really…

Shelley Skidmore: EP Review

Artist: Shelley Skidmore Album: Shelley Skidmore – EP Year: 2016 Label: Reelhits Genre: Country I was digging through Spotify a little while ago—as one does and stumbled upon this little gem of a country EP. Shelley Skidmore released a five-song EP back in 2016 with Reelhits, and I’m so excited because it’s country! It’s got…

Luke Bell: Self-Titled Album Review

Artist: Luke Bell Album: Luke Bell Year: 2016 Label: Bill Hill Records Genre: Neo-traditionalist, Contemporary Country If you’ve been longing to have some traditional country music back in your life, then I’ve definitely got an album for you this week! It’s Luke Bell’s self-titled 2016 release, and it’s incredible! Born and raised in Cody, Wyoming,…

Dallas Moore: Mr Honky Tonk Review

Artist: Dallas Moore Album: Mr Honky Tonk Year: 2018 Label: Sol Records Genre: Country Giving up on the radio and buying a subscription to Spotify was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Without it, I’d probably still be cussing country radio and streaming the oldies on 181.FM’s dodgy website like I did back…

Porter Union: Debut Album Review

Artist: Porter Union Album: Porter Union Year: 2017 Label: Porter Union Genre: Classic Country From dive bars and honky tonks to theatres and festivals, husband and wife duo Cole and Kendra Porter have been making a name for themselves all across the United States. When they first met, she was a waitress at the hometown…

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