The death of Merle Haggard, a legend among legends, casts a pall over this week.
A slightly abbreviated post for this Easter holiday weekend builds even more hype for the upcoming Sturgill Simpson album.
We can thank the shortsighted radio consultant Keith Hill for one thing: drawing attention to the women of country music in a year where so many of them are making outstanding music. As their mainstream counterparts cycle through a series of one-note styles and themes, female country artists are putting out diverse and decidedly more progressive music, even as they draw influence from previous generations. That they do so while supporting each other makes it all the more impressive.