The Deep Roots Elite Half-Hundred of 2019

Albums of the Year are not the only game in town. Here are 50 long players that made 2019 special for us.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Something Old, Something New, Lots of Blues

MARIA MULDAUR's 40th album, one of her best yet, is a tribute to a woman who was one of her early inspirations, Memphis Minnie. Guest performances include solid turns by BONNIE RAITT, RORY BLOCK, KOKO TAYLOR and PHOEBE SNOW.
by David McGee
 

 

 

And Lo, She Flies

Violinist, guitarist and master of the cwrth, EMERALD RAE emerges as a serious singer-songwriter on IF ONLY I COULD FLY.
by David McGee
 

 
 

With Carter Hovering Overhead

With friends such as DIERKS BENTLEY, DEL MCCOURY, LEE ANN WOMACK, JIM LAUDERDALE, BUDDY MILLER, RICKY SKAGGS, et al., how could RALPH STANLEY go wrong? He doesn't.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Channeling Beatles, In Rarified Air

In their first new CD since 2012, the HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO reimagines tunes by Lennon-McCartney and George Harrison in the gypsy jazz style of DJANGO REINHARDT.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Paean to Living, Remembering, Carrying On, Moving Forward

The pieces on this expertly produced Open G Records disc ask the listener not only to absorb the complexities of the sonic layers but also to consider their meaning.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Bluegrass Speaks to The Moment

A bluegrass trifecta: three new albums, by DALE ANN BRADLEY, THE DILLARDS and PHIL LEADBETTER AND THE ALL STARS OF BLUEGRASS (featuring Steve Gulley) all speak to the moment, addressing a variety of current hot-button issues in...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Ricky Skaggs: Honoring Faith, Family and Tradition

Only two years have passed since Ricky Skaggs blessed us with some new music, but even a cursory listen to the vibrant playing and singing on Music To My Ears may have fans thinking, It's nice to have him back. And they would b...
by David McGee
 

 

 

Another Place, Another Time, Right Now

Better known for her role on Showtime's 'Shameless' series, EMMY ROSSUM also is a singer on the rise. On 'SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY,' her album of classic pop standards, arranged to evoke the months of the year, she rises fast.
by David McGee
 

 
 

You Got the Silver, Sandy

BIG SANDY and HIS FLY-RITE BOYS are celebrating a silver anniversary this year with a new album of reworked gems from the band's 25-year recording history. It's really good stuff.
by David McGee
 

 

 

From Any Angle, It’s Still the Blues

BLUESMAN and former boxer GRADY CHAMPION is launching his new label with strong albums from his first signings: EDDIE COTTON with HERE I COME and JJ THAMES with TELL YOU WHAT I KNOW
by David McGee
 

 
 

Slim In Name Only

ANTHOLOGY, a new double-CD overview, chronicles the tough, tender and topical sides of TOO SLIM AND THE TAILDRAGGERS, one of America's best bands
by David McGee