Record Of The Week: Brittany Howard’s ‘Jamie Reimagined’

In 2019, Brittany Howard released her first solo album Jamie, a record acclaimed for its fearless and imaginative execution of musical arrangements and lyrical depth. It earned Grammy nominations in a variety of genre categories, from alternative to R&B, American roots and rock. Howard’s newly released project Jamie Reimagined expands that stylistic breadth even further […]

Baby, Torres Is Gonna Write Lusty Pop Music That Lasts

Pop music has its expected moves, its reliable strategies to get a musical payoff by making the melody’s apex the main event. Torres isn’t interested in reserving her intensity for the high notes. She engineered the chorus of “Don’t Go Puttin’ Wishes In My Head,” a muscled-up power-pop song on her ravishing fifth album, Thirstier, […]

Breaking Into The Close-Knit World Of Country Music, While Keeping Distant

The early experiments in COVID-19-era concerts have been watched closely, because the stakes are clearly high on both sides of the coin: the possibility of salvaging lost musical livelihoods has to be balanced against any potential exposure risks for all involved. So far, country acts seem to have outpaced those in other genres when it […]

The Ups And Downs Of Nashville’s New Digitally Distanced Songwriting Sessions

Congregating in person for concerts is out of the question this spring and for the foreseeable future, so music fans have gotten used to watching performers livestream from home. What’s less obvious is that segments of the Nashville music community that work out of view have been equally resourceful in finding virtual stopgaps during lockdown. […]