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Various Artists, Country Funk Volume II: 1967-1974

Country Funk Volume II: 1967-1974

By Andy Beta, ContributorIn 2012, Light in the Attic coined the term "country funk" to describe the strange hybrid of twangy Anglo country music and honeyed African-American soul that arose in the late 1960s and ran through the '70s. They weren't the first label to explore this fertile territory. Other comps — ranging from Country Got Soul and Soul Jazz's Delta Swamp Rock series to this look from the other side of the racial divide — all tried to properly corral such amalgams of black and white to varying degrees of success. But the "first volume of Country Funk, compiled by Dublab DJ/ collector Zach Cowie, was organized with an unparalleled sense of flow that set it apart. While few of the tracks measure up to the first volume's songs, Country Funk Volume II: 1967-1974 might be an even breezier listen, opening with the church organ and slow snare hits of Billy Swan's… more »

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Willie Nelson, Band of Brothers

Willie Nelson, Band of Brothers

By Lenny Kaye, ContributorUnder a starry Texas night, watching Willie Nelson and his band of "brothers, sisters, whatever," as he refers to them in the title song of his newest album, at a venue inside a replica of a 19th-century western town — complete with saloon and dusty main street fit for a gunfight — you might be forgiven for forgetting what year it was. Funnily enough, I'm in Luck, the small town about an hour’s drive from Austin where Willie's ranch is located. The ranch was the set of Red Headed Stranger, Nelson's 1985 movie adapted from his 1975 concept album, about a preacher who takes revenge on the man who stole his wife. Nelson's music mirrors this showdown, Willie preaching the gospel of country music in ways that salute both sinner and saint. Band of Brothers is Willie Nelson's first album of primarily new and original material since the last millennium, when… more »

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Lenny Kaye on Willie Nelson’s ‘Band of Brothers’

Willie Nelson

By Lenny Kaye, ContributorUnder a starry Texas night, watching Willie Nelson and his band of "brothers, sisters, whatever," as he refers to them in the title song of his newest album, at a venue inside a replica of a 19th-century western town — complete with saloon and dusty main street fit for a gunfight — you might be forgiven for forgetting what year it was. Funnily enough, I'm in Luck, the small town about an hour’s drive from Austin where Willie's ranch is located. The ranch was the set of Red Headed Stranger, Nelson's 1985 movie adapted from his 1975 concept album, about a preacher who takes revenge on the man who stole his wife. Nelson's music mirrors this showdown, Willie preaching the gospel of country music in ways that salute both sinner and saint. Band of Brothers is Willie Nelson's first album of primarily new and original material since the last millennium, when… more »

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A Musical History of Muscle Shoals

The Black Keys

By Andy Beta, ContributorSituated across the highway from the Oakwood Cemetery in northern Alabama, rock and soul music continue to live on at Muscle Shoals Studio. One might argue that soul and rock remained vital through the late… more »

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30 Shocking Albums

Lou Reed

By Wondering Sound Staff, ContributorNow that Halloween's over, we decided to shift the conversation away from cobwebs and costumes to an evergreen guide featuring eMusic's most shocking albums; the kind of records that have caused riots and revolutions. Or… more »