Selected Writings

Sweet Home Everywhere  
Co-Author: Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History
The Guardian

Welcome to NRA Country

How Racial Tensions Shape Modern Soul Music 

The Aw-Shucks Surrealism of John Prine 

Lori McKenna: Making Magic Out of the Mundane

‘Country Music Has Become Apolitical’

Rise Above

Indie Country Takes on the Mainsream

Oxford American

Soul Meeting

You Don’t Know What You Mean To Me

Trading In Wheels For Wings: Patterson Hood Goes Solo

What Sam Phillips Heard

Oh! Susanna: The Story of America’s Most Enduring Song

Rolling Stone

Inside The Life of Brenda Lee, the Pop Heroine Next Door 

Kinky Friedman Comes Home

Inside the Americana Genre’s Identity Crisis

Bettye Lavette on Interpreting Bob Dylan

Inside Country Music’s Uneasy Relationship With Gun Control

Gillian Welch on How ‘Everything Is Free’ Became a Modern Classic in the Streaming Era

Brandi Carlile Talks New Album ‘By The Way, I Forgive You’

Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Looks Back on ‘The 59 Sound’

Mason Ramsey: Inside the Curious Fame of ‘Lil Hank Williams’

Candi Staton Isn’t About to Stop Now

How John Moreland Became Miranda Lambert’s Favorite Songwriter

Inside Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy’s New Trump-Era Protest LP

Joan Baez Talks ‘New Way of Expressing Myself’ On First LP in a Decade

Inside Drive-By Truckers’ Controversial ‘American Band’

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn on New Solo LP, Songs About Girls

Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free (RS 1240)

Inside the Dark Corners of Bob Marley’s Jamaica (RS 1219)

Ashley McBryde Talks ‘Girl Going Nowhere’

Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn (RS 1228)

The National Take the Big Stage in Brooklyn

Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock and Roll Time (RS 1221)

John Fullbright Pours Truth Into “Songs”

Chris Martin Will Curate Global Citizen Festival for Next 15 Years

Angaleena Presley: American Middle Class (RS 1221)

The Avett Brothers’ New Album: ‘There’s Some Sparkly Eyed Wonderment’

Paul Simon Gets The Tribute Treatment at All-Star Carnegie Hall Concert


Luis Fonsi Celebrates The Year of “Despacito”

The Honky-Tonk Heart of Ashley Monroe 

No Depression

The Many Lives of Candi Staton

An Interview With Joan Shelley

John Hartford Pilots a New Generation 

Bitter Southerner

The Big Old Goofy World of John Prine

Josh Hedley: “I Am a Country Singer”


Wilco Do Without Trying on ‘Star Wars’

Maddie & Tae Tell the Bros to ‘Shut Up and Fish’ on Start Here


Welcome to Blake Mills’ Weird World of Sound

Drive By Truckers: It’s Great to be Alive!

Margaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math

Gillian Welch: Boots No. 1

Rhiannon Giddens; Freedom Highway


Taylor Swift’s Red is Danceable, Dreamy-and Mature

Zac Brown Band Defies Country Expectations With Uncaged

Neil Young and Crazy Horse Take a Psychedelic Pill Ride to Another Universe


9 Great Behind-The-Scene Stories From Darlene Love, The Greatest Backup Singer Ever

Mavis Staples on her 12 Favorite Young(er) Singers, from Adele to Pharrell


U Remind Me Of Me


Dawes Takes the Long Road

Entertainment Weekly

Q&A: Maren Morris

Q&A: Steven Van Zandt 

Q&A: Meat Loaf

Brooklyn Magazine

Martha is Britain’s Best-Kept Pop-Punk Secret 

Craig Finn

Endless Oklahoma Sky

William Bell on Making the Ballads That Made Him

Dave Cobb’s Southern Family Misses the Mark 

Sick of Terminal 5?


The Outsider Insights of Queer Country

Nashville’s Jessica Lea Mayfield Makes No Apologies 

(Sandy) Alex G on Growing Up and Getting (A Little More) Serious

What Can I Help You With: Making Tapes With Cryptic Carousel


We Went to See the O-Town Reunion

Tyler Childers Is Making Hometown Folk Songs in Tune With the Universe

Village Voice

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s New York Story

Jason Isbell: Southern Man 

How Julien Baker Learned to Embrace the Ugliness of Existence

Lucy Dacus Has Something to Say 

American Songwriter

Phosphorescent: A New Glimmer (2018 November/December Feature)

Tift Merritt: Singing For Herself (2017 March/April Feature)

Randy Newman: Not Getting Worse (2017 Jan/Feb Feature)

The Singer Becomes The Song: The Transformation of Hayes Carll (2016 May/June Feature)

The Glad Tears of Aoife O’Donovan (2016 March/April Feature)

Josh Ritter: The Sound of Something True (2015 November/December Feature)

Houndmouth: Unruly Folk (2015 September/October Feature)

Iris Dement: The Letting Go (2015 September/October Profile)

Leon Bridges: The Dishwasher’s Dream (2015 May/June Profile)

Courtney Barnett: Quotidian Blues (2015 March/April Profile)

Patty Griffin’s Family Affair (2013 July/August Feature)

Desperados Under the Eaves: A Tour of L.A.’s Best Songwriting Haunts (2014 November/December Feature)

John Moreland: Substance Over Style (2014 March/April Profile)

Q&A: T Bone Burnett

Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer, Different Park

A Tale of Two Springsteens

John Prine: The Singing Mailman Delivers

Inside The Star-Studded Inside Llewyn Davis Concert

Nashville Scene

The Opry Goes to New York

 One Week One Band

Drive By Truckers

When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

County Fair