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’

Indie Country Takes on the Mainsream

Oxford American

Soul Meeting

You Don’t Know What You Mean To Me

Willie’s Other Voice

Rolling Stone

This 1969 Music Fest Has Been Called ‘Black Woodstock.’ Why Doesn’t Anyone Remember?

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

Kinky Friedman Comes Home

Inside the Americana Genre’s Identity Crisis

Inside Country Music’s Uneasy Relationship With Gun Control

A Lost Soul Man’s Second Chance

“Old Town Road” and the History of Black Cowboys in America 

The Existential Country-Soul Quest of Hiss Golden Messenger

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’

Ryan Adams’ Bad Behavior Was Hiding in Plain Sight in His Songs

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

Bettye Lavette on Interpreting Bob Dylan

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

Yola’s Fight For Roots-Rock Freedom 

Candi Staton Isn’t About to Stop Now

Inside Swamp Dogg’s Existential Soul Opus 

How Our Native Daughters Reimagine Folk Song Narratives

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’

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’

GQ

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”

Pitchfork

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

Vulture

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

Maura

U Remind Me Of Me

Newsweek

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?

Bandcamp

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

Vice

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