Selected Writings

Author of Sweet Home Everywhere  (Amazon) (Creativist)
 The Guardian

Welcome to NRA Country

Lori McKenna: Making Magic Out of the Mundane

‘Country Music Has Become Apolitical’

Rise Above

Indie Country Takes on the Mainsream

 Oxford American

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

Parisian Nashville: A Country Song in Paris

Looking Back at Bobby Womack

American Son

No Depression

Made It This far: The Many Lives of Candi Staton

Bitter Southerner

The Big Old Goofy World of John Prine

Rolling Stone

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)

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


Wilco Do Without Trying on ‘Star Wars’

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


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

Country Breakout Star Maren Morris Previews the Massive Summer Ahead

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?


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


We Went to See the O-Town Reunion

Village Voice

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s New York Story

NYC Deadheads Gather in Brooklyn to Say Goodbye (for now) to Their Favorite Band

American Songwriter

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

The Bluegrass Situation

The Quiet Triumph of James McMurtry

Hurray for the Riff Raff on Going from New Orleans Folk to ‘Small Town Heroes’


The Lone Bellow Honor the Hard Stories They’ve Heard

One Week One Band

Drive By Truckers

When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

County Fair