1. Ken Tucker reviews Brandy Clark's debut album:

12 Stories is one of those rare albums whose every song is worth hearing — every one is that striking, that textured and finely detailed. It is my fervent hope that Clark, who’s helped other women achieve hit singles — Miranda Lambert , The Band Perry and Kasey Musgraves to name a few — will have her own hits from among these smoothly crafted, emotionally rough compositions.
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    Ken Tucker reviews Brandy Clark's debut album:

    12 Stories is one of those rare albums whose every song is worth hearing — every one is that striking, that textured and finely detailed. It is my fervent hope that Clark, who’s helped other women achieve hit singles — Miranda Lambert , The Band Perry and Kasey Musgraves to name a few — will have her own hits from among these smoothly crafted, emotionally rough compositions.

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  1. Ken Tucker on the duet “If I Didn’t Know Better” sung by actors Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio on the Nashville soundtrack:


In the real world, that beautiful song wouldn’t be a country hit, either — these days, the mainstream industry doesn’t like tangled and dark, it likes lighter anthems. No matter: exploring the various strata and struggles of the music industry is what makes Nashville a compelling TV show. And this album displays a few superlative match-ups between actor and material.

    Ken Tucker on the duet “If I Didn’t Know Better” sung by actors Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio on the Nashville soundtrack:

    In the real world, that beautiful song wouldn’t be a country hit, either — these days, the mainstream industry doesn’t like tangled and dark, it likes lighter anthems. No matter: exploring the various strata and struggles of the music industry is what makes Nashville a compelling TV show. And this album displays a few superlative match-ups between actor and material.

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  1. The Golden Globe nominations are out. Heidi and I are pretty big fans of the show Nashville, so we’re excited that Connie Britton got a best actress nod for her role on the show as (fictional) country music superstar Rayna James.
Here’s a little piece from Ann Powers about some of what makes Nashville great. Plus, it has a list of — and YouTube links to — some classic country duets that will make your life more complete.
And here’s the Fresh Air interview from when Britton was on another great show, Friday Night Lights.
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    The Golden Globe nominations are out. Heidi and I are pretty big fans of the show Nashville, so we’re excited that Connie Britton got a best actress nod for her role on the show as (fictional) country music superstar Rayna James.

    Here’s a little piece from Ann Powers about some of what makes Nashville great. Plus, it has a list of — and YouTube links to — some classic country duets that will make your life more complete.

    And here’s the Fresh Air interview from when Britton was on another great show, Friday Night Lights.

    - Nell

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