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2006 Stories by Edd Hurt

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  • Country Scamp Gets Indirect and Uncanny

    published September 19, 2006

    With its yawing steel guitar and supercharged pop piano, "Anywhere on Earth You Are," the opening track on Alan Jackson's latest, sets the tone... More >>

  • Welsh Guitar God Gets Loose and Philisophical

    published August 8, 2006

    When Andy Fairweather Low hits a high note on the word forgiveness, he sounds completely unselfconscious, and finesses the stretch with as... More >>

  • Soul-Country Bros Let Their Burritos Fly

    published June 27, 2006

    The Southwestern Americana formalism here is slightly wet to the touch, like a glass of beer sweating at your table while you chat up a woman who... More >>

  • Deep, Dapper Blues for Gamblers, Casino and Otherwise

    published June 6, 2006

    Before you decide to take that casino vacation package and head to Mississippi for a gambling weekend, you might consult Moody Scott's masterful... More >>

  • Masters of War

    published May 23, 2006

    With its boxy rhythms and antiseptic vocal harmonies, the Mammals' Departure displays a fine feeling for the way Bush-era folkie idealists... More >>

  • Pain and Juice

    published April 18, 2006

    Nobody suspects pain in this ideal," Tom Zé sings in Estudando o Pagode. And while the subject of this "unfinished operetta" is the... More >>

  • Keep A-Goin'

    published April 11, 2006

    Goofy, charming, courtly and oblique, Townes Van Zandt was the least populist of the songwriters who orbited Nashville during the fertile period... More >>

  • Hot-Towel Heaven

    published January 10, 2006

    "Jesus, Take the Wheel" is one of several songs on Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts that came out of a writers' retreat held during the... More >>

  • In Control

    published January 3, 2006

    On his 2003 See If I Care, Gary Allan sang, "There's no more smoky bars in California/There ain't no wild life left in Tennessee," and set... More >>

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