Matt Hendrickson


Behind the Merle Haggard Classic “Mama Tried”

“Mama Tried” is classic honky-tonk Merle, emblematic of the dusty Bakersfield sound that he helped pioneer.

First Listen

Jerry Garcia’s Bluegrass Roots

Stream two never-released songs from the legendary musician’s early days on the banjo


The Ultimate Willie Nelson Playlist

In honor of his eighty-fifth birthday, here are eighty-five of his unforgettable songs

First Listen

Stream the New Album from Trampled by Turtles

Catching up with frontman Dave Simonett on the band’s unconventional start and their welcome return after an extended break


What We’re Listening To: Our April Playlist

A soulful soundtrack for spring


Leon Bridges Has a New Groove

The head-turning Fort Worth singer brings fresh energy to his vintage sound

Arts & Culture

Have You Heard about Knoxville’s Big Ears?

Coming up this week: An avant-garde music festival you really can’t miss


Patsy Cline’s Lasting Legacy

From Winchester, Virginia, to worldwide acclaim: A look back at the velvet-voiced country music pioneer, fifty-five years after her death


G&G Exclusive: Jessie Baylin’s New Album Strawberry Wind

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter discusses her forthcoming children’s album and offers a first listen of the song “Dream Catcher”

G&G Exclusive

First Listen: John Prine Takes on Johnny Cash

A well-loved tribute to one of the Man in Black’s early classics


Three Voices and the Truth

A trio of music’s brightest—Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, and Aoife O’Donovan—find perfect harmony together


When the Grammys Got It Wrong

Five of the Recording Academy’s most egregious Southern snubs


G&G Exclusive: A Southern Blues Legend Lives Again

Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer, Warren Haynes, and others come together for a new album paying tribute to Elmore James

First Listen

Hear Lost Music from the Original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

A new album of previously unreleased tracks finally gives the Swampers their due


When Johnny Cash Went to Jail

Fifty years ago, the Man in Black stepped through the gates of Folsom Prison—and changed country music forever


Fifty Years of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”

The story behind one of the greatest Southern songs ever recorded. Plus, a reissue and a tribute concert honoring its legendary singer, Otis Redding


Remembering a Muscle Shoals Icon

“I wanted to be somebody,” said Rick Hall, the man behind Alabama’s FAME studios. He was, and music lovers are better for it

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The 17 Best Southern Albums of 2017

These selections, consisting of sounds familiar and new, rose to the top in a bountiful year of Southern music


Two Southern Trailblazers Get Their Due

Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 2018


Cindy Wilson: An Athens Original

A founding member of the B-52s takes off on a solo flight