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Various Artists: The Ballad of JFK: A Musical History of the Kennedy Assassination (Iron Mountain Analogue Research)

This compelling twenty-track compilation features music and recordings that deal with the murder of President John F. Kennedy, which took place 53 years ago today.

George Jones: Ladies’ Choice/My Very Special Guests (Morello)

George Jones was a notoriously difficult musician, and this twofer highlights just how oddly problematic he could be.

The Mavericks: All Night Live, Volume 1 (Mono Mundo Recordings)

It’s a bold move to be a veteran band with a two decades-long reputation of being a helluva live band to release a live album of strictly new songs, but Raul Malo’s long-running band The Mavericks has done just that. But don’t worry, these new songs have quickly earned their place among the band’s classic material.

Song Of The Day: Steve Earle, “Guitar Town”

Taken from the Universal reissue, Guitar Town (Thirtieth Anniversary Deluxe Edition).

Tammy Wynette: I Still Believe In Fairy Tales/’Til I Can Make It On My Own (Morello Records)

These two mid-1970s albums from Tammy Wynette find the First Lady of Country Music reflecting upon heartbreak and loss, both made more poignant and potent thanks to her concurrent divorce from George

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker (Deluxe Edition) (Pax-Am)

In 2000, Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams’s creative and personal life was in turmoil. So what did he do? He wrote songs-fantastic songs-and launched his career with this superb debut album, reissued with generous helpings of Adams in his prime.

Last Of My Kind: A Conversation With Paul Burch, Part Two

In this second part of our conversation with Paul Burch, we discuss the veteran musician’s twenty year career, with selected highlights from his vast discography.

Various Artists: Out Of Left Field: Where Soul Meets Country (Ace Records)

This superb Ace Records compilation offers up two dozen fine Country versions of songs that were also released by Soul artists. These crossovers aren’t nearly as shocking as you might assume.

Me And Jimmie Rodgers: A Conversation With Paul Burch, Part One

The latest album by veteran country musician Paul Burch is a different sort of record–a concept album based on the life of Jimmie Rodgers. It’s a years in the making labor of love, and is easily the finest album in Burch’s career. In this first of a two-part interview, we discuss the making of that album and what goes into creating a fictional account of your hero’s life.

Johnny Cash: Koncert V Praze (Sony)

This long-obscure European-only release gets its first proper standalone American release. Though it’s a pretty standard Johnny Cash greatest hits setlist, it is an enjoyable document of a master country singer in his prime and in his element.