Review: Matthew Fowler brings acoustic elegance to debut

The bright promise of singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler’s label debut lies in its acoustic elegance. His new album, “The Grief We Gave Our Mother,“ combines clean, crisp guitar playing with Fowler’s warm, wistful tenor and tight background harmonies to deliver well-crafted songs that change speeds and create moods with the sure-footedness of a more seasoned artist. – Scott Stroud, CP

Review: Kacey Musgraves breaks down marriage breakup

Kacey Musgraves breaks down the breakdown of her marriage on “star-crossed,” her follow-up to 2018’s Grammy winning album of the year “Golden Hour.” Musgraves delivers the story in roughly three acts of tightly woven pop/country songs: the optimism of falling in love, the sadness of drifting apart and everything that comes from the realization there is no going back. – Scott Bauer, CP

Rick James and Neil Young’s band: The sad story of the Mynah Birds 

The Rick James documentary Bitchin’: The Sound and Fury of Rick James, briefly touches on James’ stint in a band with Neil Young called The Mynah Birds — one of those rock collaborations that sounds too weird to be true. – Tim Molloy, MovieMaker

Wide range of artists breather new life  into Woody Guthrie’s ‘Dust Bowl Ballads’

In 1940, Woody Guthrie released what would be the most successful album of his career, the legendary Dust Bowl Ballads. Though he was just 28 years old, his songwriting and storytelling gifts were already well developed on his commercial debut. – Chuck Armstrong, No Depression


Gerry Rafferty: Bipolar alcoholic, industry misfit – and one of Britain’s most treasured musicians

Ten years after his death, a new record adds to the treasured artist’s legacy. Paul Sexton speaks to Rafferty’s daughter Martha about putting together one final round of superior song craft. – The Independent