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Year in Review: My favorite musical picks for 2017

While 2017 will be remembered for many things, it turned out to be a great year for new music. Artists including Steve Earle & the Dukes, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Rhiannon Giddeons and Jason Isbell turned out some amazing albums over the past 12 months, but you don’t need me to tell you that.

Instead, I am going to focus on my own purely subjective list that evolves mainly from music festivals I attended, interviews I conducted and stories I published online on this blog, HalfwaySouth.com or on HuffPost that features my favorite genres (primarily folk, Americana, country, rock) and up-and-coming artists that I hope you will take the time to listen to in the coming year and beyond.

And now, in no particular order, here’s my picks for the best listens of 2017. Happy listening! Continue reading


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Lowland​ ​Hum​ ​releases​ ‘S​ongs for Christmas Time’ just in time for the holidays

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It’s a week before Black Friday, but you can start easing into the holiday spirit today with ​Lowland ​Hum’s ​”Songs ​for Christmas ​Time,” a ​collection of low-key holiday tunes “f​or ​those ​who ​need ​something ​a little ​less ​triumphantly ​cheerful ​during ​their ​holiday ​season.” Continue reading


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Lowland Hum returns to its roots on fourth album, ‘Thin,’ set for release Feb. 10, 2017

It’s safe to say that in the cacophony that has been this political season, we are all looking for some peace.

“It’s such a noisy time in history, people want something quieter,” says Daniel Goans, one half of the duo that makes up Lowland Hum.

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