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Live on Mountain Stage: Outlaws and Outliers released on April 19, offering listeners 21 tracks.

The News Reviews: ‘Live on Mountain Stage: Outlaws and Outliers’

Ben Overby, Staff Writer April 25, 2024

“Live on Mountain Stage: Outlaws and Outliers” is an excellent compilation of Americana music that does justice to the radio program’s 40-year legacy. The...

Beyoncés newest studio album Cowboy Carter brings discussions on what should be deemed country.

The News Reviews: ‘Cowboy Carter’ by Beyoncé

Ben Overby, Staff Writer April 18, 2024

Beyoncé’s divisive new album “Cowboy Carter” is an uneven yet satisfying odyssey through the scope of American music. I wrote a previous column...

John Moreland released album Visitor on April 5.

The News Reviews: ‘Visitor’ by John Moreland

Ben Overby, Staff Writer April 11, 2024

John Moreland, folk singer, released a surprise album on April 5. “Visitor” is a powerful folk-rock record and a return to form for the artist. Moreland...

Cody Jinks released new album Change the Game in March.

The News Reviews: ‘Change the Game’ by Cody Jinks

Ben Overby, Staff Writer April 4, 2024

“Change the Game,” the latest album from metal-singer-turned-alt-country-star Cody Jinks, is a subdued effort from a notoriously brash artist. According...

Grande released her seventh album eternal sunshine on March 8. Photo by Emma Sheehan, usable under creative commons license (

Ariana Grande’s ‘eternal sunshine’

Jakob Milani, Co-Editor in Chief/ Sports Editor March 14, 2024

It’s been 14 years since fans first saw Ariana Grande on “Victorious” and 11 years since the release of her debut album, “Yours Truly.” Now,...

Norah Jones performing at Bright Eyes in 2007. Photo by Yaffa Phillips, usable by creative commons licence, (

The News Reviews: Norah Jones’ ‘Visions’

Ben Overby, Staff Writer March 14, 2024

Norah Jones’ ninth studio album, “Visions,” is a soulful assortment of poignant pop songs. I’m far from a contemporary pop music enthusiast,...

Corb Lund released album El Viejo on Feb. 23. Photo from Lunds Instagram @corblund.

The News Reviews: ‘El Viejo’

Ben Overby, Staff Writer March 7, 2024

Corb Lund’s latest album, “El Viejo,” offers a collection of slick and sometimes surprising country songs. “I’ve been wanting to make a record...

Beyoncé releases singles with country influence. Photo by Jen Keys.

Review: Beyoncé’s Gone Country

Ben Overby, Staff Writer February 22, 2024

Beyoncé, one of the most iconic modern pop stars, has announced that her next project is an album incorporating elements of country music and has released...

On Feb. 7, Mojo Nixon passed away. Here, we remember his psychobilly music and outlaw persona. Photo from @lucinda_williams on Instagram.

The News remembers: Mojo Nixon

Ben Overby, Staff Writer February 15, 2024

Mojo Nixon, a musician, radio host, provocateur and free-spirited pop culture figure, passed away last week at 66 years old. Nixon’s death was the...

Photo of Rambin Jack Elliott at the tribute show. Photo from @rambinjackofficial on Instagram.

Artist Spotlight: Rambin’ Jack Elliott

Ben Overby, Staff Writer February 8, 2024

For my inaugural artist spotlight, I have forgone the usual formula of highlighting an up-and-coming musician. Instead, I have chosen an artist whose impact...

Student presenters and their advisors posed together. Photo taken by Latricia Trites.

College showcase offers diverse array of student presentations

Gray Hawkins, Staff Writer February 8, 2024

How does Murray State show prospective students what it has to offer? How does it give incoming freshmen a frame of reference for what the next few years...

Photo from Willi Carlisles Instagram account @willicarlisle.

The News reviews: ‘Critterland’

Ben Overby, Staff Writer February 1, 2024

Willi Carlisle’s third album “Critterland” further establishes him as an exciting voice in American folk music. In an increasingly political culture,...

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