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Leonie Cooper

Leonie Cooper
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Leonie Cooper is a music and culture journalist with over fifteen years experience writing for publications such as The Guardian and NME.
Jessie Mae Hemphill

The Unsung: Revisiting Jessie Mae Hemphill’s leopard print-clad country blues, 40 years on

When blues pioneer Jessie Mae Hemphill finally found fame in the 1980s, she wasn’t hard to spot. By then she was almost 60, but...
Linda Martell

50 years of Linda Martell: country music’s unsung hero

When it comes to country and western trailblazers, there’s one extremely special singer whose name has been unjustly forgotten in the 50 years since...
Margo Price

The country music stars getting stick from the genre’s trad fanbase – and coming...

You’d have hoped that the kind of fierce, reactionary backlash against the Dixie Chicks – now known as The Chicks – when they poured...
Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso: “There’s a reason why humanity wants to dance – there are so...

This summer Amelia Meath – the lyric-writing, Buffalo boot wearing, cartwheeling half of Sylvan Esso – turned 32. Of course a party was impossible,...

Farewell Miss Mercy – one of life’s true originals

And so it goes that another magnificent pop cultural presence leaves us. Earlier this week, the woman known as Miss Mercy passed away at...
Cousin Greg Antibodies

Succession’s Cousin Greg has just dropped a pop-punk Coronavirus banger

Every single character in Succession is a sinister, nasty piece of work – scumbags one and all. And yet, what you wouldn’t give to...
Bree Runway interview

Bree Runway: “My artistry is edgy. It’s different. It’s out there”

Bree Runway’s mum might just be the unspoken hero of 2020. Though she wasn’t best pleased when her teenage daughter told her she was...
The Chicks Gaslighter review

The Chicks – ‘Gaslighter’ review: balancing poppy political polemics alongside big sister belters

The band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks set themselves apart from the Republican sound of mainstream 1990s country when they released the darkly...
Phil Collins 1990

1990 was the worst year for music… ever

Skim through the back catalogue of the past 60 years of popular music and it’s easy to find incredible, groundbreaking, oh-my-god-what-is-this-it’s-the-best-thing-I’ve-ever-heard albums at every...
Jaime Wyatt

Nu-Country: the musicians bringing back the blues

As Tammy Wynette almost once said, sometimes it’s hard to be a country music fan. Thank goodness then for the likes of Kacey Musgraves,...