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In the 2014 Americana Music Awards, Jackson Browne was awarded the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award. Martin Chilton selects the 25 best songs of the Californian singer-songwriter.

Sunjay: Sunjay, album review

Sunjay's folk album is full of intricate guitar picking and features cover versions of songs by James Taylor and Mark Knopfler.

Popular Problems - Leonard Cohen

For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in th

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