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Kris Kristofferson once said,” If if sounds country, man, that’s what it is. It’s a country song.” Engine 145 (the name alludes to the I-IV-V chord progression found in countless classic country, folk, blues, and rock songs) provides news and reviews about country and roots music: whether it’s traditional, mainstream, bluegrass, Americana, or Red Dirt, you’ll find it covered here, along with the occasional foray into blues and roots rock.

The Staff

Juli Thanki | Editor
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Ken Morton, Jr. | Senior Writer
That Nashville Sound | Twitter

Karlie Justus | Contributing Writer
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C.M. Wilcox | Contributing Writer
Country California | Twitter

Blake Boldt | Contributing Writer
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Sam Gazdziak | Contributing Writer

Barry Mazor | Senior Columnist

Current Discussion

  • Paul W Dennis: They are an interesting group. This song sounds more jazzy (Andrews Sisters, Puppini Sisiter, Ingrid Lucia) but for a folkier …
  • Barry Mazor: What the "Americana" term brings to mind, by this point, is a matter of time and marketing. Like all …
  • Paul W Dennis: I loved the Jerry Douglas interview and love the ideas behind his two concept albums Unfortunately I never had the opportunity …
  • luckyoldsun: Barry, That's a good point, as far as country itself being a word that refers to a lot more than a …
  • Six String Richie: Also, in regards to that article, Aldean's #2 complaint was "Nashville Copycats" and he gripes that people are copping Luke …
  • Six String Richie: Billboard misprinted his new single as "Burnin' It Up" in that article! That goes to show how little even …
  • CraigR.: Here are 5 things that piss me off about Jason Aldean: 1. He is a sore winner. Why complain when you …
  • Barry Mazor: The words "country" and jazz (or "jass") and blues had been around for decades before they became genres (or formats) …
  • Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
  • David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …

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