From The Desk Of Laura Cantrell: Music Photo Books

Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen Of Country Music is the fifth full-length from New York City singer/songwriter Laura Cantrell, and as you probably deduced from the album’s title, the LP pays tribute to country music’s first female star. Cantrell recorded the 10-track record in Nashville, the city where both she and Wells were born. Aside from covering some of Wells’ most loved songs, Cantrell kicks off the album with the title track, a song she co-wrote with Amy Allison. Cantrell will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with her.

Cantrell: I’m a sucker for collections of vintage photographs, and there have been some beautiful books compiled in the last few years. John Cohen’s There Is No Eye shows folk heroes and field musicians in stark black and white. Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives, 1961-1971 features candid shots of artists touring the country-music park circuit in the Kodachrome 1960s. Henry Horenstein’s Honky Tonk: Portraits Of Country Music 1972-1981 shows the grit and grace of country music people in their native habitat.

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