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Our Features start with Going To The Country: our guide to the new country rock revolution, including…

Steven Tyler After years of fronting Aerosmith and making rock hits, Tyler has gone country with his new solo record.

Eric Church
“Fame was the least fun I ever had,” says the country rock arena filler, who’s now shunning the mainstream.

Lydia Loveless
She might hate US country radio, but Lydia she’s brewing some of the best new country tones going.

Sturgill Simpson
He rose from sailor to songwriter, and now the Kentucky bright spark is making A-grade cosmic country.

Whiskey Myers
A band of young Texans are doing brilliant things with countrified rock ingredients.

The Cadillac Three
We caught up with the roots’n’rock trio in their native Nashville to talk new music, old times at the Grand Ole’ Opry and much more.

The 25 Greatest Country Rock Songs
From rock stars who’ve ‘gone country’, to country stars unleashing their rock side, and everything in between.

Plus…

Spider
The compelling story of the boogie-rocking nearlymen of the NWOBHM era – ‘Valhalla’, endless cups of tea and all.

U.K. Subs
Subs frontman Charlie Harper brings tales from the frontline of punk – and the London Underground.

Alice Cooper
The Gospel According To Alice, in which he reflects on Groucho Marx, Lemmy and Speedos.

What’s On Your Free CD

They’ve Landed! 15 out-of-this-world tracks delivering “furious riffs and buckets of demon sweat”, “high-impact rock’n’roll”, “chaotic power blues” and much more, including Vern Daysel, Royal Panics, Night Terror, The Famous Wolf, Black Temple Shrines and more…

Regulars

The Dirt
Woodstock celebrated with revealing new exhibition from rock’n’roll photographer Baron Wolman… AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams leaves the band… Welcome back Kansas, Tarja and Teenage Fanclub… say hello to Shakey Graves and Welcome Back Delta, say goodbye to Scotty Moore, Alan Vega…

Raw Power
If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out Fender’s signature Edge Strat and deluxe amp.

Six Things You Need To Know About… Scorpion Child
We talked medicinal sweats and encounters with bears with the Austin-based bunch.

The Stories Behind The Songs: L7
Inside the workings of Pretend We’re Dead.

Q&A: Ricky Gervais
The Office star goes all musical, and reveals his ‘punk’ side.

Reviews
New albums from ZZ Top, Blues Pills, The Dead Daisies, The Decendents, Dirty Strangers, Blackfoot, D Generation, Sabaton, Blink 182, Rooney… Reissues from Dio, Steve Vai, ELP, The Yardbirds, Steve Hackett, Little Richard, Frank Zappa, Silverhead, Hollywood Brats… DVDs, films and books on Keith Moon, Youth, Uriah Heep, Steve Hackett, Beach Boys… Live reviews of The Struts, Ritchie Blackmore

Buyer’s Guide: Steely Dan
Your essential guide to the Dan’s jazz-scented catalogue.

Live Previews
Must-see gigs from Anderson Rabin Wakeman, Coheed And Cambria, Minsistry, Mastodon and Steeleye Span. Plus full gig listings – find out who’s playing where and when.

Heavy Load: Walter Trout
The blues guitar hero on school, spaghetti and what it was like to see his old liver.

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