No spoilers, but a few bits of my own opinion along with talk about the three tunes. START, the Series Finale (S 6, Ep 10) of The Americans, was as compelling as any finale of any high-end program of the past 20 years, starting with The Sopranos.
My take on Kurt Elling's just-released album. Elling wil be at the "Celebration Of Jazz" at Heinz Hall wiht Ramsey Lewis and Sean Jones on June 16.t
Cowboy Jack Clement recorded hits, some of them classics, though none bore his name as the artist. Only two of his singles even (barely) charted. It doesn't really matter. Without him, Clement, who died Thursday of cancer at age 82, many country and rock standards might not have ever happened. And few better personlfied the Nashville term "Music City USA."