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38 Special - live from texas [2011]
Kein neues Studioalbum, aber immerhin ein relativ aktuelles Live-Album der beliebten Southern Rock-Veteranen! Und eins ist klar: "38 Special can still rock after all these years", das zeigt dieses Werk eindrucksvoll. Mitgeschnitten wurden die Songs während einer Tour durch den U.S.-Bundesstaat Texas vom September 2009. Neben den vielen Hits, die natürlich nicht fehlen dürfen und die sie wirklich gut und mit viel Dynamik "abrocken", hören wir mit "The squeeze" und ""Trooper with an attitude" auch die großartigen Live-Fassungen von zwei tollen Rockern des unserer Meinung nach viel zu unterbewerteten letzten Studioalbums von 2004, "Drivetrain". Der Sound ist klasse! Rund 70 Minuten 30 Special live "at their best"!

Die ausführliche U.-S.-Produktinfo im Original:

After more than three decades together, 38 Special continue to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. And at each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band's performance.
Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.
With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, 'Hold On Loosely,' 'Rockin Into the Night,' 'Caught Up in You,' 'Fantasy Girl,' 'If I'd Been the One,' 'Back Where You Belong,' 'Chain Lightnin ,' 'Second Chance,' and more Timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.
The co-founders of the group, vocalist Donnie Van Zant and guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes, say it's all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. Barnes says, 'We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We're a team, and it's always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don t slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win.'
It is that steely determination that lives on in the hearts of these Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.' Completing the team is guitarist/vocalist Danny Chauncey, bassist Larry 'L.J.' Junstrom, drummer Gary Moffat and keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Caps.
Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. And from the start, they've toured relentlessly,bringing their signature brand of muscle and melody to fans worldwide.
Van Zant adds, 'This music keeps our wheels on the road. We're a band that's tried to stay honest with what has driven us over the years. We started out with nothing but bold determination to make our own history and to endure. Looking back now, it has been our greatest pride to have persevered and attained that level of success and longevity. For us, it's the ultimate validation.'
Van Zant is a unique driving force for the band, with an unending spirit that propels the rest to consistently take it up a notch. His name is synonymous with Southern Rock royalty. He is the brother of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Van Zant, the late iconic singer and founder of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Around the fall of 2009, the notion of releasing a live album started to take precedent. The band felt that their in-concert offering many years before had lacked in sound quality not yet available in the technologically-advanced decade since. Additionally, a need to showcase a new spirit of 38 Special was growing. Barnes explains, 'Back then, we had been rushed to release something quickly without having the luxury of choosing between different performances. It was a single show in the 90's that had been recorded at a venue where logistics were a real challenge, the weather wasn't cooperating, and we ended up not entirely satisfied with what we got.
For Live From Texas, we were able to carry our digital recording equipment with us to several cities, and now had our own private studio for remixing. So this was going to be a real pleasure to put together. The crowds were massive and all of those classic songs deserved a chance to shine in an enhanced live fashion. We were finally able to deliver what we represent onstage.'
Their initial idea was to make a live recording available exclusively at shows, take a copy to carry on the party. But after gleaning select tracks from various cities across Texas - was a blistering new set with a distinct difference in performance as well as audio quality than years before. It grew into an excitedly motivated plan to make available to the world 38 Special Live From Texas-collectively proud history of a band that has made the road a part of its heritage.
And the magic's still there, adds Van Zant.

Die komplette Setlist:

1 Rockin Into the Night - 4:29
2 20th Century Fox - 4:11
3 Back Where You Belong - 4:29
4 Wild-Eyed Southern Boys - 4:23
5 The Squeeze - 5:01
6 If I'd Been the One - 4:09
7 Help Somebody - 4:17
8 Fantasy Girl - 4:20
9 Trooper With an Attitude - 3:45
10 Medley: Back to Paradise / Somebody Like You / Teacher Teacher / Rough Housin' / Stone Cold Believer / Like No Other Night / Second Chance - 8:25
11 Caught Up in You - 5:41
12 Chain Lightnin' - 5:32
13 Hold On Loosely - 5:17
14 Back in the U.S.A. - 2:33
15 Travelin' Band - 3:28

Art-Nr.: 7546
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Brooks, Kix - new to this town [2012]
Brooks & Dunn sind Geschichte, doch nach Ronnie Dunn kommt nun auch die andere Häfte des erfolgreichsten Country-Duos aller Zeiten mit einem Solo-Album! "New to this town" heisst das hervorragend gelungene Werk, mit dem Kix Brooks eindrucksvoll offenbart, was er auch ohne seinen kongenialen Partner in der Lage zu leisten ist. 12 starke Nummern, zumeist sehr kraftvoll und knackig in Szene gesetzt (der Balladen-Anteil ist klar in der Minderzahl), zwischen traditionellen Anlagen und sehr abwechslungsreichem, zuweilen durchaus rockigem New Country. Gast, Slide-Gitarrist und Duett-Partner beim Titelstück ust übrigens Joe Walsh (The Eagles). Die Musik passt durchaus zur Philosophie, die auch Brooks & Dunn verkörperten, hat aber auch ihren eigenen Pep. Die Melodien sind prima! Gratulation an Kix Brooks zu diesem großartigen Album!

Wen es interessiert: Hier im Original eine sehr ausführliche, aktuelle Biographie mit der Geschichte zum neuen Album im Original-Wortlaut:

"Wish I was new to this town
Just pullin’ in checking it out for the first time”
— “New to This Town” by Kix Brooks, Marv Green and Terry McBride

It’s been more than 30 years since Kix Brooks was new to the town that he made his home, where he married, raised two children and built an accomplished career as a songwriter, singer and half of the most successful duo in country music history, a weekly national radio show host, magazine columnist, film producer, actor, winery owner and active and influential member of the music industry and community at large.

And yet here he is, picking up where he started when he really was new to this town, when his very first solo single in 1983 lumbered up the country chart to #73 before being hijacked by gravity into oblivion.

“New to This Town” is the title cut from the album that he hopes will reintroduce him to music fans, not exactly as a brand new man—to borrow a phrase from a song he co-wrote many moons ago—but as his own man, with his own songs to sing and his own unique story to tell.
Though the song is about a romantic relationship, metaphorically it suggests another interpretation. “When you’re starting out, there’s so much fear that if you screw up or put out the wrong record, you’ve lost that chance to live your dream. At this point in my career, there’s a different kind of uncertainty and risk that the people who have seen me perform for 20 years as half of Brooks & Dunn won’t be able to see me as anything but that. So in that sense, being new to town would be good to be able to do again.”

Kix Brooks’ career as a musician began long before he came to Nashville, which is less than 100 miles from where the Louisiana native was shipped off for high school at Tennessee’s Sewanee Military Academy. “I wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t good,” he confesses with a smile. “The discipline was good for me. It gave me structure and problem-solving skills, which are really helpful for creative people.”

Brooks grew up in a musical family, had his first guitar before he hit his teens, and while in Sewanee, he began playing coffee houses with his roommate, Nashville native Jody Williams. “Jody turned me on to the Opry,” expanding the range of country music that Brooks already loved. “I was a fan of bluegrass, rock and outlaw country, people like Willie, Cash and Roger Miller. I loved the Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker. ”
After graduation, he went to Louisiana Tech, gaining a foundational education in reading music and the theory of composition while getting hands-on experience playing clubs around town. Realizing that he wasn’t cut out to be in the marching band, school choir, or orchestra—which were required for a music degree—he switched his major to speech and got into theater, both of which would later serve him well.

A brief sabbatical from school led him to Alaska in 1976, working for his dad, a pipeline contractor. The job was great seed money, he recalls, “So when I got home, I bought a new car, a new guitar, a bottle of whiskey, and I was ready to get back at it.

“I had a band and I did some solo stuff. I could bang on a guitar and open up for just about anybody playing clubs in Shreveport. My plan was to be somebody.”
But an invitation from his sister put “Plan A” on hold. “She called me out of the blue and asked if I would come to Maine and help her with a television production company. So I was doing radio and television production, commercials, and it was a great experience. But I was also playing clubs and was still drawn to that. I enjoyed advertising, I enjoyed Maine. But in my heart of hearts, I just wanted to play music.”

So he took off again for Louisiana but stopped in Nashville to visit with his old roommate Jody Williams. “We stayed up all night talking and playing music, and Jody tried to talk me into staying. He said I could make a living writing songs. I said, ‘A, you’re nuts, and B, I’m going to New Orleans to play music.’”
But as fun as it was, the pace—and the partying—began to take a toll. “I called Jody up and said, ‘Do you really think I could make a living writing songs?’ and he said, ‘Get your ass up here!’”

True to his word, Williams gave Brooks a place to crash and found him a job with a concert production company while arranging meetings for him with music publishers around town.

“Everybody was really nice for about half a song, and then I wrote some more songs and called them back, and everyone was always out to lunch. So I started breaking songs down and figuring out what these guys were doing, which doesn’t mean you can do it, but at least I did my homework and really started working harder at trying to figure out how to do it. I realized it was one thing to make people smile in bars and another thing to make a living as a songwriter in Nashville.”
His hard work paid off, and less than two years after pulling into town, Brooks had a publishing deal and a #1 cut. Some things didn’t pan out, like his first album in 1983 on a label that went defunct before the album was released and a 1989 album on Capitol that went nowhere fast.
But he was making a living—a good living—writing songs for Tree Publishing, where exec Paul Worley took some of his demos to veteran music man Tim DuBois, head of the Arista Nashville record label. DuBois suggested that Brooks write with the winner of a talent competition, a tall, big-voiced Texan named Ronnie Dunn. When DuBois heard their song demos, the rest became Brooks & Dunn history.

In their 20-year ride, the duo recorded 10 studio albums, released 50 singles, scored 23 #1 hits, sold more than 30 million albums, sold out tours from coast to coast and became one of the most awarded acts in country music history.

But in August of 2009, they revealed what had long been a topic between the partners themselves: that after a final tour and a final compilation album, Brooks & Dunn would be no more.

“It was always an arranged marriage that happened to work out really well and produce some great kids. But after 20 amazing, dream-like years, it was time.”
As for the notion of recording a solo album, Brooks took his time—or as much time as realistic for someone who owns a thriving winery, hosts a weekly syndicated radio show, forms a film production company, takes on roles in three movies and writes all but one of the songs for the soundtrack for the western To Kill a Memory, as well as co-writing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie.

“I have a lot of interests, and I wasn’t at that point thinking of what I would do next. I was kind of looking forward to chilling for a year or so. I wanted to take my time. I started writing during the last B&D tour, and when we got done, I kept writing while we were making movies.”
When the time felt right, Brooks approached his album with customary enthusiasm, producing and recording nearly 50 songs before beginning the challenging process of narrowing the field. “There were a few like [the Brooks/Leslie Satcher co-write] ‘Moonshine Road’ that I was sort of building the album around,” he says, “so you try to take the ones that fit the other songs the best, that fit you best, or where the track is just smoking.”

The result is a record that is emphatically and uniquely Kix Brooks—rocking, smoky, swampy and bluesy, with belts of bayou and hits of Cajun zydeco. Nine of the album’s dozen tracks bear Brooks’ name as a co-writer, collaborating with such longtime friends and writing luminaries as Bob DiPiero and David Lee Murphy (on the lyrically clever “Closin’ Time at Home”), Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson (for the mid-tempo musical celebration of “Bring It on Home”), and Marv Green and Terry McBride on “New to This Town,” the title track single that almost didn’t make the album.

“We were kind of done with everything, I had recorded the album, and Jay DeMarcus and I were doing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie over at his house. But I was thinking about that song, so he was nice enough to help me produce it and let me use the pickers while we were working there. He really liked the song, so I said, ‘Let’s do it together.’”

Later, “The engineer from my radio show said, ‘You ought to get some Joe Walsh-sounding slide on that.’ I’m like, ‘Hmm, what if I could get Joe Walsh?’ My manager is partners with Irving Azoff, who sent it to Joe, and he called me up and put the slide on there for me. So that worked out great.”
In a new-to-this-town, full-circle touch, the album also features two songs that Brooks wrote with Rafe Van Hoy. With Deborah Allen, they penned Brooks’ first #1 as a songwriter (John Conlee’s ’83 chart-topper, “I’m Only in It for the Love”), and they pair here on the backsliding fun of “Complete 360” and team with Curly Putman on the groove-and-soul-filled, after-hours portrait of “my baby’s” “Tattoo.”

Now, with his album complete, Brooks is just looking forward to getting it into the hands of fans and resuming the solo career that began long ago when his entire plan “was to be somebody.”

“That fear I had at one point in my career where you’re scared to death to make the wrong move, I don’t feel that way now. But you still really want to do something that is relevant and makes people rock, and look out at a crowd and know you have connected, you’ve hit that nerve. I don’t think you ever get over that.”

(This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. New to this Town - 4:20
2. Moonshine Road - 4:21
3. Bring It On Home - 3:44
4. There's the Sun - 3:05
5. Complete 360 - 3:16
6. My Baby - 2:55
7. Tattoo - 3:25
8. In the Right Place - 3:47
9. Next to That Woman - 3:21
10. Let's Do This Thing - 2:57
11. Closin' Time at Home - 3:37
12. She Knew I Was a Cowboy - 3:22

Art-Nr.: 7907
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Cochran, Tammy - 30 something and single [2009]
Traditioneller und mehr "real country" war sie nie! Besser auch nicht! Die überaus sympathische, aus dem Bundesstaat Ohio stammende Tammy Cochran, vielen sicher noch mit Hits wie "Angels in waiting" (da das Original schon lange nicht mehr erhältlich ist, hat sie diesen schönen Song auf vielfachen Wunsch ihrer Fans neu eingespielt) oder "I cry" in Erinnerung, veröffentlicht mit "30 something and single" ihr nunmehr viertes Album - und es ist ein ganz feines geworden. Gebeutelt von vielen Schicksalsschlägen und schwierigen Lebenssituationen, wie den Verlust ihrer beiden Brüder durch die unheilbare, Gen-bedingte Stoffwechselkrankheit "CF" (Zystische Fibrose), das Scheitern ihrer Ehe und zuletzt dem überaus steinigen Weg zur Adoption eines kleinen Jungen aus Guatemala (letztlich dann doch noch von Erfolg gekrönt), war die Musik, obwohl auch diesbezüglich bislang nicht alles wie gewünscht lief (ihr einstiges Major-Label liess sie nach dem zweiten Album völlig unverständlicherweise fallen wie eine heisse Kartoffel) für Tammy Cochran immer der Rückhalt, den sie benötigte, um nicht vollends zu verzweifeln. Musik gab und gibt ihr Kraft - sie ist ihr Leben! "30 something und single" ist ein sehr persönliches Album geworden, das, nachdem die Adoption des kleinen Shawn Alan Cochran (genannt nach ihren beiden verstorbenen Brüdern) zu einem guten Ende gekommen ist, Tammy wieder in einem sehr glücklichen und aufgeräumten Zustand zeigt. Sie fühlt sich sehr gut, und das kommt in ihrer Musik prima rüber. In ihren jungen Jahren beeinflusst von Grössen wie Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn und Janie Fricke, gibt sie sich traditioneller als je zuvor. Von vorn bis hinten hören wir mit schönen Gitarren, Steelguitar, Klavier und Fiddle gespickte, lupenreine Countrysongs, die manch frühere Pop-Nähe nahezu gänzlich vermissen lassen. Recht so, denn das steht Tammy ausserordentlich gut. Sie ist eine fantastische Sängerin voller Ausstralung und Emotionen, deren überaus kraftvolle Stimme einfach das "gewisse Etwas" hat. Einerseits wickelt sie mit ihrer Power und coolen Art so manchen Cowboy lässig um den Finger, wie es einst die große Tanya Tucker tat (zumal ihre Stimme hin und wieder eine gewisse Ähnlichkeit zu Tanya nicht leugnen kann), andererseits setzt sie in ihren großartigen Balladen pure Emotionen frei, wie es beispielsweise auch einer Martina McBride gegeben ist. Als Begleitmusiker hat Tammy Cochran einige der absoluten A-List-Leute Nashville's gewinnen können, wie beispielsweise Brant Mason an der E-Gitarre, Bryan Sutton an der Acoustic Guitar, Mike Johnson an der Steel, Larry Franklin an der Fiddle, Gary Prim an den Keyboards und Steve Brewster am Schlagzeug. Was kann da noch schief gehen? Nichts, wie gleich die erste Nummer zeigt. "The one that got away" ist ein herrlich lockerer, flotter, melodischer, lässiger "Pure Country"-Song mit einem wunderbar flockigen Rhythmus. Schöne Steelguitar-Linien, dazwischen eine feine Fiddle und exzellentes "Country Guitar"-Picking vom Grossmeister Brent Mason sind die passenden Begleiter zu Tammy's großartigem Gesang. Mit "30 something and single" folgt direkt im Anschluss daran das Titelstück, eine tolle Ballade umgeben von dezenten Mandolinen- und schönen Piano-, Steelguitar- und Fiddle-Klängen. Ein sehr ausdrucksstarker, kraftvoller Vortrag von Tammy. Die knackige, wunderbar melodische Country-/New Country-Nummer "All over but the leaving" wiederum erinnert an die allerbesten Zeiten der jungen Trisha Yearwood oder Patty Loveless. Schöne Gitarren, hintergründige Mandolinen-Riffs, trockenes Drumming, exzellente Fiddle- und Steelguitar-Ergänzungen, Tammy starker Gesang - das Stück hätte zweifellos das Zeug zu einem "Number One"-Hit. Klasse! Und wie sie den Klassiker ihres grossen Vorbildes Tammy Wynette, "Stand by your man", interpretiert ist allererste Sahne. Unzählige Leute haben sich bereits an diesem Evergreen versucht, doch nur wenigen Künstlern gelingt dies mit solch einer Authentizität und inneren Stärke wie Miss Cochran. Ihre Begleiter sind eine prächtige Baritone E-Gitarre, heulende Steel und ein toller "Pure Country"-Rhythmus. Das ist klassische Countrymusic vom Allerfeinsten! Weitere Highlights sind beispielsweise der schwungvolle, honky-tonkin' Countryfeger "He's found Jesus" mit seinem tollen Gitarren-, Steel-, Fiddle-Wechselspiel, das knackige, prächtig ins Ohr gehende "He really thinks he's got it", oder die das Album schliessende emotionale Ballade "Half the world away" (Shawn's song), in der Tammy die schwierige Adoption ihres Sohnes aufarbeitet. Erstaunlich ist, dass Tammy Cochran ihr bis dato wohl bestes Album im Eigenvertrieb, völlig abseits der Nashville Major-Labels, veröffentlichte. Dabei täte Nashville, angesichts des oft so oberflächlichen Materials, das die Music City-Labelbosse én masse auf den Markt werfen, diese Art der reinen Countrymusic so gut. Die Scheibe steckt voller potenzieller Hits, sofern sie denn im Country-Radio laufen würden. Egal, wir haben das Album, und jeder, der möchte, kann den Genuss dieser wunderbaren Countrymusic mit uns teilen. "Thanks a lot, Tammy, for this wonderful album"!

Die komplette Songliste:

1. The One That Got Away 2:50
2. 30 Something And Single 3:44
3. Let It End 3:18
4. You Don't Want To Love Too Much 3:35
5. All Over But The Leaving 3:24
6. Stand By Your Man 2:49
7. He's Found Jesus 3:07
8. Closer 3:34
9. Angels In Waiting 3:34
10. He Really Thinks He's Got It 3:21
11. Half The World Away (Shawn's Song) 3:30

Art-Nr.: 6661
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Evans, Morgan - things that we drink to [2018]
Klasse U.S.-Debut des Australiers Morgan Evans, der drauf und dran ist in Nashville richtig Fuß zu fassen. Evans, in übrigen verheiratet mit der immens erfolgreichen Kelsea Ballerini, spielt eine überaus gefällige und voller Hitpotential steckende Mischung aus lockeren, gut zu verarbeitenden und sehr melodischen, mal dynamischen, mal langsameren Songs an der Schnittstelle zwischen New Country und Countrypop, die geradezu darauf warten die Charts zu stürmen. Enthält seinen ersten Nr.1-Hit, das flotte "Kiss somebody," und den neuen Hit "Day drunk". Natürlich darf auch ein Duett mit seiner Liebsten, Kelsea Ballerini, nicht fehlen ("Dance with me").

Hier ein Original U.K.-Review:

Morgan Evans captured the hearts of the UK when he released his lead single Kiss Somebody. With just a handful of songs out, Morgan has continued to build his UK fanbase with a couple of trips here including playing C2C Festival. Although we don’t often like to focus on an artists craft through their significant other, we can’t not mention Evan’s wife Kelsea Ballerini when she is so clearly the muse of most of his songs.
Morgan’s debut album Things That We Drink To starts with the song American, Evan’s seems to be describing his wife;
She’s got hair as gold as Kansas Wheat, her body moves like bourbon street in New Orleans, so wild and free She’s American, making my life better than it’s ever been.
American is a great start to the album and has that earlier Keith Urban style to it. This album is actually so much better than I thought it would be. With the title being Things That We Drink To I was somewhat afraid it was going to be a bunch of typical bro – country songs that sound just like all the other artists out there who sing about beer, trucks, dirt roads and women in little tight blue jeans or something. But this album has a lot more depth to it.
A lot of the songs are not just radio friendly but arena friendly and are definitely of the standard where you can imagine a huge arena concert and the music bouncing off the arena walls and everyone singing along.
Songs such as I Do are more mid tempo and in I Do’s case, is a love letter to his wife and well lets face it, us country fans are suckers for a real life country music love story.
Song for the Summer lost me a bit. I think it will prove popular amongst a lot of fans as has a great dance beat to it but it isn’t for me. It has an element of Sam Hunt in it and although I quite like Hunt, I just can’t seem to get into it.
Day Drunk which was another single is a great summer anthem song but again, neither here nor there for me sadly.
Kelsea Ballerini joins Morgan for Dance With Me for a stunning ballad. This is a gorgeous romantic country song as it should be. There is beauty in its simplicity and it isn’t over produced. The words are of course believable as they are true. Kelsea may not like love songs but Morgan clearly does and we are so glad about that or we wouldn’t have this song. I would be very surprised if this doesn’t get released as a single.
Me on You has a bit of an R&B element to it. It has a sweet guitar riff throughout and a nice beat to it. Although I am not keen on the clubby dance element to country music, this song can easily have that vibe but would also be amazing stripped back.
The title track Things That We Drink To, is thankfully not your typical drinking song but a breathtaking dedication to a friend of Morgans, his late manager who sadly passed. (More on that can be found here. ) This song has a strong anthem feel to it and its down tempo stylings are really quite infectious especially in the piano accompaniment. The emotion in Morgan’s vocals, lyrics and music is honest and quite deep. I like a song with meaning, a song where you can actually feel where the artist is coming from and what they a feeling on some level. The subject was obviously someone very dear to Morgan and the song is both happy and sad at the same time with the feeling of loss but also great memories and celebration of friendship. I think the songs music and words encompasses all of that and I would certainly drink to that.
We Dream is about those childhood dreams and childhood freedom. It is a good song but might be one that takes me a while. I sadly feel the same way about Everything Changes. Both aren’t bad tracks but may take a listen or two.
Young Again is a great song to close the album on. It has a Folk music way about it and is like an Irish drinking song and I enjoy those type of drinking songs as they feel a lot more happy and are the kind of songs that bring unity. I can see this song being one of those live songs that make people in the crowd all sway arm and arm whilst of course, raising glasses.
Overall this is a quality, celebratory album that certainly has that “Let’s raise our glasses” feel to it. Things That We Drink To has a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyable songs.
There is a really bright future for Morgan Evans and he is definitely on his way up to being one of the big names and I am actually really excited about it. If he continues to deliver music similar to what he has now then I am more than happy for him to sit up there on the top of the charts. (Hnnah Jessica / Building Our Own Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. American - 3:03
2. Kiss Somebody - 3:33
3. I Do - 3:30
4. Song for the Summer - 3:32
5. Day Drunk - 3:14
6. Dance with Me (feat. Kelsea Ballerini) - 3:19
7. Me on You - 3:26
8. Things That We Drink To - 3:08
9. We Dream - 3:36
10. Everything Changes - 3:17
11. Young Again - 2:55

Art-Nr.: 9740
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Jennings, Shooter - the other life [2013]
Shooter Jennings' sechstes Album ist ein kleines Genre übergreifendes Kunstwerk, "a genre busting piece of art", wie es ein amerikanischer Fan ausdrückt. Recht hat er. Waylon Jennings' und Jessi Colter's einziger Sohn präsentiert sich abwechslungsreicher als je zuvor. Roots, Americana, Country, Outlaw Music, Southern, Rock stehen im Vordergrund, aber auch Blues, Jazz und Psychedelic hinterlassen ihre Spuren auf "The other life", das dennoch ein nie den roten Faden verlierendes Werk wie aus einem Guß ist. Das Songmaterial ist klasse, enthält vielleicht sogar einige der besten Songs, die Jennigs bis heute geschrieben hat. Baumstark beispielsweise das bissige "Outlaw me", ein grandioser Outlaw Countryrocker, mit dem Jennings deutlich seinen Unmut über einige der "aufgeblasenen" jungen Countrystars Nashville's zum Ausdruck bringt, die seiner Meinung nach alle glauben, sie seien richtig "country" und "outlaw", aber fern dieser Lebenseinstellung agieren. Wie gesagt, das komplette Material ist vorzüglich. Shooter Jennings in ganz großer Form!

Ein Auszug aus einem U.S.-Review:
Six of these tracks were cut at the earlier album's sessions, including the firebrand "Outlaw You," the tune for the music video that was a musical middle finger to Eric Church and Jason Aldean (which has curiously gone unanswered). The Other Life is wilder, darker, rowdier, and more diverse than its predecessor. The brooding opener "Flying Saucer Song," a piano- and effects-driven number, is eventually transformed into a spaced-out, gospel-tinged song about space (outer and inner). It throws the listener for a loop, but resolutely belongs -- but only as the first cut. The set contains gorgeous country ballads such as "Wild and Lonesome" (with Patty Griffin on backing vocals) and the title track. There are fine, midtempo honky tonkers including "The Outsider" and the pedal steel- and banjo-saturated "The Low Road." There are steamy, electric, country-kissed, blues-rock numbers such as "A Hard Lesson to Learn," and the rock & roll boogie of "Mama It's Just My Medicine." There's a shuffling, snarling, futuristic, midtempo Americana tune in "15 Million Light Years Away," with reverb-drenched production that features a weathered (not weary) Jim Dandy -- from Black Oak Arkansas -- as a duet partner. The first single is a wooly, rowdy reading of Steve Young's "White Trash Song," with Scott H. Biram guesting. Young, an underground legend, authored the outlaw anthem "Lonesome Orn'ry & Mean," a signature tune for Jennings' dad. This reading of the 1971 tune contains skittering rockabilly drums, pumping upright bass, wailing pedal steel, hyper-acoustic guitars, piercing fiddles, and an additional verse. (Neither Jennings nor Biram took a co-write for it; something unheard of in Music City.) It underscores the iconoclastic legacy bequeathed to Jennings by his free-spirited parents. But more than that, the song is a celebration of all that doesn't fit -- anywhere. It's an apt self-referential metaphor. Album-closer "The Gunslinger" is Jennings' own anthem, drenched in country, rock, R&B, and even jazz, courtesy of the improvisational interplay between Jonathan Stewart's tenor saxophone, guitars, keyboards, and the rhythm section. (Thom Jurek, Rovi)

Das jomplette Tracklisting:

1. Flying Saucer Song - 3:37
2. A Hard Lesson to Learn - 3:34
3. The White Trash Song (feat. Scott H. Biram) - 5:08
4. Wild & Lonesome (feat. Patty Griffin) - 4:07
5. Outlaw You - 4:19
6. The Other Life - 3:42
7. The Low Road - 3:04
8. Mama, It’s Just My Medicine - 5:07
9. The Outsider - 3:10
10. 15 Million Light Years Away (feat. Jim Dandy) - 5:20
11. The Gunslinger - 6:30

Art-Nr.: 8102
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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A hard lesson to learn
Wild and lonesome
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The low road
Mama, it's just my medicine
The outsider
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Locash - the fighters [2016]
Klasse Album des Duos Locash, das sind Preston Brust und Chris Lucas, die in der Vergangenheit schon als Locash Cowboys auf sich aufmwerksam machten. "The fighters" bezeichnen manche Experten schon als eines der besten Countryalben des Jahres (zum Beispiel das höchst anerkannte Fanzine "Roughstck" - siehe Original-Review im Anschluß). In der Tat gelingt den beiden eine dynamische, schmissige Kombination aus Tradition und modernem "Feel Good"-Country/Countryrock der jungen, wilden Nashville-Generation. Die Songs gehen bestens in Ohr und stecken voller Hit-Potential, wie ihre erste Nummer 1, das starke "I love this life". Die Burschen kommen rüber wie eine Mischung aus modernen Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line und Luke Bryan. Macht richtig Laune!

Review von "Roughstock" im Original-Wortlaut:

Duo’s Reviver Records debut is the culmination of a lot of hard work and each track on the album represents the band well.
Life is all about the moments where you have a choice to make. Do I keep going or do I move on. For LOCASH’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, there is no other choice but to keep going. Much like their good friend Chris Janson, LOCASH’s hard work paid off earlier this year when “I Love This Life” became their first #1 hit (and recently RIAA Gold-certified) and serves as the lead-off hitter for The Fighters. The ear worm is still one of country radio’s most-played songs and is backed up by the hit “I Know Somebody,” a song which hit the Top 30 just this week. That song is one of three outside written tunes, joining “Ring On Every Finger” and the album closing title track “The Fighters.”
This album found the duo working with friend and frequent co-writer Lindsay Rimes serving as their producer and it’s a match made in hillbilly heaven. His production techniques blend the best of modern country music with the traditional sounds of the past into a cohesive blend of vibe-y feel good songs, every one of ‘em a potential radio hit.
“Ring On Every Finger,” from Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure and Josh Kear is the kind of song that could easily be a massive hit. The lyrics are sweet in the way a man goes about proposing to the love of his life and there are some clever lyrical moments to go with the jovial melody. “Shipwrecked” is still a powerful ballad that deserves to be heard on the radio and streaming playlists. It’s emotive the production of the record helps it feel grand and epic, as the lyrics demand. “Moonwalkin” and “All Day” feel like LOCASH songs while “God Loves Me More” may on the surface feel like it isn’t a love song but that’s exactly what it is and it’s told in a unique lyrical way.
I actually didn’t think that LOCASH would be able to top the impactful “Shipwrecked” as a song that should be their third single but they did just that with “The Fighters,” a song the band recorded at the end of the album process after asking some songwriting friends to send them one of their best. The song, written by Tom Douglas, Rodney Clawson and Matt Dragstrem is definitely great. There’s a pulsating lyrical grove of stick-to-it’dness in the song and that suits LOCASH perfectly as if there were a song that described the journey to country music stardom for LOCASH, it definitely would be “The Fighters,” a song that anyone who has overcome something in their life will absolutely relate to.
A cohesive album from track one to eleven, LOCASH’s The Fighters is a record which has the duo poised for stardom they seemed destined to achieve from the moment they started recording together all those years ago. This one is definitely one for The Fighters and clearly deserves consideration as one of 2016’s best country album releases. (Matt Bjorke)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. I Love This Life - 3:28
2. Ring on Every Finger - 3:32
3. I Know Somebody - 3:17
4. Shipwrecked - 2:53
5. Moonwalkin - 2:31
6. Drunk Drunk - 2:55
7. All Day - 3:14
8. God Loves Me More - 2:59
9. Till the Wheels Fall Off - 3:04
10. Ain't Startin Tonight - 2:50
11. The Fighters - 3:40

Art-Nr.: 9194
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Ray, Michael - amos [2018]
Nach den beachtlichen Erfolgen mit seinem Debut von 2015 legt der aus Florida stammende Michael Ray nun sein zweites Album vor, das ihn noch einmal deutlich weiterentwickelt und gereift zeigt. Nach seinem Großvater "Amos" betitelt, der ihn musikalisch stark geprägt hat, liefert Michael 11 großartige New Country-/Mainstream Country-Songs voller Nashville Hit-Potential ab, ohne dabei allerdings allzu sehr auf elektronischen und Country-fremden "Schnickschnack" zu setzen, was das Ganze äußerst angenehm macht. Nein, er setzt auf ehrliche, "handgemachte" New Country-Musik, die sehr erfrischend rüberkommt. Großen Anteil daran hat sicher auch Produzenten-Ikone Scott Hendricks (u. a. Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Restless Heart), der eben einen unverfälsxhten, zeitlosen, dabei alles andere als unmodernen, klaren Sound bevorzugt. Das Songmaterial reicht von rockigen Uptempo-Nummern bis hin zu wunderbaren, kraftvollen Balladen, immer geprägt von Michael's toller Stimmer, prächtig hängen bleibenden Strukturen und einer vielschichtigen, satten Instrumentierung. "Amos" ist die nächste Erfolgsgeschichte von Michael Ray. Bester, niveauvoller New Country im musikalischen Umfeld solcher Kollegen wie Blake Shelton, Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Justin Moore & Co..

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

There’s something noteworthy about what Michael Ray brings to the table on his new album, Amos. Maybe it’s the spirit of his beloved grandfather that Ray personifies in the album’s namesake, but Amos is more than just a body of country songs – it’s a symbol of Ray’s growth as an artist. Since Ray topped the chart in 2016 with “Think a Little Less,” he’s proven that Amos was worth the wait, drawing in one’s attention with his compelling voice and convincing delivery that makes for his most dynamic project to date.
The timing of the album’s summer release is a perfect match for the feel-good vibe that’s weaved throughout Amos’ spirit, as evidenced by the nostalgic “Summer Water,” lively “Fan Girl,” flirtatious “You’re On” and the irresistible “One That Got Away.” The 11-track project is slick all the way down from Ray’s polished vocals to the skillful production that blends authentic country elements with the genre-bending sounds that have broadened the country perspective.
With the lighthearted tracks comes a series of sentimental moments that demonstrate an emotional depth that diversifies Ray’s artistry. The moving “Her World or Mine” reflects this, as Ray delivers an emotive conviction that makes it the most captivating song on the record. Through both the pain-soaked lyrics and the honest passion in Ray’s vocals as he sings “One of us moved on, one of us got stuck, one of us sleeps good, one of us hates to face the night, just depends if you’re talking about her world or mine,” it feels as though your heart is breaking alongside his own, exhibiting a raw vulnerability that proves his artistic strength. Should he continue to offer songs in this vein, he could place himself in the category of the legends and timeless heartbreak songs he so admires. The album’s lead single “Get to You” also demonstrates Ray’s earnest side as he tries to reach out to a woman afraid to love, staying in tune with the heartfelt nature he portrays on his other romantic numbers.
While Ray has always been a promising vocalist, his voice truly glows on Amos, making each song come to life with his combination of strength and purity. But it’s the sense of conviction he brings to each track that shows just how much Ray has grown, seeming to truly envelope himself in every story portrayed in this compilation of songs.
Though Ray has already established himself in the genre with two chart-topping hits, Amos is bound to not only expand upon this success, but prove his stamina as a well-rounded artist capable of honesty and depth, two qualities crucial to the core of the genre he embraces whole-heartedly.
(Cillea Houghton / Sounds like Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Fan Girl - 3:30
2. One That Got Away - 3:38
3. Summer Water - 3:06
4. Get To You - 3:11
5. Forget About It - 2:46
6. Her World Or Mine - 3:28
7. You're On - 3:04
8. I'm Gonna Miss You - 2:44
9. Dancing Forever - 3:34
10. Girl From Spring Break - 3:20
11. Drink One For Me - 3:28

Art-Nr.: 9637
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Robinson Brotherhood, Chris - phosphorescent harvest ~ vinyl [2014]
Vinyl-Ausgabe!

2 LP-Set, inklusive 7" Single! Kommt im tollen Foldout-Cover! 180 Gramm! US-Ausgabe im farbigen Vinyl (LP 1 = orange / LP 2 = rot)! Die zusätzliche 2 Track 7" Single enthält die beiden zusätzlichen Nummern "Humboldt Windchimes" (ist zwar auf der CD, nicht aber auf der DoLP enthalten) und "Star Crossed Lonely Sailor" (kompletter Bonustrack, nicht auf der CD enthalten).

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood mit ihrem herausragenden, dritten Studioalbum! Die neue Formation des The Black Crowes-Frontmannes mit einem ganz herrlichen, lockeren, den unbeschwerten Duft der freien, zwanglosen Hippe-Kultur geradezu riechenden Roots-/Jamrock-Album voller wunderbarer Psychedelic- und Westcoast-Attribute. Baumstarkes, live zuletzt schon vielfach gespieltes Songmaterial. Großartig, wie die Band ihre rootsige Grundlage, die stets spürbare Frische der Westküste und psychedelische, teils ein wenig spacige Keyboard-Linien in einen homogenen, jammigen Einklang bringt. CRB in Bestform! Die Stimme der The Black Ctowes und der Spirit von Grateful Dead - was für eine Kombination!

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Die offizielle Produktbeschreibung:

The CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD are set to unveil their third studio album PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST via Silver Arrow Records. The band--Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals)--will also hit the road in conjunction with the album's release. The tour officially starts April 29 at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA with dates confirmed into late May (and more to be announced).
PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST is a treasure trove of 10 songs--including several the band road-tested over the last few years--that advances the band's kaleidoscopic sound, which is deeply soulful, rootsy and spacey all at once. There's strong songcraft here, with a free-flowing delivery; it is music that is in no hurry to reach its destination but firmly knows where it is going. From the beginning, the CRB set out to do something different from what they had done before, creating their own scene with a musical prowess, cohesive songwriting and a unified commitment to experimentation, both in the studio and on the road (they've performed over 230 shows since forming in 2011).
"The best perspective I have on what's going on in my life--good and bad--is what comes out in the songs," says Chris Robinson. "As you move on in time, you get older, you have relationships. Some of them are good, some fail. Friends. Drugs. Life. Death. People come, people go. Songwriting is a completely different emotional response to your life and to what it means, to in some poetic nature, put it out there."
PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST follows the release of the companion albums Big Moon Ritual (June 2012) and The Magic Door (September 2012) plus last year's live quadruple vinyl Betty's S.F. Blends, Vol 1. The group continues to record with producer Thom Monahan, and Robinson wrote all of the songs with Casal, save for two that are Robinson solo compositions ("Tornado," "Jump The Turnstiles").
"We're really going by the electricity and the vibrations that we can sort of tune in to," Robinson recently told Relix magazine (Jan/Feb '14). "There's a psychedelic component to it. That's part of the greasing the wheels of the great cosmic engine, with psychedelic thought and philosophy and action. If you get my drift." He went on to talk about the more rock and roll feel on PHOSPHORESCENT HARVEST, and his overall vision for the Brotherhood: "I'm not going to have hit records. I don't write pop songs. But then again, I find a deep need to express myself and how I'm feeling and where I am and where I've been and where I'm going by writing songs. Why change something to make it easier for anyone else, when I think if we stay sincere and keep our energies in a real creative place, then people will wander into our small community, and it maybe would get more popular…to tend that garden is a great responsibility. But I want it to grow." Check out the whole Relix feature here.
Rolling Stone editor David Fricke picked the CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD as one of his favorites of 2012, and praised their live performance in New York City, saying "…the singer's acid-country Brotherhood, with ex-Ryan Adams guitarist Neal Casal, were a sublime time onstage and across these two albums, recorded at the same sessions and issued six months apart. The Irving Plaza show was a characteristic live high. In the second set, Robinson steered out of a rattling ‘Tough Mama,' from Bob Dylan's Planet Waves, into the long reverie ‘Girl on the Mountain,' a song from an earlier side trip, New Earth Mud, given fresh air and a new coat of DayGlo paint (1/30/13)."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

DoLP:
1. Shore Power - 4.41
2. About a Stranger - 5.07
3. Meanwhile In The Gods.... - 6.08
4. Badlands Here We Come - 5.24
5. Clear Blue Sky & The Good Doctor - 7.47
6. Beggar's Moon - 6.55
7. Wanderer's Lament - 5.37
8. Tornado - 5.04
9. Jump The Turnstiles - 6.40
10. Burn Slow - 7.13
11. Humboldt Windchimes - 4.38

7" Single:
1. Humboldt Windchimes
2. Star Crossed Lonely Sailor

Art-Nr.: 8544
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: LP || Preis: € 22,90

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Rogers, Kenny - you can't make old friends [2013]
Lang erwartetes, neues Album von Kenny Rogers, das die Countrylegende kürzlich als sein vielleicht bestes, das er je aufgenommen habe, bezeichntete. Enthält über 30 Jahre nach "Islands in the stream" mit dem Totelstück "You can't make old friends" ein neues Duett mit seiner "alten" Freundin Dolly Parton.

Hier die offizoelle Produktbeschreibung im Original:

With an astonishing recording career that now spans over seven decades, you would think music legend Kenny Rogers had already accomplished it all. However, you d be wrong. Rogers 2013 album You Can t Make Old Friends proves once again that he still has plenty to say. The album reunites Rogers with long-time friend and collaborator, Dolly Parton, for a brand new duet on the title track, "You Can t Make Old Friends." It was over thirty years ago when Kenny and Dolly released "Islands In The Stream, " which went on to become an instant classic and one of the most successful singles by a duo in history.
"What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song, " remarked Rogers. "Working with Dolly is always a little like going home. Everything felt comfortable. " With a collaboration of producers, including Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman, and Dann Huff, You Can t Make Old Friends is Rogers first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006. Rogers considers this release the most varied and complete album of his lifetime.
"I can honestly say this may be the best album I've ever recorded, " added Rogers. "The musical diversity is extraordinary. It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to. In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music. We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I've ever had access to." You Can't Make Old Friends showcases a certain familiarity that can be expected from Rogers, along with fresh twists of creativity that see the versatile Grammy Award-winner stretching his artistry into new musical territory. In addition to the great story songs and love songs Rogers has become well known for, flavors of rock and roll, soul, gospel, southern rock, zydeco, and sounds of the Southwest are embraced in this bold recording.
Kenny Rogers had a massive year in 2013, including the announcement of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall. Rogers also performed on the main stage at this year s Glastonbury Festival to a colossal audience on the grounds and around the UK as it was televised on BBC. His Through The Years World Tour included stops in Morocco, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S. In addition, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, What Are The Chances, and Rogers New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, were both released.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. You Can't Make Old Friends (with Dolly Parton) - 3:58
2. All I Need Is One - 3:31
3. You Had to Be There - 4:00
4. 'Merica - 3:44
5. Turn This World Around - 4:32
6. Dreams of the San Joaquin - 6:06
7. Don't Leave Me in the Night Time (with Buckwheat Zydeco) - 2:51
8. Look at You - 3:57
9. Neon Horses - 4:31
10. When You Love Someone - 3:41
11. It's Gonna Be Easy Now - 3:47

Art-Nr.: 8349
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Strait, George - 22 more hits [2007]
Brandneue George Strait-Compilation und die ideale Ergänzung zum vor 3 Jahren erschienenen "50 number ones"! Beinhaltete die DoCD von damals, wie es der Titel schon sagt, ausschließlich Nummer 1-Hits, so bekommen die Fans nun eine phatastische Ansammlung von 22 weiteren Hits geliefert, die es ebenfalls alle in die Charts schafften, aber eben "nur" auf Position 2, 3 oder wo auch immer. In den höheren Regionen der Charts platzierte und platziert sich eh jede Single Strait's. So gibt's hier Knüller wie "Amarillo by morning" (man glaubt es kaum, aber dieser Klassiker war niemals Nummer 1), "The fireman", "Marina Del Ray", "Cowboys like us", "Unwound" und viele, viele mehr. Besonderes Sahnehäubchen: Ausschließlich dieses Album enthält den brandneuen HIt "How 'bout them cowgirls" (wunderbar flotter Traditional-Country im typischen Strait-Stil), der extra für diese CD eingespielt wurde. 21 unvergeßliche Strait-Nummern und ein neuer Song ergeben eine weitere, großartig zusammengestellte Ansammlung eines der erfolgreichsten Country-Traditionalisten aller Zeiten.

Die komplette Tracklist:
1 How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - 3:56   
2 Amarillo by Morning - 2:53   
3 The Fireman - 2:35   
4 Gone as a Girl Can Get - 3:16   
5 When Did You Stop Loving Me - 2:49   
6 Marina del Rey - 3:04   
7 Desperately - 4:07   
8 The Cowboy Rides Away - 3:21   
9 Lovebug - 2:51   
10 Cowboys Like Us - 3:39   
11 She Let Herself Go - 3:18   
12 You'll Be There - 4:18   
13 Don't Make Me Come Over There and Love You - 2:05   
14 What Do You Say to That - 2:59   
15 Drinking Champagne - 3:35   
16 You're Something Special to Me - 3:20   
17 Meanwhile - 3:30   
18 Adalida - 3:37   
19 If You Can Do Anything Else - 4:06   
20 Unwound - 2:26   
21 If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home) - 2:58   
22 Overnight Success - 3:08

Art-Nr.: 5364
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Strait, George - twang [2009]
Große Freude im Lager der Country-Traditionalisten: George Strait's neues Album ist da - und einmal mehr ist es ein großartiges Werk geworden. "Twang" ist der Nachfolger des im letzten Jahr von der "CMA" zum "Album of the Year" gewählten und Grammy-ausgezeichneten "Troubadour", mit dem der gerade von der "Academy of Country Music" als "Artist of the Decade" geehrte Texaner nahtlos an die unzähligen "Großtaten" der Vergangenheit anknüpft. Auf George Strait ist immer Verlass! Er wird, zumindestens ist das nur schwer vorstellbar, einfach kein Album veröffentlichen, von dem die Countrywelt einmal enttäuscht sein könnte. Schon allein der wunderbare Titeltrack ist ein absolutes Paradestück in Sachen "Traditional 'twangy", honky-tonkin' Hillbilly Pure Country", wie man es authentischer kaum präsentieren kann. Gehalten in einem von lockeren, flotten, sehr gefälligen Rhythmen getragenen Mantel aus tollen, Country-typischen E-Gitarren, Pedal Steel (jeweils mit klasse Solo), Piano und Fiddle, bietet die Nummer alles, was der so passend gewählte Titel verspricht. Stark! Interessant ist, das George Strait erstmalig seit der Nummer "I can't see Texas from here" aus seinem 1982iger Debut "Strait Country" auch wieder als Songwriter in Erscheinung tritt. So zum Beispiel bei der ersten Single des Albums (schon wieder ein Riesenhit), die er zusammen mit seinem alten Weggefährten Dean Dillon und seinem Sohn Bubba Strait komponierte. 'It makes a papa proud to have my son contributing to the creation of this record", sagt Strait über die gemeinsame Arbeit mit seinem Sohn. Das glauben wir ihm gern. Es gibt insgesamt 3 gemeinsam geschriebene Titel von Papa und Sohnemann, das großartige "Arkansas Dave" hat Bubba Strait gar allein komponiert. Keine Frage, er hat die musikalischen Gene des Vaters offenbar eins zu eins im Blut. Andere beteiligte Songwriter sind beispielsweise Jim Lauderdale, Sherrie Austin, Blaine Larsen, Delbert McClinton, Gary Nicholson, Casey Beathard, u.s.w., die für den "texanischen Vorzeige-Cowboy" insgesamt wieder eine durch und durch massgeschneiderte Songauswahl aus gefühlvollen, von wimmernder Steelguitar begleiteten Balladen, lässigen Midtempo-Nummern und knackigen, flotten Honky Tonkern parat haben. George Strait ist ein Phänomen an Beständigkeit, der sein Niveau seit nahezu 30 Jahren auf einem gleichbleibend hohen Level hält. "Twang" unterstreicht dies nachhaltig! Erneut eine ganz starke Leistung, Mr. Strait!

Die komplette Songliste:

1 Twang - 2:55   
2 Where Have I Been All My Life - 3:06   
3 I Gotta Get to You - 3:10   
4 Easy as You Go - 3:22   
5 Living for the Night - 3:41   
6 Same Kind of Crazy - 3:32   
7 Out of Sight out of Mind - 3:07   
8 Arkansas Dave - 3:18   
9 The Breath You Take - 3:35   
10 He's Got That Something Special - 3:23   
11 Hot Grease and Zydeco - 3:19   
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Art-Nr.: 6499
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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