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Bentley, Dierks - the mountain [2018]
Dierks Bentley kommt mit einem neuen, fantastischen Album. Was dieser Mann auch abliefert, es sind stets absolute Highlights einer heute leider ansonsten oftmals allzu "fremdelnden" Nashville-Countrywelt. Klar, auch Bentley's Musik ist modern, muß sie ja auch sein. Doch er vergißt niemals seine Roots, niemals die Wurzeln der Countrymusic, niemals diese unwiderstehliche, natürliche Country-Frische. Hochklassige Songs, mal duraus ein wenig poppig, mal rockig, mal southern, mal dezent grassig - Dierks Bentley arbeitet sich genußvoll durch alle Facetten des New Country. Tolle Songs, tolle Melodien, tolle Musiker, tolle Arrangements - dieses Werk ist definitiv jetzt schon eines der Country-Highlights des Jahres.

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Dierks Bentley returns to his roots for his ninth studio album, The Mountain. The singer wrote and recorded the project in Telluride, Colorado, after being inspired during a visit to Telluride Bluegrass Festival. As a result, the acoustic instrumentation on select songs coupled with Bentley’s heartfelt songwriting brings to mind elements of his 2010 release Up On the Ridge. All the while, Bentley’s authenticity shines through.
The Mountain kicks off with the standout “Burning Man,” featuring Brothers Osborne, where Bentley sings of life’s struggles and triumphs. Penned by Luke Dick and Bobby Pinson, Bentley makes the song uniquely his with slowed vocals and striking musicianship that is sure to come alive in the concert setting.
The heartfelt “Living” also strikes a chord as Bentley sings of how “some days you’re just breathing, just trying to break even” while others “your heart is pounding out of your chest.” This introspection is heard throughout the majority of The Mountain, particularly on album closer “How I’m Going Out.” Bentley’s vulnerability is further showcased on the striking ballad “My Religion,” as he sings of how loving a woman isn’t his decision but his religion. Meanwhile, “Son of The Sun” has the singer reflecting on his upbringing in Arizona and his need to embrace the desert air and escape the daily grind of life through nature.
On “Nothing On But the Stars,” Bentley switches gears as he looks back at the end of a relationship with the hope of one more night together. It’s here that his seductive vocals shine with distinct yearning while delicate percussion accompaniment and soaring guitar features further evoke the song’s message.
Bentley switches gears on “Goodbye in Telluride” with unique production and a rhythmic singing style. A positive spin on a breakup, while enjoying the snowcapped mountains of Colorado he senses his girlfriend won’t be around for much longer. Captivated by the setting, he begs her to wait a few more days before ending things so he can remember his visit fondly. “If you gotta let me go I’m gonna be alright / Just don’t tell me goodbye here in Telluride,” he croons on the infectious song.
While Bentley’s brief relocation to Colorado to write and produce The Mountain had an obvious impact on many of the songs, so does his family. His wife’s influence is felt on the heartfelt single “Woman, Amen” and within the equally memorable love song, “Stranger To Myself.” On the latter, he sings of how before Cassidy came along he was a stranger to himself. “Who I was back then is like an old forgotten song / You showed me who I am / You handed me the keys / And I unlocked the door to a better part of me,” he sings on the chorus.
One of the album’s highlights includes “Travelin’ Light,” featuring Brandi Carlile. The song’s acoustic instrumentation and Carlile’s captivating vocals pair well with Bentley’s. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Tim O’Brien also provide musical assistance on the song.
While Bentley has shown is ability at pushing genre lines over the years, on The Mountain he successfully returns to his roots. Having spent time in Colorado writing and recording the album, Bentley proves a master at finding inspiration within his surroundings and, as a result, transports the listener with him. Bentley’s talent as a songwriter and distinct musical influences merge throughout The Mountain for a memorable release that will no doubt serve as a timeless addition to his catalog.
(Annie Reuter/SoundsLikeNashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Burning Man (feat. Brothers Osborne) - 3:58
2. The Mountain - 4:44
3. Living - 3:42
4. Woman, Amen - 2:59
5. You Can't Bring Me Down - 4:46
6. Nothing On But The Stars - 3:47
7. Goodbye In Telluride - 3:09
8. My Religion - 3:05
9. One Way - 3:37
10. Son Of The Sun - 3:10
11. Stranger To Myself - 3:24
12. Travelin' Light (feat. Brandi Carlile) - 3:14
13. How I'm Going Out - 3:38

Art-Nr.: 9639
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Blues Traveler - hurry up & hang around [2018]
Sie sind noch immer, bzw. wieder, in einer fantastischen Verfassung. Die großartigen Root-/Jamrock-Veteranen um Mastermind und Harp-Wizard John Popper präsentieren mit ihrem neuen, nunmehr 13. Studioalbum, ein absolutes Prachtteil ab, das die große Blues Traveler-Fanbase vollstens überzeugen wird. Tolles Songmaterial, große Spielfreude, hervorragend hängen bleibendes Material, Abwechslungsreichtum - einfach stark!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Blues Traveler has always been a band that lets their sound, travel, if you will. Along the winding path of their career, the one constant has been change. "Save His Soul" sounded nothing like "Four", which sounded nothing like "Truth Be Told", which sounded nothing like "Blow Up The Moon". They have always been chasing something, but what exactly that is has always been nebulous. In the beginning, the strove for respect. Then they strove for the status they deserved. Then they strove to regain their place. And finally, they strove to make themselves happy. That leaves us with a string of records that hold together, but form a patchwork that draws your attention to a different area each time. And even when they are taking a detour that might not be your choice, there are always interesting twists that make it worth your while to take the ride with them.
With the band having reached a milestone of longevity, the question of how to commemorate that brings them back (nearly) full circle. While their last couple records have seen Blues Traveler injecting their sound with pop songwriters in the search for the perfect collaboration, "Hurry Up & Hang Around" finds them stripping back to the garage band they started out as. This is the most classically Blues Traveler album they have made, in approach, in many a year.
Our first taste of this chapter came from the opening track, "Accelerated Nation", which came out of the gates in traditional Blues Traveler form. Sounding like a mix of all their eras, the song fused their classic sound with the polished writing of their modern work, giving us a song that fits the same mold "Most Precarious" did (and sadly never got credit for - that was a better single than it is remembered as).
Longtime fans will recognize bits and pieces that should evoke a smile, like how John Popper's melody in the verses of "She Becomes My Way" stretches a syllable or two longer than anyone else would write it. Those are the details that I have always appreciated, both as a fan and as a songwriter. Every writer and every band has idiosyncrasies that pop up, which I think got too smoothed out with the amount of collaboration they had been doing lately. Even when they were writing great songs, like "Matador" was, they didn't have those trademark elements. Hearing them again is a treat.
Another one pops up on "Daddy Went A Giggin'", where Popper's melody in the verses, and some of the feel of the instrumental, is somewhat pulled from his solo album, "Zygote" (the song "His Own Hands" in particular). The songwriting on this record is a throwback to the "Four" and "Straight On Til Morning" period, but more concise than they were back then. The band has been constantly trimming away the excess from their old tendencies, which leaves us with a lean record. Old fans might think there's a looseness missing from the recordings, but it shows how their focus has shifted over the years towards sharp songwriting.
The thing about being a Blues Traveler fan is that we can argue over which of their experiments are our favorites. Some of us will love how gritty and heavy they got on "Bastardos!", while others will appreciate the slickness of "Truth Be Told". This one, though, feels like the right record for an anniversary period, because it is the one record since "Four" that best captures every side of the band.
Given how much the world has changed since "Run Around" and "Hook" were near the top of the charts, it's a good decision that the band is no longer trying to chase a hit, and is instead writing music that is befitting of their status. There are clover hooks and strong melodies, but they integrate into the core of the band's sound, rather than sounding like the token attempt to appeal to a demographic that no longer exists. Look, I love "Girl Inside My Head" and "Amber Awaits" too, but even then there no longer existed the proper outlet for them to become mainstream hits.
"Hurry Up & Hang Around" is a record made for Blues Traveler fans by the biggest fans of them all, the band. At this stage of their career, that's exactly what most people want to hear. And listening to the results, I can't argue. This record will make any Blues Traveler fan happy, and it will reset things so the next experiment is more welcome. (Bloody Good Music / Chris C)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Accelerated Nation - 3:04
2. She Becomes My Way - 3:51
3. The Touch She Has - 4:22
4. When You Fall Down - 3:32
5. The Wolf Is Bumpin - 3:48
6. Daddy Went a Giggin - 3:43
7. Tangle Of Our Dreaming - 3:36
8. More Than Truth - 3:02
9. Prayer Upon The Wind - 2:20
10. Miss Olympus - 4:02
11. Phone Call From Leavenworth - 4:35
12. Ode From The Aspect - 4:55

Art-Nr.: 9717
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Campbell, Craig - same [2011]
Ein absoluter Leckerbissen für die Freunde traditioneller, reiner Countrymusic. Wie letztes Jahr Easton Corbin, macht sich nun auch Craig Campbell auf, die Fahnen lupenreiner, unverfälschter Countrymusic in Nashville hoch zu halten. Wundervolle Songs, tolle Melodien, locker, leicht, natürlich, eine prächtige Countrystimme - Countryherz, was willst Du mehr. Der aus Lyons/Georgia stammende junge Mann ist mit vollem Herzen Countrymusiker, der die Szene "von der Pike auf" mitbekommen hat. In einem von Gospelmusik geprägten Zuhause spielte er viele Jahre lang Klavier in der Baptistkirche seiner Mutter. Von diesem Zeitpunkt an entwickelte er parallel seine Liebe zur Countrymusic, denn die Grenzen zwischen Gospel und Country, gerade in den Südstaaten der USA, sind oft fließend. Vor allen Dingen die Gospel-und Southern-inspirierten Sachen von Travis Tritt hatten es ihm angetan, den er heute als einen seiner größten Einflüsse bezeichnet. Im Jahre 2002 siedelte Campbell nach Nashville über, wo er sich schnell in der lokale Countryszene etablierte. Er ergatterte ein regelmäßig wiederkehrendes Engagement in einem der berühmtesten Clubs am historischen Lower Broadway in Nashville, "The Stage", wo er jede Menge Sessions mit bekannten Größen spielte. Als Begleitung für seine Auftritte diente oft die Band des mittlerweile ebenfalls sehr angesagten Luke Bryan., der ihn immer wieder animierte sein großes Potenzial auch in eigenes Material zu investieren. Enes Tages sah einer der besten und bekanntesten Produzenten Nashville's für traditionelle Countrymusic, Alan Jackson's Haus- und Hofproduzent Keith Stegall, einen von Campbell's Auftritten im "The Stage", was Craig's Karriere unmittelbar ins Rollen brachte. Stegall war auf der Stelle begeistert von den immensen Fähigkeiten des jungen Neo-Traditionalisten und verschaffte ihm nicht nur einen Labelvertrag, sondern übernahm auch gleich die Produktion seines fantastischen Debutalbums. Was Cambell den Countryfans offeriert, ist allerfeinste, reine, traditionelle Countrymusic, zeitlos schön und doch so aktuell. Auf dem Bild des Album-Backcovers liegt er vollkommen relaxt und lässig auf der Ladefläche seines Pickup-Trucks, die Beibe übereinander geschlagen, den Cowboyhut ins Gesicht gezogen, und "lässt den lieben Gitt einen guten Mann sein". Genau diese unbeschwerte Mentalität, diese ländliche Lebensweise transportiert er in seine vorzügliche Musik. Herrliche Steelgitarren, Fiddles und lockeres E-Gitarren-Picking bilden einen wunderbaren Rahmen für das ohne Ausnahme hervorragende Songmaterial. Immerhin 9 der 11 Songs hat Campbell mitgeschrieben, zum Teil mit namhaften Co-Autoren wie Keith Stegall, Tim Nichols, Carson Chamberlain und Lance Miller. Seinen Bezug zu Travis Tritt haben wir bereits erwähnt. Der ist auch spürbar, vor allem in dem lockeren Southern-Charme, den Campbell immer wieder einbringt, doch im Grunde genommen liegt seine Art der Countrymusic näher an solchen Traditionalisten wie George Strait, George Jones, Tracy Byrd und vor allen Dingen Alan Jackson, dem er auch stimmlich recht nahe kommt. Ein weiteres Plus: Produzent Stegall hat ihm die "Créme de la Créme" von Nashville's Studioartisten zur Seite gesetellt: Eddy Bayers: Drums, Brent Mason: Electric guitar, Paul Franlin: Steel, Stuart Duncan: Fiddle & Mandolin, Glenn Worf: Bass, John Hobbs und Gary Prim: Piano, Bobby Terry: Acoustic guitar und John Wesley Ryles: Background Vocals. Keine Frage, dieses Album ist so etwas wie ein "Muss" für alle Liebhaber traditioneller, reiner Countrymusic. 'It's traditional, back-to-basics, true country music", sagt Campbell und ergänzt:."It's what I am. I can't be anything else". Dem ist nichts hinzuzufügen. Ein wunderbares Album!

Die komplette Songliste:

1 I Bought It - 2:46   
2 Family Man - 3:40   
3 When I Get It - 3:19   
4 My Little Cowboy - 4:02   
5 Makes You Wanna Sang - 2:52   
6 That Going Away Look (About Her) - 3:04   
7 Fish - 2:49   
8 Chillaxin' - 3:20   
9 That's Music to Me - 3:30   
10 You Probably Ain't - 4:02   
11 All Night to Get There - 3:31

Art-Nr.: 7327
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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I bought it
Makes you wanna sang
Fish
Chillaxin'
That's music to me
All night to get there

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Civil Wars, The - same [2013]
Sehnlichst erwartetes Follow-Up des grandiosen Americana-/Singer-Songwriter-/Alternative Country-/Folk Rock-Duos Joy Williams und John Paul White zu dem mit 3 Grammys dekorierten, frenetisch gefeierten Debut "Barton hollow". The Civil Wars machen genau da weiter, wo sie mit ihrem Vorgänger aufgehört haben. Songmaterial und Performance sind exzellent!

Kurze Original-Produktinfo:
The Civil Wars' highly anticipated sophomore self-titled album is the follow up to the three-time Grammy Award-winning duo's acclaimed debut, Barton Hollow.
The Civil Wars was recorded in Nashville between August 2012 and January 2013. Charlie Peacock was once again at the helm as producer for the album. Additionally, Rick Rubin produced the duo's performance for the track "I Had Me a Girl" in August of 2011. Peacock later completed the track by producing the instrumentation and mix.

Exklusives "Track by Track"-Review zu allen Stücken des Albums von Joy Williams:

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

This song pays homage to regret. Nearly everybody I've come across has somebody in their life that they wonder what life would be like if they'd never met that person. It's that sliding-door moment -- in the blink of an eye everything could change. Either for the positive or the negative.
John Paul and I wrote this song in the screened-in porch of my and Nate's new home. I remember warm breezes blowing, a mild day. I had recently had my son, Miles, who happened to be asleep with Nate in the living room, right next to the porch. I remember asking John Paul to play quietly so he didn't wake up the baby.

I HAD ME A GIRL

This song always conjures up an image of a glass of whiskey and a lit cigarette. It's a little brooding. A little dangerous. It smolders. It has swagger and grit. It's full of innuendo and Southern Gothic tones. I love the feel of this track, and the way this song came together on the record. "I Had Me a Girl" is one of those musical moments that makes me wish I knew how to play electric guitar. Or any guitar, for that matter.

SAME OLD SAME OLD

This song, to me, represents the ache of monogamy. This isn't an "I'm leaving you" song. It's a vulnerable confession of "I don't want to leave. I want to work on this -- with you." Having said that, someone once told me a story about long-term relationships: to think of them as a continent to explore. I could spend a lifetime backpacking through Africa, and I would still never know all there is to know about that continent. To stay the course, to stay intentional, to stay curious and connected -- that's the heart of it. But it's so easy to lose track of the trail, to get tired, to want to give up, or to want a new adventure. It can be so easy to lose sight of the goodness and mystery within the person sitting right in front of you. That continent idea inspires me, and makes the ache when it comes hurt a little less. To know that it happens to all of us. What I'm realizing now is that sometimes the "same old same old" can actually be rich, worthwhile and a great adventure.

DUST TO DUST

This song is an anthem for the lonely. Sometimes you come across somebody who thinks they are hiding their pain, but if we are all honest, nobody is very good at it. "You're like a mirror, reflecting me. Takes one to know one, so take it from me.” When John Paul and I wrote this late one night in Birmingham, England, we decided to change the pronoun at the end of the song. We wanted to represent that we all experience loneliness in our lives.

EAVESDROP

We brought in our producer, Charlie Peacock, on this song. He helped with arrangements and really helped take the song to a totally different place. Sometimes as an artist, you can't see what needs re-arranging when you're so "in it." Charlie brought perspective. Almost like an eavesdrop within an "Eavesdrop."
Strangely enough, this song always reminds me that my voice has changed since the last album. I have my son to thank for that, truly. When I was first pregnant and performing on the road, I thought something was wrong with my voice. I was having a hard time hitting high notes, while my low notes kept getting deeper and deeper. I did some research with the help of a vocal coach, and learned that hormone levels affect a female singing range. Having a boy, naturally, upped my testosterone levels, making low notes easier to hit and higher notes harder to reach. But the great thing? After having Miles, I regained my high range AND have kept my low range. Pregnancy literally changed the makeup of my vocal cords. There's a different timbre to it now, and I love that I can hear the story of my son in my singing.

DEVIL'S BACKBONE

This song is our take on an Americana murder ballad. It's dark, prickly, anxious. It was fun writing because we just imagined some dust-bowl scenario, a broke-down town, and a man awaiting being hung for something he did in the name of trying to provide for his family. The woman who loves him is watching him standing there on the gallows.
This song always reminds me of when the melody first came to mind. I was doing my makeup in the tiled bathroom upstairs, with my newborn Miles in a yellow rocking bassinet next to me. I started singing, and turned on the voice memo app on my iPhone so I wouldn't forget it. As I sang, Miles started cooing along with me. Not on pitch, mind you, but I'd move a note, and he'd move a note. I'm never deleting that voice memo. It's become one of my favorites.

FROM THIS VALLEY

That's our Grand Ole Opry song. A new spiritual. It's actually the oldest song written on the album. We wrote it before Barton Hollow came out. Even though we didn't have our own recording of it, we started performing it live and it became a fan favorite. It made sense to finally put it on an album. One of my favorite moments on stage every night was singing the a cappella part together.

TELL MAMA

We recorded the performance at Fame studio in Muscle Shoals, a place we'd written a few songs before that made it onto Barton Hollow. I always felt the musical ghosts in that studio, one of whom was the great Etta James. We're a band that's known for covering songs live in our own way, and we thought it would be fun to take a stab at "Tell Mama." I found out later that where we recorded was the same room she recorded her version. That might explain why I kept getting goosebumps.

OH HENRY

We wrote it one week before Barton Hollow, in the mountains of Salt Lake City during our first Sundance Festival. We conjured up a story about a woman who was married to a philandering man. She is begging her man to level with her, and letting him know she can only take so much, a la "it's gonna kill me or it's gonna kill you."

DISARM

Again, we're the band who loves to do covers. Both John Paul and I have always been huge Smashing Pumpkins fans. Nate mentioned it might be a cool cover, and we actually wound up working it out the same day that we wrote "Oh Henry" up in Salt Lake City for Sundance. It turned into another on-stage staple that people asked for every night. We found out later from his then-manager that Billy dug it.

SACRED HEART

We wrote this song in a flat in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in full view on a cold night. Tall windows, Victorian furniture, and somehow the atmosphere of all of that seeped into the song. Nate and our friends were there in the room as we wrote, all of us drinking wine together. I also loved getting to try out my flawed French. I wrote what words I knew in French, and then had a Parisian friend named Renata Pepper (yes, that's her real name) look it over later and help me translate. When we recorded the song for the album, I called in a French professor from Vanderbilt named Becky Peterson, who has now become a good friend.

D'ARLINE

We wrote this song in the studio behind my house in Nashville, on a warm summer day, with the windows and doors open. This song is a sweet lament, of loss and the belief that you'll never be able to love anybody else again. I stumbled across "Letters of Note" on Twitter, and was struck by the title of a letter written by a famous physicist named Richard Feynman: "I love my wife. My wife is dead." A little over a year after her death, he wrote his wife a love letter and sealed it. It was written in 1946, and wasn't opened until after his death in 1988. He ended his note to his long-lost wife with "Please excuse my not mailing this -- but I don't know your new address."
Another aside to this song: While we were recording the song together, John Paul and I could hear crows cawing in the background that I've since named Edgar, Allen and Poe. This recording and performance of the song is the first and only in existence, a work tape recorded simply on my iPhone.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The One That Got Away - 3.32
2. I Had Me a Girl - 3.45
3. Same Old Same Old - 3.48
4. Dust to Dust - 3.49
5. Eavesdrop - 3.35
6. Devil's Backbone - 2.29
7. From This Valley - 3.33
8. Tell Mama - 3.48
9. Oh Henry - 3.32
10. Disarm - 4.42
11. Sacred Heart - 3.19
12. D'Arline - 3.06

Art-Nr.: 8264
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Corbin, Easton - same [2010]
"Easton is bringing Country back"! Er ist mit Brad Paisley, den die amerikanischen Medien einst als "savior of countrymusic" bezeichneten, im kommenden Sommer auf Tour - und es passt hundertprozentig! Auch Easton Corbin darf man einen vielleicht wegweisenden Erfolg und Einstieg in die Billboard Country Singles-Charts bescheinigen (sein Hit "A little more country than that" ist auf dem Weg zur Spitze), der die Hoffnung nährt, dass sich Nashville doch endlich wieder auf seine wahren Country-Roots mit ehrlicher, reiner, traditionellen Countrymusic besinnt. Die einschlägige Presse jedenfalls ist voll des Lobes und feiert seinen "real Country" überschwenglich! Völlig zu Recht, denn Corbin's wunderbares Debutalbum ist ein ganz jerrlicher, lockerer, flockiger Traditional Country-Leckerbessen an der Schnittstelle zwischen Alan Jackson, George Strait und Keith Whitley. Die beiden letzteren bezeichnet er als seine absoluten musikalischen Helden, was in seinen Songs deutlichst hörbar wird. Geboren und aufgewachsen in "rural" Gilchrist County, in Florida, kennt Easton Corbin das reale Countryleben von der Pike auf. Er verbrachte viele Jahre auf der Cattle Farm seiner Großeltern, entwickelte bereits in frühester Jugend eine intensive Liebe Für die "Opry"-Fersehshows, die regelmässig liefen und durchstöberte die Plattensammlungen seiner gesamten Verwandschaft. "I wanted to be a country singer since I way three or four years old", erinnert sich Corbin heute. Er nahm Gitarrenunterricht, spielte später in einer lokalen Band Lead Gitarre, trat dann auch solo auf und wurde nach einem überzeugenden Gig beim bekannten Suwannee River Jam-Festival spontan für das Vorprogramm solcher Acts wie Janie Fricke und Mel McDaniel gebucht. Im Jahre 2006 schließlich ging Corbin, inzwischen frisch verheiratet, mit seiner Frau nach Nashville, erhaschte dort sehr schnell die Aufmerksamkeit von Joe Fisher, dem "Senior Director" der Universal Music Group von Nashville, der in auf der Stelle für Merciry Nashville unter Vertrag nahm. Von nun an ging alles seinen Weg, was jetzt mit der Veröffentlichung seines tollen Debuts einen ersten, vorläufigen Höhepunkt erreichte. Doch wir sind uns sicher: das ist erst der Anfang! Corbin's "real Countrymusic" steckt voller Authentizität, voller ursprünglicher Reinheit und Ehrlichkeit. Man hört nicht den Hauch poppiger Einflüsse. Das ist "country to the bone" - und dennoch ist es absolut zeitgemäss. Corbin hat eine überaus angenehme, klare Countrystimme, ähnlich der eines Georg Strait, Alan Jackson oder Clint Black. Die elf Stücke fliessen mit wunderbaren Melodien aus den Lautsprechern und finden ohne Umwege den Weg in unsere, diese Songs regelrecht aufsaugenden Gehörgänge. Auch die Texte sind durch und durch country. Abgerundet wird das Ganze durch die famosen Begleitmusiker. Das ist die absolute 1A-Garde Nashville's, und damit genau der richtige Background für solch einen klasse Sänger: Brent Mason (E-Gitarre), Biff Watson (Acoustic Gitarre), Paul Franklin (Steel), Larry Franklin (Fiddle), Gary Prim (Keyboards), Eddie Bayers (Drums), und andere. Grandioses E-Gitarren-Picking, ein flotter, knackiger, aber total lockerer, flüssiger Rhythmus, prächtige Pedal Steel- und Fiddle-Fills, eine wunderbare Melodie - das Album startet gleich mit einem umwerfenden "Pure Country"-Hit (das muss eigentlich eine Single mit Zug zur Chartspitze werden...). "Roll with it" heisst die Nummer, bei der sich sofort ein wohltuender "Aah, welch herrliche Countrymusic"-Effekt einstellt. Geht runter wie Öl, ist, im positivsten Sinne, leicht verdaulich und simpel arrangiert - und doch mit einer ganz aussergewöhnlichen musikalischen Qualität in Szene gesetzt, wie es eben nur den Besten der Besten gebührt (siehe oben genannte Musiker). Das ändert sich auch während des gesamten Albums nicht. Ob das bereits erwähnte "A little more country than that" (schönes Midtempo, klasse E-Gitarren-/Steelguitar-Wechselspiel), das foltte, in allerbester Alan Jackson-Manier (wenn der in Hochform ist) vorgetragene "The way love looks" (tolle Steel-, Gitarren-, Fiddle-Begleitung), die großartige Ballade "Let alone you" (tolle Baritone E-Gitarre, schöne Steel) oder das flockige, mit feinen, transparenten Acoustic Gitarren und herrlicher Steelguitar instrumentierte, lässige "Leavin' a lonely town" - es ist die pure Country-Freude! Keine Frage,.Easton Corbin beweist es eindrucksvoll: "Real Country is still alive" - auch im Chart- und Kommerz-orientierten Nashville! Mit einem Easton Corbin am Start entledigt man sich eindrdrucksvoll der Nachwuchssorgen auf dem Terrain der Straits und Jacksons. Und das ist wirklich gut zu wissen...

Das komplette Tracklistsing:

1 Roll with It - 3:27   
2 A Little More Country Than That - 2:52   
3 This Far from Memphis - 3:17   
4 The Way Love Looks - 2:41   
5 Someday When I'm Old - 3:22   
6 Don't Ask Me 'Bout a Woman - 3:36   
7 I Can't Love You Back - 4:05   
8 A Lot to Learn About Livin' - 3:46   
9 Let Alone You - 3:14   
10 That'll Make You Wanna Drink - 3:26   
11 Leavin' a Lonely Town - 3:22

Art-Nr.: 6815
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Lucero - all a man should do [2015]
Was für ein wunderbares, neues Album der famosen Rootsrock-Truppe aus Memphis/Tennessee um den charismatischen Frontmann Ben Nichols! Erneut produziert von Ted Hutt (u. a. Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dropkick Murphys) und augenommen in den legendären Ardent Studios von Memphis präsentiert sich die Band in herausragender Verfassung. Sie reifen immer mehr, die Songs werden von Album zu Album noch besser. "All a man should do" ist vielleicht das bislang "ruhigste" Werk der Band, doch die innere Kraft des durchweg bärenstarken Songmaterials ist immens. Zu den ursprünglichen, trockenen, teils ordentlich "polternden" Southern-flavored Rootsrock- und Alternate Country-Klängen ihrer Anfangstage entwickelt die Band nun zusätzlich einen größeren Hang Richtung Memphis-Sound und Heartland Rock. Zudem legt man viel mehr Wert auf klare Songstrukturen, was darin mündet, das die Stücke allesamt in wunderbaren Melodien verpackt werden, sowohl instrumentell, als auch gesanglich, gleichzeitig aber immer noch ihre zwanglose Rauheit bewahren. Durch das komplette Album zieht sich eine herrlich lockeres Ambiente. Die Gitarren klingen sehr klar und transparent, die Licks gehen unmittelbar ins Ohr, Klavier und Orgel integrieren sich in wunderbarer Harmonie und werden komplettiert durch eine flüssige, flockige Rhythmusarbeit von Bass und Schlagzeug, ohne das die Band dabei wenig knackig klingt. Nein, das tut sie gar nicht! Und, wie gesagt, ihre angeraute Ursprünglichkeit ist stets präsent, allein schon durch Ben Nichols' großartigen, heiseren, Staub-gegerbten und Whiskey-resistenten Gesang. Die Band schafft diesen anspruchsvollen Spagat zwischen angenehmer Eingängigkeit und erdiger Rauheit geradezu perfekt. Sinnbildlich für das komplette Album steht der grandiose Opener "Baby don't you want me", der durchaus rau, gleichzeitig aber traumhaft melodisch aus den Lautsprechern fließt. Hat viel Heartland-Flair und Mempfis-Spirit. Nichols "raspelnder" Gesang, die transparente, klare Instrumentierung (großartige E-Gitarren-Klänge und akustische Gitarren-Riffs, lockeres Klavierspiel) und der flockige Rhthmus passen herrlich zusammen. Ein Heartland-/Roots-/Americana-/Memphis-Rocker vom Allerfeinsten. Dem Sextett gehören im übrigen mit Jim Spake und Randy Ballard auch zwei Bläser an, die nicht bei jedem Stück, aber hin und wieder in Erscheinung treten. Wenn das passiert, wie etwa bei dem flotten Uptempo-Rootsrocker "Can't you hear the howl", wirken sie nie zu aufdringlich, sondern passen sich wunderbar dem natürlichen, flüssigen Klangbild an. Lucero ist mit ihrem neuen Werk ein ganz großer Wurf gelungen. Sie haben sich in den letzten Jahren ein immenses Standing in der Rootsrock-Szene erarbeitet, was mit diesem Album noch einmal aufs Beeindruckendste untermauert wird. Baumstark!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Baby Don't You Want Me - 4.02
2. Went Looking For Warren Zevon's Los Angeles - 4.29
3. The Man I Was - 4.28
4. Can't You Hear Them Howl - 3.54
5. I Woke Up In New Orleans - 5.10
6. Throwback No. 2 - 4.15
7. They Called Her Killer - 3.31
8. Young Outlaws - 4.04
9. I'm In Love With A Girl - 2.25
10. My Girl & Me In '93 - 5.18

Art-Nr.: 8977
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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I woke up in New Orleans
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Marshall Tucker Band, The - live! englishtown, nj , september 3, 1977 [2014]
Historische, neue Live-Veröffentlichung der legendären Southern Rock-Band, und zwar in der Original-Besetzung. Allerdings ist die Soundqualität nicht optimal. Dennoch wollte die Band dieses "besondere" Konzert, wie sie ausdrücklich betont, ihren Fans jetzt unbedingt zugänglich machen und hat somit dieses Album nun auf ihrem Band-eigenen "Ramblin'"-Label veröffentlicht. Es handelt sich um das Konzert vom 3. September 1977 im Raceway Park von Englishtown/New Jersey. Es war eine über 11-stündige Veranstaltung vor mehr als 150.000 Fans, bei dem ausser den Tucker Boys auch noch die New Riders Of The Purple Sage und Grateful Dead auftraten. Es war das größte Publikum, vor dem die Band jemals gespielt hat. Neben vielen der großen Hits gibt's hier auch eine über 12-minütige Fassung von "Never trust a stranger". Trotz der Klangeinbußen ein interssantes Konzert für die Tucker-Sammler.

Wir weisen noch einmal ausdrücklich darauf hin, dass die Soundqualität nur mittelmässig ist (mittlere bis gute Bootleg-Qualität, keine Radio Show-Qualität).

Hier der offizielle Veröffentlichungstext der Band im Original-Wortlaut:

The Marshall Tucker Band will relive one of their most memorable performances as a live album. ‘Live From Englishtown,’ a recording of their 1977 Englishtown, N.J., concert that drew more than 150,000 fans, will be released next month on the band’s own Ramblin’ Records.
“The 1977 Englishtown concert was one of the largest shows in the history of the Marshall Tucker Band,” founding member and lead singer Doug Gray explains. “This album was made from a copy of the original 37-year-old recording, and although the audio quality is not perfect, we wanted to make it commercially available to our fans … These recordings will give fans and those who attended a chance to relive that special day by hearing the original MTB lineup in its prime.”
The 10-track album includes several of the band’s biggest hits, including ‘Can’t You See,’ ‘Fire on the Mountain’ and ‘Heard It In a Love Song.’ While the record was made with the fans in mind, the band admits they enjoyed reliving one of the most iconic nights of their career as well.

“Looking back, this concert was just unbelievable,” Gray adds. “It was one of the most moving experiences in the history of the Marshall Tucker Band.”

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Never Trust a Stranger - 12.37
2. Serachin' For a Rainbow - 6.05
3. Heard It In a Love Song - 4.56
4. Take the Highway - 6.20
5. Fire On the Mountain - 4.14
6. In My Own Way - 6.46
7. Fly Like an Eagle - 3.35
8. Long Hard Ride - 3.48
9. 24 Hours At a Time - 14.03
10. Can't You See - 6.08

Art-Nr.: 8683
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Matthews Band, Dave - come tomorrow [2018]
Endlich, nach sechs langen Jahren: Ein neues Studioalbum der Dave Matthews Band - handwerklich und musikalisch wieder auf höchstem Niveau. Sehr starke Vorstellung!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

At some point in time a wise human accurately stated that what makes us happy are the little things. I’ll circle around to this sentence later on. For now, happy FriYAY, it’s a Dave Matthews Band album release Friday, so indeed, YAY! Come Tomorrow is the ninth chapter in the storied career of these jam-band Virginia legends, and the first offering since 2012’s Away From The World. Clocking in at roughly 55 minutes, this LP arrives at a time of need for balance and soothing simplistic stories that drift us away from the feather ruffling of everyday Hollywood and politics. Not that there is anything simple about Dave Matthews and his mates, but their complex sound does calm and bring smiles to those willing to delve in.
As previously stated, little things. It figures as we get older, people tend to find joy in everyday occurrences. Let’s not talk about government or our divided neighbors, let’s shy away from the music industry beefs and the unfair turbulence caused by the rich few. These topics have there importance, of course, but sometimes we just need a break. That is where Dave Matthews and the gang’s new offering chimes in. Come Tomorrow is a record about the simple things. Relatable material. In a world that’s taken a turn to Kafkaesque settings, Dave Matthews is another voice reminding us that maybe we could take a step back and enjoy – say it with me – the little things.
Album opener “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin),” titled after a sub-par film released in 1991 with a cool title, is a drums-n-guitar driven power-ballad focused on the hopeful purity that overtakes us when a newborn arrives. By contrast, “Do You Remember” is an upbeat swanky mix of playful strings and horns that reflects on our time on this fickle Earth and what love is supposed to look like. Namesake “Come Tomorrow” is a mid-paced tune of both optimism and acquiesce. Croons Matthews “An old man spat and cursed as he spoke // It’s all going to hell and the whole world is broken // The little kid is busy making plans // To save the whole world // Along with that old man,” to a future generation that takes the reins and looks to fix our past missteps – at least that is the plan.
Material from yesteryear shines through on Come Tomorrow as well. The late great Mr. LeRoi Moore‘s notorious horns make a cameo on straight-out-of-the-vault anthems “Can’t Stop” and “Idea of You.” Rounding out the stronger core are the funky soul trappings of “Again and Again” and the longing tales of childhood on the maturely suave “Virginia In The Rain.” Nonetheless, the spectacular apotheosis within Come Tomorrow rests in the unlikely “That Girl Is You.” A tune detailing a casual meet cute that plays simple enough by tune, but is high and mighty through a seldom used gritty-falsetto from Matthews. This is Dave like you have never heard him before – and it is refreshing.
Overall, Come Tomorrow is a sane and vulnerable album. No outlandish statements are made and much of the material comes across as organic and synced. Per usual, Rashawn, Stefan, Carter, and the rest of the gang play it tight, play it right, and create beauty within the elation of sheer musicianship. There are no auto-tunes or computerized gimmicks of enhancement. Come Tomorrow is just a bunch of gifted artists making simple themed jams in a world looking to save itself, from itself. You know, the little things. Cheers!
(Andrés Alvarado/Loudsound Magazine)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) - 4:22
2. Can't Stop - 4:43
3. Here On Out - 3:18
4. That Girl Is You - 3:16
5. She - 3:51
6. Idea Of You - 4:44
7. Virginia In The Rain - 6:09
8. Again And Again - 4:25
9. bkdkdkdd - 0:27
10. Black And Blue Bird - 3:33
11. Come On Come On - 4:39
12. Do You Remember - 4:17
13. Come Tomorrow - 4:46
14. When I'm Weary - 1:56

Art-Nr.: 9640
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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McEntire, Reba - keep on loving you [2009]
Reba's neue... - und es ist wieder ein prima Album geworden. Reba McEntire ist eine großartige Künstlerin, die es problemlos versteht, sich den Gegebenheiten des modernen Nashville's anzupassen, ohne auch nur im geringsten ihre Wurzeln zu leugnen. Genau das ist ihr hier bestens gelungen. So ist "Keep on loving you" ein modernes, überwiegend schön knackiges, kraftvolles Country-/New Country-/Contemporary Country-Album geworden, das typisch Reba ist, und eindrucksvoll offenbart, dass die Diva in Nashville's Gegenwart angekommen ist. Klasse!

Reba hat zu jedem einzelnen Stück des neuen Albums ein paar Gedanken und Statements preis gegeben, die wir nachstehend im Originaltext weitergeben:

1. "Strange" (Wendell Mobley, Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher)
"I liked the way it has a lot of different melodies to it. It has great range, but the main reason I like it is because it's so sassy. I love the attitude of it. It's totally different, but it reminds me of the attitudes of `Can't Even Get the Blues.' I seem to have success with sassy attitude songs. This song is about a woman who has been left behind from her partner or boyfriend, and she is trying to feel sad, but it's just not working, so she's going on with her life. It's a strong woman song."

2. "Just When I Thought I'd Stopped Loving You" (Mark Nesler, Rivers Rutherford)
"This is the song that Rivers Rutherford wrote with Mark Nesler. I loved the beat and the melody. It reminded me of a Rascal Flatts song in the first part of it. It's really catchy. It's a song that I'd be singing the middle of the night when I woke up, so I knew it would be a great song when it is in your subconscious like that. I would say this is the least powerful woman song, because she is like, `Oh, I can't give in and take you back one more time, I can't,' but then she does. I hate to say it's a booty call song, but it does remind me of that. I guess this is my booty call song!"

3. "I Keep On Lovin' You" (Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride)
"We were in the studio recording with Tony Brown, and Tony had said they were just finishing up some of the Brooks & Dunn songs. He said, `You ought to listen to this one song. I just love the song. I think it is wonderful. I think it can relate to a couple who have been together for a short time or a long time, but basically a long time. We've been through the highs and lows and ups and downs, we've fought and gotten back together, but no matter what we go through, I'm going to keep on loving you. I think it's an anniversary song."

4. "I Want a Cowboy" (Katrina Elam, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Jimmie Lee Sloas)
"Katrina Elam co-wrote this song. I am a huge fan of Katrina Elam. She is one of the best singers I've ever heard. I asked Tony to ask Katrina if I could cut `I Want a Cowboy.' She came in and sang some of the harmony on it too. It's a great kick-ass song that is good attitude. And I'm a cowgirl; I've rodeoed 10 years and I'm a third-generation rodeo brat, so I thought it was just perfect."

5. "Consider Me Gone" (Steve Diamond, Marv Green)
"It's a strong woman song. I'm sure there are tons of women who get the cold shoulder when the husband comes in from work. He's had a rough day and she's had three kids at home, especially if it's summer. He doesn't want to talk, something's going on and it's confrontation time. If you are giving me the cold shoulder, if you're not wanting to talk to me, and if things aren't getting any better and if I don't turn you on, consider me gone. Here's the way the cow eats the cabbage. It's like, let's poop or get off the pot. Tell it like it is. It's a pretty cool song and it's confrontation time. That is one thing that is wrong with relationships, that there's not enough communication."

6. "But Why" (Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher)
"I love the melody. It's one of those love songs that I usually don't record. It's also a strong woman song: `I can do this by myself, but why would I want to when I can share it with you?' It's a real sweet love song. It's a very soft song."

7. "Pink Guitar" (Ed Hill, Jamie O'Neal, Shaye Smith)
"This is just a kick-ass fun song. I can see lots of little girls going, `Yeah, I want to play guitar.' When I was growing up, guitars were for boys; that was the men's instrument, especially an electric guitar. Girls could play an acoustic guitar. I remember the girl who played on one of the awards shows with Carrie Underwood. She got out there and played her butt off. That was when I found `Pink Guitar.' I said, `She's going to love this song.' I love the attitude of it. It's still country; it's almost like `Fancy.' This girl had this dream and she went on to survive and succeed. It's real cute and I love to sing it."

8. "She's Turning 50 Today" (Liz Hengber, Tommy Lee James, Reba McEntire)
"It's a song about a woman who found out that her husband left on Saturday for a woman who is half her age. She spent the day lying in bed, but then on Monday got up, loaded up her pickup truck and began a new chapter of her life. She went on with her life and didn't look back. I wrote the first two lines of `She's Turning 50 Today' and sent it to Liz Hengber. I said, `Why don't you work on this a little bit and email me back what you've got?' Two years went by, and I said, `Liz, what about that song?' She said, `Tommy Lee James and I are going to work on it. So by the time this album came around to start recording, they sent me an MP3 of it while I was in the studio. I rewrote the second verse to make it more personal and relate to me when I left Stringtown, Oklahoma, in 1987. So in a way it's about me leaving a relationship, but it was certainly years ago, but put the two together."

9. "Eight Crazy Hours (In the Story of Love)" (Leslie Satcher, Darrell Scott) "This is a song I was on the fence about because it was so deep that I just didn't know how to take it. And so I let Autumn McEntire Sizemore, my niece, listen to it. She started crying and said, `You've got to record this song.' I let more people listen to it and they were like, `Oh my gosh!' It didn't hit me as hard as it did a lot of other people. I guess I haven't had to get away. I think my music is my release. Whenever I am menopausal or whatever, I can release things in my music when I sing. That is my therapy. It touched so many people that I recorded it. When I sang it live it choked me up so much that I couldn't get through it. This woman has a meltdown and she is just putting sheets on the bed and winds up in a bunch of dirty clothes on the floor, crying her eyes out. She checks into a cheap motel and lets it all out, crying in the bathtub. It was just as simple as picking up the kids and she's back in life again. She just needed to go away and take time for herself. Eight hours later, they're sitting around table eating chicken and laughing. It's eight crazy hours and the story of love."

10. "Nothing To Lose" (Kim Fox)
"Nothing to Lose" was on Melonie Cannon's album. When I was working with (Melonie's father) Buddy Cannon years ago, he gave it to me. I love Melonie's voice. `Nothing to Lose' was one of those songs that I said, `Man, if I could ever record that...,' so I did. I told everybody, `I want to feature the band on this,' so we let the band play two or three times. Everybody had an instrumental. It's about a woman leaving on the bus going down to Georgia. She doesn't know where she's going and doesn't know what lies ahead, but she doesn't care. It's another strong woman song."

11. "Over You" (Michael Dulaney, Steven Dale Jones, Jason Sellers)
"Whew! That is a sad song, kind of like Anne Steele. It's a beautiful melody. (My husband) Narvel said he loved this song. He would play the demo over and over. It's just one of those about `I knew the day would come when we would see each other again. You look great and got on with your life, but I'm still not over you.' It's really sad."

12. "Maggie Creek Road" (Karen Rochelle, James Slater)
"We were in the studio and I was having trouble with my resonance; I wasn't getting my soft voice at all. During lunch I saw Dr. Richard Quisling, my throat doctor in Nashville, and he opened up my sinuses or resonances or something. I came back to the studio and started singing again and Tony Brown's mouth dropped open, `My gosh, what did he do to you?' `He lasered out a little infection.' I put Dr. Quisling on my album thanks-yous. He is just a miracle worker. I had been on the fence about this song, but Tony really wanted me to record it. While I was coming back in, I said, `Let's do `Maggie Creek Road' next,' and he said, `Yes!' It's about this woman who has a daughter that is almost déjà vu for this mother. The little girl is leaving with evidently an older man on a date. This is what happened to the mother 20 years ago. She isn't going to let history repeat itself, so she follows them. They are parked down by the river and she opens the door and takes care of the situation. As the song says, `You don't want to see Mama go to war.' Mama was protecting her daughter. It's one of those swampy Louisiana songs with that feel."

13. "I'll Have What She's Having" (Jimmy Melton, Georgia Middleman)
"This is a cute song. I loved it the first time I heard it. They had horns on it and I said, `Of course we'll change it to fiddle and steel guitar.' It's real sassy. A woman is walking into a bar and she's looking for a man. She sees a woman having a good time, dancing with a man. `I'll have what she's having... and by the way, that looks hot.' We'll have fun with it onstage."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Strange - 3:00   
2 Just When I Thought I'd Stopped Loving You - 3:50   
3 I Keep on Lovin' You - 3:13   
4 I Want a Cowboy - 3:39   
5 Consider Me Gone - 3:38   
6 But Why - 3:28   
7 Pink Guitar - 2:53   
8 She's Turning 50 Today - 4:05   
9 Eight Crazy Hours (In the Story of Love) - 4:04   
10 Nothing to Lose - 4:47   
11 Over You - 3:56   
12 Maggie Creek Road - 4:50   
13 I'll Have What She's Having - 2:59

Art-Nr.: 6516
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Montoya, Coco - can't look back [2002]
Klasse neues Soloalbum des Gitarrenzauberes Coco Montoya, der lange Jahre in den Bands von Albert Collins und John Mayall seine Stratocaster auf Touren brachte. Mit "Can't look down" ist ihm eine wunderbar frische, sehr gefühlvolle Rock/Blues/Bluesrock-Scheibe gelungen, die sich an der Schnittstelle des L.A./Memphis-Sounds mit einer gehörigen Portion Texas-Bluesrock-Flair befindet. Montoya ist ein klasse Sänger mit viel Seele in der Stimme und sein Gitarrenspiel ist ohnehin über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Ein virtuoses Solo jagt das nächste. Seine quirlige Spielweise, beeinflußt von Albert Collins, über Duane Allman bis hin zum typischen Texas-Blues, ist voller Power, aber gleichzeitig wunderbar fließend, locker und frisch.
Die Songs stecken voller klasse Melodien und sind überwiegend rockig ausgerichtet, ohne das der Blues zu kurz kommt. Das dürfte nicht nur die Fangemeinde von Stephen Bruton, über Scott Holt bis hin zu Mark Selby begeistern. Wer auf fließenden, rhythmischen, manchmal dezent funky angehauchten, auch mal mit leichtem Southernflair angereicherten Bluesrock mit tollen Gitarrensoli und einem ordentlichen Groove steht, ist hier richtig! Bei 5 der 13 Songs werden auch mal Sax und/oder Trompete eingesetzt, die aber relativ unaufdringlich sind und den Gesamtsound eher bereichern denn stören. Das paßt schon gut zusammen. Unter den Musikern sind L.A. Bass-Ikone Bob Glaub (u.a. Jackson Browne), Drummer Tony Braunagel, Tommy Eyre an den Keyboards und Chuck Kirkpatrick an der zweiten Gitarre. Und die harmonieren prächtig miteinander! Das Album wird mit dem sehr starken "Wish I could be that strong" eröffnet, ein Texas-style Bluesrocker, wunderbar flockig, aber dennoch mit gutem Drive, mit einer tollen Melodie und einem excellenten Gitarrensolo, bei dem Montoya gleich zu Beginn allle Register zieht. Das scheint wie eine Kreuzung aus Duane Allman und Stevie Ray zu klingen. Das traurige "Running away from love" mit seiner schönen Hammond B3-Begleitung, dem dezenten Reggae-Feeling und dem leicht funky angehauchten Rhythmus, besticht erneut mit herrlich lockeren, flinken Gitarrensoli und einem herrlichen Groove. Nach dem gut abgehenden Hollan/Dozier/Holland-Heuler "Something about you" ertönt das tolle, lääsig lockere, mit einem feinen southernmäßigen Intro versehene "I won't beg". Fließende Gitarren, wie aus dem Handgelenk geschüttelt, überall. Mit "Trip, stumble and fall" folgt ein satter, melodischer Texas-Bluesrocker, danach mit "Can't see the streets for my tears" ein waschechter, emotioneller, trockener Slow-Blues! So geht es weiter, bis zu dem klasse Finaltrack "Free", nochmal ein satter Bluesrock-Paradesong voller Herz und Seele. Coco Montoya's "Can't look back": das ist astreine Bluesrock-Mucke für die erste Liga, frisch, klassisch und modern zugleich! Macht richtig Laune!

Art-Nr.: 1266
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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I won't beg
Free

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Nichols, Joe - it's all good [2011]
Großartiges, neues Album (es ist seine mittlerweile 6. Major Label-Veröffentlichung) des aus Rogers/Arkansas stammenden Neo-Traditionalisten, der damit wieder einmal eindrucksvoll unter Beweis stellt, wie man "pure Country" heute präsentiert. Nichols steht felsenfest zu seinen traditionellen Roots. Die Einflüsse von George Jones und Merle Haggard oder Keith Whitley und George Strait sind allgegenwärtig (das herrliche, dezent swingende, honky-tonkige Titelstück wäre auch einem George Strait wie auf den Leib geschrieben), doch Nichols ist so eine wunderbar natürliche und sympathische Art von "modern guy with an old-school attitude", der es mit Leichtigkeit versteht seine traditionellen Klämge in ein absolut zeitgemässes Ambiente zu verpacken. Das klingt herrlich erfrischend. Und die Countryfans lieben diese Art einfach. Die überwiegende Anzahl der durchweg großartigen Songs befinden sich in einem lässigen, aber zuweilen durchaus knackigen Midtempo-Bereich, durchsetzt mit der ein oder anderen Ballade und auch mal mit einem dezent "angerockten" Titel. Das ist durch und durch ein wahrer Ohrenschmaus für alle Liebhaber qualitativ hochwertiger, purer Countrykost. Bei dem lockeren, flockig beginnenden, im Refrain aber recht knackigen (tolle Dual Lead-Gitarren), "sommerlichen", wunderbar melodischen "I can't take my eyes off you" helfen im übrigen Alison Krauss und Union Station's Dan Tyminski mit ihren feinen Background-Stimmen aus. Gratulation an Joe Nichols zu dieser Meisterleistung!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Take It Off - 3:19
2. The More I Look - 3:03
3. Somebody's Mama - 3:52
4. It's All Good - 2:28
5. This Ole Boy - 3:40
6. I Can't Take My Eyes Off You - 3:06
7. No Truck, No Boat, No Girl - 3:04
8. Never Gonna Get Enough - 3:02
9. She's Just Like That - 3:18
10. How I Wanna Go - 3:48

Art-Nr.: 7642
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 4,90

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