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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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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: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Chambers, Sean - welcome to my blues [2018]
"Welcome to my Blues" - dieser Einladung des einstigen Gitarristen von Blues-Legende Hubert Sumlin und mittlerweile längst selbst im Rampenlicht stehenden Sean Chambers folgen wir sehr gerne, denn er nimmt uns mit seiner vorzüglichen Band einmal mehr mit auf eine packende Reise durch die Gefilde des mitreißenden, von geradlinigem, umwerfendem, und zündendem Gitarrenspiel geprägten Blues und Bluesrocks zwischen tiefer Tradition und rockender Gegenwart. Nicht umsonst kürte das renommierte britische "Guitarist Magazine" den Saitenhexer aus Fort Myers/Florida unlängst als einen der "Top 50 blues guitarists of the last cenmtury". Dementsprechend geht der, sowohl von Johnny Winter, Hendrix und vor allem von Stevie Ray Vaughan beeinflusste "guitarslinger" hier zu Werke und brennt ein lichterlohes Feuerwerk furioser Gitarrenlicks und-soli ab, überzeugt gleichzeitig aber auch auf ganzer Linie als großartiger Sänger und nicht minder starker Songwriter. 8 Songs stammen aus seiner Feder, dazu gibt's eine wundervolle Coverversion von Luther Allison's "Cherry red wine" (eine packende Bluesrock-Ballade voller Seele, mit irrem, dreckigem, quirligem Gitarrenspiel), eine jammig groovende, super Fassung von T-Bone Walker's "All night long", sowie mit dem starken "Boxcar Willie" eine klasse Komposition seines Keyboarders John Ginty. Vom rauen, erdigen, voller Drive nach vorn pirschenden Opener und Titelstück "Welcome to my Blues" (fettes, rasantes, dreckiges Gitarrensolo) über den dampfenden, mit klimperndem Piano und einem gewaltigen Slidegitarren-Gewitter inszenierten Rock'n Roll-Blues "Red hot Mama", bis hin zum wundervollen, entspannten, an Stevie Ray Vaughen's "Riviera Paradise" angelehnten Instrumental "Riviera Blue" hören wir außergewöhnlich starken, brodelnden, voller Virtuosität und Intensität steckenden Gitarren-Blues-/Bluesrock der allerfeinsten Sorte. Eine exzellente Leistung von Sean Chambers und seiner Band. Dieses famose Werk dürfte den Erfolg seines überaus gefeierten Vorgängers "Trouble & whiskey" noch einmal deutlich toppen. Und zwar völlig zu Recht!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

I’m a huge Stevie Ray Vaughan fan, and as such, I’m sensitive to any artist I feel is borrowing too heavily from his work. But when I say Sean Chambers’ latest, Welcome to My Blues is Vaughan-influnced, I mean it as a compliment. Chambers’ seventh album features funky rhythms, incendiary blues runs, and just the right touch of Jimi Hendrix fuzz and mania, all of which will delight fans of the late Vaughan, without pilfering from Vaughan’s legacy.
Chambers is an accomplished solo artist who is probably best known for his time backing the legendary Hubert Sumlin, Sumlin himself best known for backing the legendary Howlin’ Wolf. Chambers also grew up a huge Hendrix fan. So it’s not surprising he has a Vaughan sound. He comes from a similar musical stew of classic blues and Hendrix spice. What’s great about Welcome to My Blues is that it’s much looser and more free-wheeling than Trouble and Whiskey, Chambers’ 2017 Billboard-charting album.
Chambers has a serviceable voice that works for the songs, but his guitar playing is what’s going to grab your attention. And not just his soloing. He’s got a beautiful tone, with a big sound and a little more distortion than you might expect from a blues artist. You notice the tone on “Boxcar Willie,” which has a funky groove like Vaughan’s cover of The Beatles’ “Tax Man.” But the distortion gives the track a rock edge. And the solo, as is every solo on the album, is intense, heart-felt, and technically impressive.
The album features more traditional blues, too. “Keep Movin On,” a Chambers original, is a slow blues featuring a cleaner guitar tone. He gives a very strong vocal performance, perhaps the strongest of the album, but the barely-contained guitar nearly overshadows it. Chambers’ guitar guides the band through the song, periodically pausing to detonate into an explosion of guitar riffs, and then returning to the song. He pulls out all of the stops, from huge bends to speed runs, and never once does he bore the listener—even after repeated listens.
The album concludes with “Riviera Blue,” a Chambers co-write with John Ginty, his keyboardist. It’s gentle piano jazz a bit reminiscent of Vaughan’s similarly titled “Riviera Paradise,” although Chambers sticks to bluesy licks over the low-key, pretty piano. It’s a very sweet homage. Vaughan had a not-so-secret love of jazz, and while Chambers doesn’t seem to share that love, he makes it work with a blues music vocabulary.
The songs and performances on Welcome to My Blues are all strong, but producer Ben Elliott deserves a lot of credit for making everything sound so good. The guitar pops out of the mix in a fairly perfect manner. But of course Chambers deserves the lion’s share of the credit for keeping the songs tight enough that they hold together, but loose enough that you feel the spontaneity and energy of the album. Chambers shares Vaughan’s sound, but also has his own voice, and it comes through powerfully across all eleven tracks.
(Steven Ovadia / Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Welcome to My Blues - 4:50
2. Black Eyed Susie - 4:07
3. Cherry Red Wine - 4:33
4. Boxcar Willie - 3:56
5. Cry on Me - 3:23
6. One More Night to Ride - 3:17
7. Red Hot Mama - 3:43
8. You Keep Me Satisfied - 3:35
9. Keep Movin On - 5:40
10. All Night Long - 4:54
11. Riviera Blue - 4:15

Art-Nr.: 9720
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Welcome to my Blues
Black eyed Susie
Cherry red wine
Cry on me
Red hot Mama
Keep movin on
All night long

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House and The Blues Cowboys, James - same [2018]
James House, eigentlich im Country zuhause und einer der gefragtesten Songwriter Nashville's, gelingt mit seinen großartigen "Blues Cowboys" ein famoser "Sidestep" in, der Name der Formation lässt es schon vermuten, die Gefilde des Blues und Bluesrocks. Wenn man das hier hölrt, kann man kaum glauben, dass der Bursche etwas mit Country am Hut hat. Denn was er hier abliefert ist rauer, dreckiger, erdiger, Staub- und Whiskey-gegerbter, ungeschliffener Rootsrock, Bluesrock und Southern-Blues voller natürlicher Ecken und Kanten. Die Songs sind kompakt und stark geprägt von dem rauen Gesang und dem klasse (Slide)-Gitarrenspiel des Protagonisten. Das ist der erdige Blues(rock) aus den Honky Tonks Nashville's.

Hier zwei Original-Reviews aus den USA:

Like many in Nashville, James House has a built a career of writing hit songs for others. If you’ve not heard of House, you have probably heard these tunes that have reached well int the millions for radio spins – “A Broken Wing,” “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” and “In a Week or Two.” Count Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, The Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride, among others who have benefitted from House’s pen. Yet, this prolific and versatile musician has a powerhouse Michael McDonald -like voice that should have him in the lead role more often. His recent work writing for Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart had fans wanting House to do his own blues, roots-rock album. And, like so many in Nashville, who ply their craft in country and Americana worlds, House has always had a love for the blues and it’s been an undercurrent for much of his work. Thus, the self-titled James House and the Blues Cowboys. The Blues Cowboys is indeed a touring band (more on that later) but these sessions were built around some of the best musicians in Music City. House lured them to his studio, Cabin in The Woods, located in a rural area of Nashville. Will Kimbrough plays lead guitar on the first five tracks (side A) while A-list session guitarist Kenny Greenberg joins blues guitarist Todd Sharp on the last 5 tracks (side B). Mike Bradford (Uncle Kracker) plays bass throughout as does drummer Crash Jones. Nashville’s most in-demand fiddler Eamon McGloughlin sits in on Side A while House sings and plays his Fender Strat and organ throughout. That kind of arsenal is built for fire and the sparks fly immediately on “Jail House Blues” with House wailing on lines like these – “Mama killed Daddy in self-defense/Never was one to sit on the fence” as Kimbrough’s slide duels with House’s guitar. “Arkansas Woman’ and “Ain’t No Way” continue the soul aching blues vibe until reaching on of disc’s outstanding tracks “Long Way Down.” It’s taken at a slower, haunting tempo as if John Lee Hooker were singing verses from William Faulkner. “Well Ran Dry” on Side B carries a similar approach. How about this lyric? “I’m an empty soul/At the holy water bowl/Waiting on a rising tide.” Other highlights on Side b include the more roots driven “Gone Again” and the rock tune “Ballad of the TKIngs,” short for Troubadour Kings. Now, let’s go to the touring Blues Cowboys. Singer/guitarist Roddy Romero who just joined Yvette Landry for her recent release, if from Lafayette Louisiana as is lesser know drummer/percussionist Smoove Ras. They back House on the final cut, “What Side of the River Are You on?” the song was inspired by House attending the Buddy Holly Songwriting Retreat and listening to Mary Gauthier sing Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” along the river in Lafayette. In a songwriting meeting with Romero and Ras, his vision for The Blues Cowboys was shaped. Great songs, achingly powerful vocals, and first-in-class musicians make this a terrific album. House has already indirectly put his stamp on contemporary blues with his work with Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart. Now he’s set to make his mark directly with the Blues Cowboys. - Glide Magazine

James House deserves to be better known — or, more accurately, known more widely. He’s co-written several songs with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, including Bonamassa’s recent song “Redemption.” House is also a Grammy-, CMA-, and ACM-nominated songwriter, but on his new album, James House and The Blues Cowboys, he weaves rock, blues, and roots music into a colorful pattern that reveals many facets. House’s powerful, sometimes raw, vocals dominate, and he can moan with the best blues-shouters but can be as tender as the best of the balladeers. The new album serves as a showcase for his songwriting, singing, and guitar work. He gathered a group of world-class musicians — Will Kimbrough, Kenny Greenberg, Lou Toomey, Todd Sharp, Roddie Romero on guitars; Michael Bradford and Mike Brignardello on bass; Eamon McLoughlin on fiddle; Crash Jones and Smoov-Ras on drums — at his studio, Cabin in the Woods, to record the album. The album opens with a can’t-sit-still, shake-us-to-our-core blues rocker “Jail House Blues.” The raucous, bone-shaking song lifts us so high, we wonder if it can get any better than this. It does. “Long Way Down” opens with a slow funk with blues moan, but then escalates to a burning rocker in the chorus and the bridge, fueled by guitars reminiscent of Alvin Lee and Ten Years After. “Good Love” features a spacious, atmospheric vibe that allows House’s raw vocals to breathe and to call and respond to Kimbrough’s lead riffs. “Arkansas Woman” is one of the highlights of the album. There’s a place for every note, every chord, and every word, and the song wrings every emotion out of us by its end. Kimbrough’s soulful lead guitar brings this song to life in a way such that every note he plays makes a statement. While some of the playing is reminiscent of Eric Clapton’s leads, the difference here is that Kimbrough never wastes a note; both he and Clapton play clean and crisp, but while Clapton’s crispness is soulless, Kimbrough’s inhabits our souls and hearts and touches us with its depth. The layered riffs that open “Boomerang” mirror the action of the object itself — the riffs always come back, circling around and flying high before returning to start over again. The propulsive tune mimics the halting/forward-moving character of love: “We keep coming back to you and me.” The scalding lead riffs on the song’s bridge balance the pain of leaving with the tentative joy of returning and the inability to throw love far away; it always returns to you. “Which Side of the River You On” turns in a down-and-dirty, funky twist to that old folk tune by Florence Reece, “Which Side Are You On?” In this tune, which House co-wrote with Roddie Romero and Joshua Martin, and which features Romero and Smoov-Ras, shimmers with a roiling slide guitar, and with an insistent funk beat asks, “which side of the river you on / Ain’t saying which is right or wrong / When the flood comes down / It’s too late to get to higher ground.” Listen to this album! Words can’t always describe how perfect, how moving, how powerful some of the songs on the album are. James House and The Blues Cowboys is an album that’s meant to be played and to be played loud, and it won’ let you forget James House. - No Depression / By Henry Carrigan, Staff Reviewer

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Long Way Home - 3:06
2. Arkansas Woman - 3:11
3. Ain't No Way - 3:09
4. Long Way Down - 3:42
5. Good Love - 3:47
6. Moving on Over - 3:59
7. Well Ran Dry - 3:31
8. Gone Again - 4:13
9. Boomerang - 3:07
10. Ballad of the Troubadour Kings - 3:40
11. Which Side of the River - 3:47

Art-Nr.: 9680
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Long way home
Arkansas woman
Ain't no way
Long way down
Movin' on over
Well ran dry
Which side of the river

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Randolph and The Family Band, Robert - lickety split [2013]
Was für ein "Kracher"! Der geniale Pedal Steel-Virtuose Robert Randolph und seine grandiose Family Band mit einem "Monster"-Album! Welch ein explosiver, packender Steelguitar-driven Ritt, welch ein kochendes, heisses, druckvolles Gebräu aus Rock, Funk, Blues, Soul, Gospel und Southern Music. Randolph und seine Mitstreiter spielen und singen sich die Seele aus dem Leib. Das Songmaterial ist fantastisch. Knisternde Spannung, pure Leidenschaft, brodelnde Grooves, drückende Schwüle und seelige Emotionen - alles ist vorhanden. Carlos Santana gastiert auf zwei Stücken, Trombone Shorty auf einem. Robert Randolph & the Family Band waren nie besser!

Hier noch ein U.S.-Review:

For Robert Randolph & the Family Band, the three year break after 2010's somewhat stilted-sounding We Walk This Road was well deserved. By Randolph's own admission, their 280 date-per-year touring pace had taken its toll: playing music, let alone trying to find time to create it, had become a chore. Their Blue Note debut, Lickety Split, features an expanded FB lineup that includes vocalist Lenesha Randolph and guitarist Brett Haas; the group has gone back to its earliest recorded efforts for inspiration while furthering their new music considerably. The end result resembles their live sound more than any studio record in their catalog. Co-produced by the FB with Randolph's songwriting partners, it was primarily engineered and edited by Eddie Kramer, and mixed by Jim Scott. Opener "Amped Up" delivers the FB's trademark party-time meld of screaming hard rock, funk, gospel, blues, and R&B, all at full-tilt and in the raw. "Born Again" delivers the band's signature gospel message with celebration. The gorgeous call-and-response vocals between the Randolphs, and guest Bekka Bramlett, and the meaty, contrasting guitar interplay between Robert and Haas, are irresistible. Soul, Cajun-country, and gospel are at the heart of the dreamy yet earthy Lenesha-led, "New Orleans." Speaking of NOLA, Trombone Shorty lends his horn and energy to the gospelized, Crescent City-flavored stomp of "Take the Party." Carlos Santana makes two appearances here as well. On the driving funk of "Brand New Wayo," he delivers a fine, overdriven B.B. King nod when prompted by Randolph, while bassist Daniel Morgan lets his Bootsy freak flag fly and pushes the tune into the red. The rangy, pulsing hard rock gospel blues in the title track gets high marks for Randolph's tasty fills and the soulful vocal exchanges. The cover of the Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" has its horns supplanted beautifully by the color palette from Randolph's pedal steel, and Morgan's knotty, funky bassline. The other cover here is an off-your-seat-and-on-your-feet reading of the Rascals' "Good Lovin," with Dwan Hill adding his B-3 to the mix and trading fours with Randolph, sending it all off in party-down version of a Möbius strip. Lickety Split is not only a joyous, unhindered return to form, but the group's finest studio offering to date.
(Thom Jurek, Rovi)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Amped Up - 3.18
2. Born Again - 4.21
3. New Orleans - 4.12
4. Take the Party - 4.10
5. Brand New Wayo - 4.36
6. Lickety Split - 4.03
7. Blacky Joe - 5.51
8. Love Rollercoaster - 3.13
9. All American - 2.44
10. Get Ready - 5.09
11. Welcome Home - 6.12
12. Good Lovin' - 2.54

Art-Nr.: 8242
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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SheDaisy - fortuneteller's melody [2006]
Brandneues Album des Geschwister-Trios und wow, nicht was für ein schön anzusehendes Cover, sondern vor allem was für eine klasse Musik! Die Rede ist von den drei attraktiven Osborn-Schwestern (Kelsi, Kristyn, Kassidy), seit Ende der Neunziger Jahre als SHeDAISY ein fester, nicht mehr wegzudenkender Bestandteil der poppigeren New Country-Sparte Nashville’s! Um es vorwegzunehmen mit "Fortuneteller’s Melody" werfen die "Sisters K" ihr wohl bis dato bestes Werk ins Rennen, dass ohne zweifel erneut die Hörergunst im Sturm erobern wird. Nach einigen früheren verkaufstechnischen Turbulenzen war man mit dem feinen, schon reifer wirkenden "Sweet Right Here" vor zwei Jahren wieder in die Erfolgsspur zurückgekehrt und erreichte in den USA sogar Goldstatus. So ist es absolut nachvollziehbar, dass man auch für das neue Album grundsätzlich am Konzept des Vorgängers festgehalten hat. Und doch gibt es eine erneute Steigerung zu vermelden: Das ausgewählte Songmaterial war nie besser, SheDaisy klangen nie frischer, flotter und vor allen Dingen knackiger (das geht zum Teil schon in die angerockte Richtung einer Sheryl Crow), die kraftvolleren Uptempo-Nummern sind klar in der Überzahl, und die herrlichen Melodien und Harmoniegesänge sind noch ausgeprägter! Noch etwas hat sich verändert: Dann Huff, der ihren Weg bis in der Vergangenheit produktionstechnisch begleitete, wurde diesmal durch John Shanks ersetzt, der bereits höchst erfolgreich mit Künstlern wie Melissa Etheridge, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, besagter Sheryl Crow und auch Bon Jovi zusammenarbeitete, allerdings in früheren Zeiten auch schon den ein oder anderen Song zusammen mit Kristyn Osburn komponiert hatte. Die Musiker-Mannschaft hat sich zwar numerisch verringert, wurde aber auf den relevanten Positionen dafür um so qualitativer besetzt (u.a. Dan Dugmore, Tom Bukovac, Jonathan Yudkin und natürlich John Shanks)! Kompositorisch war wie immer Kristyn Osburn alleinig mit diversen Partnern federführend. Diesmal fand sie allerdings mit Sheryl Crow ("Whatever It Takes" und "Healing Side") und Don Schlitz ("In Terms Of Love") zwei echte Hochkaräter an ihrer Seite, deren kreative Inputs auch mit zu den Highlights des durchweg starken Albums zählen. Aber es muß auch konstatiert werden, dass ihre übrigen, bewährten "Spezies", wie u. a. Connie Harrington, Johm Shanks, Tim Nichols oder Jason Deere einmal mehr zum insgesamt sehr ausgeglichenen, auf hohem Niveau liegenden Gesamtergebnis beitrugen. Die erste Single "I’m Taking The Wheel", ein tolles, kraftvolles, dynamisches Banjo-unterlegtes Stück der Marke Keith Urban/Jo Dee Messina, mit klasse Bukovac-E-Gitarren-Solo, hat sich bereits, mit stark steigender Tendenz, in die Billboard-Country-Singles-Charts gemischt. Neben den meisten knackigen, mit viel Pfiff und positiver Energie ausgestatteten, die größten Teils zwischen Mid- und Uptempo variieren, werden diesmal bei "Kickin’ In" und "Burn Down The House" sogar recht rockige Töne angeschlagen, wobei Tom Bukovac sein Können an den E-Saiten einmal mehr eindrucksvoll in Szene setzt. Kassidys Gesang ist charmant, kraftvoll und variabel und wirkt noch einen Tick ausgereifter als beim Vorgänger. Ein prächtiger Beleg dafür ist beispielsweise das wunderbar melodische, melancholische, nur mit Dobro, Steel, Akustikgitarren und dezenten Streicherpassagen eingespielte Abschlusslied "She Gets What I Deserve", das, wie so oft in SHeDAISY-Songs, thematisch einen Beziehungskonflikt reflektiert. Fazit: "Fortuneteller’s Melody" unterstreicht in bester Manier, wie kompetent und gekonnt Mainstream (New)Country-Pop gespielt werden kann! SheDaisy sind ein Parade-Beispiel dafür! Dazu kommt ein nett anzuschauendes Booklet mit allen Texten! Auch ohne Wahrsagerqualitäten: Diese CD wird mit Sicherheit ein Hit! Und sie haben es verdient, denn, wir wiederholen es gern, es ist ihre bis dato stärkste Leistung! Fein gemacht, liebe Osborn-Sisters! Daniel Daus)

Art-Nr.: 3951
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 17,90

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Ward, Josh - more than I deserve [2018]
Es ist eine Seltenheit in heutigen Zeiten, solch authentische Alben lupenreiner Countrymusic zu hören, wie die dieses großartigen Texaners Josh Ward. Auch mit seinem vierten Werk "More than I deserve" setzt er, unabhängig von jeglichen Trends des "Pop-Country", wie sie in Nashville an der Tagesordnung sind, konsequent seine Mission fort, unverfälschte, reine Countrymusic im Sinne solcher Größen wie George Jones, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley und Waylon Jennings, oder auch Mark Chesnutt und Tracy Lawrence zu spielen. Das Ergebnis sind wunderbare Countrysongs und Honky Tonker in Reinkultur. Großartig, dass es solche Leute gibt, die abseits des großen Mainstream Trubels in Nashville, die Fahnen "ehrlicher" Countrymusic hoch halten. Gratulation dafür an Josh Ward. Klasse!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review dieses Albums:

Josh Ward hits it out of the park with his fourth highly anticipated release, More Than I Deserve, where rich, traditional ballads mix with honky-tonkers and heartbreakers, blending together seamlessly for a solid effort from the Houston native.
The lead single "All About Lovin'" kicks off the album and sets the tone for the remainder of the collection. "Ain't It Baby," a mid-tempo standout, with the best feel good vibes of the year, channels the feeling of warm nights with the windows down, "That's a once in a lifetime sky...shining down on us tonight..." Meanwhile, "Say Hello To Goodbye" is a lush, piano driven tune featuring soaring vocals from Ward, "...Yeah I'd like to introduce you to lonesome days and lonely nights...I guess you'll have to get used to all those tears in your eyes...say hello to goodbye..."
Picking it up a few notches, honky-tonk takes over on "Home Away From Home," "Another Heartache," and "Loving Right" with all feeling like they could've been recorded in the heyday of 80's and 90's country, missed on today's radio. While there are the rollicking tunes, the ballads are where Ward really shines. On "The Devil Don't Scare Me Anymore," Ward's voice flies high above the searing lyrics "...Ten years later wondering how I got here, where neon burns and they sell cold beer...Heaven seems so far away..." It's the most moving song in the set and Ward's emotional delivery brings the subject home.
Other standouts are "A Cowboy Can," "God Made A Woman," destined to be a Texas dance floor classic, and the title track, a touching waltz surrounded by gorgeous pedal steel and heartbreaking lyrics "...I know I could change her mind....make her stay....but then again, I know it's too late..." A heavy way to close out but listeners can feel hope in the song's message, since we all truly have a lot to be thankful for.
There is a song for everyone on this release; whether it's a honky tonk weeper or a tender love ballad, Ward has listeners covered. Instant radio classics like "Ain't It Baby" and deeper cuts like the title track make this perhaps his best album yet.
(Kelli / The Daily Country)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. All About Lovin' - 2:58
2. Ain't It Baby - 3:40
3. Say Hello to Goodbye - 3:29
4. Home Away From Home - 2:56
5. The Devil Don't Scare Me - 4:18
6. A Cowboy Can - 3:36
7. Another Heartache - 3:44
8. God Made a Woman - 3:11
9. Loving Right - 2:52
10. One More Shot of Whiskey - 3:58
11. More Than I Deserved - 3:17

Art-Nr.: 9661
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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