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Anderson, John - goldmine [2015]
Der legendäre Country-Veteran andlich mal wieder mit einem neuen Album - und er ist noch immer ganz der alte. Beste, typische Countrymusic der Marke John Anderson. Seine Fans dürfen sich freuen...

Aus der offiziellen Produktbeschreibung:

To put it simply, John Anderson is one of the greatest country music
singers to ever step up to the microphone, possessing one of the most
instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the history of the genre.
On Anderson s latest album Goldmine, released on his own Bayou
Boys label, Anderson has completed a long overdue record of original
songs the award-winning songwriter wrote or co-wrote 12 of the
album s 13 tracks that will bring joy to the hearts of some of the
most devoted fans in country music. Goldmine is also a record that,
given the current state of contemporary country, could, like latter day
releases by Cash and Haggard before him, find a home amid lovers
of authentic music of any genre. Though he would never compare
himself to his heroes, the fact is, John Anderson is now the standard
bearer for traditional country music, of the 100 Proof variety.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Freedom Isn't Free - 3:26
2. Magic Mama - 3:43
3. Back Home - 4:02
4. Goldmine - 2:59
5. Happily Ever After - 3:49
6. I Work Alot Better - 2:19
7. I Will Cross O'er the River - 3:37
8. Louisiana Son of a Beast - 4:05
9. Holdin' On - 3:33
10. Song the Mountain Sings - 4:30
11. On and on and On... - 4:37
12. Don't Forget to Thank the Lord - 3:39
13. You All Are Beautiful - 3:26

Art-Nr.: 8866
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Bingham, Ryan - tomorrowland [2012]
Ryan Bingham, Oscar-dekorierter Singer/Songwriter für "The weary kind" aus dem "Crazy heart"-Soundtrack, veröffentlicht nach dem 2010er "Junky star" nun sein neues, großartiges Werk "Tomorrowland". Es ist die erste Scheibe auf seinem eigenen "Axster Bingham Records"-Label, nachdem er sich von seinem angestammten "Lost Highway"-Label trennte. "Der Kerl wirkt mehr denn je wie ein staubiger "Southwestern Springsteen", mal semi-akustisch, dann wieder voller Power rockend. Rau, erdig und voller Inbrunst interpretiert er seine Songs mit dieser unverwechselbaren, kraftvollen, heiseren, Whiskey-gegerbten Stimme. Das amerikanische "Rolling Stone"-Magazin sagte einmal über seine "raw, scratchy voice", so müsse wohl die Stimme von "Steve Earle's Dad" klingen. "Tomorrowland" zeigt einen äusserst engagierten Ryan Bingham in exzellenter Verfassung. Sehr abwechslungsreiches, hervorragendes Songmaterial! Erstklassiger, rauer Rootsrock/Americana, wie ihn nur Bingham spielt.

Ein paar Zeilen zu einigen Songs des Albums aus einem Original U.S.-Review:

Its 13 songs run the gamut, from well-written, acoustically driven Americana tunes to loud, shambolic rockers. Given the socio-political themes here, it’s clear that Bingham is pissed off as an artist and a citizen. That doesn’t always work to his advantage, however, and therein lies part of this album’s charm. Opener “Beg for Broken Legs” balances acoustic and electric guitars with a fat bassline and natural-sounding drums. Its lyrics, while reportorial in the verses, become militant in the refrain: “I ain’t gonna stand in line/Beg for bread from up off the floor….” This is what Woody Guthrie may have sounded like as a young man in the 21st century. Additional production includes layered violins, keyboards, and Mellotron, which add essential drama. The six-minute “Western Shore,” with its strummed 12-strings, mandolin, and muted electrics, eventually becomes a swirling tempest of sonic textures that work because they never succumb to the deliberate excess in the track's production and create a necessary tension -- it's one of the finest tracks here. Bingham blows it on “Guess Who’s Knocking,” a clumsy barroom hellraiser that just falls flat. “Heart of Rhythm,” with its appropriation of rockabilly and country tropes, works despite somewhat clumsy lyrics. “Rising from the Ghetto” speaks from a heart of righteousness, but its hackneyed musical structure strives too hard to convince when a simple presentation would have sufficed -- it sounds pretentious. “Flower Bomb” and “No Help from God” are quiet songs given subtle, yet unmistakable cinematic presentations -- they're beautiful in their desolation. The midtempo rocker “Never Far Behind,” with its weave of feedback, guitars, and keyboards, allows a simple melody and textural architecture to paint the protagonist’s (completely lost) voice authentically. The countrified rockabilly on “The Road I’m On,” captures Bingham at his roadhouse best and sets up a strong finish with the roots shuffle of “Never Ending Show,” and the stripped-down acoustic closer, “Too Deep to Fill”. (Thom Jurek, Rovi)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Beg for Broken Legs - 4:14
2. Western Shore - 6:01
3. Flower Bomb - 4:07
4. Guess Who's Knocking - 4:03
5. Heart of Rhythm - 3:35
6. I Heard 'Em Say - 4:00
7. Rising of the Ghetto - 8:07
8. No Help from God - 6:41
9. Keep It Together - 4:31
10. Never Far Behind - 6:11
11. The Road I'm On - 2:21
12. Neverending Show - 4:59
13. Too Deep to Fill - 3:45

Art-Nr.: 7929
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 9,90

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Beg for broken legs
Western shore
Guess who's knocking
Heart of rhythm
I heard 'em say
No help from God
Never far behind
Neverending show

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Bishop, Bonnie - soft to the touch [2005]
Kurz vor Ablauf eines an Highlights wirklich nicht armen Musikjahres 2005, darf die große Roots-/Americana-/Countryrock-/Alternate Country-/Roots-Blues-/Texas Singer-Sngwriter-Gemeinde mit Bonnie Bishop's neuem Meisterwerk "Soft To The Touch" noch einmal in begeisterndem Jubel ausbrechen! Schon bei ihrem Debüt "Long Way Home" wurde die aus Houston/Texas stammende Bonnie von den Kritikern mit Lob überschüttet. Statements wie "eine junge Lucinda Williams" oder ein "weiblicher Chris Knight" machten schnell die Runde. Die Single des Albums "Sweet On The Down Low" schaffte es sogar, über 6 Monate in den Texas Music Charts zu verweilen. Das bescherte ihr Auftritte in allen angesagten texanischen Musiktempeln, wie z. B. dem ‚Billy Bob’s’, mit Größen wie beispielsweise Randy Rogers, Radney Foster, Jack Ingram oder Ray Wylie Hubbard. Mit ihrem neuen, geradezu packenden Werk "Soft To The Touch“ nun dürfte Bonnie noch einen erheblichen Schritt weiter nach vorn machen. Die Szene hat ein neues, höchst talentiertes Gesicht in ihren Reihen! Beheimatet bei der Smith Music Group (u. a. auch das bisherige Label der Randy Rogers Band, von Stoney LaRue, der Mike McClure Band und vielen anderen aus der Red Dirt-Clique) gelingt ihr ein Album, welches dank ihrer unglaublich starken, kraft- und gefühlvollen Gesangsleistung (viele Stücke sind im übrigen live "eingesungen"), ihrem offenbar im Blut liegenden Gespür für großartiges Songwriting (es gibt mit ihrer grandiosen, gewaltig rockenden u. bluesigen Fassung von Gillian Welch's "Stillhouse" lediglich eine Fremdkomposiotion), ihrer exzellenten Begleitband (mit Einbindung einiger hochkarätiger texanischer Gäste aus der einschlägigen Texas-Szene, wie u. a. Walt Wilkins - Acoustic Guitar und Harmonies, Harry Stinson - Drums, der legendäre Danny Flowers - E-Gitarre und Slide, und vor allem ex-Joe Ely-, Mellencamp-, Storyville-, Dixie Chicks-Gitarrenzauberer David Grissom) ohne Übertreibung als eine der absoluten musikalischen Genre-"Perlen" des Jahres 2005 gewertet werden muß! Der zwölf Songs, mit einer Spielzeit von über 50 Minuten, umfassende Longplayer strotzt geradezu vor wunderbarer Melodik, ist einerseits glasklar und sauber produziert, bewahrt andererseits aber alle authentischen Ecken und Kanten, wirkt erdig und "rough", völlig unbeschwert und lässt einen die raue, staubige, texanische Luft förmlich "durch die Ohren" einatmen. Ursache hierfür dürfte sein, dass der Fokus neben der überaus rootsigen Basis zusätzlich auf einem gewissen Blues-Feeling liegt. Dazu lommt einer gesunde Portion Red-Dirt-Atmosphäre, viel Americana-Flair und ein stetiger, dezenter, unterschwelliger Country-Touch!
Egal, ob satt rockend oder etwas zurückhaltender, die Stücke wirken trotz aller Kraft und teilweise ordentlicher Power insgesamt recht relaxt. Bonnie’s Stimme passt sich erstaunlich variabel der Stimmung der jeweiligen Songs an, mal aggressiv, mal kratzig, mal voller Melancholie, mal zart und zerbrechlich. Neben den bereits anfangs erwähnten Vergleichen kommen einem auch die unterschiedlichsten Referenzgrößen in den Sinn, wie z.B. Allison Moorer, in Ansätzen gar eine junge Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt und vor allen Dinegn auch Tift Merritt! Das macht sie so vielseitig und gleichzeitig so eigenständig! Durchweg sämtliche Nummern begeistern!
Viermal bereichert der bereits genannte David Grissom als Gitarrist Bonnie's großartige Musik: Auf "Trains" (ein herrlich flockiger, lässiger, überaus melodischer Countryrocker), dem traumhaften, rootsig, bluesigen. Slide-getränkten "Soft To The Touch", der starken Roots-/Americana-Rock-Pop-Nummer "Give It To Me" und bei dem krachenden Rootsrocker "Something The Doctor Didn’t Ordered" (letzteres von ihm übrigens auch mitgeschrieben und produziert). Herrlich hier das satte Drums-Intro und das fette, satt rockende E-Gitarren-Führungsriff. Mit dieser Mischung aus bluesigem Touch und rockiger Melodie lebt hier für kurze Zeit fast das legendäre Storyville-Feeling wieder auf. Ansonsten jagt vom klasse Opener "Love Never Knows" (schöner, polternder Fußtrommelrhythmus, tolle Tempovariationen, poppiger, aber sehr angenehmer Refrain), über die voller Herzblut steckenden, in emotionaler Singer/Songwriter-Tradition gebrachten "Brent Rollins" (erinnert an eine lebhafte Lori McKenna), das lockere "The house that Jack built" und "Red Moon" (großartige Akkordeonbegleitung), bis zu dem starken, schwül groovenden Swamp-Blues-Rocker "He took me to the river" (herrlich rauchige Stimme von Bonnie, prächtiges Slide-Spiel) ein Höhepunkt den nächsten! Zum Abschluss hören wir dann mit dem 7.45 Minuten langen "Fallen Angel" nochmal eine absolute "Killer"-Ballade: Sehr entspannte Atmosphäre, Bonnie haucht ihren Text ganz zart und sehr gefühlvoll, glänzender Instrumentalabschluss durch toll harmonierendes Zusammenspiel von Akustik- und E-Gitarren! Nach dem Ausklingen der letzten Akkorde weiß man, dass mit Bonnie Bishop ein weiteres texanisches Ausnahmetalent auf dem Weg steil nach oben ist! Ihr neues Album " Soft ToThe Touch“ berührt nicht nur, es fesselt geradezu! Wir als Bärchen-Redaktion konstatieren: Ein echter "Touchdown", Bonnie! (Daniel Daus)

Art-Nr.: 3883
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Trains
The house that Jack built
Soft to the touch
Stillhouse
Fallen angel

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Black Crowes, The - before the frost / until the freeze [2009]
Das neue Studioalbum der "Krähen" mit dem Titel "Before the frost...", plus der Code für den Download-Zugang des zweiten, parallel erschienenen Werkes "...until the freeze", das es nur auf diesem Wege und nicht als physikalische CD gibt. Sehr rootsig! Erinnert zuweilen an die Solo-Sachen von Chris Robinson. Klasse Songmaterial! Zweiter Gitarrist ist Luther Dickinson von den North Mississippi Allstars! Die Black Crowes weiter in exzellenter Verfassung!

Offizielle Ankündigung zur VÖ:

THE BLACK CROWES will release their new studio CD, Before the Frost... on September 1, 2009.

A second album, titled …Until The Freeze, will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in Before The Frost… as a “thank you” to their fans for two decades of continued support.

Before the Frost..., and its corresponding free album …Until The Freeze, were recorded over a series of five nights at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. Although both are studio albums, all the new material was performed and recorded in front of an intimate audience of the band’s fans, making them a part of The Black Crowes musical history.

The innovative technique of inviting fans into the studio as part of the process during recording is a rare experience.

Before the Frost... features eleven new and previously unreleased Black Crowes songs including Good Morning Captain, I Ain’t Hiding, Been a Long Time (Waiting on Love), and other original songs that will serve to spotlight the bands ability to make emotional connections through their music. The free album …Until The Freeze is a nine-song collection featuring eight new original Black Crowes songs plus a cover version of the Stephen Stills classic So Many Times.

Chris Robinson conceived the concept of Before the Frost...Until The Freeze.
“I think we fulfilled a musical commitment to continue on the golden road of artistic independence. Approaching 20 years into our careers, we still are ambitious enough to push ourselves to create something unique that we have never done before.”

As The Black Crowes approach the upcoming 20th anniversary of their release of one of rock’s most influential records, Shake Your Money Maker, which produced such hits as Jealous Again, She Talks To Angels and Hard to Handle, they are time and again hailed as one of Rock and Roll’s best live acts.

Before The Frost… (CD Track Listing)

Good Morning Captain (3.24)
Been A Long Time (Waiting On Love) (7.47)
Appaloosa (3.35)
A Train Still Makes A Lonely Sound (4.23)
I Ain’t Hiding (5.57)
Kept My Soul (5.23)
What Is Home (5.13)
Houston Don’t Dream About Me (5.05)
Make Glad (4.18)
And The Band Played On (4.12)
Last Place That Love Lives (4.57)

…Until The Freeze (Free Download Album Track Listing)

Aimless Peacock
Shady Grove
Garden Gate
Greenhorn
Shine Along
Roll Old Jeremiah
Lady Of Avenue A
So Many Times
Fork In The River

Art-Nr.: 6536
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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BoDeans - indigo dreams [2011]
Hervorragendes, neues Album von Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas, aka The BoDeans, die damit wieder zurück zu ihren Wurzeln gehen und den doch etwas experimentierfreudigen Vorgänger hinter sich lassen. Was wir hören ist allerbester Rootsrock/-pop in der typischen BoDeans-Tradition, die ihnen vor 25 Jahren anlässlich ihres damaligen Debutalbums den Titel der "Best New American Band" durch die Leser des amerikanischen "Rolling Stone" einbrachte. Herrlich melodische Songs mit tollem Gesang und eingängigen Arrangements. Klasse Teil!

Hier der offizielle Text des Labels zur Veröffentlichung im Original:

Twenty five years after their T-Bone Burnett produced debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams led them to win a Rolling Stone reader s poll as Best New American Band, The BoDeans are still rocking and harmonizing gracefully, touring the U.S. regularly and exposing the kids of their longtime steadfast fans to real, heartfelt and trend-free music. Best known for their mid-90 s Billboard Top 20 hit anthem Closer To Free, which became the theme song for Fox s Party Of Five, the dynamic musical duo Kurt Neumann (vocals and electric and acoustic guitars) and Sam Llanas (vocals and acoustic guitar) is still focused on writing songs that bring good things to the world. Their latest album, Indigo Dreams, is a salute to the working man his dreams, his desires, his love, his responsibilities, his ethos.
For the BoDeans, the fact that their music was never easily pigeonholed into a specific genre or style was more a strength than a problem as their career developed. They followed their debut with Outside Looking In (1987), Home (1989), Black and White (1991), and Go Slow Down (1993), which featured Closer To Free which became a massive pop and adult contemporary hit when the world heard it every week via Party of Five. They released the 2 CD live set Joe Dirt Car and Blend (1996).
A few years after the release of the 17-song compilation The Best of BoDeans Slash and Burn in 2001, they returned to studio recording with Resolution (2004) and then a live album and subsequent DVD called Homebrewed: Live From The Pabst. Still was released in 2008.
The enduring success of the BoDeans is a byproduct of making music that creates a special connection to moments in people s lives. It s not always this dramatic, says Neumann, but we do hear of stories where people are ill or dying and our songs give them a sense of joy and hope. It s always wonderful to be important to peoples lives. We also saw this YouTube clip of two kids in car seats singing one of our songs on a family road trip. Their parents are playing our songs and we are a part of their world in that moment. I want to know someday that I ve brought good things into this world, and this kind of fan response confirms that Sam and I have been able to do this.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Blowin' My Mind - 4:09   
2 Paved in Gold - 3:38   
3 Right Now - 4:02   
4 How Can We - 4:14   
5 Way Down - 3:44   
6 Sad Eyes - 3:58   
7 Wrap Me - 3:55   
8 Me Again - 4:11   
9 Don't Wanna Go - 3:14   
10 Rock N Roll Overdrive - 4:48   
11 Father's Day - 4:34   
12 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - 4:14   
13 Mercy - 4:25

Art-Nr.: 7489
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Paved in gold
Way down
Sad eyes
Wrap me
Rock n Roll overdrive

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Cash, Johnny - bootleg vol. IV: the soul of truth [2012]
2 CD-Set! Die mittlerweile schon "kultige", großartige "Bootleg"-Serie mit raren und hoch interessanten Johnny Cash-Aufnahmen geht weiter. Im vierten Teil wird Cash's spirituelle Seite und seine Verbundenheit zur Gospel-Musik durchleuchtet. Die vorliegende Doppel-CD enthält 3 sehr rare, komplette Alben, davon eins aus dem Jahre 1975, das bislang nie veröffentlicht wurde (die anderen beiden sind "A believer sings the truth" und "Gospel singer", das erwähnte, unveröffentlichte Werk von 1975 hat niemals einen Titel bekommen), sowie weitere seltene und bislang noch nie erschienene Tracks und Outtakes. Insgesamt sind das 51 Songs, davon 15 bislang unveröffentlicht. Dazu gibt's im Booklet sehr informative Liner-Notes, geschrieben von Johnny's Sohn, John Carter Cash. Klasse!

Die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

If not for gospel music, there never would have been a Johnny Cash. When Cash decided he wanted to be an entertainer, there was really only one type of music he intended to sing. Although Cash reinvented himself many times during his life, there was one way in which he never did: His faith. And this faith, with its roots so firmly planted in gospel music, stayed with him throughout his life.
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth presents an intimate and personal look at Cash s passion for gospel music and his own spiritual path. Bootleg Vol. IV presents three rare albums in their entirety: A Believer Sings The Truth; an untitled, unreleased 1975 set; and Johnny Cash Gospel Singer. Among these hard-to-find recordings are 15 unreleased tracks including outtakes from the sessions at which the albums were recorded.
Johnny Cash's son, John Carter Cash, provides liner notes that detail Cash's upbringing on gospel and his passion for recording and performing this music despite resistance from his record labels. Though he would sing many kinds of music in his life, he was never truer than when he sang songs of faith.
To fully grasp Cash's legend, one must hear his earliest performances, as well as unreleased or under-promoted recordings that somehow remained out of earshot of an adoring (and still-expanding) public. Such is the mission of the Johnny Cash Bootlegs, a series of multiple-disc packages brimming with historical importance but also delivering thoroughly enjoyable listening experiences, each programmed to stand as a captivating doorway into Cash's popular legacy as effectively as any greatest hits compilation.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

Disc 1
1. Wings in the Morning - 2:45
2. Gospel Boogie (A Wonderful Time Up There) - 2:39
3. Over the Next Hill (We'll Be Home) - 2:35
4. He's Alive - 4:16
5. I've Got Jesus in My Soul - 2:40
6. When He Comes - 3:32
7. I Was There When It Happened - 2:15
8. I'm a New Born Man - 1:42
9. Strange Things Happening Every Day - 3:32
10. Children Go Where I Send Thee - 2:43
11. I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal - 2:14
12. Lay Me Down in Dixie - 2:01
13. Don't Take Everybody to Be Your Friend - 2:24
14. You'll Get Yours and I'll Get Mine - 2:21
15. Oh Come, Angel Band - 2:45
16. This Train Is Bound for Glory - 3:30
17. I'm Gonna Try to Be That Way - 2:49
18. What on Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake) - 2:08
19. That's Enough - 2:43
20. The Greatest Cowboy of Them All - 3:58
21. Didn't It Rain - 2:29
22. He Touched Me - 2:34
23. Way Worn Traveler - 1:54
24. I'll Have a New Life - 2:19
25. Truth - 2:17

Disc 2
1. Back in the Fold - 3:25
2. Look Unto the East - 2:33
3. I Was There When It Happened - 2:11
4. Sanctified - 2:24
5. Would You Recognize Jesus - 2:34
6. That's Just Like Jesus - 3:12
7. What on Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake) - 3:14
8. Keep Me from Blowing Away - 3:06
9. Don't Give Up on Me - 2:35
10. Over the Next Hill (We'll Be Home) - 2:20
11. Far Side Banks of Jordan - 2:50
12. Our Little Old Home Town - 2:43
13. Belshazzar - 2:59
14. My Children Walk in Truth - 2:39
15. The Old Rugged Cross - 2:25
16. One of These Days I'm Gonna Sit Down and Talk to Paul - 3:09
17. God Ain't No Stained Glass Window - 3:09
18. Half a Mile a Day - 3:23
19. Another Wide River to Cross - 2:27
20. You're Drifting Away - 1:38
21. Believe in Him - 3:28
22. Over There - 3:14
23. Gospel Road - 3:45
24. What Is Man - 2:33
25. Wildwood in the Pines - 2:23
26. Never Grow Old - 2:39

Art-Nr.: 7748
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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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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Grateful Dead - road trips vol.4 No.2 - april fools, east rutherford 1988 [2018]
Nur sehr begrenzte Stückzahl vorhanden!

Sehr rar! 3 CD-Set! Neue exzellente Veröffentlichung aus der fantasischen Grateful Dead "Road trips"-Serie, der Nachfolge-Serie von den berühmten "Dick's Picks"-Releases. Ein weiteres begnadetes Live-Dokument aus den Dead-Archiven. Es handelt sich um das komplette Konzert vom 1. April 1988 und zusätzlich ein paar Highlights aus der Show tags davor, also am 31. April 1988, jeweils aus der berühmten Brendan Byrne Arena von East Rutherford/New Jersey . Der Sound ist klasse! Die Band ist in prächtiger Verfassung. Ein weiteres Live-Highlight für die vielen Deadheads..

Hier das offizielle Statement zu dieser Veröffentlichung von Blair Jackson:

You all know about the glory that was 1987. A year after we almost lost Jerry to his diabetic coma in the summer of ’86, the Dead were back, Jerry was the phoenix risen, and the band was bigger than ever: There was “Touch of Grey,” In the Dark, the stadium tour with Dylan, a huge influx of new Heads; it was good times all around, for sure. The band was revived and a new day dawned!
But when I interviewed Garcia for my old Dead ’zine, The Golden Road, the following autumn—1988—he revealed that he felt like he was just then finally catching up to his old, pre-coma self, “That is to say, having access to everything I know about playing. I’m getting to that point where it’s physically as comfortable… [and] feeling there.”
Indeed, 1988 was a fantastic year for the Dead, with some of the band’s most explosive and energetic playing, as the whole band rose to meet Garcia in his return to absolute peak form. This “high” washed over into 1989—a year that has been extensively documented with official releases in part because the band recorded so many shows on multi-track tape and multi-camera video (Downhill From Here,Truckin’ Up to Buffalo,Nightfall of Diamonds, the recent Formerly the Warlocks box). But 1988 has, curiously, been largely ignored, save for a single official download-only release many years ago of the epic 3/27/88 Hampton show. What gives? It’s certainly no reflection of the quality of the music from ’88, which most Dead Heads would agree was almost uniformly strong. You’ll find many folks singing the praises of runs at Kaiser, the Centrum, Irvine, Alpine, Frost, the Greek, Alpine, Oxford Plains in Maine, Laguna Seca… just solid stuff all around. Gets me tingly just thinkin’ about it!
Well, we haven’t forgotten ’88—far from it—and this edition of Road Trips (Vol. 4, No. 2) shows you why. It offers up the entire April 1, 1988 concert from the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (maybe you just called it “the Meadowlands” back in the day), plus the entire second set and a few first set highlights from the previous night’s show, March 31. That April Fools show is a real barn-burner, with a first set that includes a “double-opener” of high-octane versions of “Mississippi Half-Step” and “Jack Straw,” a rare and nearly perfect take on “To Lay Me Down” (played for just the second time since 1983), followed directly by the second (and final) GD-only version of Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man.” Less than a year after their six-show jaunt with the Mysterious One, Weir & Co. give the classic tune an impressively emotional workout; in fact, it’s hard to discern why it didn’t remain in the Dead’s repertoire after this evening. That first set also includes nearly manic versions of both “Cumberland” and “Deal.” Blazing!
There’s no letup in Set Two, either, as the band tears through what looks on paper like a fairly conventional set list, but in execution is far from that. “China Cat” > “Rider,” “Estimated” > “Eyes” and “The Other One” > “Wharf Rat” all sound fresh and alive, and seem to glow with fiery embers thanks to Garcia’s speedy and imaginative runs—basically the guy is on fire!
A few nuggets from the 3/31 first set are tucked onto the back side of Disc One—including a superb “Let It Grow”—and then that night’s second set fills the other disc, and it’s another rockin’ affair loaded with favorites: A “Scarlet” > “Fire” nearly the equal of the famous Hampton version just four nights earlier, a fine “Terrapin,” and a post-“Drums” that never lets up as it moves from “Goin’ Down the Road” into “Miracle,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” the coda of “Hey Jude,” and “Watchtower” in the closing slot. The encore is another Dylan tune, “Heaven’s Door”—a perfect grace note for a raucous and exciting show. We should also note that the “Rhythm Devils” and “Space” portions of each show are also fantastically varied and interesting—in the spring of ’89 Garcia will be the last band member to “go MIDI,” so this is provides a glimpse of the more “pure” Garcia “Space” tones.
Intrigued? You should be! It’s hot stuff from beginning to end. As is customary, the original recordings (in this case by Dan Healy) have been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman.

Die Komplette Setlist:

Disc 1:

1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo - 10:09
2. Jack Straw - 5:18
3. To Lay Me Down - 8:29
4. Ballad Of A Thin Man - 6:51
5. When Push Comes To Shove - 4:49
6. New Minglewood Blues - 7:47
7. Cumberland Blues - 5:51
8. Deal - 7:10
9. When I Paint My Masterpiece - 5:03
10. Let It Grow - 12:10
11. Brokedown Palace - 5:21

Disc 2:
1. Scarlet Begonias - 8:05
2. Fire On The Mountain - 11:34
3. Samson And Delilah - 6:39
4. Terrapin Station - 11:41
5. Rhythm Devils - 5:52
6. Space - 6:22
7. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad - 6:17
8. I Need A Miracle - 3:21
9. Dear Mr. Fantasy - 4:20
10. Hey Jude - 1:41
11. All Along The Watchtower - 4:45
12. Knockin' On Heaven's Door - 8:29

Disc 3:
1. China Cat Sunflower - 6:19
2. I Know You Rider - 5:36
3. Estimated Prophet - 12:35
4. Eyes Of The World - 8:55
5. Rhythm Devils - 6:59
6. Space - 8:33
7. The Other One - 7:18
8. Wharf Rat - 7:54
9. Throwing Stones - 9:05
10. Not Fade Away - 5:57

Art-Nr.: 9641
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 46,90

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Guy, Buddy - rhythm & blues [2013]
2 CD-Set! 3 Jahre nach den Grammy-dekorierten "Living proof" veröffentlicht Meistergitarrist und lebende Blues-Legende Buddy Guy sein neues Album, und zwar gleich eine Doppel-CD. Bereits im Vorfeld wird "Rhythm & Blues" als eine weitere, absolute musikalische Sternstunde in der langen Karriere Guy's gefeiert, und die ersten Reviews bestätigen diese Vorschußlorbeeren nachdrücklich. Ein paar der Songs des neuen Werkes hat der Meister mit einigen hochkarätigen Gästen eingespielt, was einmal mehr seine einzigartige Verbindung zwischen Tradition und Moderne offenbart. Mit dabei waren der neue, junge Guitarhero des Blues, Gary Clark jr., Beth Hart, aber auch genrefremde Größen wie Keith Urban, Kid Rock und Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry und Brad Whitford. Produziert hat sein langjähriger Weggefährte Tom Hambridge! Der ewig junge Buddy Guy befindet auch mit 76 Jahren noch in der Blüte seiner Karriere. Großartig!

Die offizielle Produktbeschreibung:

Six-time Grammy Award winner and 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree Buddy Guy will release his new studio album Rhythm & Blues. The follow-up to his 2010 Grammy Award winning album Living Proof, this double-disc masterpiece features first time studio collaborations with A-list artists Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Rhythm & Blues will be available for pre-order at all online retailers on June 25th.
Produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge (Skin Deep, Living Proof), Rhythm & Blues captures the 76 year-young Guy at the peak of his creativity. Replete with heartfelt vocals, straightforward lyrics and mesmerizing guitar licks, Rhythm & Blues not only exemplifies how blues continues to be the foundation of all genres of today's music, it also illustrates why Guy has been influential in the careers of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more.
The Rhythm disc includes rhythm and blues-style blues with deep grooves, such as the Junior Wells' 1960 hit "Messin' With The Kid" featuring Kid Rock, the touching "One Day Away" with Keith Urban, and "What You're Gonna Do About Me," a rousing duet with Beth Hart. Guy rounds out the disc with "Best In Town," "Whiskey Ghost," Guitar Slim's "Well I Done Got Over It" and more.
The Blues disc taps into the genre's rich history with "Meet Me In Chicago," "I Could Die Happy," "Never Gonna Change" and "All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues." Aerosmith's Tyler, Perry and Whitford contribute to the musical lesson with "Evil Twin" while Gary Clark, Jr. joins Guy on "Blues Don t Care."
In a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums released, the incomparable Buddy Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors and NARM Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to his long list of achievements. Guy is the recipient of 30 awards and accolades, including 6 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (formerly W. C. Handy Awards), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award, a Billboard Music Awards' Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, in addition to being listed as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone.

Hier noch ein begeistertes U.S-Review:

Buddy Guy – Next to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, his name personifies Chicago blues. Considering he’ll be 77 years old on July 30th, you’d think he’d be ready to sit down and take it easy. His new album is proof that like good whiskey and fine wine he’s just gotten better with age. For Buddy’s birthday he gives us all a gift with Rhythm & Blues, a two disc album filled with some stellar collaborations and which after over 50 albums is probably one of his best releases.
This album is once again produced by the Grammy winning producer Tom Hambridge (Living Proof, 2010). A musician who is criminally unknown for his own blues rock releases. Tom Hambridge plays the drums throughout the album. After that there are two basic all-star sets of musicians. The first consists of David Grissom (guitar), Reese Wynans, (B3), and Michael Rhodes (bass). The second set consists of Rob McNeely (guitar), Kevin McKendree, (B3), and Tommy MacDonald (bass). As if the musicianship wasn’t enough in the above list, Buddy also has the following guest stars; Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, Keith Urban, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, who all contribute something unique and interesting.
With two discs of quality material to pick from it’s difficult to discuss them all. Suffice to say there isn’t a bad track. So we’ll just discuss the highlights.
Disc 1: “Justifyin’” is the second track and it is a fast rockin’ powerhouse of a track. It’s amazing that Buddy can rip notes off his guitar at that rate at almost 77 years old. “I Go By Feel” slows things down as Buddy explains a conversation with an old blues teacher when he was younger and how the concept that feel is what sets a great musician apart from someone who is technically capable. You can throw all the notes at someone you want but there is that connection with a few simple notes where an artist can express all the emotion of the song. Buddy next teams up with Kid Rock to cover the appropriately named Elmore James tune “Messin’ with the Kid,” which Buddy played guitar on way back in 1965. Kid’s gruff voice actually meshes well with the attitude of the song. Shortly after that we get a cover, “One Day Away,” which was written by one of Buddy’s long time touring guitar players, Scott Holt, who is another artist everyone should check out. Keith Urban lends his country swagger to the song singing about telling someone you love them and the need to seize the day and to not wish one day away. Beth Hart steps up next and let’s everything rip on the spectacular track “What You Gonna Do About Me” as she trades lyrics with Buddy, proving once again why she is one of the powerhouse female vocalists of this generation.
Disc 2: The second disc starts out with a tribute to Buddy’s hometown with “Meet Me In Chicago.” Buddy lists the highlights of his hometown, like deep dish pizza, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Wabash Avenue, and in Buddy’s typical humble style he of course lists Buddy Guy playing the blues, which is reason enough to come to Chicago. “Evil Twin” brings the members of Aerosmith in for a straight up blues anthem. “All That Makes Me Happy is the Blues” is slow blues that is all about exactly what the song title says it is. Blues is known for being a genre of music about sadness, but it’s not meant to be sad. It’s really meant to be an uplifting release of all of our problems. The final track that stands out on here is collaboration with Gary Clark Jr. on the rollicking “Blues Don’t Care.”
Buddy will always be one of the legends of the blues. He has always blurred the lines between blues and rock and roll. Filled with his signature tone and that Buddy Guy attitude, Rhythm & Blues just continues to cement his legacy as one of the greatest guitar players.
(Kevin O’Rourke/Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

Disc 1
1. Best in Town
2. Justifyin'
3. I Go by Feel
4. Messin' with the Kid (featuring Kid Rock)
5. What's Up with That Woman
6. One Day Away (featuring Keith Urban)
7. Well I Done Got over It
8. What You Gonna Do About Me (featuring Beth Hart)
9. The Devil's Daughter
10. Whiskey Ghost
11. Rhythm Inner Groove

Disc 2
1. Meet Me in Chicago
2. Too Damn Bad
3. Evil Twin (featuring Steven Tyler, Joe Perry & Brad Whitford)
4. I Could Die Happy
5. Never Gonna Change
6. All That Makes Me Happy Is the Blues
7. My Mama Loved Me
8. Blues Don't Care (featuring Gary Clark jr.)
9. I Came Up Hard
10. Poison Ivy

Art-Nr.: 8245
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Hoge, Will - never give in [2013]
Will Hoge erneut in bestechender Form! Der in Nashville beheimatete Singer/Songwriter scheint sich in kreativer Hinsicht auf einem absoluten Höhenflug zu befinden. Verweilte er noch vor nicht allzu langer Zeit mit seiner EP "Modern American Protest Music" mit eigens konzipierten Protestsongs auf den Spuren von einem seiner großen Vorbilder, Bob Dylan, holt er jetzt mit seinem neuen, fantastischen Album "Never Give In" zu einem weiteren ganz großen Wurf aus. Der Titel, wie auch das damit verbundene Titelstück (tolle Melodie, klasse Gitarrenarbeit inkl. würzigem Slide/ E-Solo), stehen auch so ein bisschen für Hoges Stehauf-Mentalität (er hat ja schon so einiges in Sachen Band-/Labelwechsel bis hin zu seinem furchtbaren Unfall, bei dem er schwer verletzt nur hauchdünn am Tod vorbeigeschrammt ist, mitgemacht), ein Mann der nie auf-/nachgegeben hat und sich heute musikalisch stärker denn je präsentiert. "It encompasses a lot of things. The song is really based on a relationship between a man and a woman that has weathered hard times and fought to grow. There's some truth in that with my wife which I really appreciate. On a larger note, it's about the mentality of this whole organization. The roller coaster ride I've been through musically, emotionally, professionally, and physically with labels and without labels changing bands and managers, we're here. We started our own label and we're having more success than ever. That's all due to the fact we've never stopped and we never give in." so Will selbst in einem Interview zum zentralen Thema/Lied seines neuen Werkes. Und In der Tat, läuft es für Hoge in letzter Zeit wie am "Schnürchen". Hatte vor geraumer Zeit die Eli Young Band mit dem von ihm gecoverten "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" einen Nr. 1-Hit erzielt (auch das hier enthaltene, herrlich melodische "Goodbye Ain’t Always Gone" wäre wieder wie für sie prädestiniert), so dürfte Will auch mit der abschließenden starken, voller Pathos steckenden Americana-/Countryhymne "Strong" (wie der Titel es schon andeutet), der als Begleitmusik für die Chevrolet Silverado Truck-Werbung ausgewählt wurde, weitere enorme nationale Aufmerksamkeit auf sich ziehen. Auch der Rest der Scheibe bietet typischen Hoge-Stoff (variabel, sehr melodisch, zwischen Country- und knackigem, zuweilen zünftigem, erdigem Roots-/Americana-Rock pendelnd, garniert mit einigen kraftvollen Heartland-RockEinlagen, in allen Tempi, mit intelligenten, immer ein wenig nach innen gekehrten Texten) auf absolutem Spitzenniveau. Selbstredend, dass hier natürlich auch Topmusiker wie Kenny Greenberg, Tom Bukovac (beide wieder mit exzellenter Saitenarbeit), Tony Harrell, Adam Beard, Nick Buda, John Deaderick, und einige starke Backsinger wie die wunderbare Ashley Monroe, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, Maureen Murphy, oder Harmonie Reddick zur Einspielung mit von der Partie waren. Die beiden letztgenannten Sängerinnen liefern beispielsweise furiose Backs beim flotten Opener, dem knackigen, zündenden, schön angerauten Rootsrocker "A Different Man". Der Silberling enthält natürlich auch wieder viele Querverweise zu musikalischen Größen, deren Glanz aber im Vergleich mit Will mittlerweile fast schon zu verblassen droht. Das bereits erwähnte Titelstück mit seinem frappierenden "Into The Great Wide Open"-Flair, erinnert unweigerlich an Tom Pettys Parade-Zeiten, die grandios bluesig/dezent gospelig gesungene Ballade "This Time Around" lässt sogar fast einen Otis Redding wieder aufleben. Ein Hammersong! Das schön gewählte Wortspiel bei dem famosen "Home Is Where The Heart Breaks" ist der Aufhänger für ein herrlich rockendes Stück in der Tradition von Bob Seger (hat ein wenig was von "Rock’n‘ Roll Never Forgets"), "Pale September" macht John Mellencamp alle Ehre und das ebenfalls straight rockende "Bad Old Days" beinhaltet einige Reminiszenzen in die Zeit, als Will noch mit seinem alten Kumpel Dan Baird musizierte (durchaus auch Georgia Satellites-tauglich). Kurz vor Ende begibt sich Hoge in seiner eigenwilligen Art mit dem schön erzählten "Damn Spotlight (Julias Song)" samt eines Hauchs von "The Boxer" sogar in Simon & Garfunkel-ähnliche Gefilde (allerdings gänzlich ohne deren Schmachtfaktor), bevor der bereits oben angeführte Track "Strong" (als Bonustrack) den glänzenden Abschluss eines immens starken Longplayers abgibt. " I never really saw a dividing line between rock and country" teilte Hoge kürzlich in einem Statement mit, und genaus das präsentiert er hier eindrucksvoll. Es gibt keine Trennung zwischen Rock und Country, sondern eine geradezu untrennbare Verbindung in seiner wunderbaren Musik. In einem U.S.-Review heisst es dazu treffend: Hoges music is a compelling mix of classic rock riffs, a Springsteen-styled way with charismatic storytelling and some rowdy roadhouse country twang". Perfekt ausgedrückt, zusätzlich zu erwähnen sind eben nur noch diese hinreissenden Melodien. Will Hoge präsentiert sich mit "Never Give In" abermals in absolut blendender (auch stimmlich) Verfassung. Er zählt mittlerweile zu den wohl maßgebendsten Singer/Songwritern des Country-/Americana-/Rootsrock-Genres der Neuzeit. Die starken Texte zu seinen Tracks sind natürlich im eingesteckten Booklet des DigiPaks nachzulesen. Was für ein Pracht-Album! Wir werden nicht nachgeben, diesen begabten Songwriter/Musiker zu lieben und anzupreisen! Er hat es definitiv verdient! Einfach klasse dieser Mann! (Daniel Daus)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. A Different Man - 3:15
2. Goodbye Ain't Always Gone - 3:12
3. Never Give In - 3:00
4. This Time Around - 3:41
5. Still Got You On My Mind - 3:08
6. Home is Where the Heart Breaks - 3:24
7. Daddy Was a Gambling Man - 2:57
8. Pale September - 3:31
9. Bad Old Days - 3:18
10. Damn Spotlight (Julia's Song) - 3:16
11. Strong - 3:24

Art-Nr.: 8353
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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A different man
Never give in
Still got you on my mind
Home is where the heart breaks
Pale September
Bad old days
Strong

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Jayhawks, The - back roads and abandoned motels [2018]
Blendendes, neues Album einer der besten und am meisten geschätztesten Roots-/Amerivana-/Alternate Country Bands der letzte 3 Jahrzehnte. "Back roads and abandoned motels" ist ein Werk, das überwiegend Stücke enthält, die ihr Frantmann Gary Louris zusammen mit anderen Künstlern geschrieben hat, die diese dann für ihre Alben aufgenommen haben. Hier hören wir diese Songs erstmalig in der Interpretation der Jayhawks. Wie beispielsweise das traumhaft schöne "Everybody knows", das Louris mit den Mädels der Dixie Chicks komponiert hat, oder das gemeinsam mit Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers) geschriebene, sehr gediegen und fein akzuentiert interpretierte "Gonna be a darkness". Zwei Tracks des Albums sind brandneue Kompositionen. Die Jayhawks nehmen ihre Fans erneut mit auf eine wunderbare Reise in ihre typischen Roots-und Americana-Gefilde, wobei sie sich durchaus an ihren Werken ihres ersten Jahrzehnts orientieren. Das kommt richtig gut. Die Jayhawks präsentieren sich einmal mehr in exzellenter Verfassung.

Hier ein Original U.S-Review des Albums:

Gary Louris didn’t spend much time composing songs for the Jayhawks’ newest album. That’s because he had already co-written most of them.
On the intriguingly titled Back Roads And Abandoned Motels, the Jayhawks frontman collects nine tunes he penned in conjunction with other artists, both well known (the Dixie Chicks, Jakob Dylan) and more obscure (Wild Feathers, Scott Thomas), most of whom performed them on their albums. He gives those songs, along with two new ones, a whirl with the Jayhawks backing band, recording all 11 in just two sessions.
Louris must be feeling particularly generous these days because he steps away from the mic to let drummer Tim O’Reagan sing lead on two selections and keyboardist Karen Grotberg gets a few more. Her vocal contributions are the first on a Jayhawks album, and, based on her performance of the ballad “El Dorado” (originally recorded by Carrie Rodriguez) and the Memphis-styled opener “Come Cryin’ To Me” (first heard on Natalie Maines’ 2013 solo project Mother), will hopefully not be the last.
Perhaps not surprisingly, this makes for a pretty great Jayhawks album. Louris rescues the impossibly catchy “Backward Women,” written with the Wild Feathers yet never previously recorded, which becomes one of this disc’s highlights. The Thomas co-write “Need You Tonight” gets a well-earned second chance and becomes a sturdier song in this updated, tougher version. Two Dixie Chicks tracks receive the Jayhawks treatment with “Everybody Knows” and “Bitter End” dusted off and sounding as fresh and inspired as when the Chicks recorded them. And kudos to Louris for liberating his and Jakob Dylan’s seldom heard contribution to the True Blood series “Gonna Be a Darkness,” which sounds like a terrific Simon & Garfunkel b–side.
Two new compositions close the album and are the only ones on which Louris didn’t tap collaborators. They’re both solid Jayhawks songs even if neither the strummy love ballad “Carry You To Safety” nor the piano tinkling “Leaving Detroit,” which addresses an abusive relationship with chilling candor, are quite up to the quality of what preceded them.
At this late stage, Gary Louris doesn’t need to rehash older music. He has proven his talents as a moving songsmith and distinctive, emotional vocalist with his three decade and counting work for the Jayhawks. He’s rightfully established as an integral component of the Americana genre. Regardless, it’s terrific to hear these Louris co-composed songs interpreted by the band. Even though they were assembled from different years and with other artists’ input, Back Roads And Abandoned Motels feels as cohesive and organic as the best Jayhawks releases.
(Hal Horowitz / AmericanSongwriter.com)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Come Cryin' to Me - 3:40
2. Everybody Knows - 4:09
3. Gonna Be a Darkness - 4:58
4. Bitter End - 4:15
5. Backwards Women - 3:36
6. Long Time Ago - 3:56
7. Need You Tonight - 3:16
8. El Dorado - 4:06
9. Bird Never Flies - 3:54
10. Carry You to Safety - 5:24
11. Leaving Detroit - 4:12

Art-Nr.: 9659
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Johnson, Cody - cowboy like me [2014]
Ganz klar: Solange es Leute wie diesen Cody Johnson gibt, braucht sich die "real Countrymusic" keine Sorgen um ihre Zukunfft zu machen. 3 Jahre nach seinem famosen Album "A different day" kommt der von Kindesbeinen an mit dem "echten" Countryleben konfrontierte, in einem ländlichen, von Pinienwäldern umgebenen Gebiet im Osten Texas' aufgewachsene, ehemalige professionelle "bull rider" (auch als Gefängniswärter in Huntsville hat er schon gearbeitet) nun mit seinem, von den Fans heiss herbeigesehnten Nachfolgewerk - und es knüpft nahtlos an den Vorgänger an, ja setzt vielleicht sogar noch mal "einen drauf". "Cody Johnson is a true cowboy with countrymusic in his veins, a natural born star", attestierten wir anlässlich des Vorgängers. Dies trifft für sein neues Album noch mehr zu, als je zuvor. Obwohl man ohne jeden Zweifel ein paar rockige Einflüsse spürt (zu Cody's großen Einflüssen zählen neben George Strait und Willie Nelson auch Lynyrd Skynyrd), ist "Cowboy like me", der Name verrät es schon, ein lupenreines, unverfälschtes, genauso klassisches, wie modernes, knackiges, "saftig" und kraftvoll in Szene gesetztes, ungemein authentisches und reines Countryalbum geworden, so wie es sein muss und wie wir uns im Countrysektor eigentlich viel mehr wünschen. In Nashville, wo sich die Elite zumeist leider viel mehr dem poppigen Mainstream hingibt und zuweilen ihre wirklichen Wurzeln in den Hintergrund stellt, sollten viel mehr solche Typen wie dieser Cody Johnson die Charts regieren. Es gibt sie dort sicher auch (Easton Corbin. Josh Turner), aber sie sind in der Minderheit. In Texas hingegen sind solche Künstler absolut top und die Leute im Lone Star State fahren auf diese Art der Countrymusic total ab - völlig zu Recht, wie wir finden. Produziert hat das Werk übrigens der alte texanische, jetzt in Nashville residierende Countryrecke Trent Willmon, ebenfalls ein Garant für höchste Countryqualität. Wenn der jemanden unter seine Fittische nimmt, bekommen wir den besten zeitgemässen texanischen Country zu hören, den die Szene zu bieten hat - wie zuletzt auch mit den neuen Alben von Curtis Grimes und Josh Grider, die Willmon ebenfalls produzierte. Gleich zu Beginn des Albums bringt Cody Johnson die kraftvolle Energie, mit der er seinen lupenreinen Country auf diesem Album zumeist präsentiert, großartige rüber. "Dance her home" heisst der Opener, ein mit fetten, zündenden E-Gitarrenriffs bestückter, gleichzeitig aber auch voller herrlicher Steelguitar- und Fiddle-Fills steckender, vorzüglich tanzbarer, honky-tonkin' Roadhouse Two-Stepper mit einer tollen Melodie und einem klasse Rhythmus. So etwas muss die Countrywelt einfach verzücken. Super! Von ähnlicher Kategorie sind auch die folgenden "Me and my kind" und "Lucky", vor allem letzteres aber mit noch mehr Drive. Stark hier die trockene Banjountermalung, die diesen kräftigen Country-Knaller geschickt auflockert. Etwas mehr in den Midtempo-Bereich geht es dann mit dem wunderbar melodischen, traditionellen "Baby's blue". Hier entsteht ein klasse Honky Tonk-Feeling mit schönen Gitarren, Fiddle und Pedal Steel. Kommen wir zu dem fantastischen Titelsong des Albums, "Cowboy like me", eine schlicht wundervolle, astreine Countryballade mit einem durchau autobiographischen Hintergrund. Zu großartiger Steel-, Fiddle-, und Gitarrenbegleitung (starkes Acoustic Gitarren-Solo im Mittelteil) refelktiert Johnson im Bezug auf seine Liebste ein wenig die traurigen Begleiterscheinungen des Lebens eines "Cowboy-Musiker", der fast immer unterwegs ist. Eine weitere tolle Ballade hören wir mit dem schönen, aber weitaus kraftvolleren "Holes". Auffällig hier sind die kernigen E-Gitarrenläufe, die sich durch den Song ziehen. Egal, welche Nummer man auch herauspickt, sie alle sind höchstes Country-Niveau. Das ist traditionell fundamentierter, reiner, knackiger Country durch und durch, gleichzeitig aber voller Pep - auch textlich. Hier geht's um Cowboys, Rodeos, Honky Tonks, Trucks und "lonesome girls". So spielt man "real Country"! Das ist allerbestes Material für Freunde von Legenden wie George Jones, Geroge Strait, Alan Jackson, Tracy Byrd und Mark Chesnutt, genauso wie für Anhänger von Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin oder auch mal Chris Young, bis hin zu seinen "Texas-Buddies" wie John Slaughter, Josh Ward, Curtis Grimes, Jason Boland & Kollegen. Tolles Album! Cody Johnson auf der amtlichen Country-Route. So kann's weitergehen. Wir ziehen ehrfurchtsvoll den Cowboyhut...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Dance Her Home - 2.55
2. Me And My Kind - 2.36
3. Lucky - 3.06
4. Proud - 3.25
5. Baby’s Blue - 3.47
6. Bottle It Up - 4.30
7. Cowboy Like Me - 3.55
8. Hurtin’ - 3.59
9. (I Wouldn’t Go There) If I Were You - 3.44
10. Holes - 3.40
11. Give A Cowboy A Kiss - 5.05
12. Never Go Home Again - 4.12
13. In The Garden (Bonus Acoustic Track) - 4.36

Art-Nr.: 8503
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Lucky
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Holes
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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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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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McKenna, Lori - the tree [2018]
Eine der am meisten respektierten und profiliertesten Singer-Songwriterinnen der Gegenwart beglückt uns erneut mit einem bestechend schönen, geradezu hinreißenden, neuen Album. Ihr voriges Werk, "The bird and the rifle" erhielt 3 Grammy-Nominierungen und heimste wahnsinnig viel Aufmerksamkeit bei der Americana Music Association ein. Außerdem schrieb sie im Jahre 2016 Geschichte, als sie als erste Frau überhaupt zum zweiten Mal hintereinander die Auszeichnung "Song auf the year" der amerikanischen Country Music Association gewann, und zwar für ihre Kompositionen von Little Big Town's "Girl crush" und Tim McGraw's "Humble and kind" Beide Songs waren dann auch noch bei den Grammys 2017 auf der Gewinnerlist. Ja, vor allem in der Countrywelt ist Lori McKenna als Songwriterin höchst etabliert. Aber was sie hier wieder an eigenem Material und eigener Musikalität abliefert, ist einfach faszinierend. "The tree" nimmt den Zuhörer mit auf eine von traumhafter Melodik geprägte Reise durch entspannte, manchmal etwas melancholische Gefilde, von sehr fein instrumentierter und abgestimmter Singer Songwriter-Kunst, veredelt in wunderbaren, semi-akustischen, meist sehr entspannten Full Band-Arrangements zwischen Americana, Roots, Folk und Country.Ihr Songwriting ist schlicht grandios und stellt sie längst auf eine Stufe mit Größen wie Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter und Lucinda Williams. Exzellent produziert hat übrigens erneut der momentan allgegenwärtige "Guru" Dave Cobb (u.a. Chris Stapleton).11 absolute, neue Songperlen von Lori McKenna. Höchst beeindruckend, charismatisch und wunderschön!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

It's difficult to know where to start when praising Lori McKenna's "The Tree." It's so good in so many ways. Artists like Little Big Town and Tim McGraw have benefited greatly from recording McKenna songs, yet it's unlikely many mainstream country music fans recognize her name. Fans of Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, two women that consistently and effectively write straight from the heart, would love McKenna's songs -- if only given the chance.
McKenna writes with incisive emotional intelligence, which is why "A Mother Never Rests," a song praising mothers, deftly avoids anything resembling cliché or simplistic sentimentality. Lines like, "She only sits for a minute/She's a hummingbird in the living room," paint an accurate picture that trumps any Hallmark card. McKenna closes with "Like Patsy Would," which finds her aiming to "sing it like Patsy (Cline) would." And to prove her point, she writes and performs a few songs that Cline would have been proud to sing, and she sings them just like a broken-hearted Cline. "You Won't Even Know I'm Gone," sung over a simple, finger-picked arrangement, is an underappreciated woman's goodbye note. It's as heartfelt and tragic as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." "You Can't Break A Woman" also details a bad relationship, only in the case, the woman has decided to stick it out and stay. "Whiskey breath don't faze her anymore," she concedes.
Two of the centerpiece songs concern aging. "People Get Old" grapples with the mystery of aging. "If we live long enough, the people we love get old," McKenna muses. This is track is followed by "Young and Angry Again," a song that longs for youthful days of irresponsibility. Country radio is oversaturated with songs about high school glory days, but McKenna reaches for feelings far deeper than mere memories of high school sweethearts; she wants to recapture an elusive mindset only found in the young.
The title track meditates on identity. As much as we like to think of ourselves as dynamic and ever-changing, the saying "The apple never falls far from the tree" oftentimes proves too true. No matter how far we may think we've strayed from our roots, we're sometimes more like that stable and unmovable tree than we'd like to believe. We rarely move too far away from the house that built us.
Lori McKenna's "The Tree" can be likened to a long and meaningful evening with a dear friend, where the conversation delves deeply into the most significant issues in life. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it heals, but it's always never less than unavoidably engaging.
(Dan MacIntosh / Country Standard Time)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. A Mother Never Rests - 2:45
2. The Fixer - 3:28
3. People Get Old - 3:42
4. Young and Angry Again - 3:37
5. The Tree - 3:23
6. You Won't Even Know I'm Gone - 2:17
7. Happy People - 3:26
8. You Can't Break a Woman - 3:13
9. The Lot Behind St. Mary's - 3:30
10. The Way Back Home - 3:02
11. Like Patsy Would - 2:58

Art-Nr.: 9655
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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A mother never rests
The fixer
Young and angry again
The tree
Happy people
You can't break a woman
Like Patsy would

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