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McKenna, Lori - bird and the rifle [2016]
Lori McKenna's neues Album "The bird & the rifle" zeigt die begnadete Singer-Songwriterin wieder einmal in bestechender Form. In 10 wunderbaren, neuen Songs, dargeboten in einem exzellenten "stripped down full band arrangement" nimmt sie uns mit auf eine faszinierende Reise zwischen Country, Alternate Country und Americana, erstklassig produziert von dem umtriebigen, in der Szene zur Zeit mega-angesagten Dave Cobb (u.a. Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Mary Chapin Carpenter), der auf dem Album auch nahezu alle Gitarren- und viele Keyboard-Parts übernommen hat. Die Stücke punkten mit wunderbar entspannter Instrumentierung und großartigen Melodien. Die Hitlieferantin für so viele Nashville-Stars ist selbst eine charismatische, fantastisch singende Interpretin, was sie mit diesem tollen Album einmal mehr eindrucksvoll unter Beweis stellt. Sehr, sehr schön!

Hier noch ein vorzügliches U.S.-Review im Original:
Lori McKenna's back story is a country song brought to vivid yet unaffected life. Married with five children, the Massachusetts native began exploring her longstanding musical gifts - she wrote her first song at 13 - by playing for family and friends, who then forced her to attend a regional coffee house open mic. After two years of regular gigging with her poignant songs of everyday life and becoming a favorite among Boston folk fans, McKenna self-released her debut, "Paper Wings and Halo," then signed with Signature Sounds for her next three albums. Lightning struck when Faith Hill covered three McKenna songs on 2005's "Fireflies," which led to McKenna's opening gig for Hill and Tim McGraw's Soul2Soul Tour and a short-lived Warner Brothers contract. McKenna's last three albums have been indie releases, but her songwriting star continues to shine brightly; she's been covered by or contributed to over 30 artists, including Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes and Alison Krauss, and just this year, she was Grammy nominated twice for her work on Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," winning for Best Country Song. "The Bird & the Rifle," produced by the perpetually busy Dave Cobb, shows once again that the amazing accomplishments she's notched over the past two decades have had little impact on her homespun, heartfelt perspective and presentation. Her wheelhouse has always been first person, mid-tempo reflections on the scuffed beauty and honest travails of day to day living, as evidenced by the lead track and first single, "Wreck You," where the song's narrator details a deteriorating relationship. The title cut examines a similarly troubled marriage from the viewpoint of the titular props, but quiet hope permeates "Always Want You," a little less quietly in "All These Things." Like McKenna's entire catalog, "The Bird & the Rifle" is gorgeously melancholy, a perfect snapshot evocation of life in all its imperfections, and her songwriting success is the small print of the American Dream, written parenthetically underneath the titles of a hundred songs we know and love and live. (Brian Baker / Country Standard Time)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Wreck You - 3:18
2. The Bird & The Rifle - 4:24
3. Giving up on Your Hometown - 3:15
4. Halfway Home - 4:19
5. Humble & Kind - 4:03
6. We Were Cool - 3:22
7. Old Men Young Women - 3:42
8. All These Things - 3:05
9. Always Want You - 4:06
10. If Whiskey Were a Woman - 3:22

Art-Nr.: 9239
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Williams, Don - reflections [2014]
Country Music's "Gentle Giant" kommt 2 Jahre nach seinem vorzüglichen Comeback-Album "And so it goes" mit dem Nachfolger: "Reflections" heisst das Werk - und es ist eine ganz wundervolle, hinreissend schöne Ansammlung klassischer, traditioneller, unverfälschter, lupenreiner Countrysongs geworden, dargeboten von einem der absoluten "All Time Greats" des Country. Williams ist in blendender stimmlicher Verfassung und singt voller Wärme, voller Herz und Seele. Die Arrangements sind herrlich locker, zumeist in einem gepflegten Miidtempo in Szene gesetzt, instrumentiert in einer vollkommen natürlich wirkenden Ausgewogenheit aus akustischen und elektrischen Instrumenten (Gitarren, Pedal Steel, Dobro, Mandoline, Piano, Orgel, Bass, Upright Bass, Drums...). Enthält fantastische Versionen von u. a. solchen Klassikern wie Townes van Zandt's "I'll be here in the morning", Guy Clark's "Talk is cheap", Merle Haggard's "Sing me back home" und Jesse Winchester's "If I were free". Produziert hat "veteran country producer" Garth Fundis! Ein Pracht-Werk!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. I'll Be Here In The Morning - 3:43
2. Talk Is Cheap - 3:37
3. I Won't Give Up On You - 3:09
4. Sing Me Back Home - 3:59
5. Working Man's Son - 2:56
6. Healing Hands - 3:23
7. If I Were Free - 2:44
8. Stronger Back - 3:31
9. Back To The Simple Things - 3:12
10. The Answer - 4:13

Art-Nr.: 8495
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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I'll be here in the morning
Talk is cheap
Sing me back home
Healing hands
If I were free
Stronger back
Back to the simple things

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Wynn, Thomas and The Believers - wade waist deep [2017]
Vielversprechendes Sextett aus Orlando/Florida, das mit seinem bereits dritten Album "Wade waist deep" eine starke, kraftvolle Mischung aus swampigem Rootsrock, Southern Rock, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Folk und einer dezenten Prise Country anbietet. Sehr kompaktes Songmaterial mit vielen Balladen, die allerdings mit viel Energie präsentiert werden. Man spürt jederzeit das Southern-Feeling. Zu den Highlights zählen der monumentale Opener "Man out of time", das Titelstück "Wade waist deep" eine toll groovende, sehr melodische, southern-swampige Midtempo-Nummer mit feiner Instrumentierung aus Keyboards und Gitarren, der kräftige, leicht psychedelisch angehauchte, schwerblütige Rocker "You can't hurt me", das balladesk beginnende, dann sehr dynamische "Feel the good", das slow-bluesige "I don't regret", sowie die beiden melodischen Balladen "Heartbreak Alley" und "My eyes won't be open". Das Album enthält ein schönes, 20-seitiges Booklet mit allen Texten.

Hier ein Original U.S-Review des ALbums:

Thomas Wynn and the Believers, a six-piece band from Orlando, Florida, will celebrate the release of its third album Wade Waist Deep this weekend, a 12-track project that manages to sound raw and polished at once. The band has a considerable lack of visibility on rock’s national stage, despite local accolades: voted the Best of Orlando #1 Rock Band from 2009 through 2015 by Orlando Weekly, TW&TB have performed at festivals and in small venues, shared stages with the likes of Gov’t Mule, the Wallflowers, Blackberry Smoke and others, and last year signed with Mascot Label Group, the blues label that’s home to artists like Beth Hart and Eric Gales. It’s difficult to crack the code for success in the music business, but it might be time for TW&TB to earn recognition on a larger scale. The title track "Wade Waist Deep" is a song that has a slow, cautious start before it busts open 90 seconds in with the powerful vocals that lead singer Thomas Wynn is known for. Co-written by Thomas Wynn and Tyler Bryant, the lyrics in “My Eyes Won’t Be Open” are a reaction to the fear of (and determination against) leaving this world with regrets. It’s one of a few notable contemplative tracks on this album, with “Wade Waist Deep” and single “Man Out of Time” offering reflections on loneliness and time expired. Most tracks on Wade Waist Deep deliver clear messages, whether through the stories relayed (like the narrator following his mother’s advice in the title track or remembering the hurt in “Heartbreak Alley”) or the song titles alone (“Feel the Good,” “Man Out of Time” and “We Could All Die Screaming” all cut straight to the point before the songs even begin). Even more compelling than the emotive lyrics is the album’s structure. The presence of keys and organ throughout Wade Waist Deep invites moments that feel almost spiritual, a likely product of the band’s Southern roots. These moments are heard on “Burn as One” and blossom on the sixth track “I Don’t Regret,” which dips into soul with help from keyboardist Colin Fei’s skillful ear and the duet of brother-sister vocal team Thomas and Olivia Wynn. “Man Out of Time” is a dip into Southern rock’s darker, bluesier realm. This mood persists for the rest of the album, with “Mountain Fog” serving as a natural follow-up to “Man Out of Time” and “Turn it Into Gold” crystalizing the vibe as its smoldering beginning builds to a breaking point halfway through that erupts with grinding guitar, crashing percussion and the Wynns’ vocal cries. “Turn it Into Gold” works as a powerful close to the album. (Meghan Roos / Blues Rock Review)

Art-Nr.: 9442
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Wade waist deep
Heartbreak Alley
My eyes won't be open
Thin love
I don't regret
You can't hurt me
Feel the good

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