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Allman, Devon - ride or die [2016]
Prächtiges, neues Werk von Greg Allman's Sohn (ex Royal Southern Brotherhood), der wirklich immer reifer und stärker wird. "Ride or die" zeigt ihn in exzellenter Verfassung. Blues, Rock, Bluesrock, Soul, Roots mit viel Southern-Esprit, verziert mit großartigem Gitarrenspiel, bei dem der Funke sofort überspringt. Großartig!

Aus der Original U.S.-Produktbeschreibung:

Son of Greg Allman, Devon Allman's `RIDE OR DIE` is his third solo record for RUF Records. The album contains twelve soulful and powerful tracks that showcase Allman's maturity as a songwriter, a singer, and his continuous evolution into one of the top guitarist on the scene today. Co- produced along with Grammy winning Tom Hambridge, Allman takes you on a journey through his own intimate back roads and personal highways. It's an emotional journey that takes you through the mountain highs and valley lows, while sheltered from the storms under melodic choruses, surrounded by verses rich with powerful messages throughout some of the deepest material that he has ever written and recorded. There is no doubt that his family's musical DNA has graced Devon Allman with that "Allman Soul," but there is clearly no denying that he puts his personal stamp and his own style, of bending and twisting the blues, into his own Devon Allman brand.`RIDE OR DIE` defines where the artist is today.
Last year Devon received praise from Guitar Player Magazine as they referred to his last CD `Ragged and Dirty` as `powerful, soulful vocals to dig-in-and-let-fly guitar work.` Now on `RIDE OR DIE,` it just gets more soulful. It is definitely Allmanâ TMs most powerful recording yet. The new album shows an artist in full, self assured command.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Say Your Prayers - 3:15
2. Find Ourselves - 3:10
3. Galaxies - 4:57
4. Lost - 4:32
5. Shattered Times - 3:31
6. Watch What You Say - 4:18
7. Vancouver - 4:13
8. Pleasure & Pain - 4:07
9. Hold Me - 2:26
10. Live from the Heart - 4:49
11. Butterfly Girl - 4:35
12. A Night Like This - 4:20

Art-Nr.: 9275
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Anastasio, Trey - traveler [2012]
Trey Anastasio, Frontmann, Sänger und Gitarrist der legendären Jamrock-Formation Phish, kommt mit einem neuen, sehr schönen Solo-Album. Begleitet von den Mitgliedern seiner Tey Anastasio Band und einigen weiteren, hochkarätigen Gästen (u. a. Rob Moose von Bon Iver) hören wir einige brandneue Tracks, wie auch die noch nie zuvor veröffentlichten Studiofassungen einiger Songs, die schon seit längerem im Live-Repertoire von Phish und/oder der Trey Anastasion Band sind. Klasse Teil!

Hier ein U.S.-Review zu dem Werk im Original-Wortlaut:

Traveler is Trey Anastasio's first studio solo album since 2009's orchestral art pop sleeper Time Turns Electric. Peter Katis was enlisted as co-producer; his résumé includes work with the National, Interpol, and Jónsi. Along with the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB), the credits are littered with guest appearances from violist and violinist Rob Moose (Bon Iver), vocalist Kori Gardner (Mates of State), and the National's Matt Berninger and Bryan Devendorf. There are a few completely new tracks here, while the balance includes studio takes on tunes played live by either TAB or Phish. As a solo artist, Anastasio's recordings are usually quite consistent, and Traveler is no exception. The set's first single is a new song, "Scabbard." Anastasio crams in his love of Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Radiohead, and pop music. That said, it contains his signature ability to capture a simple melody -- in this case three, simultaneously -- and wrap them in an accessible but harmonically and dynamically adventurous package. His singing, along with help from backing vocalists Natalie Cressman and Jennifer Hartswick, makes the cut a clear standout. Also included here is the third, and perhaps most successful, studio version of "Let Me Lie," and a studio take on the labyrinthine, reggae-drenched prog that is "Land of Nod." And speaking of reggae, perhaps the album's biggest surprise is the cover of the Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood." While the band has been playing it live for nearly two years, this reading underscores the punchy vocal by Hartswick. "Valentine," which appeared on the live TAB at the TAB in 2010, is treated to a horn-saturated workout here. And in spite of its weave of shimmering synths and tom-tom heavy drumkits and layered vocals, it feels nearly organic. Other highlights include studio versions of the elegiac ballad "Frost" (with gorgeous strings courtesy of Rob Moose), and the raggedy pop/rocker "Pigtail," with its light, funky backbeat and locked-down bassline. Given all the recent activity by Phish and TAB, Traveler reveals that with its four brand-new songs and revisioned versions of live staples, Anastasio's creative force is healthy and his taste is, as ever, impeccable. (Thom Jurek - Rovi)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Corona
2. Let Me Lie
3. Frost
4. Land of Nod
5. Pigtail
6. Scabbard
7. Clint Eastwood
8. Architect
9. Valentine
10. Traveler

Art-Nr.: 7957
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Bluhm, Tim - sorta surviving [2019]
Außergewöhlich starkes, hinreißend schönes, mit durchweg großartigen Songs bestücktes Retro Countryalbum von Tim Bluhm. Bluhm ist Mitbegründer, Kopf und Frontmann der kultigen, in San Fancisco ansässigen, sowohl in der Rootsrock-, als auch in der Jamrock-Szene hoch geschätzten The Mother Hips, die mit ihrer fluffigen Bay Area Rock-Brise eher näher dem Terrain von Grateful Dead oder Buffalo Springfield angesiedelt sind, als dem der Countrymusic. Doch Bluhm ist auch ein beinharter Country-Fan. Als The Mother Hips vor rund 25 Jahren ihr Debutalbum für Rick Rubin's "American"-Label einspielten, hatte dieses Label gerade Johnny Cash's erstes, von Rick Rubin produziertes, in den berühmten Cash Cabin Studios von Hendersonville/TN aufgenommenes "Amerivcan Recordings"-Album herausgebracht. Zu dieser Zeit entdeckte Bluhm auch Merle Haggard's Musik für sich und befand sich darüber hinaus in regem, fachmännischem Austausch mit Johnny Cash, für den The Mother Hips schließlich als Opener im Fillmore von San Francisco auftraten. Jetzt, nach all den Jahren, hat sich Bluhm seinen großen Traum erfüllt und dieses bärenstarke Countryalbum eingespielt, und das ebenfalls in den legendären Cash Cabin Studios von Hendersonville, übrigens auch mit zwei alten Johnny Cash-Sidemen an Bord, nämlich Dave Roe am Bass und Gene Chrisman an den Drums. Weitere hochkarätige Mitstreiter sind Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans) an der Gitarre, Jason Crosby (Dave Matthews, Eric Clapton) an den Keyboards und der Fiddle, Doug Jernigan an der Pedal Steel und Elizabeth Cook wit prächtigem Background Gesang. Ja, Instrumente wie Piano (wundervolles Saloon- und Honky Tonk-Piano), herrliche Pedal Steel Guitar und feine elektrisch und akustische Gitarren, im Einklang mit Bluhm's für diese Musik wie geschaffene, hervorragende Stimme, und vollendeten Songharmonien, bestimmen das Geschehen. Obwohl in Tennessee eingespielt, so fließt durch diese Countrysongs doch eine wunderbare, californische Leichtigkeit. Alles klingt total entspannt, locker und kommt in einem hinreißenden Retro Hippie-Flair. Enthält neben Bluhm's fantastischen Eigenkompositionen auch großartige Coverversionen von Jonny Cash's "I still miss someone" und Merle Haggard's "Kern river". Purer Retro-Country, vollkommen authentisch und ohne Schnörkel, aus einer Zeit, die längst vergessen schien. Toll! Produziert hat übrigens Widespread Panic's Dave Schools - und das vom Allerfeinsten. Ein absolutes, reines Genre Pracht-Werk!

Aus der Original-Produktbeschreibung:

For a moment, you could almost forget what year it was inside the Cash Cabin, the small sanctuary-turned-recording-studio Johnny Cash built roughly 40 years ago in Hendersonville, TN. The Man In Black's frequent collaborators Dave Roe and Gene Chrisman were back at the bass and drums respectively, and tape was rolling as they counted in the Cash classic "I Still Miss Someone." Tim Bluhm had to pinch himself. "Recording in that space with those guys was like a dream come true for me," says Bluhm. "The depth of knowledge they walk around with in their heads is amazing, and you know you can trust the musical choices they're making because they have the experience to back it up. When they say, 'This is what Merle would have done,' it's because they know firsthand." While Bluhm may be best known for the breezy brand of West Coast roots and soul he helped pioneer with his band, The Mother Hips, his brilliant new solo album, Sorta Surviving, revels in his longtime love for classic country music. Recorded and mixed at the Cash Cabin under the guidance of Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, the collection is earnestly authentic and utterly timeless, and it finds Bluhm backed by elder statesmen like Roe and Chrisman along with younger virtuosos like keyboardist Jason Crosby (Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews) and Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans, Elizabeth Cook). "The band brought a certain maturity and experience," explains Schools. "Tim's songwriting is so strong that it naturally suggests how to complement itself, but those guys really know how to play and still leave room for a great singer." Indeed, the arrangements on the album are refined and elegant, yet still stripped-down and raw, enabling Bluhm's warm, easygoing vocals to sit front-and-center as he weaves vivid tales of ordinary men and women facing down hard days and even harder nights. Mixing new originals and reimagined covers, the record pulls from a half-century of American music to craft a thoroughly modern love letter to a bygone era, one that showcases both Bluhm's deft musical hand and his heartfelt reverence for the genre. "I've been a fan of classic country ever since I heard Merle Haggard sing," reflects Bluhm. "I just admired his voice and storytelling so much, but I never made an album like this before because I figured it would take me at least 20 or 30 years to get good enough." Bluhm discovered Haggard around the same time he co-founded the now-iconic Mother Hips, a band the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed as "one of the Bay Area's most beloved live outfits." The group began it's journey at Chico State, where performing at frat parties quickly gave way to club shows, regional touring, and national buzz, and before Bluhm and his bandmates had even graduated, they were already signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings on the strength of their debut album, 'Back To The Grotto.' "When we signed with American, the label had just put out Johnny Cash's first Rick Rubin-produced album, which was actually recorded at the Cash Cabin," says Bluhm. "I got to meet and hang with Johnny a couple times back then, and after that, we opened for him at The Fillmore in San Francisco. I was so impressed with his presence. He definitely lived up to his legend in real life, and he made a big impression on me." Over the ensuing two-and-a-half decades, the Hips would release nine more studio albums as they cemented their status as festival and critical favorites, sharing bills with everyone from Wilco and Widespread Panic to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes along the way. Rolling Stone called them "divinely inspired," while Pitchfork praised their "rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop," and The New Yorker lauded their ability to "sing it sweet and play it dirty." Ever-curious and wildly prolific, Bluhm simultaneously released a slew of his own solo and collaborative projects on the side. He toured for years as music director with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, teamed up with The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann among others, and opened up Mission Bells Studio with fellow California favorite Jackie Greene and engineer Dave Simon-Baker. There, Bluhm produced albums for everyone from the Hips and Greene to Hot Buttered Rum and Little Wings in addition to hosting Phil Lesh, Josh Ritter, Rogue Wave, Los Lobos, Jonathan Richman, and more. As if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, in 2007, Bluhm and the Hips launched the Hipnic, an intimate and immaculately-curated music festival that's still held annually amongst the towering redwoods of Big Sur. Sorta Surviving marks Bluhm's first collection recorded outside of California, but one listen and it's clear that he's equally at home in the pines of Tennessee. There's a comfort to the performances, a subtle familiarity that radiates out like a warm invitation. "Most of the songs on this album are second or third takes," says Schools. "That comes from experience and teamwork, but also from working in a great environment. It's a palpable thing you feel when you're working in the room where Johnny Cash wrote his autobiography and recorded some of the best work of his later years. We were definitely all a little nervous meeting for the first time, but we got comfortable real quick there." The songs are character-driven, valuing the visceral over the cerebral, and Bluhm inhabits his narrators with a voice as tough and as pliable as worn-in leather. "It just felt natural for me to sing this way," he explains. "It was a chance to put away the books and focus more on the everyday rather than the existential, a chance to pull out the guitar and really tell some stories." Some of those stories come secondhand: the bluesy "Del Rio Dan" was first popularized by The Everly Brothers in the 1970's, while the waltzing "Kern River" is a Merle Haggard favorite, and Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" gets a melancholy makeover with a tip of the cap to Neil Young's timeless take on "Oh Lonesome Me." That the covers fit so seamlessly alongside Bluhm's original material stands as a testament both to his gifts as a compelling storyteller and his playful way with words. The shuffling "Jesus Save A Singer" tackles struggle and redemption with a wry smile, while the stream-of-consciousness title track sardonically examines our instinct to perpetually press on, and the honky-tonking "Where I Parked My Mind" finds dark wit even in the depths of addiction. "There's more humor in these songs than anything else I've written before," says Bluhm, "but it's all very tongue in cheek. That's a country music tradition." While tradition guided Bluhm throughout the project, he wasn't beholden to it, frequently taking risks and pushing boundaries with his performances and arrangements. In the end, his goal wasn't just to make a country-tinged record, but rather to craft narratives that could truly transport his listeners, that could breathe new life into stories forgotten and stories imagined, tales of dustbowl farmers and oil men and fugitive outlaws and traveling singers. "As a kid growing up in LA, I never even heard of country music," reflects Bluhm, "but I remember flipping around the radio dial and coming across 'The Gambler.' It was a song that just completely transcended genre. It was no more 'country' than Mark Twain was 'country.' It was a simple, timeless story set to music, and that's what I've ultimately aspired to make myself."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Jesus Save A Singer - 3:08
2. No Way To Steer - 3:11
3. Jimmy West - 3:44
4. Where I Parked My Mind - 3:28
5. Raining Gravel - 3:46
6. Sorta Surviving - 3:15
7. Del Rio Dan - 4:24
8. I Still Miss Someone - 3:15
9. Squeaky Wheel - 3:55
10. Kern River - 3:05

Art-Nr.: 9792
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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No way to steer
Jimmy West
Where I parked my mind
Sorta surviving
Squeaky wheel
Kern river

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Brought Low, The - third record [2010]
"This band knocks you down"! The Brought Low lassen ihre Muskeln spielen. Ihr Classic Seventies Hard Rock-Freunde, Ihr Heavy Blues- und Southern Rocker - dieses kompromisslose und gnadenlos gute Powerhouse-Trio aus Brooklyn/New York "is the real deal for you". Was für ein Dampf! Laut, hart, ungemein melodisch, handwerklich bärenstark - wir sind regelrecht "geplättet"! Ist das eine Freude, wie diese Jungs drauflos rocken: The Brought Low, im übrigen eine tierische Live-Band, existieren seit rund 11 Jahren. "The third record" ist, welch eine Überraschung, ihr mittlerweile drittes Album. Das Debut aus dem Jahre 2001 zeigte die Band vorwiegend auf dem "vintage 70's Hardrock"-Trip, 2006 folgte das zweite Werk, diesmal deutlich stärker Richtung Bluesrock tendierend, und nun, mit dem aktuellen Album, schlagen sie die Southern Rock-Route ein, ohne dabei allerdings ihre harte Gangart und ihre Bluestendezen zu vernachlässigen. Es scheint, als hätten sie ihren Stil gefunden - und der ist einfach nur klasse! "The third record" ist ein unerschütterliches, von knochenharten Riffs und mächtiger Lead Gitarre dominiertes, eine ungemeine Dynamik aufbauendes, fulminantes, druckvolles 70's-based Classic Rock-/Southern Rock-Spektakel, dessen Songs bei aller Wucht voller Herz und Seele stecken und dabei von einer aussergewöhnlich starken Melodik geprägt sind. Das Zeug geht trotz alle Härte runter wie Öl. Nehmen wir beispielsweise mal die deutlich Lynyrd Skynyrd-beeinflussten, lupenreinen Volldampf Southern Rock'n Roller "Old century" (mächtiger Drive, knallhart, rauschende, satte Gitarre, volle Kanne voraus - und dennoch ungemein melodisch) und "The Kelly Rose" (kochende Riffs, die Gitarren rocken wie geschmiert, und wieder diese bestechende Melodik) - allein diese Nummern verdeutlichen schon diie bemerkenswerte, nahezu perfekte Gratwanderung zwischen kompromissloser Härte, Seele, straighter Direktheit und kompakter Eingängigkeit in der großartigen Musik dieser tollen Truppe. Möchte man die Einflüsse von The Brought Low aufzählen, so fallen einem unmittelbar solche Namen wie Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Motörhead, Humble Pie, The Faces, The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, The Four Horseman und nicht zuletzt Gov't Mule ein, um nur einige zu nennen. Die Band besteht aus dem saustarken Gitarristen und großartigen Sänger Benjamin Smith, Drummer Nick Heller (der Kerl ist ein Tier, das sich die Seele aus dem Leib trommelt) und Bassist Robert Russell (erzeugt mächtig Strom an dem 4-Saiter) - allesamt aussergewöhnlich gute Musiker. Keiner hat es nötig sich irgendwie in den Vordergrund zu spielen und doch fallen sie alle drei unmittelbar mit ihren beeindruckenden Fähigkeiten auf. Eine perfekt harmonierende musikalische Gemeinschaft. Weitere Höhepunkte, neben den bereits genannten Titeln, hervorzuheben ist eigentlich unsinnig, da die Scheibe von vorn bis hinten nicht die geringste Schwachstelle aufweist, und doch möchten wir stellvertretend noch solche Nummern wie den wunderbar groovenden, jammigen, von viel Southern Rock-Flair umgebenen, bluesigen Retro "Killer"-Rocker "My favorite waste of time" (klingt, als sei er in einer gemeinsamen Jam-Session von Led Zeppelin- The Black Crowes- und Gov't Mule-Leuten entstanden), den seeligen, zwischenzeitlich für ein klein wenig Entspannung sorgenden, semi-akutsich in Szene gesetzten Roots-/Swamp-Rocker "A thousend miles away", den schnörkellosen, bluesigen Hard Southern-Rocker "Blow out your candles" (starkes, dreckiges Bluesharp-Solo von Five Horse Johnson-Frontmann Eric Oblander, der hier als Gast mit von der Partie ist), das furiose, kochende, dabei toll hängen bleibende Instrumental "Slow your roll", die herrliche, bluesige Roots-/Southern Rock-Ballade "Last man alive", oder den powernden Hochgeschwindigkeits-Kracher "Everybody loves a whore" (die wuchtigen Riffs brechen wie purer Donner über einen hinein, die Lead Gitarre steht unter Starkstrom, die Truppe geht ab, als gäbe es kein Morgen mehr) erwähnen - sie alle tragen ihren Teil zu einem einfach wunderbaren, packenden, berauschenden Rock'n Roll-Fest bei. Nein, diese Musik wird dank solcher Bands wie The Brought Low niemals sterben. Wie gesagt, die Jungs kommen aus Brooklyn/New York, doch "Third Record" klingt, als hätten sie das pure Southern-Blut in ihren Adern. Ein schlichtweg "geiles" Album! Und ganz wichtig: "Play it loud, and louder, and louder"...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Old Century (3.20)
2 Everybody Loves a Whore (2.41)
3 The Kelly Rose (4.06)
4 A Thousand Miles Away (3.53)
5 My Favorite Waste of Time (6.16)
6 Matthew’S Grave (3.20)
7 Blow Out Your Candles (5.21)
8 Last Man Alive (6.19)
9 Slow Your Roll (3.22)

Art-Nr.: 7005
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Old century
The Kelly Rose
My favorite waste of time
Matthew's grave
Blow out your candles
Last man alive

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Cash, Rosanne - the river & the thread ~ limited deluxe edition [2014]
Limited Deluxe Edition mit 3 Bonustracks (u.a. eine tolle Coverversion von Jesse Winchester's "Biloxi"), 36-seitigem Booklet, in einem sehr schön gestalteten, üppigen, Buch-ähnlichen Cover! Rosanne Cash's neues Album "The river & the thread" ist der wundervolle Abschluss einer Art Trilogie, mit den Vorgängerwerken "The list" und "Black cadillac". Wieder ist es ein sehr persönliches Album geworden, wieder ist es eine Art Tribut an die Vergangenheit und ihre Familie (großartig beispielsweise das emotionale "Etta's tune", eine herzliche Hommage an Johnny Cash's ehemaligen Bassisten Marshall Grant und dessen Frau Etta, die in Risanne's Kindheit oft als eine Art "Ersatzeltern" für sie da waren). Rosanne Cash begibt sich mit diesen herrlichen Songs auf eine Reise durch den amerikanischen Süden, eine Reise zurück in die Vergangenheit, in die Heimat ihrer Eltern. Erneut arrangiert und produziert von Gatte John Leventhal hat sie ein glanzvolles Werk edler Americana-, Country-, Alternate Country-Kunst geschaffen, mal ruhig und bedächtig, mal herrlich angerockt mit ganz feinen Melodien. Unter den musikalischen Gästen sind u.a. Derek Trucks (Tedeschi Trucks Band) mit vorzüglicher Slide-Arbeit bei dem swmpigen "World of strange design", sowie John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Kris Kristofferson, Tony Joe White und Amy Helm mit Background-Gesängen. Die Gitarrenpassagen kommen weitestgehend von John Leventhal. Mit "The river & the thread" präsentiert sich Johnny Cash's Tochter in einer erstklassigen, ja brillanten Verfassung.

Hier noch ein Original US-review:

On her first album since 2009's "The List," Cash takes a journey back home down the rivers of music, memory, loss, and longing that run in cascading shoals through Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas. Produced and arranged by husband John Leventhal, who also plays guitar on the record and co-wrote the songs, the album also features an all-star cast of backing musicians and singers, including Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Amy Helm and Tony Joe White.
Leventhal's funky slide guitar kicks off the swampy shuffle A Feather's Not a Bird, a fitting opening track in which the journey carries the traveler on a sojourn of the soul "on through to Memphis/past the strongest shoals/then on to Arkansas just to touch the gumbo soul." On the journey, the singer learns "to love the thread" that weaves itself through her past, her physical and spiritual connections, creating the colorful pattern that binds her to the South in all its richness and strangeness. Modern Blue, to which her son Jake contributes background vocals, leads off with a John Hiatt-like riff in a rocker that ponders the curious yet gratifying feeling that you never leave home, and you always keep coming back home, no matter how far away you travel from it. The gospel-inflected 50,000 Watts celebrates Memphis radio station WDIA, which advertised itself as "50,000 watts of good will"; in When the Master Calls the Roll, Cash tells a poignant story of her ancestor, William Cash, a young Union soldier who perishes in the Civil War.
"The River & the Thread," the third in the trilogy that began with "Black Cadillac" in 2006 and "The List," album contains, without a doubt, her most reflective songwriting, in songs that range emotionally over a spiritual and physical terrain that haunts her.
(Henry Carrigan / Country Standard Time)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. A Feather's Not A Bird - 3:18
2. The Sunken Lands - 2:56
3. Etta's Tune - 3:44
4. Modern Blue - 3:01
5. Tell Heaven - 2:40
6. The Long Way Home - 3:17
7. World Of Strange Design - 3:24
8. Night School - 3:47
9. 50,000 Watts - 2:58
10. When The Master Calls The Roll - 5:06
11. Money Road - 4:00
12. Two Girls - 3:39
13. Biloxi - 3:25
14. Your Southern Heart - 2:08

Art-Nr.: 8436
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 9,90

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Dawes - stories don't end [2013]
Neues Album der heiss geliebten, mit einem feinen Folk-, Roots-, und Classic Rock-Einschlag agierenden Westcoast Rocker aus Los Angeles.

Los Angeles folk-rockers Dawes will return on April 9th with their third album. Taking its title from Joan Didion’s 1984 novel Democracy, Stories Don’t End marks the first release on the band’s new label following their split from ATO Records last year.

Frontman Taylor Goldsmith and his band spent five weeks in Asheville, NC recording the new effort alongside producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones). King’s work on the boards helped preserve Dawes’ classic rock’n'roll qualities while assuring Stories Don’t End feels right at home in 2013.
“I feel like a big part of our existence is, ‘Dawes is this cool band that takes us back to the Seventies,’ which is never something we wanted at all,” Goldsmith explained to RollingStone.com. “. . . I get it, I’m not mad at it, but at the same time, we just wanted to make sure people saw us as a modern band as well.”
“These are the same four guys that you’ve gotten to know very well on the first two records,” Goldsmith added, “but at the same time, this album feels like a growth.”
(CoS/Ben Kaye)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Just Beneath the Surface
2. From a Window Seat
3. Just My Luck
4. Someone Will
5. Most People
6. Something in Common
7. Hey Lover
8. Bear Witness
9. Stories Don't End
10. From the Right Angle
11. Side Effects
12. Just Beneath the Surface (Reprise)

Art-Nr.: 8119
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Elmore, Jason & Hoodoo Witch - champagne velvet [2016]
"The hottest new guitar hero, deep from the heart of Texas" und seine Band Hoodoo Witch mit ihrem dritten Album! Ein "Killer-Teil"! Elmore ist ein Meister seines Fachs - und ein klasse Sänger!

Aus der Original U.S.-Produktbeschreibung:

Champagne Velvet is the third release from Dallas,TX based Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch on the Underworld Records Label. This high-energy trio blends jump blues, hard-hitting rock, vintage soul/r&b, and traces of 60's country into a unique-but-familiar sound that always maintains the essence of the blues while simultaneously offering a fresh take on the genre.

Soundfiles und ggf. weitere Infos folgen in Kürze.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. House Rockin' Boogie #7 - 2:15
2. Double My Money - 3:34
3. Midnight in Memphis - 5:48
4. Maybe - 3:08
5. Shine Your Light - 4:57
6. Cross Eyed Woman - 3:37
7. Lament for Evelyn Mchale - 2:38
8. Right as Rain - 4:10
9. Wish - 4:28
10. Land of Plenty - 4:16
11. Champagne Velvet - 2:38
12. The Promise - 0:35
13. Green to Gone - 4:26
14. Mary Jane - 2:24

Art-Nr.: 9276
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Griffin, Patty - silver bell [2013]
Patty Griffin's Album "Silver bell" ist ihre zweite Veröffentlichung in diesem Jahr, stammt aber eigentlich aus dem Jahre 2000. Ihr damaliges Label A&M Records hat dieses komplett fertiggestellte Album seinerzeit nie veröffentlicht, was nun aber, 13 Jahre später, endlich nachgeholt wird - und das neu abgemischt von dem legendären Produzenten Glyn Johns. Gut so, denn das Werk ist viel zu stark, um in den Regalen zu verstauben. Es wäre Patty's drittes Album gewesen und zeigt sie in großartiger Verfassung mit famosen Songs, teils sehr rockig, teils folkig und countryorientiert. Ausgerechnet dieses Werk enthält zwei sehr berühmtesten Songs von Patty Griffin, die die Dixie Chicks weltberühmt machten, im Original, nämlich "Truth #2" (Emmylou Harris unterstützt sie mit großartigem Harmonie-Gesang) und "Top of the world". Exzellente, längst "verloren" geglaubte Scheibe von der heute aus der Americana-Szene nicht mehr wegzudenkenden, großen Singer/Songwriterin!

Die offizielle Produktbeschreibung im Original:

Patty Griffin's much sought after Silver Bell is finally getting its official release. Silver Bell would have been Griffin's third album. It was recorded in 2000 but went unreleased by A&M Records. Despite its years of limbo the album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both 'Top Of The World' and 'Truth #2' for their 2002 Home album. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell includes 14 original songs that were recorded back in 2000 at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans. Emmylou Harris sings harmony on 'Truth #2.' Griffin's latest album, American Kid, was released in May.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Little God - 5.03
2. Truth, Pt. 2 - 4.30
3. Boston - 4.01
4. Perfect White Girls - 3.45
5. Sooner or Later - 3.24
6. What You Are - 4.42
7. Silver Bell - 3.07
8. Fragile - 3.38
9. Mother of God - 4.14
10. One More Girl - 5.00
11. Sorry and Sad - 3.13
12. Driving - 4.17
13. Top of the World - 4.59
14. So Long - 5.07

Art-Nr.: 8352
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
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Little Big Town - nightfall [2020]
"'Nightfall' is Little Big Town's album of 'peaceful' social commentary in a divisive world". Musikalisch in 13 wunderbare, gesanglich und instrumentell hinreißend vorgetragene Lieder gefasstes, überaus ambitioniertes, neues Album von Little Big Town. Das immer mal wieder als "Fleetwod Mac des Country" bezeichnete, mit vielen Grammys und anderen Preisen hochdekorierte Quartett zeigt sich textlich engagiert und kritisch wie nie zuvor. Man hat etwas zu sagen. Dazu packen Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads, Jimi Westbrook und Phillip Sweet die teils sehr zum Nachdenken anregenden Themen nicht in rauschende Partyheuler, sondern in entsprechend exquisites, überaus niveauvolles Midtempo- und Balladen-Songmaterial mit tollen Arrangements. "This is no 'rah-rah beer festival'", betonte die Band dazu in verschiedenen Interviews (nachzulesen in u. a. Original Album-Review des New Yorker Wall Street Journal). "Nigtfall" ist eine absolute Glanzleistung von Little Big Town!

Original Album-Review des New Yorker Wall Street Journal:

Ambitious country-music performers face some daunting choices these days. They can lean toward furthering the genre’s tradition of capturing under-explored scenes and sentiments of contemporary adult life, and thus risk appealing to hard-core connoisseurs only. Or they can engage with popular tropes that, however often repeated, dominate big-time country radio, winning acceptance by the widest audience in the process. The fairly stark dichotomy can be characterized as more lettered, Americana-adjacent country versus country pop; aiming at more mature versus younger audiences; or even simply as album-centered versus hot-single-oriented production.
But there is a third, especially challenging route—one pursued by such repeatedly honored practitioners as Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Dierks Bentley : working consciously and deftly to have it both ways. And among vocal groups over the past decade, none has proved more adept at walking this road than the mixed-gender, always vocally harmonious quartet Little Big Town—founders Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, with Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet. Winners of the Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy for “Pontoon” (2012), “Girl Crush” (2014) and “Better Man” (2016), they were also the Country Music Awards’ Vocal Group of the Year for six years running, 2012-2017. Their latest album, “Nightfall” (Capitol Records Nashville), set for release Jan. 17, is yet another in their succession of album gems, and a prime example of an artfully constructed offering likely to gain popularity as well as critical praise.
The most-discussed track before the album’s release has been “The Daughters,” a melodic ballad written by Ms. Fairchild along with respected Nashville songwriters Sean McConnell and Ashley Ray. Introduced by the group on the televised ACM Awards back in April, it outlines the circumscribing demands and expectations young girls are so often subjected to and offers them parental hope, but a chorus line that tossed in “I’m just looking for a God for the daughters” effectively ruled it out as a single promoted to wary and guarded pop-country radio. (The same edgy cheekiness had marked the easily misunderstood “Girl Crush,” and brought more attention to it.) “The Daughters” was nominated for this year’s Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy before the album was even out.
The first track that was vigorously promoted as a single is a song about drinking, safer country territory, and is in a traditional honky-tonk mode—not just in sound and rhythm but in its clever turn on expectations. “Over Drinking” is not about drinking too much, but about being finished with crying in a beer: “I’m drunk ’cause I’m happy, not drunk ’cause you’re gone; I’m over drinking over you.” Classic hard country. But for those looking for a pop alternative, the very next album track is “Wine, Beer, Whiskey,” which, after a teasing after-hours jazz-like opening, turns to a thumping salute to friends named Jack, Jose, Brandy, Sherry and Captain. No explanations required—and audience balance achieved.
The latest single, “Sugar Coat,” is a moody, dark ballad with Ms. Fairchild singing lead, in the persona of the long-suffering wife of a husband with wandering ways. She doesn’t drink, doesn’t take pills, just smiles “with a lump in my throat.” Many will find the song instantly relatable; it was written by country’s expert on such situations, Lori McKenna, along with Josh Kerr and Jordyn Shellhart. One of the advantages of a track record like Little Big Town’s is the happy availability of new songs that work for them from top writers—a number in this case co-written along with the band, and with Ms. Fairchild in particular. The album’s all-star songwriting contributors include Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuck, Grammy-winning producers and collaborating writers for Kacey Musgraves’s “Golden Hour” album last year; and the so-called Love Junkies (Ms. McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose ) who’d been responsible for “Girl Crush.”
Overall, the instrumentation is as varied as the album’s many moods demand, and the always strong Little Big Town vocals rise to the varied occasions. But as the songs add up on “Nightfall,” you notice that there’s a theme at work, reflected in the album title—moods when the lights go down; dreams; thoughts while lying in bed alone or with company, old or new. It’s often sophisticated, yet nonetheless country-ready, after-dark material.
“Nightfall,” the group has been telling interviewers, is no “rah-rah beer festival.” Indeed, the album’s release show is set for New York’s Carnegie Hall on Jan. 16, and the Apollo Theater the following two nights. To use a phrase only occasionally appreciated or particularly appropriate in country, this is a class album from one classy group. (Barry Mazor / The Wall Street Journal)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Next To You - 4:06
2. Nightfall - 3:21
3. Forever And A Night - 4:26
4. Throw Your Love Away - 3:44
5. Over Drinking - 3:10
6. Wine, Beer, Whiskey - 3:16
7. Questions - 3:03
8. The Daughters - 3:32
9. River Of Stars - 3:37
10. Sugar Coat - 3:39
11. Problem Child - 3:35
12. Bluebird - 3:11
13. Trouble With Forever - 3:31

Art-Nr.: 9977
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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

Review von "Roughstock" im Original-Wortlaut:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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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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Noe, Ian - between the country [2019]
Wundervoll! HInreißendes Debut-Album des jungen Singer-Songwriters Ian Noe aus dem kleinen Örtchen Beattyville im U.S.-Bundesstaat Kentucky, bei dem nicht nur die Experten, sondern auch die Fans des Genres ins Schwärmen geraten. Von Meister-Produzent Dave Cobb (u. a. Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) brilliant in Szene gesetzt, gelingt Noe eine Anzahl von faszinierenden Songs zwischen Country, Countryrock, Roots, Americana, Storyteller-Mentalität und natürlichen Folk-Elementen, in denen er großartige Geschichten zu erzählen hat, die er dabei mit seinen exzellenten Begleitmusikern in ganz feinen Melodien einbindet. Manchmal fühlt man sich an die alten Byrds erinnert, dann an den großen John Prine, in einigen folkigen Momenten an den frühen Bob Dylan (nur gesanglich ist Noe deutlich schöner, nicht so "spröde"), aber auch an den bereits erwähnten Chris Stapleton oder den momentan sehr aufstrebenden und im Rampenlicht stehenden Tyler Childers. Trotz all dieser genannten Bezüge hat Noe ein ganz eigenes Profil, eine völlig eigene, musikalische Identität. Herrlich beispielsweise der traumhafte, countryrockige Ohrwurm "Irene (Ravin' bomb) mit tollen Background Vocals von Savannah Conley", das flockige, in einem feinen Retro-Ambiente inszenierte, von wunderbaren Byrds-mässigen Gitarren umgebene, traumhaft melodische "Barbara's song", oder die faszinierend schöne Outlaw-Ballade "Letter to Madeline". Bei diesem Album gibt es nicht die Spur einer Schwachstelle. Ein geradezu meisteliches Debut! Ein Americana-Highlight des Jahres! "A star on the rise"!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Ian Noe’s new album Between the Country is a masterful piece of work. Every lyric, phrase of the guitar, and every bit of emotionally delivered line is quite simply, perfect. If one had the ability to plan one’s career from 30 years down the road, this would be the first album that you’d make to start off a lifetime of songwriting.
The album was recorded in Nashville’s RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb whose work with the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, and Jason Isbell, to name a few, has either earned him nominations or won him AMA, Grammy, or Music Row awards in a variety of categories. Dave also plays guitar on the album that additionally features Adam Gardner on bass and organ piano, Chris Powell on drums and percussion, and Savannah Conley, who absolutely adds gold on back up vocals to each song she appears on. It will be out on the Thirty Tigers label and rounds out a great combination of musicians and record label to push Ian into the next level of his musical career, which I believe this masterpiece will do.
In the same way Norman Rockwell used his paintbrush to create his 1942 painting of the perfect family diner, Ian paints a similar, modern image with his songwriting for “Irene”. I’m hesitant to call it the dysfunctional version of Rockwell’s “Freedon from Want” because Ian’s version seems more like the new traditional family. Many of the themes Ian uses may be prevalent in his home state of Kentucky, but even in rural Iowa, we all share similar experiences and struggles.
“Barbera’s Song” sounds like it could have been pulled from a b side of a Byrd’s album with lyrics written on the porch of Big Pink in Woodstock. It’s the only song on the album that strikes me as different from the rest but, wonderfully done. It tells the story of a 1904 train crash that puts you right inside the tragic wreck but with an infectious melody that you just can’t get out of your head.
Much is spotlighted about Ian’s inclusion of the rampant drug problems that reach into every corner of the country, but his ability to reach into the humanity of the drug issue is striking. In “Junk Town” he narrates from the inside as the “Meth Head” that struggles to “keep away those cold sweat fears” while realizing “…I wish I was leaving to find another fate, and all the while knowing where I’ll die.”
“Meth Head” takes a harder outside narrative approach, and may be using those same characters from “Junk Town”, to tell the story from a different approach. It paints the epidemic like a zombie movie with lines like “you can’t kill her she’s already dead” and the third verse that says “It’ll be dark pretty soon. They love to lurk by the moon. So I’m out back shoveling the dirt. I’m gonna dig me a hole as deep as I can go. And when they fall, I’m gonna cover em up.”
Ian does a fantastic job of switching his narrative from modern lyrics and settings to the frontier, gun fights, fighting against the elements, and nods at true love. It’s as earthly and real as a diary lifted from a covered stage coach while maintaining the relevancy of the local news. For a guy on the cusp of 30 trips around the sun, Ian has a gift for writing, and an ability to paint a picture that lands him among any of the songwriting legends that you may want to compare him with.
“Letter to Madeline”, “Loving You,” the title track “Between the Country,” and the powerful “Dead on the River (Rolling Down)” are deliberately paced and somber while “That Kind of Life” and “If Today Doesn’t Do Me In” have a slight up tempo, positive, feel. Ian’s style of writing and delivery make it difficult to explain because the sincerity of each line, no matter the subject of the song, touch you and haunt you long after the last notes are played. I can only suggest that you grab it and settle in to realize that there was music before Between the Country, but, how much of it you go back to after hearing these 10 tracks may surprise you. (Jeremy Glazier / Americana Highways)

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Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Irene (Ravin' Bomb) - 3:58
2. Barbara's Song - 3:25
3. Junk Town - 4:21
4. Letter to Madeline - 4:29
5. Loving You - 2:17
6. That Kind of Life - 3:20
7. Dead on the River (Rolling Down) - 5:06
8. If Today Doesn't Do Me In - 3:57
9. Meth Head - 4:11
10. Between the Country - 2:39

Art-Nr.: 9835
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Barbara's song
Junk town
Letter to Madeline
This kind of life
Meth head
Between the country

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Phish - niagara falls ~ live [2013]
3 CD-Set! Eon weiteres, großartiges Live-Dokument dieser exzellenten Jamrock-Formation! "Niagara Falls" beinhaltet das Konzert vom 3. Dezember 1995 im Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Die Band und das Publikum feierten ein gemeinsames, musikalisches Happening, das als eines der absoluten Höhepunkte in die Historie von Phish eingehen sollte. Toll, dass diese Show nun endlich veröffentlicht wurde. Jedes Album enthält übrigens einen Download-Code zum Zugang von exklusivem Video-Material dieser Show (ca. 1 Stunde) und zum Herunterladen des kompletten Konzertes.

Hier die offizielle Produktbeschreibung:

All new 3-CD set recorded live December 7, 1995 at Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY. December 1995 was a universally recognized high point for Phish. The band found themselves at Niagara Falls - straddling the border between the United States and Canada beside the fastest flowing, highest, most powerful waterfall in North America.
"Niagara Falls" balanced Phish's bluegrass and barbershop quartet talents with a healthy dose of expansive improvisation, for which this era of Phish is renowned. The show featured standout playing throughout both sets to mirror the breadth and power of the setting near the Falls.
Set I highlights included a hot combination of The Curtain > AC/DC Bag > Demand > Rift, a blazing first set Slave To The Traffic Light and a huge Possum.
Among Set II highpoints were a legendary over-the-falls freakout of a Split Open And Melt opener, a fast and furious Reba with a soaring jam and an unusual ending that led to a deep swinging Julius. The set ended with a bone-crushing Mike's Song > Weekapaug Groove – one of just three times this combination was played without a third (or more) middle song(s).
"Niagara Falls" was recorded by Paul Languedoc to 2-track DAT and mastered by Fred Kevorkian. Poor Heart (the slow version) from the soundcheck is included on the third disc.

Die komplette Setlist

1. Old Home Place/Audience Chess Move - 3.52
2. The Curtain - 6.06
3. AC/DC Bag - 9.17
4. Demand - 1.54
5. Rift - 5.41
6. Slave To The Traffic Light - 12.50
7. Guyute - 10.33
8. Bouncing Around The Room - 3.37
9. Possum - 14.20
10. Hello My Baby - 1.52

Disc: 2
1. Audience Chess Move - 1.09
2. Split Open And Melt - 17.14
3. Strange Design - 3.00
4. Taste - 7.37
5. Reba - 14.40
6. Julius - 6.54

Disc: 3
1. Sleeping Monkey - 5.14
2. Sparkle - 3.29
3. Mike's Song - 17.24
4. Weekapaug Groove - 13.56
5. Amazing Grace - 2.55
6. Uncle Pen - 4.52
7. Poor Heart - 4.18

Art-Nr.: 8382
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 19,90

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Phish - ventura [2013]
6 CD-Set! Phish in Californien - ein herrliches Sommer-Happening für alle Phishheads. Tolles, neues Live 6 CD-Set der exzellenten Jamrock-Formation mit 2 kompletten Konzerten aus den Ventura Country Fairgrounds vom 30. July 1997 und 20. July 1998.

Aius der Original-Produktbeschreibung:
Phish will release "Ventura", an all new 6-CD box set featuring two complete shows, recorded July 30, 1997 and July 20, 1998 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California, a general admission dirt racetrack between the Pacific Coast Highway and Surfers Point Park, with palm trees and mountains behind the stage and a view of the Pacific Ocean from the bleachers. Bits of the each show's Soundchecks are included at the end of both shows.
The new box set was fully remixed from the band's multitrack masters and mastered for release. July 30, 1997 was Phish's first Ventura stop since Trey learned to surf nearby in 1993. The show featured a number of must-hear performances including a bass-driven, syncopated "Wolfman's Brother" > "Chalk Dust Torture", a deep and spacey "Stash" and "Character Zero" in Set I. A "Free" > "David Bowie" > "Cities" > "David Bowie" combination dominated the show's second half with some of the summer's biggest jams.
On July 20, 1998 Phish again encountered Ventura's breezy oceanside. Ventura '98 was characterized by some new songs and some bustouts. The first set included a "Bathtub Gin" opener, a new arrangement of "Water In The Sky", the swinging funk of "The Moma Dance" and a "Split Open And Melt" Set I closer. Set II exploded with a bass-and-drums-fueled "Drowned" > "Makisupa Policeman" pairing that utilized Page's synth stylings to seamlessly blend rock and reggae. "Maze" led to a perfectly placed "Sea And Sand".

Original-Review von Rovi:
A six-disc archival set, Ventura chronicles summer concerts Phish gave at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in the back half of the '90s, by which time their status as the titans of jam was well-established. The first show here is from July of 1997, the second performed a year later, which means both arrived during the two-year gap separating 1996's Billy Breathes and 1998's The Story of the Ghost -- two years where the band's popularity was on the rise and it certainly seemed like a crossover was perhaps within their sites. That crossover never happened and these two shows indicate the band never seriously thought about moving into the mainstream, preferring to ride a sweet, hazy, sun-soaked vibe that fits Southern California in the late summer. A few covers surface -- Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" was played in 1997, Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" in 1998 -- and soundcheck jams round out the third disc of each show, but the appeal of Ventura is, as always, how Phish tackle their core catalog, choosing to dig deep on "David Bowie" and let "Halley's Comet" float out as coda in 1998. It's a good summer soundtrack for Phisheads.
(Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Die kompletten Setlists:

Disc 1
1. NICU - 6:06
2. Wolfman's Brother - 11:59
3. Chalk Dust Torture - 11:07
4. Water in the Sky - 4:11
5. Stash - 15:23
6. Weigh - 5:08
7. Piper - 5:06
8. Cars Trucks Buses - 4:49
9. Character Zero - 9:20

Disc 2
1. Punch You in the Eye - 8:56
2. Free - 11:16
3. David Bowie - 21:29
4. Cities - 5:29
5. David Bowie - 6:08

Disc 3
1. Bouncing Around the Room - 3:54
2. Uncle Pen - 4:14
3. Prince Caspian - 8:55
4. Fire - 6:51
5. My Soul - 6:02
6. Ventura '97 Soundcheck Jam - 9:18

Disc 4
1. Bathtub Gin - 21:55
2. Dirt - 4:02
3. Poor Heart - 3:51
4. Lawn Boy - 3:04
5. My Sweet One - 3:05
6. Birds of a Feather - 6:19
7. Theme from the Bottom - 9:29
8. Water in the Sky - 2:47
9. The Moma Dance - 9:56
10. Split Open and Melt - 14:00

Disc 5
1. Drowned - 14:52
2. Makisupa Polliceman - 8:08
3. Maze - 12:10
4. Sea and Sand - 3:10
5. Prince Caspian - 12:11
6. Harry Hood - 15:31

Disc 6
1. Sexual Healing - 7:48
2. Hold Your Head Up - 1:41
3. Halley's Comet - 10:58
4. Ventura '98 Soundcheck Jam - 13:38

Art-Nr.: 8215
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 33,90

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Price, Margo - midwest farmer's daughter [2016]
Welch eine Wonne! Welch ein wundervoller, so rein funkelnder Rohdiamant am Countryhimmel! "Midwest farmer's daughter", das Debut der aus Buffalo Prairie in Illinois stammenden, heute aber in Nashville lebenden, exzellenten Singer/Songwriterin Margo Price und ihrer hervorragenden Begleitband "The Pricetags", ist die erste Veröffentlichung auf Jack White's neuem Label "Third Man Records" - und was für eine starke. Margo Price ist keine dieser gecasteten Künstlerinnen, keine, die im Nashville-Glamour steht, sondern sie hat sich alles von der Pike auf erarbeitet. "Hard work, stick-to-it-ivness, grit, and pristine musicality drenched in real life experience from the school of hard knocks... - that's Nashville. That's Country Music. That, Ladies and Gentleman is Margo Price". Mit diesen Worten führt das Label die Künstlerin ein - und genau so kommt sie rüber. Margo Price spielt hinreissend schöne, traditionell fundamentierte, unverfälschte, reine Countrymusic mit einem Hauch von Americana, vollkommen frei von modernem Nashvielle Mainstrream-Schnickschnack, daführ von ausgeprägter Natürlichkeit, Ehrlichkeit und Schönheit. Alles klingt herrlich retro. Zuweilen weckt sie Erinnerungen an die frühe Emmylou Harris und ihre Hot Band, an die ganz frühe Linda Ronstadt, aber auch an Loretty Lynn und Tammy Wynette, genauso wie an einen weiblichen Kris Kristofferson und Johnny Cash, vor allem dann, wenn sie ein leichtes Outlaw-Feeling in ihre Musik einfliessen lässt. Margo verfügt über eine großartige, klare, unverbrauchte Stimme, singt wie ein junges "Honky Tonk Angel". Aufgenommen wurde die Scheibe übrigens live und analog (daher dieser wunderbar natürliche, authentische, warme Sound) in den legendären Sun Studios und abgemischt in den nicht minder berühmten Ardent Studios, beide in Memphis/Tennessee. Nicht nur Songs wie die herrliche Honky Tonk Country-Nummer "About to find out" mit ihrem tollen Arrangement aus lässiger E-Gitarre und prächtiger Pedal Steel (erinnert an die besten Tage von Emmylou's früherer Hot Band), das voller wunderbarem Twang steckende "Hurtin' (on the bottle)", die rau instrumentierte, staubige, leicht bluesig angehauchte Outlaw Country-Nummer "Tennessee song" (toll die hier sehr erdige Instrumentierung in Verbindung mit Price's glasklarem Gesang, saustarkes E-Gitarren-Solo von Jamie Davies, würde wohl auch gut in das Anforderungsprofil der neuen Countryhelden ala Chris Stapleton und Sturgill Simpson passen), der hinreissende, lupenreine, mit einer tollen Gitarren-, Pedal Steel-, Fiddle-Begleitung schön retro in Szene gesetzte Honky Tonker "Since you put me down" (feines Gram Parsons-Flair, der ungemein dynamische Country-Heuler "This town gets around" (saustarkes Pedal Steel-/Fiddle-Break), oder der Sixties-inspirierte Vintage Country-Knaller "How the mighty have fallen" sind von herausragender Klasse. Das komplette Album ist ein absoluter "Hit"! Authentische, unverfälschte Country-/Americana-Musik von einer Lockerheit, Zwanglosigkeit und Natürlichkeit, die ihresgleichen sucht. Eine absolute Wohltat zwischen all den aufgemotzten und aufpolierten Chartstürmern. Ein Pracht-Teil! Margo Price "is the real deal"!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Hands of Time - 6:09
2. About to Find Out - 3:12
3. Tennessee Song - 4:40
4. Since You Put Me Down - 4:53
5. Four Years of Chances - 4:33
6. This Town Gets Around - 2:55
7. How the Mighty Have Fallen - 3:11
8. Weekender - 4:40
9. Hurtin' (On the Bottle) - 4:12
10. World's Greatest Loser - 1:33
11. Desperate and Depressed - 3:31

Art-Nr.: 9136
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Hands of time
About to find out
Tennessee song
Since you put me down
This town gets around
How the mighty have fallen
Hurtin' (on the bottle)

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