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Asleep At The Wheel - still the king: celebrating bob wills and the texas playboys [2015]
In 2015 jährt sich der Todestag der berühmten Texas Western Swing-Legende Bob Wills zum 40. Mal. Und das Wills das ganz große Vorbild der unumstrittenen Ikonen des Swing Countrys und Western Swings der Gegenwart, Asleep At The Wheel, sind, ist beileibe kein Geheimnis. Bereits zwei veröffentlichte Tribute-Alben ("A tribute to the music of Bob Wills" und "Ride with Bob") stehen bei den Mannen um Ray Benson zu Buche, nun folgt, rechtzeitig zum 40. Todestag, mit "Still the king" die dritte Hommage. Wie zuvor haben Asleep At The Wheel" auch diesmal wieder eine ganze Horde illustrer Gäste zusammengetrommelt, um mit ihnen gemeinsam diese erneute Hommage einzuspielen. Und wieder ist es ein grandioses Werk geworden, das den beiden Vorgängern in nichts nachsteht. Besser kann man diese Art der Countrymusic nicht zelebrieren. Mit dabei sind beispielsweise Lyle Lovett, Wille Nelson, The Del McCoury Band, George Strait, Buddy Miller, The Time Jumpers, Brad Paisley, Merle Haggard, Jamey Johnson und viele, viele mehr. 22 tolle Songs! Kommt in einer feinen, exklusiven Digipack-Verpackung mit 20-seitigem Booklet. Großartig!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Intro - Texas Playboy Theme (with Leon Rausch) - 1:13
2. I Hear Ya Talkin' (with Amos Lee) -3:28
3. The Girl I Left Behind Me (with The Avett Brothers) - 2:31
4. Trouble In Mind (with Lyle Lovett) - 4:07
5. Keeper Of My Heart (with Merle Haggard & Emily Gimble) - 3:32
6. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (with Kat Edmonson & Ray Benson) - 3:19
7. Tiger Rag (with Old Crow Medicine Show) - 2:55
8. What's The Matter With The mill (with Pokey LaFarge) - 3:06
9. Navajo Trail (with Willie Nelson & The Quebe Sisters) - 3:05
10. Silver Dew on The Bluegrass Tonight (with The Del McCoury Band) - 3:27
11. Faded Love (with The Time Jumpers) - 4:21
12. South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) (with George Strait) - 4:14
13. I Had Someone Else Before I Had You (with Elizabeth Cook) - 2:45
14. My Window Faces The South (with Brad Paisley) - 2:32
15. Time Changes Everything (with Buddy Miller) - 3:37
16. A Good Man Is Hard To Find (with Carrie Rodriguez & Emily Gimble) - 2:36
17. Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas (with Robert Earl Keen & Ray Benson) - 3:25
18. Brain Cloudy Blues (with Jamey Johnson & Ray Benson) - 4:20
19. Bubbles In My Beer (with The Devil Makes Three) - 2:38
20. It's All Your Fault (with Katie Shore) - 2:54
21. Twin Guitar Special (with Tommy Emmanuel, Brent Mason & Billy Briggs) - 4:04
22. Bob Wills Is Still The King (with Shooter Jennings, Randy Rogers & Reckless Kelly) - 2:23

Art-Nr.: 8814
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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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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Brown Band, Zac - uncaged [2012]
Grandiose neue Veröffentlichung der einzigartigen Zac Brown Band! "Uncaged" ist ein weiteres Meisterwerk dieser famosen Truppe, die auf so unwiderstehliche Art und Weise mit ihrer erfrischenden Musik Mega-Erfolge in der Countryszene feiert, deren Stellenwert aber auch bei der Roots-, Southern Rock- und vor allem der Jamrock-Gemeinde gleichermassen zunimmt. Die Band wird zu Recht Genre-übergreifend gefeiert. Ihre von unwiderstehlicher Musikalität, Spielfreude und traumhaften Melodien geprägte Mischung aus "Down Home Country", dezent grassigen Elementen, herrlichen, sommerlichen, Buffett-kompatiblem "Island-Jams", auch mal mit einem Schuß Reggae und kraftvollem, jammigem Southern Rock-Flair ist pure Faszination. Das Songmaterial ist zumeist wunderbar flockig und ungemein locker, kann aber auch mal, wie beim deutlich Allman Brothers-beeinflussten Titelstück, richtig druckvoll rocken. Dem gegenüber stehen dann solch geniale Country-Heuler, wie das von atemberaubenden, kleinen Gitarren- und Fiddle-Soli, sowie einer sofort ins Ohr gehenden, herrlichen Melodie bestimmte, schwungvoll abgehende, mitreissende "The wind", das das Zeug dazu hat, ein ähnlicher "Kult-Knaller" wie "Chicken fried" vom "The foundation"-Album zu werden. "Uncaged" ist ein "Killer"-Album! Die Zac Brown Band setzt ihren musikalischen "Siegeszug" unaufhaltsam fort....

Aus der offiziellen Produktbeschreibung:

The band’s lead singer Zac Brown says in a statement, the project is the culmination of the “powerful chemistry that’s developed by living, traveling and working as a band.”
“We’re always trying to push the barrier of our musicianship, and I’m proud to say that there is a little bit of something for everyone,” he says of Uncaged.
The 11-song album features a slew of special guests including Amos Lee and Trombone Shorty, as well as songs written or co-written by other artists including Jason Mraz and Nic Cowan and Sonia Leigh.
The album was recorded at various studios in Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, N.C., and Key West, Fla. The band’s two previous albums, The Foundation and You Get What You Give, have gone platinum and produced nine consecutive No. 1 songs.
“This is the first record we’ve made from start to finish in one thought,” said multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook. “The previous albums have been a collection of songs ... this is an album.”

Die komplette Tracklist:

1. Jump Right In (3.00)
2. Uncaged (3.29)
3. Goodbye in Her Eyes (5.24)
4. The Wind (2.56)
5. Island Song (3.43)
6. Sweet Annie (4.38)
7. Natural Disaster (3.02)
8. Overnight (Feat. Trombone Shorty) (4.42)
9. Lance's Song (4.34)
10. Day That I Die (Feat. Amos Lee) (4.52)
11. Last But Not Least (3.42)

Art-Nr.: 7847
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Brown Band, Zac - you get what you give ~ deluxe edition [2010]
Deluxe Edition mit zwei Bonus-Tracks! Über 70 Minuten Spielzeit!
Neues Album der phänomenalen Zac Brown Band - und die logische und konsquente Weiterführung des Weges von "The foundation". Nach Millionen verkaufter Exemplare des Vorgängers und 4 Nummer 1-Hits in den Billboard Country-Charts wird die Band in den USA als ganz heisser Country-Act "verkauft", was die Truppe aus Georgia natürlich auch ist, aber sie ist genauso im Roots-, Americana-, Southern- und auch im Jam Rock-Bereich zu Hause und das seit vielen, vielen Jahren, lange bevor sich der ganz große kommerzielle Erfolg einstellte. Zum Glück hat dieser Erfolg die Jungs aber nicht negativ beeinflusst, denn sie bleiben unverändert ihrem aussergewöhnlichen, vor Vielseitigkeit und Kreativität nur so strotzenden Stil treu. Sie bewahren ihre Frische, ihre beeindruckende Spielkultur und Spielfreude, ihre natürlichen Roots und ihre Lockerheit. Alles ist wieder da: Die traditionll verwurzelten Country-Fundamente, der natürliche Southern Rock-Spirit, die ungezwungenen. jammigen Instrumental-Breaks, die Leichtigkeit, Buffett-ähnliche Ocean-/Karibik Flair und diese traumhalft ins Ohr gehenden Melodien. Natürlich ist auch die überragende Musikalität der Zac Brown Band (Zac's stolze Aussage über seine Jungs, "Everybody in my band is able to burn his instrument to the ground. I'm blessed because the people I play with are just fantastic", muss man immer wiederholen, denn sie trifft einfach zu) erneut in all ihren Facetten zu bewundern. Und Brown selbst ist, sowohl was seine Fähigkeiten an der akustischen Gitarre als auch seine Gesangskünste betrifft, ebenfalls in brillanter Verfassung. Alles, was wir bereits zu dem Vorgänger-Album und der kürzlich erschienenen 2CD/DVD-Live-Veröffentlichung in unserem jeweiligen Review geschrieben haben, trifft auch mit voller Nachhaltigkeit auf das neue Werk zu. Enthalten ist ein großartiges Duett mit Jimmy Buffett, ebenfalls eines mit Alan Jackson (ist auch die erste Single, die bereits wieder zielstrebig Richtung Chartspitze unterwegs ist), und eine bravourös groovende, 10-minütige Roots-/Southern Rock-/Jamrock-Nummer (Titel: "Who knows"), mit feinen Reggae-Tupfern und einer ausgedehnten, rund 6-minütigen Instrumental-Passage. Orgel, Schlagzeug und vor allem die Fiddle und E-Gitarre haben dabei ausreichend Gelegenheit ihre Freiräume auszuleben. Das Album zeigt abermals deutlich, warum die Zac Brown Band sowohl bei den Country-Leuten, die ansonsten auf Alan Jackson & Co. stehen, bei der Eagles-Gefolgschaft, bei den Jimmy Bufftett-Fans, als auch bei der Southern- und Jam-Rocke-Gemeinde von The Marshall Tucker Band und den Allmans gleichermassen begeistert gefeiert wird. Gute Musik setzt sich halt (manchmal) doch durch - und diese hier ist einfach famos! Die hier vorliegende "Deluxe Edition" enthält zwei großartige Bonus-Tracks: Zum einen eine wundervolle, live mitgeschnittene Cover-Version von Ryan Adams' "Oh my sweet Carolina" und das relaxte "Nothing", ein zusätzlicher Studio-Track! "You get what you give" ist der nächste "kleine" Geniestreich der Zac Brown Band - nicht mehr und nicht weniger!

Aus der Original-Produktbeschreibung:

"'You Get What You Give' features a genre-defying collection of songs that the band has been testing on the road over the past year. Praised for the ability to blend 'down-home country with bits of reggae, bluegrass and rock to create a high-quality musical stew' (USA Today), front man Zac Brown notes that the new album 'is representative of where we are right now. It combines elements of our southern rock and country roots, but also stays true to our jam-band style musicianship from the live show.'"

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Let It Go - 4:38   
2 Knee Deep (with Jimmy Buffett) - 3:24
3 No Hurry - 3:47   
4 I Play the Road - 4:21   
5 Cold Hearted - 3:48   
6 Whiskey's Gone - 2:48   
7 Quiet Your Mind - 3:41   
8 Colder Weather - 4:35   
9 Settle Me Down - 3:23   
10 As She's Walking Away (with Alan Jackson) - 3:45   
11 Keep Me in Mind - 3:35   
12 Who Knows - 10:04   
13 Martin - 5:07   
14 Make This Day - 4:02   
15 Oh My Sweet Carolina [Live] - 4:42   
16 Nothing - 4:24

Art-Nr.: 7098
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 19,90

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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
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Grateful Dead - crimson, white & indigo: philadelphia, july 7, 1989 [2010]
3 CD & 1 DVD-Set! 7. Juli 1989 im JFK-Stadium von Philadelphia! Das komplette Konzert, sowohl auf 3 CDs, als auch auf DVD! Die DVD spielt knapp 3 Stunden (ebenso natürlich die CDs) und ist "code free" (auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar)! Exzellente Bild- und Tonqualität! Die CDs sind in HDCD gemastert, die DVD bietet 2.0 Stereo und 5.1 Surround Mixes!

Hier die offizielle Grateful Dead Release-Infos zu diesem 3CD/DVD-Pavckage:

Here’s a cool way to kick off the new year and decade: Coming soon is a fantastic new release called Crimson, White and Indigo, a DVD/3-CD set that captures every second of the Grateful Dead’s superb July 7, 1989 concert at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. If you loved the popular 2005 DVD/CD release Truckin’ Up to Buffalo, from July 4, 1989, well, this is the very next show: why, it’s practically like being on tour without having to pitch in gas money, eat bad road food, swelter in the heat or score a miracle ticket. Nope, all the work has been done for you—from the crisp multiple-camera shoot (with no video effects, you’ll be happy to hear) produced from the tastefully executed live screen video feed directed by long-time Grateful Dead collaborator and concert video guru Len Dell'Amico, to the crystal clear and powerful audio, mixed from the original 24-track analog tapes in both Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 surround (for the DVD), and mastered in HDCD (for the CD). But the proof is (always!) in the playing, and this show from the sizzling summer of ’89 tour is sure to please both hard core and casual fans with its energy, diverse song list and passionate playing.

Two years removed from the craziness that surrounded the “comeback” tour of 1987 and the Dead’s unprecedented flirtation with mainstream success—thanks to “Touch of Grey” and the In the Dark album—the group was still riding the crest of that wave and attracting thousands of new fans with each passing tour. The summer of ’89 began in style for the Dead on the solstice itself with a nationally televised/broadcast concert from Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. A week and a half later, the GD circus hit the road for seven East Coast stadium shows, followed by a handful in Midwest amphitheaters. The group was in excellent form throughout, offering a great selection of old and recent favorites, and polishing some of the new songs which would make up their album-in-progress at the time, Built to Last. Visually, the Dead’s stage set that summer was perhaps the most spectacular they ever mounted—designed by noted Czech artist Jan Sawka, it consisted of dozens of enormous painted canvas panels covered with various patterns, colors and shapes—some abstract, some concrete; quite an amazing sight in an enormous stadium.

In what would turn out to be the final rock concert in Philly’s JFK Stadium (the first was The Beatles in August 1966; the aging stadium itself dated back to 1926), the Grateful Dead come out on a brutally hot afternoon (after a fine opening set by Bruce Hornsby & the Range) with rock ’n’ roll on their minds. “Hell in a Bucket” is an appropriate opening choice for a day that is nearly hot as Hades, and then Jerry takes the party to the next level with a truly inspired “Iko Iko.” He’s all smiles, and that’s always a good sign! From there, the first set dips into some blues (“Little Red Rooster”), Hunter-Garcia classics like “Ramble on Rose” and “Loser,” a potent version of Dylan’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” a wonderfully exploratory version of “Let It Grow,” and finally, Brent Mydland’s still-newish anthem “Blow Away,” which is one of his finest performances of that rockin’ tune.

You gotta love a second set that opens with a warm and inviting “Box of Rain”—peppy and nicely sung—and then right on its heels a “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” that is as “up” and celebratory as you could hope for: The “Scarlet” breezes along with joyous purpose, and the “Fire” hits all sorts of mighty peaks; at nearly 25 minutes, it’s a spectacular pairing. “Estimated Prophet” is marked by a smoldering intensity and then the jam that follows settles into the majestic Hunter-Garcia ballad “Standing on the Moon,” surely one of their greatest late-era compositions, and played only seven times before this standout version. The DVD depiction of the “Rhythm Devils” percussion duel gives us a fascinating glimpse of the tools and techniques Mickey and Bill used to create their magical alchemy, and then, following “Space,” the band launches into a hair-raising, careening “Other One” (dig how the camera shows us Phil’s rumbling bass intro up close!), Jerry takes us down to the docks of the city for an emotional “Wharf Rat,” and Bob gets back into party-mode for the concluding “Lovelight.” The encore of Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” offers a beautiful grace note for a show that has taken us through so many different spaces and moods.

The beautifully designed package for Crimson, White and Indigo (the name comes from a line in “Standing on the Moon,” of course) includes loads of great photos by Bob Minkin and an essay from veteran Grateful Dead observer Steve Silberman. All in all it’s a wonderful show from a great year!

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1
1 Hell in a Bucket - 6:50   
2 Iko Iko - 7:46   
3 Little Red Rooster - 9:32   
4 Ramble on Rose - 7:35   
5 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again - 9:17   
6 Loser - 7:15   
7 Let It Grow - 12:42   
8 Blow Away - 12:29   

Disc 2
1 Box of Rain - 4:46   
2 Scarlet Begonias - 9:58   
3 Fire on the Mountain - 13:42   
4 Estimated Prophet - 9:12   
5 Standing on the Moon - 8:19   
6 Rhythm Devils - 10:08   

Disc 3
1 Space - 10:09   
2 The Other One - 7:47   
3 Wharf Rat - 10:31   
4 Turn on Your Lovelight - 8:20   
5 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - 8:41   

DVD
1 Hell in a Bucket   
2 Iko Iko   
3 Little Red Rooster   
4 Ramble on Rose   
5 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again   
6 Loser   
7 Let It Grow   
8 Blow Away   
9 Box of Rain   
10 Scarlet Begonias   
11 Fire on the Mountain   
12 Estimated Prophet   
13 Standing on the Moon   
14 Rhythm Devils   
15 Space   
16 The Other One   
17 Wharf Rat   
18 Turn on Your Lovelight   
19 Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Art-Nr.: 6867
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 31,90

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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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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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Mavericks, The - in time [2013]
"The Mavericks are back, and they are better than ever"! Was ist das für ein großartiges Album! Rund 8 Jahre waren sie getrennt, rund 10 Jahre gab es kein Album von ihnen. Nun kommt mit dem geradezu famosen "In time" das "Comeback"-Album der einzigartigen Truppe um den grandiosen Sänger Raul Malo, ein Werk das locker an die ganz großen Zeiten von Hits wie "What a crying shame", "There goes my heart" oder "Dance the night away" anknüpft. Und trotzdem strotzt ihr unverwechselbarer Sound, diese mitreissende Kombination aus traditionellem Roadhouse-Honky Tonk, froh gelauntem, teils etwas nostalgisch anmutendem Rockabilly-Rockl'n Roll und feurigem, schmissigem Tex-Mex nur so vor Frische. Es scheint als hätten sie mehr Spaß miteinander als je zuvor - und das kommt in beeindruckender Art und Weise rüber. Man muss sich nur solche herrlichen Stücke wie das schmissige "Back in your arms again" oder das traumhaft melodische "Born to be blue" anhören - es ist eine Wonne! Die internationale Presse ist voll des Lobes. Die neuerliche Zusammenkunft der Mavericks ist nicht nur wieder irgend so eine "langweilige" Reunion, nein, diese Truppe steht mit ihrer wunderbaren Musik voll im Saft und sprüht nur so vor Spielfreude. Einfach wundervoll! Die Fans dürfen jubeln...

Aus der offiziellen Produktbeschreibung:

2013 release, the first album in 10 years from the reunited Country/Rock outfit led by Raul Malo. Again drawing on myriad influences - from Buck Owens' tonk to Roy Orbison's heartbreak, Ravel's eroticism to Buena Vista Social Club's infectious rhythms, Patsy Cline's brazen emotion and that little Mavericks' magic. For their first sessions in almost a decade, it was spontaneous combustion; literally, the band falling into step with the euphoria they were known for. And they built quite an album from there. ''It took life for us to get to this point everybody was so free. From the first notes, it sounded like an explosion of sound; we went where the songs took us with a singularity of purpose. We came in to make music as grown-ups, to make music as men.'' Raul Malo (lead singer)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Back in Your Arms Again - 4:20
2. Lies - 3:33
3. Born to Be Blue - 3:30
4. Come Unto Me - 4:28
5. In Another's Arms - 3:32
6. Fall Apart - 3:06
7. All Over Again - 3:57
8. Forgive Me - 3:21
9. Amsterdam Moon - 2:38
10. That's Not My Name - 3:07
11. As Long as There's Loving Tonight - 3:25
12. Dance in the Moonlight - 5:05
13. (Call Me) When You Get to Heaven - 8:16
14. Ven Hacia Mi [Come Unto Me] - 4:26

Art-Nr.: 8077
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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Old Dominion - happy endings [2017]
Großartiges, neues Album der aufstrebenden und unter den Countryfans ordentlich von sich Reden machenden Band aus Nashville/Tennessee, der abermals ein prächtiger Wurf in Sachen Mainstream Country mit dezentem Pop-Einschlag gelingt. Toller Gesang, hervorragende Melodien und ein höchst ansprechendes, musikalisches Niveau vereinen sich in 12 erstklassigen Tracks, die nahezu alle mit immensem Hit-Potential gesegnet sind. Stark!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

The band behind hits like "No Such Thing As A Broken Heart," “Break Up With Him” and “Song For Another Time” return with 12 track follow-up to “Meat And Candy.”
It has often been said that a band’s hardest album to make is their second album. The album after expectations have been placed based on markers established by their first album. While Happy Endings may have been hard to make for a band spinning plates between family obligations, tours, songwriting appointments and the very recording of the album, Old Dominion makes it all seem effortless. It’s not only a continuation of the formula from the Gold-certified debut Meat And Candy but also expanded on thanks to expansive melodies and sharper, more mature lyrical songs written by a band who knows who they are and what they’re good at.
With a dozen tracks, Happy Endings finds the narrator pleading with the woman of their dreams in “Be With Me” while the John Lennon-esque piano intro of “Shoe Shopping” gives away to some of the band’s trademark sing-song-y, wordy, lyrics with a great hook of “If you’re shoe shopping, why don’t you try me on for size.” This is the stuff great pop songs are made of. Strong harmonies drive the opening of “Not Everything’s About You” and that grounds the band’s southern roots and Milsap-80’s country/pop melodies while “Written In The Sand” seeks a declaration of a relationship, to see if it’s going the distance or if it’s going for speed (“Written in the stars baby or are we written in the sand”).
The melodies run deep on Happy Endings showcasing why Old Dominion has become one of the biggest bands in country music. And as proof, they serve up a twist with one of the most melodic, interesting songs on the album, “New York At Night.” The little curveball is that guitarist Brad Tursi is given the chance to be the lead vocalist instead of regular frontman Matthew Ramsey (The other members of the band consist of Geoff Sprung, Whit Sellers and Trever Rosen). "New York At Night" proves Brad Tursi’s a good lead vocalist too and he gives a Kings of Leon-like guitar solo for added measure. “A Girl Is A Gun” and “Hotel Key” both have lyrical moments that will leave you singing along while the live closer “Can’t Get You” gives folks some great insight to what makes the band so fun to see live.
Unbeknownst to fans who have only heard the radio hits is the fact that Old Dominion is quite adept at ballads and showcase as much on “So You Go,” a song about the feelings we all have gone through when you feel the ending of a relationship. “Still Writing Songs About You” is a second ballad on the project and it finds a guy who may be tangentially related to the guy in “So You Go” but this is a guy who is always inspired to write songs about the woman who owns his heart. It also feels like a cousin to “Song From Another Time.”
The mere fact that we haven’t talked about opening single “No Such Thing As A Broken Heart” is proof at how deep Happy Endings is. The band’s creativity and personality is evident in that song and the cover art of each of their three projects (This one being cross stitch). The “sophomore slump” is a very real thing in but it’s something Old Dominion needn’t worry about as they’ve successfully navigated a record with Happy Endings that suggests the band is not only here for a good time but they’re here for a long time.
(Matt Bjorke / Roughstock)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. No Such Thing as a Broken Heart - 2.56
2. Shoe Shopping - 3.41
3. Not Everything's About You - 3.54
4. Hotel Key - 2.46
5. Be with Me - 2.49
6. Written in the Sand - 3.04
7. So You Go - 2.46
8. Stars in the City (feat. Little Big Town) - 3.19
9. New York at Night - 3.34
10. A Girl Is a Gun - 2.54
11. Still Writing Songs About You - 3.35
12. Can't Get You - Live - 3.15

Art-Nr.: 9513
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Osborne, Joan - bring it on home [2012]
Singer and songwriter Joan Osborne is no stranger to covering vintage soul, R&B, and blues. She did so on 2002's How Sweet It Is and 2007's Breakfast in Bed, and in the documentary film "Standing in the Shadows of Motown". Osborne has also flexed her muscles as a producer for the Holmes Brothers, capturing their live vibe better than anyone else. For Bring It On Home, Osborne once more digs into the soul, blues, and R&B wellspring. Co-producing with Jack Petruzzelli and using her road band, a horn section, and guests, she turns in the rawest, most kinetic moment in her recording career thus far. The choice of material is stellar, beginning with Ashford & Simpson's Ray Charles' vehicle "I Don't Need No Doctor." She gets deeply into its grain, with drummer Aaron Comess just popping the groove, and the Holmes Brothers on backing vocals. Jimmy Vivino's horn chart is clean and forceful. The title track, defined by Sonny Boy Williamson, is given a sultry reading. Osborne's restraint is airy but defined; the listener can feel the tension smoldering underneath. Barbecue Bob Pomeroy's harmonica is a brilliant counterpart, letting loose some steam from what's roiling underneath her vocal. The choice of the obscure "Roll Like a Big Wheel," by blues drummer and vocalist Olive Brown is a burning R&B shouter, with smokin' harmonica and horns; Osborne's voice rises above the fray and locks the groove in tight. Ike Turner's "Game of Love" -- written specifically for Tina -- is a grimy, funky, nasty, strutting feminist anthem in Osborne's version; its meaning (and irony) never more clear. Her transformation of John Mayall's "Broken Wing" is nothing short of a revelation. Allen Toussaint's '70s-era funky reggae "Shoorah! Shoorah!" features him on piano and is a delightful curveball. Osborne's cover of Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" comes from the blues more than the rock & roll of the Rolling Stones' version and it's righteous. She burns on Muddy Waters' "I Want to Be Loved," which is more demand than request. Her versions Bill Withers' "Same Love That Made Me Laugh" is raucous yet peels back the layers in its meaning. Her understated reading of Otis Redding's "Champagne and Wine" is gorgeous, with a distorted slide guitar bearing witness to the many subtle nuances in Osborne's vocal that make plain the desire in the lyric. Ultimately, there isn't a performance here that isn't drenched with passion and a true stylist's sense of invention. This isn't a reverential recording; it's authoritative; she makes these songs her own. Bring It On Home carries Osborne's mature voice in way that's never been heard on her studio recordings, making it stand head and shoulders above them. Her abilities as a song stylist and interpretive singer prove she is an extension of these traditions, not merely a torch bearer for them.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 I Don’t Need no Doctor - 3:20
2 Bring it on Home - 4:06
3 Roll Like A Big Wheel - 2:50
4 Game of Love - 3:16
5 Broken Wing - 4:38
6 Shoorah! Shoorah! - 2:52
7 I Want to Be Loved - 3:35
8 Same Love that Made Me Laugh - 4:25
9 Shake Your Hips - 3:29
10 I’m Qualified - 3:15
11 Champagne and Wine - 3:41
12 Rhymes - 4:43

Art-Nr.: 7736
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
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Powell and The Messengers, Leroy - life and death [2013]
Southern Rock Outlaw Leroy Powelll und seine "verwegenen" Messengers laden uns ein auf einen pulsierenden, atemberaubenden Höllentrip zwischen "Life and Death"! So der Titel des nächsten Geniestreichs vom ehemaligen Lead-Gitarristen von Shooter Jennings' Band, den "357's", und seinen neuen Freunden. Die Truppe wird, und das, wo auch schon die beiden Vorgängerwerke richtige "Killer"-Teile waren, immer stärker. Puh, was für ein Ritt! Das berühmte "Guitar Player Magazine" sagte einmal über den Protagonisten: "Half his riffs smell like beer and honky-tonks, while the other half sound like redneck cousins of Led Zeppelin". Dies trifft für das neue Album mehr zu, als je zuvor. Leroy Powell und die Messengers zeigen hier ihre zwei Gesichter. Das Werk beginnt zunächst ungemein entspannt mit ein paar wunderschönen. lupenreinen Countrynummern und Countryrockern, um dann, nach etwa einem Drittel regelrecht zu explodieren und mit einem knochenharten, rauen, dermassen aus allen (Gitarren)Rohren feuernden, grandiosen Roots-/Blues-/Southern Rock'n Roll-Gewitter fortzufahren, wie wir es so intensiv in der jüngeren Vergangeheit selten erlebt haben. Powell, der in seinen früheren Tagen ausser mit Shooter Jennings noch mit solch unterschiedlichen Leuten wie beispielsweise Hank Williams jr., David Allan Coe, Dickey Betts, Tony Joe White, Billy Joe Shaver, The Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gene Loves Jezebel, Blink 182 und Stanley Clarke zusammengearbeitet hat, ist ein begnadetes Allround-Talent. Sein Potential als Songwriter ist immens, auch gesanglich ist er absolut top, variantenreich und überaus ausdrucksstark, er spielt Harmonica, Keyboards, Pedal Steel und ist "one hell of a guitarist". Was er hier auf den 6 Saiten abliefert ist schlicht phänomenal. Teilweise hören wir ein E-Gitarren-Brett, das einen vermuten lässt, hier seien mindestens 3 "pistoleros" am Werk, die sich gegenseitig in einen Rausch "ballern". Doch gehen wir das Album mal sukzessive durch. Es beginnt, wie gesagt, mit dem ruhigeren Part. "Satan put it on my tab" ist eine sehr lockere und verhalten instrumentierte, ungemein melodische, wunderbare Outlaw Countrynummer, eingebettet in einem gefühlvollen Midtempo-Groove. Klare akustische und zurückhaltende E-Gitarre, ein paar honky-tonkige Piano-Ergänzungen, eine einsame Violine - dass sind die Zutaten, die Leroy's großartigen Gesang umgeben. Die Einflüsse seines alten Kumpels Shooter und dessen Vater Waylon Jennings sind unverkennbar. Ähnlich gestrickt ist auch das folgende "I've got you where I want you", das mit vielen Geigen geschmückte "It hurts too much to cry" erinnert an puren Sechziger Jahre-Country, das Steel-getränkte "Send me out the door" lässt den Spirit eines Gram Parsons und eines Merle Haggard durchsickern, ehe mit dem herrlichen "You're driving me (out of my everloving mind)" ein traumhaft melodischer, knackiger, sehr erfrischender Retro-Countryrocker folgt. Durch diese Nummer weht ein schönes, "fluffiges" Westcoast-Flair. Großartig die vielschichtigen Gitarren und die vorzügliche Pedal Steel-Arbeit des Meisters. Man wird ein wenig an die guten, alten Byrds, die Flying Burrito Brothers, die New Riders Of The Purple Sage und die ganz frühen Poco erinnert. Dann noch, quasi als Übergang, ein kerniger Outlaw Countryrocker ("Cut em loose"), ehe die Band urplötzlich, wie vom Donner getroffen, mit ihrem so verdammt dreckig, rau und laut rockenden, höllischen "Roots-/Blues-/Southern-Blast" loslegt, der den Rest dieses ´"Mörder"-Albums bestimmt. "Cannonball" macht seinem Namen alle Ehre. Ein sprichwörtlicher Blues-/Southern-/Boogie-Rock'n Roll Vollgas-Ritt auf der Kanonenkugel. Eine furiose, voller dreckiger Bluesharp- und Gitarrensequenzen steckende "Tour de force", die die Band endgültig auf eine amtliche Betriebstemperatur bringt. Von nun an gibt's kein Halten mehr. Man glaubt es kaum, aber die Truppe legt bei dem folgenden, kochenden "Straight up" noch mal ein paar Kohlen mehr drauf. Wow! Was für ein gewaltiger, straighter, bluesiger "full-blowing" Southern Rocker! Powell setzt sich in Szene, als hätte er eine ganze Gitarristen-Armada aufgefahren. Das dürfte nicht nur die Gov't Mule-Fraktion begeistern, sondern auch die der The Allman Brothers Band (nur deutlich härter), Blackfoots und vielleicht auch Molly Hatchets. Und doch ist es dieser ganz eigene Stil, wie ihn nur die Messengers spielen können, der so fasziniert. Hammerhart! Hammerstark! Diese mächtige Gitarrenwand steht permanent unter Strom, glüht, kocht, röhrt, besticht mit wundervollen Twin-Licks. Powell's furioses Solo ist schlicht "monstermässig". Kommen wir zu dem knochenharten, southern-fueled Bluesrocker "Weatherman", der abermals bestens in das Anforderungsprofil von Warren Haynes und seinem berühmten "Maultier" passen würde. Powell schmettert kolossale Riffs aus den Boxen - man kann nur hoffen, dass das Equipment dieser musikalischen Urgewalt stand hält. Das Gitarrensolo lässt einen einmal mehr glauben, dass sich hier eine Vielzahl von "Gitarreros" die Seele aus dem Leib spielen. Welch eine Wucht! Auch bei dem Vollgas Southern Rocker "Blood in the sky" schießen die vermeintlichen "Saitenpsitoleros" aus allen Rohren. Es gibt kein Entrinnen! Zum Schluß noch ein absolutes Highlight: "Agent of death" ist eine regelrechte Vorzeige-Southern Rock-Hymne voller himmlischer Twin-Leads. Als wären die guten, alten Wishbone Ash eine lupenreine Southern Rock-Band und würden zusammen mit Gov't Mule, den nur erdenklich besten Doc Holliday und Blackfoot zu einem furiosen Jamming ansetzen. Hier wird ein Gitarren-Feuerwerk abgebrannt, das seinesgleichen sucht. Genial! Allein dieser zweite, deutlich längere Teil dieses fulminanten Albums wird die Southern Rock-, Bluesrock- und Gitarren-Fetischisten geradezu "aus den Socken hauen". Die CD kommt leider nur in einem einfachen Papp-Sleeve in alter LP Cover-Optik, doch das muss man bei dieser grandiosen Musik einfach vernachlässigen und in den Hintergrund stellen. Leroy Powell & The Messengers in Höchstform! Die Messlatte für das nächste Werk liegt verdammt hoch...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Satan Put It on My Tab - 3:43
2. I've Got You Where I Want You - 2:33
3. It Hurts Too Much to Cry - 3:52
4. Send Me out the Door - 2:58
5. You're Driving Me (Out of My Everloving Mind) - 3:18
6. Cut Em Loose - 3:01
7. Cannonball - 4:07
8. Straight Up - 4:01
9. Give Me What I'm Needing - 4:04
10. Weatherman - 3:29
11. Blood in the Sky - 6:09
12. The Searcher - 3:53
13. The Agent of Death - 5:53

Art-Nr.: 8188
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 9,90

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