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Alabama - southern drawl [2015]
Jawohl! Da sind sie wieder! Endlich ein brandneues Album von Alabama! Ganze 14 Jahre hat sich das beliebte Trio, bestehend aus Leader Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry und Jeff Cook seit ihrer letzten ‚echten‘ Studioveröffentlichung "When It All Goes South" Zeit gelassen, ihre immer noch immens große Fan-Schar, mit neuem Songmaterial zu beglücken. Wer befürchtet, dass die Herren Rost angesetzt haben oder mit dem Zug der Zeit nicht mehr standhalten können, dem sei versichert, dass hier genau das Gegenteil der Fall ist. Mit ihrem neuen Werk "Southern Drawl" beweisen die drei Recken vorzüglich, wie man sich zeitgenössisch geben kann, ohne dabei in die eigene musikalische DNA allzu stark einzugreifen. Die legendäre, mega-erfolgreiche Band (41 Nr. 1- Hits, unzählige Auszeichnungen, über 65 Millionen verkaufte Tonträger!) beeindruckt mit 13 neuen Songs, die, wie man es von früher kennt, zum Teil gut rocken und zum Teil in wunderbaren Balladen vorgetragen werden. Alles kommt, wie der Titel der CD es schon suggeriert, mit viel Southern-Esprit rüber! Herrlich, wie die exzellenten E-Gitarristen der Nashville-Studiomusiker-Garde (Danny Radar, Adam Shoenveld, JT Corenflos, Tom Bukovac, Kenny Greenberg, Charles English), direkt beim eröffnenden Titelstück die Slide-Gitarre raunen lassen , um dann, nach Owens brunftartigem Eingangs-Statement "Life gets better with a Southern drawl", in einen schwer stampfenden Southern Countryrock-Swamper im Stile von Montgomery Gentry zu münden. Sofort eine bärenstarke Nummer, klasse vor allem das E-Gitarren-Solo und das Honky Tonk-Piano-Geklimper von dem auch insgesamt überragend agierenden Gordon Mote (Piano, Wurlitzer, B3). Das Alabama auch wegen ihrer, immer wieder mit tollen Harmoniegesängen bestückten Balladen geliebt werden, ist kein wohl behütetes Geheimnis mehr. Mit "Wasn’t Through Lovin' You Yet" (tolles Bruce Hornsby-mäßiges Piano, starkes E-Gitarren Kurz-Solo), "This Ain't Just A Song" (klasse Harmonies und feines Violinenspiel von Gaststar Alison Krauss) und "As Long As There's Love" (mit orchestralen Streicher- und Crowd Gesangs-Passagen) bekommt man anschließend gleich drei hochemotionale Musterbeispiele dafür serviert (z. T. bitte die "Tempos" in Griffweite halten - kleiner Scherz am Rande). Vor allem beim später folgenden Liebeslied "One On One", wo Randy das Intro sprechend, mit belegter Stimme und voller Pathos dahinseufzt, muss man ganz tief durchatmen. Dank der tollen Musiker und ihrer vielen, instrumentell eingestreuten Feinheiten, sowie der perfekt sitzenden Harmoniegesänge, driften diese allerdings nie wirklich in den Kitsch ab. Zudem werden sie meist zum richtigen Zeitpunkt von satt rocken Southern Country-Tracks abgelöst, die jede aufkommende Melancholie wieder in südstaatliche Musikfreude umschlagen lassen. Herrlich das mit "Ghost Riders In The Sky"-Western-Flair umwobene "Back To The Country" (großartige Banjo-, Dobro-, Fiddle-Einlagen) oder das mit launigem Text und viel Southern Blues/Soul versehene "Hillbilly Wins The Lotto Money", das aufgrund der fulminanten Orgel, den prickelnden E-Gitarren sowohl der Skynyrd-/Montgomery Gentry-Klientel, als auch, dank der von Charlie Judge simulierten, deftigen Bläsereinsätze, Freunden der legendären Blues Brothers große Freude bereiten würde. Grandios auch das von einer interessant zusammengesetzten Armada von Songschreibern und arrivierten Interpreten/Musikern (Django Walker, James Slater, Ray Johnston, Patrick Davis, James Otto, Jeff Cook, der dieses Stück auch singt) kreierte "No Bad Days" (das Original dieser tollen Nummer findet sich im übrigen auf dem gleichnamigen, bärenstarken Album der texanischen Ray Johnston Band), das wunderbar soulig wärmend dahin groovt. Man merkt, dass hier ein James Otto, dem das Stück auch auf den Leib geschrieben wäre, mit bei der Komposition involviert ist. Typische Alabama-Country Rock-Nummern wie das patriotische "American Farmer" (Heartland-mäßige E-Gitarrenführung) und der Mitgröl-taugliche, dem Titel alle Ehre machende Stampfer "Footstompin‘ Music" (fettes Drumpoltern von Greg Morrow, klasse Rede-/Antwort-Gesang im Refrain, furioses Fiddle-Finale im Stile von Charlie Daniels' "Orange Blossom Special") dürften vor allem im Live-Programm so richtig gefeiert werden. Famos auch das fast schon episch/progressiv und sehr atmosphärisch anmutende "It’s About Time" (klasse die markante E-Gitarrenlinie von Charles English und wieder mal das feinfühlige Pianospiel von Mote), das man von Alabama so nicht erwartet hätte, aber für ihre Flexibilität spricht. Am Ende ziehen Owen, Gentry und Cook mit dem kammermusikartigen "I Wanna Be There" nochmals voller Inbrunst alle Balladenregister und beenden ein hochunterhaltsames, instrumentell versiertes und eingängiges Musikerlebnis (fast alle Tracks bleiben schon nach einem Hördurchgang im Gedächtnis hängen). Sie haben wirklich nichts von ihrer Klasse eingebüßt - im Gegenteil. Alabama präsentieren sich auf der Höhe der Zeit. Bester Country Alabama-Style! Absolut kein Zweifel: "Life gets better – with their 'Southern Drawl'"! Große Klasse! (Daniel Daus)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Southern Drawl - 4.26
2. Wasn't Through Lovin' You Yet - 4.03
3. This Ain't Just A Song - 4.02
4. As Long As There's Love - 4.08
5. Back To The Country - 3.25
6. Hillbilly Wins The Lotto Money - 4.13
7. Come Find Me - 4.04
8. No Bad Days - 4.23
9. One On One - 3.31
10. American Farmer - 4.57
11. It's About Time - 3.28
12. Footstompin' Music - 4.04
13. I Wanna Be There - 3.12

Art-Nr.: 8976
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Brooks, Kix - new to this town [2012]
Brooks & Dunn sind Geschichte, doch nach Ronnie Dunn kommt nun auch die andere Häfte des erfolgreichsten Country-Duos aller Zeiten mit einem Solo-Album! "New to this town" heisst das hervorragend gelungene Werk, mit dem Kix Brooks eindrucksvoll offenbart, was er auch ohne seinen kongenialen Partner in der Lage zu leisten ist. 12 starke Nummern, zumeist sehr kraftvoll und knackig in Szene gesetzt (der Balladen-Anteil ist klar in der Minderzahl), zwischen traditionellen Anlagen und sehr abwechslungsreichem, zuweilen durchaus rockigem New Country. Gast, Slide-Gitarrist und Duett-Partner beim Titelstück ust übrigens Joe Walsh (The Eagles). Die Musik passt durchaus zur Philosophie, die auch Brooks & Dunn verkörperten, hat aber auch ihren eigenen Pep. Die Melodien sind prima! Gratulation an Kix Brooks zu diesem großartigen Album!

Wen es interessiert: Hier im Original eine sehr ausführliche, aktuelle Biographie mit der Geschichte zum neuen Album im Original-Wortlaut:

"Wish I was new to this town
Just pullin’ in checking it out for the first time”
— “New to This Town” by Kix Brooks, Marv Green and Terry McBride

It’s been more than 30 years since Kix Brooks was new to the town that he made his home, where he married, raised two children and built an accomplished career as a songwriter, singer and half of the most successful duo in country music history, a weekly national radio show host, magazine columnist, film producer, actor, winery owner and active and influential member of the music industry and community at large.

And yet here he is, picking up where he started when he really was new to this town, when his very first solo single in 1983 lumbered up the country chart to #73 before being hijacked by gravity into oblivion.

“New to This Town” is the title cut from the album that he hopes will reintroduce him to music fans, not exactly as a brand new man—to borrow a phrase from a song he co-wrote many moons ago—but as his own man, with his own songs to sing and his own unique story to tell.
Though the song is about a romantic relationship, metaphorically it suggests another interpretation. “When you’re starting out, there’s so much fear that if you screw up or put out the wrong record, you’ve lost that chance to live your dream. At this point in my career, there’s a different kind of uncertainty and risk that the people who have seen me perform for 20 years as half of Brooks & Dunn won’t be able to see me as anything but that. So in that sense, being new to town would be good to be able to do again.”

Kix Brooks’ career as a musician began long before he came to Nashville, which is less than 100 miles from where the Louisiana native was shipped off for high school at Tennessee’s Sewanee Military Academy. “I wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t good,” he confesses with a smile. “The discipline was good for me. It gave me structure and problem-solving skills, which are really helpful for creative people.”

Brooks grew up in a musical family, had his first guitar before he hit his teens, and while in Sewanee, he began playing coffee houses with his roommate, Nashville native Jody Williams. “Jody turned me on to the Opry,” expanding the range of country music that Brooks already loved. “I was a fan of bluegrass, rock and outlaw country, people like Willie, Cash and Roger Miller. I loved the Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker. ”
After graduation, he went to Louisiana Tech, gaining a foundational education in reading music and the theory of composition while getting hands-on experience playing clubs around town. Realizing that he wasn’t cut out to be in the marching band, school choir, or orchestra—which were required for a music degree—he switched his major to speech and got into theater, both of which would later serve him well.

A brief sabbatical from school led him to Alaska in 1976, working for his dad, a pipeline contractor. The job was great seed money, he recalls, “So when I got home, I bought a new car, a new guitar, a bottle of whiskey, and I was ready to get back at it.

“I had a band and I did some solo stuff. I could bang on a guitar and open up for just about anybody playing clubs in Shreveport. My plan was to be somebody.”
But an invitation from his sister put “Plan A” on hold. “She called me out of the blue and asked if I would come to Maine and help her with a television production company. So I was doing radio and television production, commercials, and it was a great experience. But I was also playing clubs and was still drawn to that. I enjoyed advertising, I enjoyed Maine. But in my heart of hearts, I just wanted to play music.”

So he took off again for Louisiana but stopped in Nashville to visit with his old roommate Jody Williams. “We stayed up all night talking and playing music, and Jody tried to talk me into staying. He said I could make a living writing songs. I said, ‘A, you’re nuts, and B, I’m going to New Orleans to play music.’”
But as fun as it was, the pace—and the partying—began to take a toll. “I called Jody up and said, ‘Do you really think I could make a living writing songs?’ and he said, ‘Get your ass up here!’”

True to his word, Williams gave Brooks a place to crash and found him a job with a concert production company while arranging meetings for him with music publishers around town.

“Everybody was really nice for about half a song, and then I wrote some more songs and called them back, and everyone was always out to lunch. So I started breaking songs down and figuring out what these guys were doing, which doesn’t mean you can do it, but at least I did my homework and really started working harder at trying to figure out how to do it. I realized it was one thing to make people smile in bars and another thing to make a living as a songwriter in Nashville.”
His hard work paid off, and less than two years after pulling into town, Brooks had a publishing deal and a #1 cut. Some things didn’t pan out, like his first album in 1983 on a label that went defunct before the album was released and a 1989 album on Capitol that went nowhere fast.
But he was making a living—a good living—writing songs for Tree Publishing, where exec Paul Worley took some of his demos to veteran music man Tim DuBois, head of the Arista Nashville record label. DuBois suggested that Brooks write with the winner of a talent competition, a tall, big-voiced Texan named Ronnie Dunn. When DuBois heard their song demos, the rest became Brooks & Dunn history.

In their 20-year ride, the duo recorded 10 studio albums, released 50 singles, scored 23 #1 hits, sold more than 30 million albums, sold out tours from coast to coast and became one of the most awarded acts in country music history.

But in August of 2009, they revealed what had long been a topic between the partners themselves: that after a final tour and a final compilation album, Brooks & Dunn would be no more.

“It was always an arranged marriage that happened to work out really well and produce some great kids. But after 20 amazing, dream-like years, it was time.”
As for the notion of recording a solo album, Brooks took his time—or as much time as realistic for someone who owns a thriving winery, hosts a weekly syndicated radio show, forms a film production company, takes on roles in three movies and writes all but one of the songs for the soundtrack for the western To Kill a Memory, as well as co-writing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie.

“I have a lot of interests, and I wasn’t at that point thinking of what I would do next. I was kind of looking forward to chilling for a year or so. I wanted to take my time. I started writing during the last B&D tour, and when we got done, I kept writing while we were making movies.”
When the time felt right, Brooks approached his album with customary enthusiasm, producing and recording nearly 50 songs before beginning the challenging process of narrowing the field. “There were a few like [the Brooks/Leslie Satcher co-write] ‘Moonshine Road’ that I was sort of building the album around,” he says, “so you try to take the ones that fit the other songs the best, that fit you best, or where the track is just smoking.”

The result is a record that is emphatically and uniquely Kix Brooks—rocking, smoky, swampy and bluesy, with belts of bayou and hits of Cajun zydeco. Nine of the album’s dozen tracks bear Brooks’ name as a co-writer, collaborating with such longtime friends and writing luminaries as Bob DiPiero and David Lee Murphy (on the lyrically clever “Closin’ Time at Home”), Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson (for the mid-tempo musical celebration of “Bring It on Home”), and Marv Green and Terry McBride on “New to This Town,” the title track single that almost didn’t make the album.

“We were kind of done with everything, I had recorded the album, and Jay DeMarcus and I were doing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie over at his house. But I was thinking about that song, so he was nice enough to help me produce it and let me use the pickers while we were working there. He really liked the song, so I said, ‘Let’s do it together.’”

Later, “The engineer from my radio show said, ‘You ought to get some Joe Walsh-sounding slide on that.’ I’m like, ‘Hmm, what if I could get Joe Walsh?’ My manager is partners with Irving Azoff, who sent it to Joe, and he called me up and put the slide on there for me. So that worked out great.”
In a new-to-this-town, full-circle touch, the album also features two songs that Brooks wrote with Rafe Van Hoy. With Deborah Allen, they penned Brooks’ first #1 as a songwriter (John Conlee’s ’83 chart-topper, “I’m Only in It for the Love”), and they pair here on the backsliding fun of “Complete 360” and team with Curly Putman on the groove-and-soul-filled, after-hours portrait of “my baby’s” “Tattoo.”

Now, with his album complete, Brooks is just looking forward to getting it into the hands of fans and resuming the solo career that began long ago when his entire plan “was to be somebody.”

“That fear I had at one point in my career where you’re scared to death to make the wrong move, I don’t feel that way now. But you still really want to do something that is relevant and makes people rock, and look out at a crowd and know you have connected, you’ve hit that nerve. I don’t think you ever get over that.”

(This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. New to this Town - 4:20
2. Moonshine Road - 4:21
3. Bring It On Home - 3:44
4. There's the Sun - 3:05
5. Complete 360 - 3:16
6. My Baby - 2:55
7. Tattoo - 3:25
8. In the Right Place - 3:47
9. Next to That Woman - 3:21
10. Let's Do This Thing - 2:57
11. Closin' Time at Home - 3:37
12. She Knew I Was a Cowboy - 3:22

Art-Nr.: 7907
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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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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Combs, Luke - this one's for you [2017]
Vielversprechender Country-Newcomer, der sich anschickt, Nashville ordentlich aufzumischen. Der junge, aus Asheville/North Carolina stammende Mann ist ein echter "road warrior". Mit 200 Konzerten im Jahr, hat er sich längst eine riesige Fanbase geschaffen. Mit seinem prächtigen "gritty, grizzled" Gesang, seinem immensen Songwriting-Talent und seinen "one of a hell" Live-Shows ist er auf dem Sprung Nashville's "next big thing" zu werden. Sein Riesenhit "Hurricane", auf seinem hier vorliegenden Debutalbum "This one's for you" selbstverständlich enthalten, ist jedenfalls schon so etwas wie eine neue Hymne für die Countryfans geworden. Combs spielt eine knackige New Country-Mixtur mit traditionellen Bezügen, rockigen Bezügen und einer ordentlichen Dosis Outlaw-Flair. Das Material ist durchweg klasse. Sein Stil liegt vielleicht irgendwo zwischen Jason Aldean, Eric Church und Jon Pardi, mit, wie gesagt, etwas mehr Outlaw-Feeling. Das Debutalbum jedenfalls ist voll geglückt. Dieser Bursche wird seinen Weg in Nashville machen. Ein starkes Debut!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Out There - 3:23
2. Memories Are Made Of - 3:36
3. Lonely One - 3:26
4. Beer Can - 3:30
5. Hurricane - 3:42
6. One Number Away - 3:41
7. Don't Tempt Me - 3:31
8. When It Rains It Pours - 4:00
9. This One's for You - 3:50
10. Be Careful What You Wish For - 2:55
11. I Got Away with You - 3:47
12. Honky Tonk Highway - 3:32

Art-Nr.: 9454
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Fowler, Kevin - how county are ya? [2014]
Der Albumtitel „How Country Are Ya?“ verrät es schon: Hier geht's um echte Countrymusic - authentisch, ehrlich, knackig, jung, ungemein frisch, vollgepackt mit herausragendem Songmaterial! Kevin Fowlers 7. Studioalbum serviert eine richtig "pfiffige", jede Menge blendende Laune verbreitende, von tollen Musikern in Szene gesetzte Texas Traditional Country-Show vom Feinsten. Auf den Punkt bringt es direkt das Alter-Ego von Texas Musik-Kumpel Granger Smith, Earl Dibbles jr., beim Intro: “This ain’t some old tard sitting on the front porch with your grandpa drinking unsweetened sweet tea kinda music. It’s Kevin Fowler, Y’ALL! It’s country that’s rockin’. The kinda music that makes you crack a cold one and put a good dip in. You see, it’s beer drinkin’, hell raisin’, even lovin’ up on country girl kinda music. Yup, he’s got it all.” Es folgt auf dem Fuße der launige, großartige Titelsong des Albums (rockiger, purer Country-Rhythmus, wiehernde Fiddle, Mandolinen-Tupfer, tolles E-Gitarren-Picking), der Ende letzten Jahres prompt auch Platz 1 der Texas Music Charts eroberte. Das folgende "Guns And Guitars" lässt kein Zweifel daran, wie in Texas die Uhren ticken. Tolle, knackige Uptempo Country-Nummer, die Fowler zusammen mit seinem Freund Cody Johnson komponiert hat, der nicht nur bei diesem Song mit von der Partie ist, sondern auch als Solist gerade in Texas, im übrigen völlig zu Recht (macht tollen Country), mächtig für Furore sorgt. Der erste etwas mainstreamigere, Steelguitar-durchtränkte Track "Before Somebody Gets Hurt" besticht durch seine schöne Melodie und die bezaubernden Co-Vocals von Amy Rankin (von den Rankin Twins). Ganz starken, gitarrenbetonten Red Dirt-Countryrock bietet "The Weekend". Mit John Carroll und David Grissom hat Kevin Fowler zwei absolute Paradegitarristen dafür mit an Bord. Songs wie "If I Could Make A Livin’ Drinkin’", "Love Song" oder "Beer Me" verbreiten mit ihren humorvollen Texten, dem tanzbaren musikalischen Honky Tonk-Drive (zuweilen sogar mit einem Hauch von Bakersfield-Anleihen) einfach nur gute Laune und dürften in entsprechender Trinkatmosphäre für reichlich Stimmung bei Fowlers Konzerten sorgen. Die ruhigere Schiene bedient Kevin dann mit dem autobiografischen "Panhandle Poorboy", der Marshall Tucker-umwehten (mit reichlich Steel) Countryballade "Habit I Can’t Break" oder "Whiskey And I" (Fiddle, Steel, dezente Mandoline). Dass Fowler seine Songs auch immer mit einem kleinen Augenzwinkern sowie einer gewisser Selbstironie kreiert, beweist das verrückte Tex-Mex-Lied "Borracho Grande" (Übersetzung: Großer Trunkenbold), das dank der Gastmusiker Maz Baca und den Los Texmaniacs samt Mariachi-Trompeten und Akkordeon den passenden Rahmen verliehen bekommt. Ein herrlich durchgeknallter Track! Eine kleine Kostprobe ihres Könnens dürfen dann seine Tourbegleitmusiker in Form des Instrumentals "Mousturdonus" abliefern. Hier geben sich die countrytypischen Instrumente mit aufeinanderfolgenden Soli die Klinke in die Hand. So launig wie schon der Beginn endet das Album mit dem lustigen "Chicken Wing", wo sich Kevin und Davin James zu Akustkslide-Klängen textlich die Bälle zuspielen und sich gegenseitig aufs Korn nehmen. Bei allem Klamauk hier, trotzdem ein klasse gespielter und von beiden toll gesprochen und gesungenes Lied. Insgesamt ein prall gefülltes Album und einer Spielwiese vor allem für Leute, die es gerne zwar knackig mögen, dabei aber auf absolut trditionelle Wurzeln stehen. Herrlich dazu auch die passende, ländliche und klischeebehaftete Covergestaltung der Dodd-Sisters. Kevin Fowler mit einer absoluten Bravourleistung! Der Mann aus Amarillo/Texas zeigt eindrucksvoll, wie man zündenden Texas-Country, New Country und Honky Tonk heute spielt. Macht das Laune! Bärenstarke Vorstellung! Jetzt heißt es nur noch: Wieviel Country steckt in Euch? (Daniel Daus)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Intro - 0.44
2 How Country Are Ya? - 2.33
3 Guitars and Guns - 2.52
4 Before Somebody Gets Hurt - 3.51
5 The Weekend - 2.38
6 If I Could Make A Livin' Drinkin' - 3.29
7 Panhandle Poorboy - 3.20
8 Borracho Grande - 3.24
9 Love Song - 2.45
10 Habit I Can't Break - 3.46
11 The Girls I Go With - 3.31
12 Beer Me - 3.54
13 Mousturdonus - 1.43
14 Whiskey and I - 3.01
15 Chicken Wing - 3.11

Art-Nr.: 8489
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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

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

Hier das offizielle Statement zu dieser Veröffentlichung von Blair Jackson:

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

Die Komplette Setlist:

Disc 1:

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

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

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

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

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

Hier zwei Original-Reviews aus den USA:

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

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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Jennings, Shooter - don't wait up (for George) ~ 5 track ep [2014]
5 Songs umfassende EP! Shooter Jennings, der Sohn von Waylon Jennings und Jessi Colter, aufgewachsen in großer Verbundenheit und Freundschaft zu dem dem legendären George Jones, zollt hier einem seiner ganz großen Helden mit 5 eigens für George geschriebenen Songs Tribut. Und er macht es in seiner typischen Art - durchaus traditionell verwurzelt, aber rootsig, erdig und rau in Szene gesetzt. Das Ergebnis ist klasse.

Hier die Einleitung zu diesem Werk von Shooter Jennings persönlich:

As a child growing up in the house of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, I met a lot of interesting characters, but a lot of people paint a picture in their head that is very different from my reality. When people ask me about who I remember hanging around as a kid, I always say that I remember Tony Joe White and George Jones being the most frequent and consistent around the house. Very few people can look at a child and sees the full grown human inside them and make them feel important. George was always this way with me, making me feel like he took me seriously, no matter what age I was.
When I started working on my first solo album, I called George and asked him to appear on my record, introducing the first song and performing part of He Stopped Loving Her Today" in my song 4th of July. Without batting an eye, he said yes. This meant the world to me. I flew to Nashville to record him and we had the best time just talking with the studio in between, almost like a buffer. It was beautiful. It was funny, and once again George made me feel like I was just as talented and important as he was.
Jones producer asked me to write some songs for George's next record. It turns out now he wasn't his producer. Maybe he was just gunning for the position and thought if he showed up with some originals I wrote it might help his chances. Who knows? Either way, I wrote one song for him, and co-wrote another with a dear friend of mine, Faren Miller. I sent him the tracks, he liked them, and told me I would hear back from him. I never did and less than a year later George passed away.
I was sitting around recently when I found those old emails and I listened to the songs, and I realized in a weird way how much of my personality was in these songs. Honestly, I kind of needed an excuse
to write something that was very raw, and I couldn't do it for myself. Maybe because it was a full circle dream-come-true, or maybe because I just wanted to impress the Possum. All I know is that the songs were decent, and I thought it would be a cool idea to share these with my friends and fans. The next thing I knew I recorded them, and I wasn't ready to stop. So, I recorded a few more George tunes and ended up with a 5 song EP. Here is it: this is my tribute to the greatest singer and interpreter in country music. This is my tribute to a friend. I miss you George. Thank you for making me feel like I could do this.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Don't Wait Up (I'm Playin' Possum) - 4:21
2. Living in a Minor Key - 2:34
3. She Thinks I Still Care - 2:28
4. If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will) - 3:46
5. The Door - 3:51

Art-Nr.: 8641
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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Lucero - women & work [2012]
In der Roots-/Alternate Country-/Americana Rock-Szene geniessen Lucero schon seit rund 10 Jahren ein immenses Ansehen. Frontmann Ben Nichols mit seiner wunderbar heiseren, Staub-gegerbten, zuweilen etwas an einen erdigeren, kraftvolleren Steve Forbert erinnernden Stimme und seine Mannschaft stehen seit Jahren für einen rauen, trockenen, Southern-flavoured Sound, der irgendwo zwischen den Drive-By Truckers und kantigen Replacements angesiedelt ist. Nun legt die Truppe aus Memphis/Tennessee ihr brandneues Werk "Women & work" vor, ihr erstes bei dem renommierten ATO-Label, und macht damit nochmal einen riesigen Schritt nach vorn. In puncto Songwriting, Musikalität, Songstrukturen, Feeling, Spirit, Ausstrahlung - in allem. Es ist ein Pracht-Album geworden, eine herrliche, liebevolle Hommage an die Heimatstadt der Band mit einem ganz wundervollen Memphis Rock-/Soul-/Blues-Flair. Ben Nichols sagt dazu: "This record is Lucero doing what we do best. It s one part barrelhouse Rock & Roll and one part lonesome nights. The thing is, we are having more fun than ever playing both on stage and off and I think that shows on this album". Zu dem typischen trockenen Rootsrock-/Alternate Country-Sound der Band kommen diesmal eine gesunde Portion Heartland-/Memphis Rock und eine dezente Blues-/Soul-Atmosphäre hinzu, manchmal sogar ein wenig nostalgisch wirkend. Die großartige "Horn-Section", die diesmal das Klangbild bereichert, passt, gerade weil sie auch niemals zu opulent auftritt, einfach perfekt dazu. Die Songs sind lange nicht mehr so ruppig und Indie-mässig wie zu früheren Zeiten. Im Gegenteil: Sie klingen erstklassig strukturiert und bestechen mit hervorragenden Melodien. Durch das Memphis-/Heartland-Feeling klingen Lucero fast wie eine Mischung aus den Drive-By Truckers und erdigem Springsteen-Rock. Das hat eine Menge Charme und viel Klasse.Songs wie der hinreissende, kraftvolle und melodische Memphis-Rocker "On my way downtown", der furios dampfende und rollende Honky Tonk-/Roadhouse Heuler "Women & work", der vonn rootsigen E-Gitarren und funky Bläser-Fills bestimmte, kochende, "rocking and rolling" Blues-Boogie "Juniper" oder der wundervolle, ein feines Southern-Feeling verbreitende, von Steel-ähnlichen Gitarren umgebene Alternate Country-Rocker "Sometimes" mit seiner tollen Melodie und dem herrlichen Zusammenspiel von Gitarren, Piano und dezenten Bläsern sind nur einige, willkürlich ausgewählte Beispiele für die exzellente Vorstellung, die Lucero mit diesem fabelhaften Album abliefern. Ohne Frage ein absolutes, wenn nicht DAS Highlight der Jungs in ihrer bisherigen Karriere. Aufgenommen in den berühmten Ardent-Studios von Memphis und erstklassig produziert von Ted Hutt (u.a. Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys) begeistern wir uns an bestens hängen bleibendem Memphis- und Heartland-flavoured Americana-/Alternate Country-/Rootsrock vom absolut Feinsten.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Downtown (Intro) - 1:07
2. On My Way Downtown - 4:29
3. Women & Work - 3:06
4. It May Be Too Late - 4:03
5. Juniper - 4:43
6. Who You Waiting On? - 3:29
7. I Can't Stand To Leave You - 4:49
8. When I Was Young - 4:43
9. Sometimes - 4:53
10. Like Lightning - 4:15
11. Go Easy - 5:30

Art-Nr.: 7715
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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On my way downtown
Juniper
Who you waiting on?
When I was young
Sometimes
Like lightning

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McCreery, Scotty - seasons change [2018]
Scotty McCreary hat sich stetig weiterentwickelt, ist reifer geworden und nun endgültig in der Elite von Nashville's Top-Countrykünstlern angekommen. Sein neues Album, das erste seit 5 Jahren, ist ohne jeden Zweifel seine bis dato stärkste Veröffentlichung. Was wir hören ist erstklassiger, abwechslungsreicher Country und New Country, absolut zeitgemäß und modern dargeboten, aber nie die fundamentalen Roots des traditionellen, klassischen Country allzu sehr außen vorzulassen. Im Gegeteil, allein schon McCreery's exzellente Stimme ist Country in Reinkultur. Er klingt jederzeit frisch, das Songmaterial, die Arrangements und die Melodien sind gsnz große Klasse. Sound und Produktion sind wunderbar "saftig". Enthält u. a. seinen neuen Riesenhit "Five more minutes. Scotty McCreery mit einer super Vorstellung!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Seasons Change - 3:46
2. Wherever You Are - 3:05
3. Boys From Back Home - 4:05
4. Five More Minutes - 4:01
5. In Between - 3:41
6. This Is It - 3:51
7. Wrong Again - 3:07
8. Move It On Out - 2:55
9. Barefootin' - 4:12
10. Still - 4:02
11. Home In My Mind - 3:35

Art-Nr.: 9597
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
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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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Moore, Justin - same [2009]
Frischer Wind in Nashville! Das Rezept ist nicht neu: Justin Moore, aufgewachsen auf einer Farm in Poyen/Arkansas, spielt eine voller Energie und Power steckende Mischung aus vollkommen traditionellem Country und einem "gepfefferten" Schuß Southern Rock'n Roll - aber wie er sie spielt, das ist einfach nur großartig und vor allen Dingen ungemein authentisch. Diesen wunderbaren "brand of twangy, down-on-the-farm roots and rock influences with a country authenticity" kauft man ihm einfach ab, so ehrlich wie das rüberkommt. Beeinfusst ist Moore nach eigenen Angaben von solchen Größen wie Willie Nelson, Vern Gosdin, Waylon Jennings und John Anderson, aber auch von der Charlie Daniels Band und The Marshall Tucker Band. Heraus kommt dabei eine New Country-/Country-Musik mit viel Druck und einem herrlich jungen, rebellsichen "rowdy" Charme. Die satten, sehr dominanten E-Gitarren und "big drums", die das musikalische Geschehen prägen, werden immer wieder durch klasse Steelguitar- und Fiddle-Fills, aber auch durch schön klimperndes Honky Tonk-Piano ergänzt. Auch die vom Tempo her etwas langsameren Stücke, von denen es einige gibt, strahlen zu dem stets vorhandenen, natürlichen Southern-Flair (das hat er einfach im Blut) eine immense Kraft aus, stecken aber auch voller toller Melodien, die prächtig ins Ohr gehen. Alles klingt sehr modern, wie gesagt, vorwiegend umgeben von vielschichtigen, saftigen E-Gitarren, ist dabei aber zu jeder Minute "real country" - frei von jeden Pop-Bezügen. Das "kickt" einfach herrlich und erinnert damit an eine Mixtur aus Zutaten von Brooks & Dunn, dem frühen Hank Williams jr., einem Hauch von Lynyrd Skynyrd und den jungen Wilden der Marke Jason Aldean und Eric Church. Die Thematik seiner Texte steht im vollen Einklang zur musikalischen Umsetzung. Ist es nicht einfach herrlich "country", wenn Moore singt: "A lot of people called it prison when I was growin’ up, but these are my roots and this is what I love, give me a Staurday night my baby by my side, a litlle Hank jr. and a siy pack of light, an old dirt road and I'll be just fine, give me a Sunday morning that's full of grace, a simple life and I'll be ok, here in small town USA". Ehrliche, autobiographische Zeilen aus dem wundervollen "Small town USA", das im übrigen bereits die Top 10 der Billboard Country Singles Charts geknackt hat, mit deutlicher Tendenz nach oben (vielleicht gibt's zum Start sogar gleich eine Nummer 1). Das Stück ist ein Traum von einer authentischen, southern-infizierten Country-Ballade, verhalten beginnend, aber mit viel Power im Refrain, tollen E-Gitarren (inkl. fettem Solo) und starken Piano- und Steelguitar-Zusätzen. Ein weiteres Plus von Justin Moore: Bis auf einen Track hat er alle Stücke selbst geschrieben, bzw. mitgeschrieben, ein zusätzliches Indiz dafür, dass diese Songs tief aus seinem Herzen kommen. Weitere Highlights eines durchgängig starken Debuts sind beispielsweise solche "Knaller" wie der abgehende Opener "How I got to be this way", mit seinen fetten, dynamischen Riffs und der klasse E-Gitarren-/Steel-Kombination, der mit trockener Banjo-Untermalung und massiven E-Gitarren umgesetzte, "rowdy" Stomper "Backwoods" (passt durchaus auch in das Repertoire einer Southern Rock-Band wie Blackberry Smoke, wenn die noch einen Tick mehr "country" wären), die coole, recht dreckige, "junge, wilde" Ballade "I could kick your ass", die erneut das einfach Leben auf dem Lande glorifiziert, die von bluesigen, fett virbrierenden, schweren Southern E-Gitarren und einem klasse Dobro umsäumte Ballade "The only place that I call home" (welch ein klasse Southern Rock-Feeling, mit tierischem E Gitarren-Solo - und dennoch ist auch dieser Song wieder durch und durch "country"), oder auch das wunderschöne, recht lockere "Grandpa", umgeben von einer ungemein klaren, rgelrecht "duftenden", grassigen Frische (tolles Arrangement mit akustischen Instrumenten, unaufdringlicher E-Gitarre und wimmernder Steel), und durchzogen von einer feinen Melodie. Justin Moore präsentiert sich der Countrywelt mit einem richtig starken Einstand. Es wäre wenig überraschend, wenn er am Ende des Jahres zu den "breakthrough country artists of 2009" zählen würde. Ohne Zweifel: Dieser junge Bursche wird seinen Weg machen...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 How I Got to Be This Way - 2:59   
2 Small Town USA - 3:40   
3 Backwoods - 2:37   
4 Like There's No Tomorrow - 3:29   
5 Good Ole American Way - 2:48   
6 I Could Kick Your Ass - 3:14   
7 Back That Thing Up - 2:37   
8 The Only Place That I Call Home - 3:25   
9 Grandpa - 3:29   
10 Hank It - 3:02   
11 Back That Thing Up ["Too Hot for TV" Version!] [Multimedia]   
12 Small Town USA [Multimedia]

Art-Nr.: 6504
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 6,90

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How I got to be this way
Small town USA
Good ole American way
The only place that I call home

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Rucker, Darius - charleston, sc 1966 [2010]
Mit "Learn to live" ist der der ehemalige Hootie & The Blowfish-Frontmann Darius Rucker vor zwei Jahre wie eine Bombe in der Countryszene eingeschlagen. Völlig zu Recht, denn das Album war (und ist es natürlich immer noch) einfach klasse. Jetzt kommt der heiss ersehnte Nachfolger. Doch wer auch nur ansatzweise befürchtet hat, Rucker könnte nach dem Riesen-Erflog vielleicht einem kleinen kreativen Durchhänger erliegen, der sieht sich gewaltig getäuscht. "Charleston, SC 1966" ist noch stärker geworden als der Vorgänger und zeigt einen Darius Rucker in brillanter Verfassung! 13 herrliche, neue New Country-Songs voller wunderbarer Melodien, teils ein wenig rootsig poppig, durchaus "Hootie"-kompatibel, dann wieder sehr traditionell verwurzelt. Und sein gesanglicher Vortrag, sowie diese phantastische Stimme - ein Hochgenuß! Da werden mit Sicherheit wieder einige "Number Ones" anfallen. Super Vorstellung des Mannes aus "Charleston, South Carolina"!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 This - 3:38   
2 Come Back Song - 3:55   
3 Might Get Lucky - 3:45   
4 Whiskey and You - 4:15   
5 Southern State of Mind - 3:36   
6 Love Will Do That - 3:24   
7 The Craziest Thing - 3:15   
8 Things I'd Never Do - 3:48   
9 We All Fall Down - 3:35   
10 I Don't Care - 4:01   
11 She's Beautiful - 4:05   
12 I Got Nothin' - 3:24   
13 In a Big Way - 3:50

Art-Nr.: 7131
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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Scott, Ray - same [2014]
Er hat schon lange keinen Major-Deal mehr, veröffentlicht seine großartige Musik ausschließlich im Eigenvertrieb - und erfreut sich dennoch bei den Freunden "echter", traditioneller Countrymusic einer immensen Beliebtheit. Auch deshalb, weil er, ohne je "altbacken" zu klingen (ganz im Gegenteil) seine Linie treu bleibt und "verdammt starke" Alben abliefert. Sein neues, nach ihm selbst betiteltes Werk macht da keine Ausnahme. Der hervorregnde Sänger aus North Carolina mit der fantastischen, tiefen Bariton-Stimme und dem schönen "Southern drawl" (wie gemacht für traditionellen, "rugged, rebel-rousing" Outlaw-Country, wie er ihn spielt) beglückt uns mit 11 exzellenten, neuen Songs auf der Höhe der Zeit. Ganz großartig!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Cookin' - 3:11
2. Ain't Always Thirsty - 3:13
3. Drinkin Beer - 3:08
4. Papa and Mama - 3:08
5. Tijuana Buzzkill - 3:17
6. Wheels on the House - 3:22
7. It Ain't Gonna Be You - 3:23
8. Leave This World - 3:15
9. Her Old Man - 3:29
10. The Ugly One - 3:22
11. I Miss the Days - 3:29

Art-Nr.: 8731
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Cookin'
Ain't always thirsty
Papa n' Mama
Tijuana buzzkill
Leave this world lovin' you
Her ol' man
I miss the days

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