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Allman Betts Band - bless your heart [2020]
"It's pure magic"! Was für ein bärenstarkes, zweites Album der Allman Betts Band! Der Blues-/Southern- und Jamrock mit dem Spirit der legendären The Allman Brothers Band lebt auf höchstem Level weiter. Und es bleibt (fast) alles in der Familie! Devon Allman (Gregg Allman's Sohn), Duane Betts (der Sohn von Dickey Betts) und Berry Duane Oakley jr. (Sohn des Allman Brothers-Gründungsmitglied und Ursprungsbassisten Berry Oakley) übertragen die DNA der Allmans auf ganz natürliche Weise in die Musik der Allman Betts Band und zelebrieren mit ihren exzellenten Mitstreitern Johnny Stachela (neben Allman und Betts dritter Gitarrist im Bunde - ein überragender Saiten- und Slidekünstler), R. Scott Bryan (percussion, drums), John Lum (drums) und John Ginty (keyboards) einen geradezu hinreißenden, jammigen und bluesigen Southern Rock-Sound voller Hingabe, Herzblut und Leidenschaft, voller herrlicher, unbekümmerter und freier Spielfreude und mit genau der Authentizität, die Duane, Gregg, Dickey, Berry sr. und ihre noch lebenden Kumpels) mit größtem Stolz erfüllen dürften. "Bless your heart" macht genau da weiter, wo die Band mit ihrem letzjährig veröffentlichten Debut "Down to the river" begonnen hatte - nur noch ausgereifter, weiterentwickelter und eingespielter. Ein rund 72 Minuten währendes, regelrechtes Freudenfest für alle Allmans-, Jamrrock und Southern Rock-Fans. Fantastisch!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

The Allman Betts Band delivers the tie-dyed summertime goods on its brand-new album Bless Your Heart. The shows the band growing and expanding its sound and vision in remarkable ways. Group namesakes Devon Allman and Duane Betts captured the initial sparks of the band coming together on its debut effort Down to the River in June of 2019. That record was literally the sound of the first time the seven-member ABB had played together. Bless Your Heart is the blaze those sparks created. It’s a road-forged album full of the chemistry of legends and the kind of telepathic musical interplay nine bands out of ten will never reach. Allman described the sound of the set accurately as “a band that’s having a love affair with being a band.” One listen to Bless Your Heart cements that statement as the central truth of the record.
The ABB tracked Bless Your Heart at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama on two-inch tape, just like Down to the River, and again captured lightning in a bottle. The lineup of Devon Allman (guitar, vocals), Duane Betts (guitar, vocals), Berry Duane Oakley (bass, vocals), Johnny Stachela (guitar, vocals), John Ginty (keyboards), R Scott Bryan (percussion, vocals), and John Lum (drums) demonstrates the collective power of their symbolic hometown. Allman refers to it as “The United States of Americana” and that name fits the place well. The songs reflect West Coast scenes and Gulf Coast shores, gateways of the Midwest and the swamplands of Florida, Wyoming’s Big Sky, New York’s Big Apple, and Chicago’s Big Shoulders all at once. Taken as a whole, they’re a love letter to fans of American roots music and an homage to some of the greatest rock music that’s ever been played.
Bless Your Heart begins with the expansive “Pale Horse Rider,” a mind-opening bit of Southern psychedelia that conveys a deep-seated soulfulness and despair that’s held up by Allman’s fine vocals, some beautiful harmony guitar work, and a chill mid-tempo groove. It’s plain to hear that the band pushed itself to deliver a more sweeping, panoramic experience this time and they hit that goal dead on. Allman Betts deftly steps over the dreaded Sophomore Slump that derails so many great bands and keeps listeners focused, tuned in, and turned on from the jump.
“Carolina Song” keeps the mid-speed magic going and is a classic Southern Rock track. It’s all heartfelt, gospel-tinged vocals, soaring slide guitar, and the sort of honest joy most modern rock lacks. It’s a sign of the personal depths this whole album was written from, one that’s impossible to fake. Speaking of joy, be sure to fully take in “Savannah’s Dream,” a 12-minute instrumental piece full of passion and grace that would surely make the band’s heavyweight ancestors smile with pride. It’s the kind of long-form masterpiece the original Allman Brothers perfected in their day and it keeps the family legacy going in a most beautiful way.
“Magnolia Road” is the first single from Bless Your Heart and it’s a cinch to understand that choice. It’s an uplifting and refreshing song that blends what the band does so well on its own with an obvious reverence for The Grateful Dead and The Band. The track opens up a whole new direction for Allman Betts Band that comes off as unforced and natural. Everything about it sounds like a festival in the summertime. “Should We Ever Part” and “The Doctor’s Daughter” will also leave you equally spellbound. The Allman Betts Band is one of the finest blues/rock outfits in the world right now and it feels like they’re just getting started. We’re all blessed to be along for the ride.
(Mike O’Cull / Rock & Blues Muse)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Pale Horse Rider - 4:43
2. Carolina Song - 5:46
3. King Crawler - 4:04
4. Ashes Of My Lovers - 4:10
5. Savannah's Dream - 12:03
6. Airboats & Cocaine - 4:20
7. Southern Rain - 6:39
8. Rivers Run - 3:57
9. Magnolia Road - 5:17
10. Should We Ever Part - 5:07
11. The Doctor's Daughter - 8:18
12. Much Obliged - 3:37
13. Congratulations - 3:14

Art-Nr.: 10140
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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

Aus der Original-Produktbeschreibung:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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No way to steer
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Where I parked my mind
Sorta surviving
Squeaky wheel
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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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


We wrote this song in the studio behind my house in Nashville, on a warm summer day, with the windows and doors open. This song is a sweet lament, of loss and the belief that you'll never be able to love anybody else again. I stumbled across "Letters of Note" on Twitter, and was struck by the title of a letter written by a famous physicist named Richard Feynman: "I love my wife. My wife is dead." A little over a year after her death, he wrote his wife a love letter and sealed it. It was written in 1946, and wasn't opened until after his death in 1988. He ended his note to his long-lost wife with "Please excuse my not mailing this -- but I don't know your new address."
Another aside to this song: While we were recording the song together, John Paul and I could hear crows cawing in the background that I've since named Edgar, Allen and Poe. This recording and performance of the song is the first and only in existence, a work tape recorded simply on my iPhone.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The One That Got Away - 3.32
2. I Had Me a Girl - 3.45
3. Same Old Same Old - 3.48
4. Dust to Dust - 3.49
5. Eavesdrop - 3.35
6. Devil's Backbone - 2.29
7. From This Valley - 3.33
8. Tell Mama - 3.48
9. Oh Henry - 3.32
10. Disarm - 4.42
11. Sacred Heart - 3.19
12. D'Arline - 3.06

Art-Nr.: 8264
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Sellers, Aubrie - far from home [2020]
Einzigartig und bewegend! Nashville born/LA based artist Aubrie Sellers, Lee Ann Womack's Tochter, veröffentlicht mit "Far from home" ihr zweites Album - und geht damit einen ganz eigenen Weg. Einen ganz großartigen Weg, denn es ist ein tolles, spannendes Album geworden. Mit erstklassigem Songmaterial aufwartend, bewegt sich Aubrie irgendwo im Bereich des Garage Country, des Sonic Country, des Dusty Cowboy Country, also, weniger speziell ausgedrückt, auf dem Terrain zwischen Alternate Counztry, Countryrock, Americana, Rootsrock und Psychedelic Country. Umgeben von halligen Gitarren, schwebenden Keyboard-Klängen und auch mal sehr dreckigen, rauen Momenten, hangelt sie sich mit ihrer wundervollen, außergewöhnlich klaren, reinen Countrystimme durch genauso experimentell und psychedelisch, wie melodisch und eingängig vorgetragenen Songs, bei denen die vordergründig divers gestalteten Arrangements allerdings sehr harmonisch und geradezu grandios zusammenpassen. Instrumentelle In­no­va­ti­vi­tät trifft auf die Stimme eines "Countryengels" - großartig! Melancholische, kristallklar vorgetragene Balladen und erdige, raue Rocker harmonieren auf dem Album ganz prächtig miteinander. Ein Musterbeispiel dafür sind die beiden Eröffnungstracks. Das Album beginnt mit einer traumhaft schönen, ruhigen Ballade, dem Titelstück "Far from home". Zurückhaltende E-Gitarren-Begleitung, "entfernt" wahrnehmbares, sparsames Drumming, psychedelisch eingestreute Keyboard-Klänge und Aubrie's kristallklarer Gesang bestimmen das Geschehen. Die Nummer wirkt wie ein Outtake aus Emmylou Harris' "Wrecking Ball"-Sessions. Fantastisch! Track 2 dagegen kommt deutlich herber. "My love will not change", ein Duett mit Steve Earle, ist ein kantiger, rootsiger, ruppiger, aber dennoch irgendwie vertraut eingängig wirkender Rocker, der mit einem ähnlichen Soundgefüge wie der Opener spielt, nur eben sehr viel dynamischer und dreckiger. Stark hier die "schrägen" Gitarren. So reihen sich ein erstklassiger Track nach dem anderen aneinander, ob das von erdigen Gitarren und Synthie-Klängen bestimmte, knackig und rootsig rockende "Lucky charm", das gar etwas spacige, dennoch countryrockige "Going places", die geradezu geniale, herzzerreißende Ballade "Haven't even kissed me yet" mit ihren herrlichen Gitarrenriffs, der knackige, etwas an Sheryl Crow erinnernde Americana-Rocker "Under the sun", das von einer bestechend schönen Melodie geprägte "Run", oder der knackige, am Ende psychedelisch austrudelnde Countryrocker "One towns trash" - Aubrie Sellers ist ein baumstarkes, sehr innovatives, interessantes und spannendes Album gelungen, das in der Szene jetzt schon für jede Menge, und zwar ausschließlich positive, Aufmerksamkeit sorgt. Sehr cooler, bärenstarker Auftritt, Miss Sellers!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

The thump-thump-thump of pulsating drums pushing a distorted guitar riff that wouldn’t be out of place on a Sonic Youth album isn’t what you’d expect from an artist whose previous track opens her sophomore release with a melancholy ballad sounding like an outtake from Emmylou Harris’s Wrecking Ball. Such is the dichotomy that singer/songwriter Aubrie Sellers explores on the often riveting, never predictable Far From Home.
Sellers, the daughter of Lee Ann Womack and stepdaughter of Frank Liddell (who produces both of them), comes by her country vocals naturally. But the roughed up guitars and steely attitude that made Sellers’ 2016 debut such a standout release are amped up and pounded down further on this sequel.
Four guitarists are credited (although frustratingly not by the specific track they contribute to) and even when the songs are relatively straightforward country pop as in “Drag You Down,” the bolstered sonics and raw attack, both instrumentally if slightly less so vocally, justifies the “garage country” tag Sellers uses to describe her approach.
While she occasionally swims in less choppy waters such as on the melancholy, bittersweet “Haven’t Even Kissed Me Yet,” (“Sometimes the sweetest words can really start to hurt when you can’t tell what they mean…you’re already playing with my head”), the song closes with an eerie, reverbed guitar solo highlighting the dark lyrics. But when Sellers rocks out on “One Town’s Trash,” a co-write with the Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson (a veteran who knows from raucous rocking), or the propulsive “Glad” with its near experimental crackling leads and “I’m glad that you broke this heart of mine” lyrics, the gritty punk factor cranks up to Jack White standards.
The needle pegging goes all out in “Troublemaker,” this album’s “Helter Skelter,” where the band goes increasingly bonkers as the track progresses until disintegrating at its end. There’s a bit of Sheryl Crow in the modified melodic rocking of “Under the Sun” and a cool “Taxman”-styled beat that pushes “Going Places” to a Beatle-esque vibe. These balance the more abrasive moments on an album that rightly revels in its indie-rock meets country blend.   
Although her mom has also gotten grittier under Liddell’s production hand, little of this would be confused for even the most unruly Lee Ann Womack tracks. Which is as it should be;Sellers, perhaps acting as the rebellious offspring, is clearly moving in a harder-hitting direction, pushing boundaries and carving her own unique musical path.
(Andrew Gulden / Americana Highways)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Far From Home - 3:07
2. My Love Will Not Change - 3:35
3. Lucky Charm - 3:13
4. Worried Mind - 3:24
5. Drag You Down - 2:37
6. Going Places - 4:19
7. Glad - 3:00
8. Haven't Even Kissed Me Yet - 4:33
9. Troublemaker - 3:31
10. Run - 5:05
11. Under the Sun - 4:40
12. One Town's Trash - 5:17

Art-Nr.: 9989
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Far from home
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Under the sun
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Strait, George - It just comes natural [2006]
Es ist einfach bemerkenswert mit welcher Konsistenz George Strait sein stetig hohes Niveau beibehält! Kaum einem anderen Künstler gelingt es, schon gar nicht mit dem 29.(!) Album, über die vielen, vielen Jahre hinweg solch eine Menge an gleichbleibend guter, wie erfolgreicher Musik zu veröffentlichen. "It just comes natural" ist erneut ein Musterbeispiel für traditionelle, zeitlose, unverfälschte, reine Countrymusic. Irgendwie passt der Titel, denn es kommt alles völlig "natürlich" rüber. Die Songauswahl ist wieder außergewöhnlich gut. Neben den bewährten Songwritern (beispielsweise Dean Dillon), auf die George Strait schon seit Jahren zurückgreift, hören wir diesmal auch Stücke solch angesagter "Newcomer" wie beispielsweise Jamey Johnson oder Trent Tomlinson. Wunderbar knackige, von großartigen Melodien geprägte Midtempo-Nummern wechseln mit ebenso schönen Balladen, Honky-Tonkern, Western-Songs und traditionellen Stompern! Fiddles, Steelguitars, Klavier, Orgel und jede Menge Gitarren bilden über die gesamten 56 1/2 Minuten (15 Songs) hinweg eine großartige Country-Harmonie! Es gibt praktisch keine schwache Nummer! Ob zum Beispiel der tolle, melodische Midtempo Honky-Tonker "She told me so" mit seiner lässigen Cash-like Rhythmus-Gitarre und den feinen Fiddle-/Steelguitar-Klängen, der traumhaft schöne, von Bruce Robison geschriebene, gefällige Country-Ohrwurm "Wrapped", das kräftige Titelstück "It just comes natural" mit seinem gelungenen Steel-/Gitarren-Zusammenspiel, die mit einer klasse Baritone-Gitarre verzierte, großartige Ballade "I ain't her cowboy anymore", oder die beherzte Fasung des Guy Clark-Klassikers "Texas cookin'" mit ihrer würzigen Rhythmik - alles ist "purest" Countrymusic von der allerbesten Sorte! Große Leistung!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Give It Away - 3:29
2. She Told Me So - 3:02
3. That's My Kind Of Woman - 3:24
4. Wrapped - 4:07
5. It Just Comes Natural - 2:56
6. He Must Have Really Hurt You Bad - 2:41
7. A Heart Like Hers - 3:24
8. Why Can't I Leave Her Alone - 4:14
9. One Foot In Front Of The Other - 4:13
10. I Ain't Her Cowboy Anymore - 4:53
11. Texas Cookin' - 4:22
12. A Better Rain - 3:37
13. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls - 3:55
14. What Say - 3:52
15. Come On Joe - 3:50

Art-Nr.: 4443
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 8,90

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