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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: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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BoDeans - indigo dreams [2011]
Hervorragendes, neues Album von Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas, aka The BoDeans, die damit wieder zurück zu ihren Wurzeln gehen und den doch etwas experimentierfreudigen Vorgänger hinter sich lassen. Was wir hören ist allerbester Rootsrock/-pop in der typischen BoDeans-Tradition, die ihnen vor 25 Jahren anlässlich ihres damaligen Debutalbums den Titel der "Best New American Band" durch die Leser des amerikanischen "Rolling Stone" einbrachte. Herrlich melodische Songs mit tollem Gesang und eingängigen Arrangements. Klasse Teil!

Hier der offizielle Text des Labels zur Veröffentlichung im Original:

Twenty five years after their T-Bone Burnett produced debut Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams led them to win a Rolling Stone reader s poll as Best New American Band, The BoDeans are still rocking and harmonizing gracefully, touring the U.S. regularly and exposing the kids of their longtime steadfast fans to real, heartfelt and trend-free music. Best known for their mid-90 s Billboard Top 20 hit anthem Closer To Free, which became the theme song for Fox s Party Of Five, the dynamic musical duo Kurt Neumann (vocals and electric and acoustic guitars) and Sam Llanas (vocals and acoustic guitar) is still focused on writing songs that bring good things to the world. Their latest album, Indigo Dreams, is a salute to the working man his dreams, his desires, his love, his responsibilities, his ethos.
For the BoDeans, the fact that their music was never easily pigeonholed into a specific genre or style was more a strength than a problem as their career developed. They followed their debut with Outside Looking In (1987), Home (1989), Black and White (1991), and Go Slow Down (1993), which featured Closer To Free which became a massive pop and adult contemporary hit when the world heard it every week via Party of Five. They released the 2 CD live set Joe Dirt Car and Blend (1996).
A few years after the release of the 17-song compilation The Best of BoDeans Slash and Burn in 2001, they returned to studio recording with Resolution (2004) and then a live album and subsequent DVD called Homebrewed: Live From The Pabst. Still was released in 2008.
The enduring success of the BoDeans is a byproduct of making music that creates a special connection to moments in people s lives. It s not always this dramatic, says Neumann, but we do hear of stories where people are ill or dying and our songs give them a sense of joy and hope. It s always wonderful to be important to peoples lives. We also saw this YouTube clip of two kids in car seats singing one of our songs on a family road trip. Their parents are playing our songs and we are a part of their world in that moment. I want to know someday that I ve brought good things into this world, and this kind of fan response confirms that Sam and I have been able to do this.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Blowin' My Mind - 4:09   
2 Paved in Gold - 3:38   
3 Right Now - 4:02   
4 How Can We - 4:14   
5 Way Down - 3:44   
6 Sad Eyes - 3:58   
7 Wrap Me - 3:55   
8 Me Again - 4:11   
9 Don't Wanna Go - 3:14   
10 Rock N Roll Overdrive - 4:48   
11 Father's Day - 4:34   
12 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - 4:14   
13 Mercy - 4:25

Art-Nr.: 7489
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Carpenter, Mary Chapin - ashes and roses [2012]
"Ashes and roses" bietet eine Ansammlung von 13 exzellenten, neuen Songs im typischen Stil dieser fantastischen Singer-Songwriterin, zwischen Americana und Country - und zwar auf höchstem Nieveau. "Soul companion" beispielsweise ist ein großartiges Duett mit James Taylor. Wunderbar!

Hier ein U.S.-Review im Original-Wortlaut:

On Ashes and Roses, songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter offers the most confessional record of her career. Always a storyteller whose protagonists could be seamlessly interchanged with the first person, that distance shrinks here; all that's left is the songwriter confronting herself in a mirror. Carpenter examines heartbreak, grief, loneliness, yearning, acceptance, gratitude, and new possibility with a gaze brimming with self-respect and compassion. Musically, the sound here is akin to 2010's Age of Miracles, but perhaps even softer. "Soul Companion," the single that features James Taylor, is not necessarily indicative of this set's sound, nor its greatest strength. The rootsy fingerpicking on "What to Keep and What to Throw Away" is a deep reflection on the one-foot-in-front-of-the-other kind of collecting oneself after the end of a relationship that leaves one devastated: "...These are your instructions/When grace has left you stranded/When you are lost and wounded/Bleeding and abandoned." The personal cost of betrayal is poetically and poignantly rendered in "The Swords We Carried." Carpenter's language, both musical and lyrical, though rich in melody, color, texture, poetic metaphors, and images, never flinches from looking at her subject squarely. With its shimmering mandolins, B-3, and acoustic guitars, "Chasing What's Already Gone" looks through the past to make sense of the present. She gets there, but there's a cost; she willingly pays it and holds herself accountable at the song's conclusion: "Ashes and roses and hearts that break/I tried so hard to be strong/It may be my worst but not my first mistake/Chasing what's already gone." This is the sound of the human heart at a time of reckoning, embracing its brokenness with gentleness. The embrace of grief is observed tenderly on "Learning the World," where it "rides quietly on the passenger side." But there is another side here, too; it's expressed in the resilience in "Don't Need Much to Be Happy," the yearning in "Old Love," and the acceptance that possibility awaits in "New Year's Day." Carpenter is accompanied only by producer Matt Rollings' piano on the closer, "Jericho," where she speaks to an Other about how long it will take to get to know her and how worth it that will be. Ashes and Roses is devastating in its quiet yet dignified and fierce vulnerability. Its courage makes it something singularly beautiful. Musically and lyrically, it is likely to be among her most enduring recordings. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Transcendental Reunion - 4:48
2. What to Keep and What to Throw Away - 4:34
3. The Swords We Carried - 4:06
4. Another Home - 4:29
5. Chasing What's Already Gone - 4:59
6. Learning the World - 4:29
7. I Tried Going West - 4:17
8. Don't Need Much to Be Happy - 4:23
9. Soul Companion - 4:02
10. Old Love - 4:46
11. New Year's Day - 4:55
12. Fading Away - 4:21
13. Jericho - 4:03

Art-Nr.: 7823
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Cash, Rosanne - the river & the thread ~ limited deluxe edition [2014]
Achrung! Sehr rar! Wir haben ein letztes Exemplar der schon seit ewigen Zeiten gestrichenen, limitierten Original U.S. Deluxe Edition mit 3 zusätzlichen Tracks!

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

Hier noch ein Original US-review:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

Art-Nr.: 8436
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Einzelstück || Typ: CD || Preis: € 17,90

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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
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Foster, Ruthie - let it burn [2011]
Exzellentes, neues Album von der "phenomenal Ruthie Foster", wie ihr 2008 erschienenes Album zutreffenderweise heisst. Nun liegt mit "Let it burn" ihr 2012er Werk vor, das die fantastische, texanische Singer/Singwriterin, die zuletzt auch mit der Warren Haynes Band als Background-Sängerin ein paar Auftritte hatte, einmal mehr in blendender Verfassung zeigt. Voller Gefühl, innerer Kraft und mit einem immensen Charisma ausgestattet begibt sie sich auf eine recht intime, unwiderstehliche Reise zwischen den musikalischen Welten von Blues, Roots, Gospel und Soul. Dabei kommen die Songs, u. a. im übrigen ein paar hoch interessante, hinreissend umgesetzte Coverversionen von Los Lobos ("This time"), The Band ("It makes no fifference"), Johnny Cash ("Ring of fire") und der zur Zeit mega.erfolgreichen Adele ("Set fire to the rain"), in sehr natürlichen, erdigen, durchaus rauen "strpped down"-Arrangements, wirken aber dennoch irgendwie "tight" und knackig. Tolle Grooves, viel Soul- Gospel-, und ein schönes Southern-Flair sind stets vorhanden. Begleitet wird sie von tollen Musikern, wie dem grandiosen Bassisten der Meters, George Porter jr., dem fantastischen Organisten Ike Stubblefield, Dave Easley, der eine schön dreckige, wie eine Slide klingende Pedal Steel spielt und Russell Batiste an den Drums. Bei der ein oder anderen Nummer sorgen zudem die Blinf Boys Of Alabama für einen ordentlichen Gospel-Touch. Tolles Teil!

Hier noch die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

2012 release from the Soulful vocalist. Let it Burn is a deeply intimate recording: a smoky mix of original songs coupled with inventive interpretations of an unexpected collection of covers - ranging from Adele to Los Lobos, and from The Black Keys to Johnny Cash. Recorded in New Orleans at Piety Street studios, with a small group of A-List musicians that includes George Porter Jr. of the legendary Meters, this album takes the listener on Ruthie's most personal journey yet. With her deeply moving vocals at the core, Ruthie is supported along the way by some very special guests - gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama and Stax Records soul man William Bell.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Welcome Home - 2:50
2. Set Fire to the Rain - 4:18
3. This Time - 4:48
4. You Don't Miss Your Water - 3:59
5. Everlasting Light - 3:33
6. Lord Remember Me - 3:11
7. Ring of Fire - 3:09
8. Aim for the Heart - 3:27
9. It Makes No Difference - 5:10
10. Long Time Gone - 5:14
11. Don't Want to Know - 6:20
12. If I Had a Hammer - 4:10
13. The Titanic - 2:50

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Set fire to the rain
This time
Everlasting light
Aim for the heart
It makes no difference
Long time gone

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Horsehead - sympathetic vibrations [2012]
Grandios! Brian Robbins vom in Fachkreisen überaus renommierten Webzine "jambands.com" ist völlig aus dem Häuschen und spricht von "one hell of an album". Man kann dies nur mit einem dicken Ausrufezeichen unterschreiben. Obwohl in der Breite noch immer weitestgehend unbekannt und lediglich unter Insidern ein Begriff, muss man das in Richmond/Virginia beheimatete Quartett Horsehead ohne jeden Zweifel als eine der stärksten und besten (Gitarren)Rootsrock-, Americana Rock-Bands der Gegenwart bezeichnen. Mit ihrem neuen Album "Sympathetic vibrations", ihrem bereits vierten, liefern sie (mal wieder) eine regelrechtes Musterbeispiel ganauso geradlinigen, straighten wie variantenreichen Rootsrocks ab. Nein, sie setzen Maßstäbe! 13 fantastische Songs präsentieren uns die Herren, genauso zeitlos wie aktuell, mal mit einem Hauch von Country- und Heartland Rock Anlagen, mal mit einem bluesigen Flair, staubig, erdig, "gritty", würzig, durchzogen von prächtig hängen bleibenden Hooklines und durchweg wunderbaren Melodien, dargeboten in vollendeter, musikalischer Qualität. Horsehead sind: Kopf, Produzent, Songwriter und Frontmann Jon Brown (lead vocals, guitar, percussion), Kevin W. Inge (lead guitar, pedal steel, piano, organ, background vocals), Randy Mendicino (bass) und Gregg Brooks (drums). Unterstützt wird die Band von einigen renommierten Gästen, wie zum Beispiel Drive-by Truckers' Jay Gonzales, der bei drei Stücken das Klavier bedient. Bestimmt werden die Arrangements vorwiegend von dem massiven, satten und dreckig erdigen Gitarrensound Brown's ind Inge's, die sich dabei vorbildlich ergänzen. Die Riffs stecken voller Saft und Kraft, die Lead Gitarren-Führung wirkt genauso spannend wie vertraut und eingängig, Dazu kommen einige herzhafte, flammende Soli, die die ganze Spielfreude der Band ausdrücken. Ergänzt wird dieses vielschichtige Gitarrengewand durch adäquat involvierte Klavier- und Orgel-Einsätze, und manchmal die herrlich eingebundene Pedal Steel von Kevin Inge. Es ist die pure Wonne dieser Band zuzuhören. Die Rolling Stones, Son Volt, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Band, The Black Crowes, The Jayhawks, Dan Baird, John Hiatt, die Bottle Rockets, Neil Young's Crazy Horse, alle hinterlassen irgendwie ein paar Spuren, aus denen Horsehead schließlich ihren unwiderstehlichen, eigenen Stil kreieren, der nur nach ihnen selbst klingt. Jon Brown drückt es so aus: "We don’t sound like anyone else, we sound like Horsehead". Ein paar Songbeispiele: "Darkened streets" ist ein ungemein erdiger, kraftvoller, mitreissender Rootsrocker mit einem leichten, unterschwelligen Crazy Horse- und Stones-Touch. Massive Gitarren bestimmen das Geschehen, die Melodie ist exzellent. Jon Brown singt großartig, Kevin Inge brilliert mit einem begnadeten, glühenden Gitarrensolo voller Leidenschaft - es ist eine Pracht. Das Feuer der Band springt unmittelbar auf den Zuhörer über. Wundervoll! Das anschließende, voller Dynamik und Schwung losrockende "Emptiest arms in the world" knüpft nahtlos an den Vorgänger an. Ein furioser, melodischer, abgehender "American Rock'n Roller" mit herrlichen Lead Gitarren-Linien und kernigen Riffs. Geradezu magisch schraubt sich der Song in unsere Gehörgänge und will nicht mehr weichen. Hammer! Einen Hauch von Countryrock-Feeling versprüht das mit traumhaften Pedal Steel-Klängen verzierte "Get up". Beginnt wunderbar locker und flockig, wird zum Ende hin aber immer kraftvoller, dabei jedoch nicht weniger melodisch. Auch ein gewisses Heartland-Flair ist spürbar. Klingt fast wie eine Synthese aus Anlagen von Bruce Springsteen und den legendären New Riders Of The Purple Sage. Geht nicht? Und wie das geht! Horsehead kriegen das in beeindruckender Manier hin. Ultrastark auch der von gewaltigen, fetten Riffs bestimmte, straighte Rootsrocker "Big sun" mit seinem mächtigen, nach vorn gehenden Drumming. Inge spielt abermals ein tolles Gitarrensolo. Schön hier der dezent psychedelische Retro-Touch und die feinen Klavier-Ergänzungen. Das letzte Stück der Scheibe, die großartige Ballade "Candy (by the side of the west highway) bewegt sich schließlich im schönen Roots-Fahrwasser der unvergessenen The Band. Doch welchen Song man sich auch anhört, einer ist stärker als der andere. Die Truppe besticht mit unglaublicher Qualitäts-Kontinuität. Keine Frage, "Sympathetic Vibrations" ist ein absolutes Rootsrock-/Americana Rock-Meisterwerk!

Hier noch das eingangs erwähnte, begeisternde Review von "jambands.com" im Original:

Go ahead – reel off your favorite alt-country/Americana/whatever-you-want-to-call-it albums of all time … the seminal statements of the genre. What would be on the list? Son Volt’s Trace ? Whiskeytown’s Faithless Street ? Hollywood Town Hall by The Jayhawks? Wilco’s A.M. ? Whatever the albums are, what about them grabs ahold of you? Smart lyrics and a stone-real delivery? A haybale punk vibe? Garage pop crossed with Exile On Main Street -style cellar funk? Twanging crunch? Crunchy twang?

Here – have some of all of the above. World, meet Horsehead. The album is Sympathetic Vibrations – their fourth – and I humbly offer it up as being real and good and raggedy and right.
Sympathetic Vibrations delivers – name your poison, bucko. The album enters softly with “Moving Target” – just Horsehead principals Jon Brown and Kevin W. Inge (the self-proclaimed “Dimmer Twins”). Brown leads the way on vocals with acoustic guitar in hand, while Inge infuses the tune with wisps of keys and lovely pedal steel. By the way, it’s worth noting that the frigging guy – Inge – basically taught himself pedal for this album. If you’re not familiar with the beast’s workings – foot pedals, knee levers, ten strings and all – then Inge’s accomplishment might be lost on you. Trust me – there are folks who’ve been pickers all their lives who wouldn’t dare get near a pedal steel in a recording studio. Inge may be a rookie steeler, but he handles it like a seasoned pro, adding washes of sparkle amongst the grit on “Get Up” and putting the thing on full stun for “Spinning Your Wheels” with a slightly raspy-voiced tone that is absolutely beautiful.

Brown is the band’s lead voice and tunesmith. The album’s 13 cuts show he knows how to convey his songs’ souls (and the characters who inhabit them) in short order – from the heartbroke, dirt-streaked weariness of “God Damned The Rain To Fall” (Travis Rinehart’s guest banjo completes the picture) to the ominous won’t-take-no-for-an-answer stalk of “Sweet On You”. On “Emptiest Arms In The World” Brown delivers the goods with flannel-shirted soul and the confidence of a man who could rebuild his own carburetor. And the good-byes of “Candy” leave you wishing him well and hoping like hell that he and that gal end up together in a good place.

Bassist Randy Mendicino ended up swapping rhythm partners midway through the Sympathetic Vibrations session when longtime drummer Andre LaBelle left the band and Gregg Brooks settled in behind the kit. It’s a tribute to all three that the transition was a seamless one and only the liner notes tell the tale – there are no obvious splits between the Mendicino/LaBelle and Mendicino/Brooks tunes. Dig the nuts-on lurch of “Darkened Streets” (think vintage Molina/Talbot slam – and listen for the “Norwegian Wood” tease in the guitar break); the driving rhythm of “Running For The Door” tears along like a cousin to Tommy Tutone’s “867-5309” before Brooks and Mendicino shift gears and go into full surf mode; “Wasting Time” is big and majestic – beat-down, but not without pride just the same.

Multi-instrumentalist Inge (we’ve already discussed his grossly-amazing pedal steel contributions) is all over this thing: doubling up with Brown on guitar here … adding some organ here … a bit of piano here … a master of divining what a particular tune needs – no more and no less. Horsehead buddy (and Drive-By Trucker) Jay Gonzales sits in on piano for a couple of tunes, the most notable being the walloping rocker “Big Sun”.

“Big Sun” alone could sell you on Horsehead: wicked grab-you-by-both-ears opening guitar riffs; big bass swoops and straight-ahead drumming; enough crash-and-thrash to get your attention before settling into the palm-muted chug of the verses. Brown tells his tale perfectly about the folder at a laundromat who “smelled of soap and cigarettes.” It’s obvious the story can go only go one way – and the fact that the song evolves into a total guitar workout is the perfect way to tell the tale. The song fades at about the 5-minute mark, but comes roaring back with an eff-you-we’re-not-done attitude: Mendicino and Brown join forces while Brooks rolls and tumbles in glorious drum ecstasy; and Inge simply plays the piss out of his six-string. Of all the titles Horsehead wears well, “Big Sun” proves that above all, they are one hell of a rock and roll band.

And beyond that, Sympathetic Vibrations is one hell of an album.

(Brian Robbins)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Moving Target - 2:42
2. Darkened Streets - 5:07
3. Emptiest Arms in the World - 3:40
4. Hard Hand to Hold - 4:40
5. Get Up - 4:11
6. God Damned the Rain to Fall - 3:56
7. Running for the Door - 3:50
8. John Adams - 4:32
9. Spinning Your Wheels - 3:34
10. Big Sun - 6:14
11. Wasting Time - 5:04
12. Sweet On You - 3:19
13. Candy (By the Side of the West Highway) - 4:00

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Emptiest arms in the world
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Indigenous - indigenous ~ featuring mato nanji [2012]
"Mato Nanji's always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous - along with the warm dusty voice and the soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group from South Dakota's Nakota Nation a place among roots and blues rock's elite". Ja, Indigenous sind allein Mato Nanji's "Baby" und mit ihrem neuen Album gelingt der in Roots- und Bluesrock-Kreisen so gefeierten Band erneut ein Meilenstein ihrer bisherigen Karriere. Nach den feinen "Acoustic sessions" aus dem Jahre 2010 kehren Gitarrenhexer Mato (zudem ein vorzüglicher Sänger und Songwriter), sein Cousin, der exzellente Percussionspieler "American Horse", beide dem Stamm der Nakota-/Sioux-Indianer angehörend, mit ihren Freunden Jeff Martin (drums), Steve Evans (bass) und Jesse Bradman (organ) zu dem von der Band so geschätzten, fetten, druckvollen und teilweise auch schön jammigen, zündenden Bluesrock zurück, der zuweilen auch von einem schönen Roots-Feeling durchzogen ist. Mato Nanji's atemberaubendes, nicht selten an Stevie Ray Vaughan erinnerndes Gitarrenspiel (andere Einflüsse sind solche Gitarristen und Musiker wie Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, R. L. Burnside und Jr. Kimbrough) kommt mit mehr Spirit und Feeling als je zuvor. Die Soli sind begnadet. Klasse auch die immer wieder wahrzunehmende, toll abgestimmte Orgel-Untermalung, die den Sound von Mato's meisterlichem Gitarrenspiel noch fetter werden lässt. Die Songs haben ordentlich Power, die Balance zwischen furiosen Uptempo-Nummern und zwei/drei rootsigen, traumhaften Balladen stimmt, und die Melodien sind vorzüglich. Das Album ist ungemein rockig, hat aber auch einen seeligen Blues. Es passt einfach alles! Los geht's mit dem tierisch groovenden, kraftvollen, von mächtigen E-Gitarren bestimmten Bluesrocker "Free yourself, free your mind", dem man ein leichtes Shuffle-Feeling anmerkt. Kerniges Drumming und herrliche, jammige Percussion unterstützen das packende Gutarrenspiel von Mato und Jonny Lang. Jawohl, der einstige "Wunderknabe" des Blues ist als Gast bei diesem Stück dabei und kehrt hier in beeindruckender Art und Weise zu den erdigen Bluesrock-Roots seiner Anfangstage zurück. Die beiden liefern sich prächtige Gitarrenduelle und wechseln sich auch beim Lead-Gesang ab. Gleich zu Anfang ein absoluter Volltreffer! Und es geht ohne einen einzigen schwachen Song bis zum Ende mit viel Abwechslung weiter. Ob beispielsweise der hammerstarke Bluesrock-Boogie "Everywhere I go" (tolle Melodie, guter Druck, baumstarke Lead Gitarre, schöne Orgel), das donnernde, von wuchtiger "Native Percussion" begleitete "Someone like you" (raue, dreckige, harte Gitarrenriffs, furioses Solo), die hinreissend schöne, erdige, dabei aber traumhaft melodische, rootsige Southern-/ Slow Blues-Ballade "Wake up" (hat ein herrliches Southern-Feeling,, als sei sie aus einer gemeinsamen Session der The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule's und Stevie Ray Vaughan's hervor gegangen, Mato's ausgedehnte Gitarrenausflüge und -linien sind von beeindruckender Brillanz, schöne Orgel- und Percussion-Begleitung), oder der krachende, ordentlich abgehende Blues Rock'n Roller "By my side" (geht fett in die Beine, klasse Melodie, lichterloh brennende Gitarrensoli) - ein Highlight jagt das nächste. Dazu ist das Album mit satten 70 1/2 Minuten prall gefüllt. Und, wie gesagt, Ausfälle sucht man vergebens. Mato Nanji's Indigenous mit einem neuen "Killer"-Teil!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1.   Free Yourself, Free Your Mind - 5:06
2.   Everywhere I Go - 5:22
3.   Jealousy - 5:59
4.   Someone Like You - 5:30
5.   I Was Wrong to Leave You - 6:35
6.   No Matter What It Takes - 4:05
7.   Storm - 4:25
8.   Find My Way - 5:54
9.   All Those Lies - 5:34
10. The Way I Feel - 5:09
11. Wake Up - 6:23
12. By My Side - 3:46
13. When Tomorrow Comes - 6:33

Art-Nr.: 7789
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Free yourself, free your mind
Everywhere I go
Someone like you
I was wrong to leave you
Find my way
The way I feel
Wake up
By my side

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

Aus der offiziellen Produktbeschreibung:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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McEntire, Reba - stronger than the truth [2019]
Traditional Country-Superstar Reba McEntire veröffentlicht mit "Stronger Than The Truth" ihr 29. Studioalbum. Es ist so etwas wie die Rückkehr zu ihren absoluten Roots. Ein klassisches Reba-Album auf höchstem Niveau. Ein amerikanischer Fan schreibt begeistert in einer Rezension: "Could it be that 40 plus years into her career, she may have just delivered her finest album to date?" Ja, so etwas scheint möglich zu sein, denn in der Tat muß man dieses Werk zu den Besten ihrer gesamten, unglaublichen Karriere zählen. Die 12 neuen Songs sind ein stilistischer Streifzug durch alles, was Reba bei ihren Fans so beliebt gemacht hat. Countrymusic pur - unvergänglich und zeitlos.

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

The beauty of Reba McEntire's albums flows from her way with a phrase, knowing when to modulate to carry us deeper into sadness or joy and when to pull back when she wants us to listen quietly to the lessons of a tear falling. Her songs can also urge us to scamper across the dance floor to twin fiddles, celebrating the exhilarating freedom of the moment or the satisfaction of breakup from a messy relationship. This album follows the end of McEntire's marriage to her manager.
"Stronger Than the Truth" opens with one of those skitter-across-the-floor tunes, a Western Swing number fueled by twin fiddles, dance hall piano, rockabilly guitar and scampering steel. "Swing All Night with You" features the singer out for night of two-stepping following a breakup; when she meets up a dance partner who's in the same situation, she jauntily declares: "Let's let those doggone bygones be long gone/And we'll find a new song to two-step to/If you wanna take another swing at love/Baby, I'll swing all night long with you."
On the title track, McEntire pulls at our hearts with her tale of a breakup she never saw coming; the song opens quietly with a reflection on the expectation of a modest life together: "I never dreamed of wanting more/Than a small town simple life/A little money in our pockets/You're my husband, I'm your wife." As the song builds to a climax she discovers her husband's infidelity - "Standing in the grocery line/I overheard my name and yours/And one I did not recognize" - and she describes her awakening as her vocals soar in the chorus. The lyrics in McEntire's songs play with words and carry us places we never expect: "There's not a blade sharper than a lie/There's not a low as being the last one to know/You've got a brand new start with someone new/And there's no whiskey stronger than the truth."
The breakup ballad "Tammy Wynette Kind of Pain" opens sparely with piano notes before it swells with McEntire's vocals and aching pedal steel; she confirms the depth of her pain by name-checking the titles of Wynette's songs in the chorus: "Standing by your man, that's a broken plan/So it's d-i-v-o-r-c-e." In the heart-rending "The Bar's Getting Lower," the singer's words of sadness and brokenness float over a flowing river of steel guitar: "She was hoping for pink champagne, but she'll settle for well whiskey/Saw herself in a long white gown, not downtown getting tipsy/And that one night stand walking through the door/Ain't the marrying kind, yeah, that's for sure
But she's getting older/And the bar's getting lower."
"Stronger Than the Truth" is Reba at her very best. Every song reveals her enduring power as a vocalist, her way with the songs she delivers to us, and her ability to wring every emotion from us, touching our hearts with her own honest, heartfelt emotions.
(Henry L. Carrigan Jr. / Country Standard Time)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Swing All Night Long With You - 4:43
2. Stronger Than The Truth - 4:10
3. Storm In A Shot Glass - 3:02
4. Tammy Wynette Kind Of Pain - 3:58
5. Cactus In A Coffee Can - 4:28
6. Your Heart - 3:58
7. The Clown - 5:07
8. No U In Oklahoma - 3:08
9. The Bar’s Getting Lower - 3:28
10. In His Mind - 3:33
11. Freedom - 3:50
12. You Never Gave Up On Me - 3:59

Art-Nr.: 9785
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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McKenna, Lori - the balladeer [2020]
Die fantastische, aus Boston stammende, vor allem aber in der musikalischen Szene Nashville's sehr umtriebige Singer/Songwriterin Lori McKenna, 2-fache Grammy-Gewinnerin, gilt schon seit Jahren als eine der respektiertesten und profiliertesten Vertretrin ihrer Zunft, gefeiert gleichermaßen von Musikerkollegen, von Kritikern und den Fans. Sie ist ein absoluter Eckpfeiler der heutigen Americana-Musik. Mit "The Balladeer", produziert einmal mehr von Dave Cobb, kommt nun ihr neues Album, das man abermals als ein hell funkelndes Juwel zeitloser Americana-Kunst bezeichnen muss. Hinreißend! In zehn wunderschönen Liedern, meist in einem exquisiten Full Band-Midtempo gehalten, erzählt McKenna bewegende, emotionale Geschichten des Lebens. Wie sie das musikalisch umsetzt ist "pure magic". Ergreifend! Schön! Hochklassig!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Lori McKenna records should come with a warning label - this product may cause uncontrollable weeping. Every generation has their best songwriters, and this unassuming mom from Massachusetts happens to be one of them. It's the kind of talent that wins Best Country Song Grammys in streaks. She took the trophy home in 2016 for co-penning "Girl Crush". Then in 2017, she won again for "Humble and Kind" (which she wrote herself). Some of the other years, she was at least nominated.
As an artist, McKenna has been dutifully releasing a record at a prolific clip about every other year. "The Balladeer" is her 11th album in the 2000s. She's found a superstar production partnership in Dave Cobb (who has a knack for befriending all the best songwriters alive). The McKenna and Cobb pairing with 2016's "The Bird and the Rifle" was hailed as a masterpiece. But 2018's "The Tree" was stunning in its own right. Add this record to another in the set of McKenna winners.
How does her magic work? Part of it is how songs will disguise themselves as being light and airy, then move you from the inside. With "Good Fight," the melody suggests a peppy and poppy love song. But when we meet the characters, locked in a long marriage, they're embroiled in an argument. That becomes a metaphor for how their lives together have been a test worth the fight.
Simple and often acoustic musical accents abound to accompany the profound poetry. A few friends stop by, like the ladies from Little Big Town ("This Town Is a Woman") or the Love Junkies (a group of songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and McKenna) who helped sing and co-write a few of the stronger pieces of material (When You're My Age").
While that's all well and good (and so is McKenna's overlooked emotional singing), it's the mining of relationship in verse that's the star. McKenna doesn't wow you with her word choice. She uses plainspeak and tiny detail to ring with emotional resonance. She's aiming to find that secret heart where it lives in orbit with others. Maybe it's a sibling ("Marie") or a spouse ("Two Birds"). Maybe it's an old boyfriend, or your younger self - an absolute gem on this collection is "Stuck in High School". Here's a taste: You're always carrying around that kid/Whose picture's in the hallway, 18 and graduating/Did you ever make those dreams come true/Or is the kid still waiting?
This is a chance to sit in amazement and listen to a master songwriter who makes it look easy. Stock up on tissues. The label doesn't say it, but you've been warned.
(Jeff Lincoln / Country Standard Time)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. This Town is a Woman (feat. Karen Fairchild & Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town) - 3:18
2. The Balladeer - 3:51
3. Marie - 3:33
4. The Dream - 4:29
5. Uphill - 3:01
6. Good Fight - 3:18
7. Stuck in High School - 3:11
8. When You're My Age (feat. Hillary Lindsey & Liz Rose) - 5:11
9. Two Birds - 3:28
10. Till You're Grown - 4:13

Art-Nr.: 10117
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Ray, Michael - amos [2018]
Nach den beachtlichen Erfolgen mit seinem Debut von 2015 legt der aus Florida stammende Michael Ray nun sein zweites Album vor, das ihn noch einmal deutlich weiterentwickelt und gereift zeigt. Nach seinem Großvater "Amos" betitelt, der ihn musikalisch stark geprägt hat, liefert Michael 11 großartige New Country-/Mainstream Country-Songs voller Nashville Hit-Potential ab, ohne dabei allerdings allzu sehr auf elektronischen und Country-fremden "Schnickschnack" zu setzen, was das Ganze äußerst angenehm macht. Nein, er setzt auf ehrliche, "handgemachte" New Country-Musik, die sehr erfrischend rüberkommt. Großen Anteil daran hat sicher auch Produzenten-Ikone Scott Hendricks (u. a. Blake Shelton, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Restless Heart), der eben einen unverfälsxhten, zeitlosen, dabei alles andere als unmodernen, klaren Sound bevorzugt. Das Songmaterial reicht von rockigen Uptempo-Nummern bis hin zu wunderbaren, kraftvollen Balladen, immer geprägt von Michael's toller Stimmer, prächtig hängen bleibenden Strukturen und einer vielschichtigen, satten Instrumentierung. "Amos" ist die nächste Erfolgsgeschichte von Michael Ray. Bester, niveauvoller New Country im musikalischen Umfeld solcher Kollegen wie Blake Shelton, Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Justin Moore & Co..

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

There’s something noteworthy about what Michael Ray brings to the table on his new album, Amos. Maybe it’s the spirit of his beloved grandfather that Ray personifies in the album’s namesake, but Amos is more than just a body of country songs – it’s a symbol of Ray’s growth as an artist. Since Ray topped the chart in 2016 with “Think a Little Less,” he’s proven that Amos was worth the wait, drawing in one’s attention with his compelling voice and convincing delivery that makes for his most dynamic project to date.
The timing of the album’s summer release is a perfect match for the feel-good vibe that’s weaved throughout Amos’ spirit, as evidenced by the nostalgic “Summer Water,” lively “Fan Girl,” flirtatious “You’re On” and the irresistible “One That Got Away.” The 11-track project is slick all the way down from Ray’s polished vocals to the skillful production that blends authentic country elements with the genre-bending sounds that have broadened the country perspective.
With the lighthearted tracks comes a series of sentimental moments that demonstrate an emotional depth that diversifies Ray’s artistry. The moving “Her World or Mine” reflects this, as Ray delivers an emotive conviction that makes it the most captivating song on the record. Through both the pain-soaked lyrics and the honest passion in Ray’s vocals as he sings “One of us moved on, one of us got stuck, one of us sleeps good, one of us hates to face the night, just depends if you’re talking about her world or mine,” it feels as though your heart is breaking alongside his own, exhibiting a raw vulnerability that proves his artistic strength. Should he continue to offer songs in this vein, he could place himself in the category of the legends and timeless heartbreak songs he so admires. The album’s lead single “Get to You” also demonstrates Ray’s earnest side as he tries to reach out to a woman afraid to love, staying in tune with the heartfelt nature he portrays on his other romantic numbers.
While Ray has always been a promising vocalist, his voice truly glows on Amos, making each song come to life with his combination of strength and purity. But it’s the sense of conviction he brings to each track that shows just how much Ray has grown, seeming to truly envelope himself in every story portrayed in this compilation of songs.
Though Ray has already established himself in the genre with two chart-topping hits, Amos is bound to not only expand upon this success, but prove his stamina as a well-rounded artist capable of honesty and depth, two qualities crucial to the core of the genre he embraces whole-heartedly.
(Cillea Houghton / Sounds like Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Fan Girl - 3:30
2. One That Got Away - 3:38
3. Summer Water - 3:06
4. Get To You - 3:11
5. Forget About It - 2:46
6. Her World Or Mine - 3:28
7. You're On - 3:04
8. I'm Gonna Miss You - 2:44
9. Dancing Forever - 3:34
10. Girl From Spring Break - 3:20
11. Drink One For Me - 3:28

Art-Nr.: 9637
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Robinson, Rich - flux [2016]
Ex The Black Crowes Lead Gitarrist Rich Robinson, der zusammen mit seinem Bruder Chris Robinson (Chris Robinson Brotherhoodd" das zentrale Gerippe der "Krähen" bildete, kommt mit einem neuen, enorm starken Solo-Album, von dem er selbst sagt, es sei sein bislang "rundestes" und vollendedstes. In der Tat ist Rich in famoser Verfassung. "Flux" bringt uns eine knapp 60-minütige Reise durch die Landschaften des bluesigen, Gitarren-orientierten Rootsrocks, Southern Rocks, klassischen American Rocks, mit einem Hauch von Americana, Psychedelic und wunderbaren, jammigen Momenten. Erdig, schön "gritty" und ausgetattet mit bestens strukturiertem, erstklassigem Songmaterial liegt diese Musik näher an der der guten alten The Black Crowes, als je zuvor. Und das kommt einfach klasse. Vor allem der stetig zu spürende Southern-Esprit ist einfach großartig. Zudem war Rich Robinson gesanglich nie besser, ganz zu schweigen von seinem blendenden Gitarrenspiel. Gleich der erste Song, "The upstairs land" ist eine "Killer"-Nummer. Was wir hören, ist ein toller, ganz dezent swampig angehauchter, leicht schwüler, dennoch durchaus lockerer, einen unmittelbar gefangen nehmenden Groove, dazu exzellente Gitarren, eine prächtige Orgel-Untermalung und, bei einem überaus kraftvollen Refrain, ein ordentlich "heavy" in Szene gesetztes, psychedelisches Gitarrensolo in der Mitte. Die Nummer bleibt klasse hängen. Toller Song und gleichzeitig der Auftakt für 13 vielseitige, ganz großartige Stücke, die, jedes für sich, ihren ganz eigenen Reiz ausüben. Wie zum Beispiel der erdige, flockige, hinreissend melodische, von Rich gesanglich hervorragend vorgetragene und mit herrlichen Lead Gitarren (die zweite Lead Gitarre spielt hier im übrigen Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr) gespickte, astreine Southern Rocker "Music that will lift me", das schön funky groovende (klasse E-Piano, feurige Wah Wah-Gitarren) und mit einem tollen, wieder leicht psychedelisch wirkenden (Wah Wah)-Solo aufwartende, kernige "Eclipse the night", das mit lockerem Pianospiel und feinen Gitarren inszenierte, Americana-mässige, dabei wieder voller Southern-Flair steckende, sehr auch an die Musik seines Bruders Chris und die späten BlackCrowes erinnernde "Time to leave", das wunderbar psychedelische "Astral", der von mächtigen Basslines und glühender E-Gitarre durchzogene Bluesrocker "Which way your wind blows" oder das mit seinen wuchtigen Riffs gar an Led Zeppelin erinnernde, einen prächtigen Album-Abschluß bildente, fette "Sleepwalker". Von vorn bis hinten ist das ein super Album! Ganz klar: Rich Robinson ist an einem neuen Höhepunkt seiner "after Black Crowes"-Karriere angelangt. "Great"!

Die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

With Flux, Rich Robinson presents his most accomplished solo album to date--13 new, original songs that draw deeply on his diverse roots. A blues-rock odyssey straight from Robinson's soul, the guitarist returned to Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY, the recording facility that has become his creative hub. Nestled away within Woodstock's famed artist enclave, Robinson's work at the studio has yielded Woodstock Sessions, The Ceaseless Sight and now Flux. The entire writing and recording process, explains Robinson, is the driving force for his creativity. I love being in the recording studio, states Robinson simply. It fuels the desire to create within me. I enjoy watching it unfold. Each development fires another idea and in the end you have this organically created song that seeming came out of nowhere. It brings me such joy and peace. It never ceases to amaze me.
Flux showcases a rich variety of tempos, tones and guitar tunings, ranging from the vibrant swagger Robinson first popularized with the Black Crowes to the rich, evocative allure evident in songs such as Sleepwalker and Ides Of Nowhere. Those were great examples of songs transforming from little ideas I originally had. Both just came alive when I had the band with me in the studio. They weren't anything like what I had first envisioned. It was exciting to experience that process.
Robinson's creative process within the recording studio shaped such standout Flux tracks as Music That Will Lift Me, the album's first single. I am always excited by the creation itself, Robinson explains. I used the studio to specifically write that song. I had these parts written but it started to unfold once I got to Applehead Studios. I later wrote the lyrics in Nashville and it had really evolved into something special. Brimming with redemptive spirit, Robinson's vocal and guitar work shine throughout. Joining him on the track is Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke who lends guitar alongside Robinson's own.
Backed by musicians Matt Slocum (keys), Marco Benevento (keys), Danny Mitchell (keys) Zak Gabbard (bass), Joe Magistro (drums / percussion), and vocalists John Hogg and Danielia Cotton, Robinson transports the listener with a powerful collection of music. From the groove-laden feel of opener The Upstairs Land, the kick of funk via Shipwreck, and the gospel swell of Everything's Alright, to the emotional build-up of Life and the hearty stomp of closing track Sleepwalker, Flux ebbs and flows through moods, delivering a varied listener experience.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The Upstairs Land - 3:15
2. Shipwreck - 3:57
3. Music That Will Lift Me - 4:00
4. Everything's Alright - 5:49
5. Eclipse The Night - 3:27
6. Life - 4:42
7. Ides Of Nowhere - 4:03
8. Time To Leave - 4:58
9. Astral - 4:51
10. For To Give - 4:15
11. Which Way Your Wind Blows - 6:20
12. Surrender - 4:25
13. Sleepwalker - 5:25

Art-Nr.: 9203
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Sugarland - love on the inside ~ deluxe fan edition [2008]
Deluxe Fan-Edition mit 5 Bonustracks! Erfrischend , lebendig, wunderbar! Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles und Kristian Bush) setzen auch mit ihrem von den Fans heiß herbeigesehnten dritten Album konsequent ihren musikalisch eingeschlagenenWeg fort und werden dabei immer besser! Nettles' Stimme war nie kraftvoller, variabler und stärker, Bush's Harmonies, sein Acoustic Gitarren- und Mandolinenspiel waren nie vielfältiger. Dieses Duo ist mit seinem durchaus in Traditionen verwurzelten, aber so modernen, knackigen, dabei alles andere als glamourösen, sondern stets erdigen, exakt auf den Punkt produzierten New Contry-/Country-Rockpop-Sound eine wahre Wohltat für Nashville! Das Album erscheint in den USA in zwei Ausgaben, einer "normalen" Version mit 12 neuen Tracks und einer sogenannten "Deluxe Fan-Edition" mit 5 zusätzlichen Bonustracks! Darüber hinaus kommt die Deluxe-Ausgabe in einer speziellen, edlen Digipack-Verpackung inklusive eines alle Texte und viele Fotos enthaltenden, 20-seitigen Booklets und der Zugangsmöglichkeit zu exklusivem Video-Material. Also, keine Frage: Die "aufgemotzte" Ausgabe ist definitiv die, die es sich lohnt zu kaufen - und deshalb bieten wir auch ausschließlich diese an! Insgesamt ist das Songmaterial im Vergleich zu den beiden mega-erfolgreichen Vorgängern vielleicht etwas "verhaltener" ausgefallen. Will heißen: Der Anteil an Balladen hat im Vergleich zu den Uptempo-Nummern leicht zugenommen. Dennoch strotzt auch dieses Album vor Dynamik und Energie - und das Songmaterial ist einfach nur klasse! Ohne Ausnahme! Toll beispielsweise der froh gelaunte Opener "All I want to do" (gleichzeitig die erste Single und bereits auf dem besten Wege die nächste Nr. 1 des Duos zu werden), mit seinen kernigen Slide Gitarren-Licks (großartig: Gitarren-As Michael Landau), dem trockenen Ambiente und dem wundervollen "Ooh hu hu hu hu"-Mitsing-Refrain, der knackige, sehr melodische Uptempo Rockin' Country-Shuffle/-Boogie "It happens", der traumhafte, einfach herrlich ins Ohr gehende Country-Stomper "We run" mit seinen vitalen Acoustic Gitarren-Rhythmen, dem knackigen Drumming und großartigen Akkordeon-Spiel, die exzellente, leicht folkig angehauchte, einmal mehr wundervoll melodische, Mandolinen-getränkte Country-Ballde "Genevieve", das entspannte "Already gone", der satte, rockige, ungemein melodische Knaller "Take me as I am", das rootsige, viel Americana-Feeling aufbauende, von schöner Slide, Steelguitar und einem klasse Traditional Country-Rhythmus bestimmte "Steve Earle" (einer Huldigung der beiden an die große Roots-/Alternate Country-Ikone), und die wunderschöne, getragene, ruhige, kristallklar in Szene gesetzte, reine Country-Ballade "Very last country song" - eine traumhafte Nummer! Die fünf, auf der Fan-Edition zusätzlich enthaltenen Songs (3 weitere neue Studio-Tracks und 2 bärenstarke, bislang auch nicht als Studioversion existierende Live-Nummern) reihen sich nahtlos an den hohen Qualitätsstandard der übrigen Stücke an und sind somit für den geneigten Sugarland- und New Country-Fan ebenso unverzichtbar! Erwähnenswert hier besonders die brillante Live-Fassung des Achtziger Jahre-/Dream Academy-Klassikers "Life in a northern town", das am 13. Dezember 2007 in Fayettevill/North Carolina während der gemeinsamen US-Tour von Sugarland mit Little Big Town und Jake Owen mitgeschnitten wurde, die sich auch alle gesanglich an dieser tollen Intepretation beteiligten. Sugarland sind und bleiben mit "Love on the inside" (vielleicht sogar ihr ausgereiftestes, bestes Album) eines der absoluten Zugpferde Nashvilles in Sachen knackigem, modernem, qualitativ gochwertigem New Country, inklusive "eingebauter" Hit- und Chart-Garantie! Ein tolles Album - und darüber hinaus mit über 71 Minuten Spielzeit ein wirklich prall gefüll

Ganz interessant: Ein offizieller Sugaland "Song by Song"-Überblick (im Original):

"All I Want To Do"
The duo’s intent here was to have a lot of swing to the lead single of this album. To funk it up a bit, and keep it very hooky. Musically, this number’s somewhere between Bonnie Raitt and Jack Johnson, with some Marvin Gaye and Van Halen thrown in. "I love the flirty sound," says Jennifer Nettles. "We just always want to bring different energies, and we got to play on the lighter side this time." If you listen close, the easy percussion from Matt Chamberlain gives the song its sexy heartbeat.

"It Happens"
Sometimes, you just gotta let go. That’s what this gritty little tune’s all about, says the duo. "We always say we should take the music seriously, but not ourselves," Nettles says. When the guitar comes in at the top, you know this is going to be a little more 80s pop than down-home country. Think "Walking on Sunshine". Because this tune wraps it all up with some very advisable lyrics: "Let go, laughing". And Nettles thinks the ironies, like getting in a fender bender with your ex and his new girl, shows listeners what a grand sense of humor the universe has. It’s a very uptempo way to look at a world that’s out of your control.

"We Run"
New love. Young love. Green love. There’s an excitement to that experience that Sugarland has captured in this intoxicating bluegrassy rocker. Nettles admits this grew from a seed of an idea that Bush had, since he grew up playing mountain music in Tennessee. And this song lends itself to that Appalachian sound, that driving four-on-the-floor beat. You can’t really describe that feeling, so the duo chose to show it rather than tell it. The imagery--of pockets of dirt and reckless weather on the breath--convey how beautiful, messy and powerful love can be.

"Joey"
Teenage love doesn’t always have a happy ending. Especially when a tear-jerker like Bill Anderson has pen in hand. He helped Nettles and Bush craft this modern take on the traditional teen tragedy, and yet much more alternative influences went into the vocals. "We ended up with a haunting wail in the chorus and this R.E.M. background vocal," says Bush of the melancholy music. "It’s simple and dark." The rich texture of this song is built around all those "what ifs" that run through your mind as you explore regret. "Nothing mitigates loss," says Nettles "But everyone has regrets, so we can all relate."

"Love"
Nettles’ powerhouse pipes take center stage in this ballad. And that strength comes though in the form of questions, about how you can possibly define love. Is it the face of a child? Kindness in the eyes of a stranger? In a hotel room in Washington D.C., when Sugarland was chasing down the theme of the whole album, the topic of love came up. "No way could you ever narrow it down," Nettles says of their writing time with Tim Owens ("Settlin’"). There’s love lost, love found, new and old loves. So this tune gets right in the middle, and makes some reaches musically. Bush’s powerful voice is featured for the second half of this song. "When we were writing the back half, Jen said ‘I want you to sing these words I wrote just for you,’" recalls Bush. "I will always feel special singing those words."

"Genevieve"
Nettles said that Bush had the whole first verse worked out. That verse--and his pure, sweet mandolin work--were inspiring enough. But when the idea for some three-part harmony came up, it only made this dirge of a country heartache even better. Nettles says it reminded her of some of the southern Baptist hymns she grew up on, and likes that the story’s not clear cut. "It’s a beautiful thing when we get to play characters that are complicated." There’s a mystery of who this character is that is coping with such a dramatic loss. It’s a little twisted. But that creates an even stronger pull into the lyrics.

"Already Gone"
A waltz-time lope? On a country album? Writing with Bobby Pinson ("Want To"), the duo was determined to do a song in six-eight. And to keep it very personal. "This is the story of coming of age, literally and emotionally," says Nettles. And it’s such a healing tale, about a woman who is growing up, leaving home, falling in love and saying goodbye.

"Keep You"
Is it possible to write an emotional song about being numb? It’s like writing a song about being loud by being quiet, Nettles and Bush think. That irony, blended with a bittersweet epiphany of knowing it’s time to walk away, make this one of the most contemporary done-me-wrong songs of our time. "Subtlety and nuance make all the difference in this song. Painting emotions with broad strokes is easy, but this time we’re using a toothbrush to dig through the finer emotions," says Nettles, comparing the duo to archeologists. And the vocal range she plays with throughout keep this song on the edgier side, because of the way she explodes into huge notes that few singers can even attempt.

"Take Me As I Am"
When the curtain opens, there’s a woman in a hotel room at night. As the song unravels, so does the mystery of why she’s there. In this character-driven narrative, with a Pat Benatar influence and some solid electric guitar work, the empowering message is clear. When you reach that point, when you are comfortable in your own skin, the line about "I’m not perfect, but I’m worth it" makes all the sense in the world. This could very well be the anthem of the unsung heroes who walk among us every day. "This is a very grown-up place to get to in your life," Nettles explains.

"What I’d Give"
Written with Kenny Chesney’s long-time lead guitarist Clayton Mitchell, this one builds a lingering story around some Faces era guitar and mandolin stylings. The kind that Sugarland thinks make for a story of their own. Usually in country, the song ends when the bow is tied off neatly with a lyric. But after the last lyric ends, they still had more to say musically. Nettles vocals are sultrier than they’ve ever been, and she likes the romantic implications of the lyrics. And both she and Bush agree that if you aren’t making out halfway into this six-minute yearning, then you aren’t ever going to be.

"Steve Earle"
If you know anything about Steve Earle, this song will thrill you with its comic pining for his songwriting. If you don’t know him, it’ll certainly pique your curiosity. Both Nettles and Bush share a fondness for Earle’s brand of country. It taught them that country was still viable, and gave them confidence to reimagine the sound. And when the duo found out what a shameless romantic Earle was, they had to set all his comings and goings to music. This upbeat barn burner fueled by a big pedal steel, is a playful way to process a painful subject. Nettles looks at it this way: "There comes a point in life of a troubadour when the character can become heroic. Even legendary."

"Very Last Country Song"
Aptly named, the last song on the album is a look at what would happen if nothing ever went wrong again. "If life stayed the way it was, if those conditions weren’t in our lives, then this would literally be the last country song," says Nettles. Everything is as it should be was the impetus and inspiration behind this song. Co-writer Tim Owens told the duo that someone had once asked him why country music was always so sad. Owens’ answer was that if bad things never happened, then what would we have to write about? The ethereal tones underneath this song stay quiet enough so the insight into the human condition can be felt. Like when you can hear Nettles smile as she sings the verse that looks back on the unexpected joy of an unexpected child.

Plus 5 Bonus-Tacks:

Fall Into Me 4:46
Operation: Working Vacation 3:59
Wishing 4:11
Life In A Northern Town (Live) 4:14
Come On Get Higher (Live)

Art-Nr.: 5848
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 18,90

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Trout, Walter - ordinary madness ~ limited box-set edition [2020]
Limited Edition Box-Set with 4 Guitar Picks, 2 Coasters, 1 Postcard and 1 Sticker! Sehr schöne Aufmachung! Schlichtweg famoses, neues Album des begnadeten Gitarrenvirtuosen, Sängers, Songwriters und ehemaligen Percy Mayfield-, John Lee Hooker-. und John Mayall-Sideman. Ein absolutes Blues-/Bluesrock-Phänomen seit mehr als 4 Dekladen. Der Mann ist unverwüstlich! Walter Trout scheint sich in seinem x-ten Frühling zu befinden und liefert mit "Ordinary Madness" ein Album ab, bei dem sich ein grandioser Song an den nächsten reiht. Seine Stimme und sein Gesang waren nie besser, die Songs strotzen nur so vor hinreissenden Melodien, aber auch vor Inspiration, Seele und Kraft, vor Hingabe und Leidenschaft. Dazu sein überragendes Gitarrenspiel mit immer wieder herausragenden Soli, wunderbar eingebunden in das exzellente Songmaterial. Sehr schön auch der immer mal wieder aufkommende Southern-Spirit, aber auch die bei dem ein oder anderen Stück dezent wahrnehmbaren Heartland Rock-Spuren, ohne dabei je die bluesigen Roots zu vernachlässigen. Alles kommt in vollendeter Harmonie, wirkt aber gleichzeitig erdig, natürlich, angeraut, performt mit unbeschwerter, meisterhafter Spielfreude. Eine absolute Wohltat für unsere Blues- und Bluesrock-Ohren. Das ist pure Qualität! Walter Trout in absoluter Höchstform!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

It would seem all but impossible for an artist to produce an album that sounds original and inspired on their 29th attempt, but that is exactly what Walter Trout achieves on Ordinary Madness. Recorded at Robbie Krieger’s studio, the eleven tracks share common themes of time, mortality, and love, all while managing to sound vastly different from one another. Honest love songs follow crushingly hard rockers, which in turn lead into western-tinged blues tales. There are nearly as many types of songs as tracks on the set.
The unusual, synthesized introduction to “Ordinary Madness” sets the stage for a jazz infused blues number about mental health and the madness that pervades our society. Typically great guitar work, laid over Teddy “Zig Zag” Andreadis’s Rhodes piano, highlights the musical half of the tune, but the real takeaway is the lyrical content. With clever turns of phrase and personal admissions, Trout composes stanzas that stand on their own, apart from the music.
“Wanna Dance” shifts the tone into hard-charging rock, bolstered by crunchy guitar stabs and gritty vocals, while the softer, “My Foolish Pride,” and the western-tinged tale, “Heartland,” round out a diverse opening quartet. On “Heartland,” Trout peers through the eyes of a young woman searching for more, and reflects on the difficult decision that he and countless others have made in leaving home to live their fullest lives.
In a more direct fashion, Ordinary Madness explores the themes of time and its effects—aging and mortality. Most of the selections on the second half of the album deal with time, even if only tangentially. Trout expertly expresses feelings of sadness and loss through soaring guitar work on “All Out of Tears,” a song co-written with Teeny Tucker about her late son. On “Final Curtain Call”—arguably the best track of the set among several candidates—the upbeat tempo and riff-based groove offer a counterpoint to Trout’s musings on his own mortality. On “The Sun Is Going Down,” he addresses the topic head on, singing “And time has no mercy, it just don’t seem to care.” Representative of the album’s range as a whole, the piece starts with melodic vocalizations, moves into a reverb-soaked slow-burn, and ends as a chunky uptempo instrumental jam featuring more than a couple of blistering guitar runs. Multifaceted in its own way, “OK Boomer” can be read as a tongue-in-cheek critique, a lighthearted generational anthem, or just a great rock and roll track to sing along to.
The album is consistently great cover to cover. Perhaps not mentioned enough is the sheer quality of the music. As expected, the band is stellar, and a couple of contributions by additional musicians fill in any imagined holes in the mix. Simply put, if listeners are looking for weaknesses, they will have a hard time finding them. More likely, they will discover songs and segments worth listening to again and again from different approaches: once for the music, once for the theme, and again for moments of instrumental bliss. For an album that broaches some deeply personal subjects, Ordinary Madness succeeds in being universally relatable, not to mention extremely enjoyable. It is one of Trout’s best entries in his extensive catalog.
(Willie Witten / Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Ordinary Madness - 6:45
2. Wanna Dance - 4:29
3. My Foolish Pride - 5:55
4. Heartland - 4:26
5. All Out Of Tears - 6:31
6. Final Curtain Call - 5:39
7. Heaven In Your Eyes - 4:14
8. The Sun Is Going Down - 5:24
9. Make It Right - 4:59
10. Up Above My Sky - 4:39
11. OK Boomer - 4:38

Art-Nr.: 10139
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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