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Allman, Gregg - low country blues [2011]
Die Kritiker sind voll des Lobes! Kein neues Album der Allman Brothers, aber ein großartiges, neues Solo-Werk von Gregg Allman. Traditioneller, ursprünglicher, sehr authentischer Blues(rock), wobei die Blueskomponenten klar im Vordergrund stehen. Durch die Musik, wie sollte es auch anders sein, zieht eine herrliche Brise Southern-Soul, allein schon durch Gregg's unverwechselbaren Gesang. Und er ist prima bei Stimme. Eine beeindruckende, ja ganz starke Vorstellung des Ober-Allmans!

Hier der Kommentar von "Hittin' The Note" zu diesem Werk im Original:

Gregg Allman is one of the most iconic blues singers of all time, a certified rock star and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who has been the voice of the Allman Brothers Band for over four decades. T Bone Burnett is the most celebrated producer in music today, winning a Grammy for Alison Krauss and Robert Plant's collaboration Raising Sand and producing everybody from Elvis Costello to Elton John and Leon Russell. What do you get when you combine these two legendary talents?
The answer is Low Country Blues, the finest roots-blues record in years. With the help of T Bone's usual gang of master musicians, including a memorable turn on piano by New Orleans' own Dr. John, Gregg sings the blues as only he can, and Burnett captures the magic with the clarity and purity that have become his hallmark as a producer. Gregg's solo efforts in the past have tended to be more song-oriented and less jam-focused than the Allman Brothers Band, and this is no exception. The emphasis is on vibe and feel, with Gregg squarely in the spotlight where he belongs.
The bulk of Low Country Blues consists of classic blues tunes, all showcasing Gregg's signature vocals and B-3 work, but the album also features "Just Another Rider," a great new song Gregg co-wrote with Warren Haynes. This plaintive anthem picks up where "Midnight Rider" left off, continuing the mythology of the wandering, road-hardened gypsy that has always been a part of Allman's persona.
Of the blues tunes, standout tracks include a positively fierce version of Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied," with Gregg wailing the blues. Other highlights are the rollicking "I Believe I'll Go Back Home," the R&B joy of "Please Accept My Love" and the brooding seven-minute version of "Rolling Stone" that closes the album, but one of the best things about Low Country Blues is how it all flows together into one piece of music. It's a true album as opposed to a collection of songs, and it's hard to pick favorites from this record without feeling like you're leaving something out. Words like "timeless" and "classic" get thrown around too lightly sometimes, but this album would have sounded great in 1960, it sounds great now, and it will still sound great in 2060.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Floating Bridge - 4:45   
2 Little By Little - 2:45   
3 Devil Got My Woman - 4:52   
4 I Can't Be Satisfied - 3:31   
5 Blind Man - 3:46   
6 Just Another Rider - 5:39   
7 Please Accept My Love - 3:07   
8 I Believe I'll Go Back Home - 3:49   
9 Tears, Tears, Tears - 4:54   
10 My Love is Your Love - 4:14   
11 Checking On My Baby - 4:06   
12 Rolling Stone - 7:04

Art-Nr.: 7242
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Alvin, Dave & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - downey to lubbock [2018]
Zwei "alte" Haudegen und Pioniere der amerikanischen Roots-Szene tun sich zusammen und liefern ein geradezu brillantes Album ab. Der aus Downey in Californien stammende ex-Blasters-Veteran Dave Alvin und der in Lubbock/Texas beheimatete Roots-/Country-/Folk-/Singer-Songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore nehmen uns auf "Downey to Lubbock" mit auf eine wundervolle, ja mitreißende, packende Reise durch musikalisch faszinierende Landschaften von Roots, Blues, Rock, Americana und Alternate Country. Voller Leidenschaft, Biß und mit ungemein viel Gefühl, Seele und Authentizität repräsentieren sie ihre Heimat, Herkunft und musikalischen Einflüsse und Ideologien in 12 herausragenden, sehr abwechslungsreich und dennoch herrlich straight gestalteten und arrangierten Tracks. Zwei davon sind neu von ihnen komponierte, eigene Stücke, der Rest sind wunderbar um-arrangierte Coverversionen alter, beeindruckender Klassiker, die sie in ihrem musikalischen Werdegang auf irgendeine Art und Weise begleitet haben. Was die Beiden (Alvin spielt neben dem Lead Gesang noch bravourös akustische und elektrische Gitarre mit fulminanten Soli, Gilmore überzeugt neben der zweiten Lead-Stimme mit akustischer Gitarre und Mundharmonika) und ihre exzellenten Begleitmusiker (u.a. Skip Edwards - keyboards; Nick Forster - guitars, lap steel, mandolin; David J.Carpenter - bass; Don Heffington - drums und einige mehr) hier abliefern, ist die höchste Roots-, Blues-, Americana-, Rock-Schule. Los geht's mit dem genialen Titelstück "Downey to Lubbock", einem grandiosen, prächtig nach vorn gehenden, herrlich rootsigen, erdigen, "burning harp- and guitar-centered" Bluesrocker, in dem die beiden (sie teilen sich hier, wie auch bei einigen anderen Tracks, den Lead Gesang auf), textlich großartig verpackt, ihre musikalische Geschichte erzählen. Alvin besticht mit famoser Lead Gitarren-Arbeit (tolles Solo) und Gilmore mit nicht minder starkem Mundharmonika-Spiel. Die Nummer, die im übrigen auch toll auf Alvin's "Eleven Eleven"-Album gepasst hätte, hat einen klasse Drive. Welch ein Aufrakt! Es folgt eine saustarke Coverversion von Steve Young's "Silverlake", vorgetragen in einem ganz dezent mexikanisch angehauchten, leicht bluesigen, wundervollen, staubigen Americana-Gewand. Die großartige Begleitung aus vielschichtigen akustischen und elektrischen Gitarren, sowie unaufdringlicher Orgel und ebenso unaufdringlichem Akkordeon passt einfach super. Leicht und locker "galoppieren" die Zwei im Anschluß daran durch die herrliche, mit schöner Mandoline und klasse E-Gitarre inszenierte, lockere John Stewart-Nummer "July, you're a woman". Das ist rootsige, staubige Americana-Musik vom Allerfeinsten. Fantastisch auch das tierische, dezent akustisch beginnende, dann aber mächtig brodelnde, mit furiosen E-Gitarrenläufen und "rattenscharfen" Sax-Einlagen (Jeff Turner) gespickte Blues-Cover von Lightnin' Hopkins' "Buddy Brown's Blues", die hinreißend schöne, melodische, flockige "Mexican-flavoured" Countryrock-Version von Chris Gaffney's "The gardens", die tolle Version des alten 60iger Dino Valenti-/Youngbloods-Klassikers "Get together", das gewaltig rockende "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", wie auch die traumhaft melodische Americana-Nummer "Billy The Kid and Geronimo" - alles Höhepunkte eines von vorn bis hinten packenden Werkes. Dave Alvin und Jimmie Dale Gilmore mit einer herausragenden, ja überragenden Vorstellung, Ein absolutes Ausrufezeichen in Sachen Rootsmusik für das Jahr 2018! Kommt im übrigen in einem sehr schön gestalteten Digipack mit 24-seitigem, reich bebilderten und informativem Booklet.

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

You don’t need to know the backstory to this meeting of the minds of Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, two of Americana’s most respected journeyman roots rockers. That’s because they do the work for you on the opening title track to this partnership where they trade vocals explaining their careers and somewhat unlikely collaboration on this disc’s only co-write.
Ex-Blaster Alvin hails from Downey, California, and ex-Flatlander Gilmore calls Lubbock, Texas home. The two are a decade removed in age but found common ground in their love of Americana music, specifically the blues, rock and roll, R&B, and folk acts that played LA’s famous Ash Grove club which they both frequented. These guys are road-hardened troubadours who know the once-endless highway is going to soon end but are determined to keep the faith. They do that beautifully on this studio alliance.
Alvin’s flinty baritone and Gilmore’s high lonesome, windswept style wouldn’t seem to be a natural combination. But even though there aren’t honeyed Everly Brothers-styled harmonies here, the contrast in their voices makes for a surprisingly riveting blend. They generally switch lead vocals, which also provides a window into which one brought the song - and all but two are covers - to the table.
Alvin pays tribute to late buddy Chris Gaffney by performing his bittersweet Tex-Mex ballad “The Gardens” (one of two tracks that also features legendary West Coast songwriter Van Dyke Parks on accordion) and Gilmore does the same for Steve Young in his warbling cover of the sweet memories on “Silverlake.” But it’s the classic rockers like Lloyd Price’s New Orleans stomper “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and Brownie McGhee’s gospel-laced closing “Walk On” where the duo really finds their footing. Alvin’s distinctive lead electric guitar snakes through these tracks, bringing high voltage rollicking authority to Lightning Hopkins’ “Buddy Brown’s Blues” and the traditional swamp folk of “K.C. Moan.”
A cover of the Dino Valenti by way of the Youngbloods ’60s “smile on your brother/ love one another” anthem “Get Together” is as pertinent today as it was 50 years ago - perhaps more so - and this version with Gilmore’s trembling voice and Alvin’s taut guitar solo raises the temperature making it feel even more incisive. The California bred singer-songwriter’s lone new solo writing contribution, “Billy the Kid and Geronimo,” tells the fictional tale of a meeting between these two American fugitives, allowing both singers to trade verses based on the characters’ narratives, as they elicit sympathy for their violent lives.
A full band backs the twosome and while this might seem like an unusual pairing on paper, the result is an alternatively sweet, touching, rousing and undeniably heartfelt set that plays to both artist’s strengths while pushing each slightly outside their comfort zone. Hopefully, there will be a follow-up to further expand on this success that brings out the best in both Alvin and Gilmore and seems to just scratch the surface of their deep Americana pedigrees. (Hal Horowitz/American Songwriter)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Downey to Lubbock - 5:49
2. Silverlake - 5:02
3. Stealin' Stealin' - 2:58
4. July, You're a Woman - 3:53
5. Buddy Brown's Blues - 3:51
6. The Gardens - 3:56
7. Get Together - 3:59
8. K.C. Moan - 5:12
9. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 2:38
10. Billy the Kid and Geronimo - 4:45
11. Deportee - Plane Wreck at Los Gatos - 4:52
12. Walk On - 5:50

Art-Nr.: 9634
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Downey to Lubbock
July, you're a woman
Buddy Brown's Blues
The gardens
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
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Bishop, Elvin - can't even do wrong right [2014]
Blueslegende Elvin Bishop, Gründungsmitglied er Original Paul Butterfield Blues Band, ,ot einem neuen, großartigen Album über das das berühmte "Guitar World"-Magazin schreibt: "Rousing, down-home, feel-good music with spunky rhythms and razor-sharp slide. Bishop's a superb guitarist of great strength and skill - a rockin' good time". Viele Experten bezeichnen "Can't even do wrong right" gar als eines der besten Alben seiner Karriere.

Hier die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

Legendary blues guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Elvin Bishop returns to Alligator Records with CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT. With his ''so-loose-they're-tight'' road band behind him, along with friends Charlie Musselwhite and Mickey Thomas, Bishop has created one of the best albums of his career. CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT finds Bishop playing, writing and singing some of the most spirited and distinctive blues and roots music today. The CD proves that Bishop is as vital and creative an artist now as he was when he first hit the national scene in 1965 with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He is as slyly good-humored and instantly crowd-pleasing as he was when he was scoring Southern rock-styled hits during the 1970s. For five decades, he has never stopped touring or releasing instantly recognizable music featuring his groundbreaking playing, easygoing vocals, witty lyrics and good-time humor.
CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT, with hilariously spot-on cover art by musician/artist Paul Thorn, finds Bishop firing on all cylinders and having fun while doing it. With this album, Bishop has created another highlight in a career that covers fifty years and over 20 albums. Five of the songs are Bishop originals, including ''Let Your Woman Have Her Way,'' on which Bishop's friend Mickey Thomas sings lead (this is the first time Thomas, the ex-Jefferson Starship singer, has recorded with Bishop since he provided vocals on Bishop's classic hit ''Fooled Around And Fell In Love''). An outstanding instrumental version of Jimmy Reed's ''Honest I Do'' harkens back to Elvin's childhood: this was the very first blues song he heard coming from Nashville's WLAC, the late night 50,000 watt powerhouse R&B radio station, beaming all the way to his Oklahoma home. In the 1950s in Oklahoma, everything was racially separated except the radio (''They couldn't segregate the airwaves,'' Bishop recalls). With the addition of his Grammy Award-winning pal Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica on ''Old School'' and ''No More Doggin ,'' CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT hits its target at every turn.
As Bishop continues to tour and release new music, his stature continues to grow. Through the years his music has appeared in film and television, including the 1997 use of She Puts Me In The Mood (from his Alligator album Big Fun) in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. In 2005 he performed on the internationally televised Grammy Awards broadcast alongside Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers' guitarist Dickey Betts. He recently appeared in the documentary Born In Chicago. In 2012 and 2013 he was nominated for inclusion into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Now, with CAN'T EVEN DO WRONG RIGHT, Bishop again is ready to share his happy-go-lucky vibe with his fans around the world. His triple-threat guitar/vocal/songwriting talent, along with his ability to deliver a rollicking good time wherever he goes, assures his not-to-be-missed live performances are consistently packed to the gills with cheering fans. The Chicago Tribune says Bishop plays ''good-time music guaranteed to put a smile on your face...serious playing, potent slide guitar and razor-sharp licks.''

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Can't Even Do Wrong Right - 3:46
2. Blues With A Feeling - 4:15
3. Old School - 3:59
4. Let Your Woman Have Her Way - 4:56
5. No More Doggin' - 4:20
6. Everybody's In The Same Boat 4:11
7. Dancin' - 3:11
8. Honest I Do - 3:46
9. Bo Weevil - 3:41
10. Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - 3:35

Art-Nr.: 8647
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Black, Clint - out of sane [2020]
Clint Black ist neben George Strait und Alan Jackson zweifelsohne einer der bedeutendsten und erfolgreichstem Traditionalisten der Neunziger und frühen Zweitausender Jahre, als die Countrymusic in den Charts noch nicht so "popverseucht" wie heute war. Etliche Nr. 1-Hits stehen für ihn zu Buche. Nun meldet er sich, 5 Jahre nach seinem letzten Werk "On purpose", endlich mal wieder mit einem neuen Album zurück. Und er ist noch immer der Alte. Traditionelle, "echte" Countrymusic, wie wir sie von Clint Balck seit jeher kennen. Mal schön flott, mal im gepflegten Midtempo, aber auch mit einigen schönen Balladen transportiert er seinen typischen Traditional Country unverfälscht in die heutige Zeit. Seine vielen Fans werden es ihm danken. Ein feines Album!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review zu "Out of sane":

The praise that’s been heaped upon young guns such as Luke Combs, Jon Pardi and Cody Johnson in recent years for helping to revive the sounds of ‘90s country is certainly warranted. We’re not looking to take anything away from them. But we’d be fantastically remiss for not giving a great deal of love to the greats who actually shaped that pre-millennial sound and are still out there making music–and making it rather well.
For his 23rd studio album, and first in five years, Clint Black has drawn from the deep well he originally built his legend upon. Out of Sane, which the Texas native produced and co-wrote all but one track on, is a straight-forward, honest effort from beginning to end. In some cases, that means its refreshingly simple, lacking any pretense, but at other times, the earnestness can be a tad overpowering.
It would be understandable for a veteran such as Black, whose commercial chart-topping days are behind him, to try and update his product into something today’s radio programmers might be compelled to put onto their playlists. Thankfully Black is secure enough in his own talent, fanbase and legacy to avoid such an artistic identity crisis.
The album-opening “Hellbent” is an electrified, crawling rock-inflected number that, thanks to Black’s low southern drawl, carries enough country weight for things to feel decidedly twangy. Similar to Garth Brooks’ most rocking songs (think “Rodeo”), it doesn’t seem as though Black could crank the amps loud enough for things to ever be anything but honky-tonk ready.
Another tune where the tempo meanders while Black’s deeper vocals take center stage is the ominous, almost menacing “Down To It.” It’s a love song, and its plenty country, but the dark, almost stalker-like sonic vibe suggests the recipient of the narrator’s affections isn’t in the biggest hurry to reciprocate.
It’s not all swirling electric guitars though, of course. Black lightens things up impressively with the sorts of fiddle-packed tunes you rarely hear on mainstream country radio now but were plentiful three decades ago. The swinging “My Best Thinking” and the harmonica-drenched “Found It Anyway” feature stomping rhythms and an undeniable fool-good spirit.
If you can listen to the bouncy “Can’t Quit Thinkin’ and not immediately envision a packed dance floor of line-dancing starched Wranglers, then go search “Wildhorse Saloon” on YouTube. And the sunshine pokes through with the bluegrass-powered “With Love” and the soulful, laid-back “Beautiful Day.”
Black does step away from his most comfortable of ranges on this record with mixed results. In the piano ballad love letter to his country, “America (Still in Love With You),” Black seems to be shooting for Lee Greenwood-size patriotic bombast by singing from a schmaltzy Hallmark card. And in the album-closing “What I Knew Then,” he employs an odd voice modulation in the chorus that robs the rocking song of any momentum, making it sound like some wacky ‘80s action figure commercial.
Make no mistake, not all the surprises here take a wrong turn. The bluesy “Find Myself” is a moody gem, and the up-tempo “The Only One” is a searing Tom Petty-esque rocker. The biggest, most pleasant surprise of all is that the one song out of the dozen on the record Black didn’t write is the one he shines brightest on.
Black’s cover of Harry Nilsson’s 1968 hit “Everybody’s Talkin’” is a fully plugged-in roadhouse rager. With tons of wall-rattling reverb backing him, Black absolutely nails that iconic high vocal note towards the song’s end. As much as any other song here, there’s little doubt this would’ve been yet another Number One single for Black had it been released during the Clinton Administration.
The signature marks Black has come to be best known for, like stellar guitar work, boldly clear baritone vocals and straight-forward country storytelling, are quite present and accounted for. In the midst of some questionable left turns and exciting surprises, such dependable constants are comforting and completely welcome. Through it all, Out of Sane, is a fine record, and most importantly, it’s a genuinely unmistakable Clint Black record.
(Kelly Dearmore / Sounds Like Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Hell Bent - 4:13
2. My Best Thinkin' - 3:59
3. America (Still in Love With You) - 4:03
4. With Love - 3:32
5. Everybody's Talkin' - 3:31
6. Found it Anyway - 3:07
7. A Beautiful Day - 3:57
8. Down To It - 4:32
9. The Only One - 4:09
10. Can't Quit Thinkin' - 3:27
11. Find Myself - 3:06
12. What I Knew Then - 4:14

Art-Nr.: 10092
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Blues Traveler - hurry up & hang around [2018]
Sie sind noch immer, bzw. wieder, in einer fantastischen Verfassung. Die großartigen Root-/Jamrock-Veteranen um Mastermind und Harp-Wizard John Popper präsentieren mit ihrem neuen, nunmehr 13. Studioalbum, ein absolutes Prachtteil ab, das die große Blues Traveler-Fanbase vollstens überzeugen wird. Tolles Songmaterial, große Spielfreude, hervorragend hängen bleibendes Material, Abwechslungsreichtum - einfach stark!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Blues Traveler has always been a band that lets their sound, travel, if you will. Along the winding path of their career, the one constant has been change. "Save His Soul" sounded nothing like "Four", which sounded nothing like "Truth Be Told", which sounded nothing like "Blow Up The Moon". They have always been chasing something, but what exactly that is has always been nebulous. In the beginning, the strove for respect. Then they strove for the status they deserved. Then they strove to regain their place. And finally, they strove to make themselves happy. That leaves us with a string of records that hold together, but form a patchwork that draws your attention to a different area each time. And even when they are taking a detour that might not be your choice, there are always interesting twists that make it worth your while to take the ride with them.
With the band having reached a milestone of longevity, the question of how to commemorate that brings them back (nearly) full circle. While their last couple records have seen Blues Traveler injecting their sound with pop songwriters in the search for the perfect collaboration, "Hurry Up & Hang Around" finds them stripping back to the garage band they started out as. This is the most classically Blues Traveler album they have made, in approach, in many a year.
Our first taste of this chapter came from the opening track, "Accelerated Nation", which came out of the gates in traditional Blues Traveler form. Sounding like a mix of all their eras, the song fused their classic sound with the polished writing of their modern work, giving us a song that fits the same mold "Most Precarious" did (and sadly never got credit for - that was a better single than it is remembered as).
Longtime fans will recognize bits and pieces that should evoke a smile, like how John Popper's melody in the verses of "She Becomes My Way" stretches a syllable or two longer than anyone else would write it. Those are the details that I have always appreciated, both as a fan and as a songwriter. Every writer and every band has idiosyncrasies that pop up, which I think got too smoothed out with the amount of collaboration they had been doing lately. Even when they were writing great songs, like "Matador" was, they didn't have those trademark elements. Hearing them again is a treat.
Another one pops up on "Daddy Went A Giggin'", where Popper's melody in the verses, and some of the feel of the instrumental, is somewhat pulled from his solo album, "Zygote" (the song "His Own Hands" in particular). The songwriting on this record is a throwback to the "Four" and "Straight On Til Morning" period, but more concise than they were back then. The band has been constantly trimming away the excess from their old tendencies, which leaves us with a lean record. Old fans might think there's a looseness missing from the recordings, but it shows how their focus has shifted over the years towards sharp songwriting.
The thing about being a Blues Traveler fan is that we can argue over which of their experiments are our favorites. Some of us will love how gritty and heavy they got on "Bastardos!", while others will appreciate the slickness of "Truth Be Told". This one, though, feels like the right record for an anniversary period, because it is the one record since "Four" that best captures every side of the band.
Given how much the world has changed since "Run Around" and "Hook" were near the top of the charts, it's a good decision that the band is no longer trying to chase a hit, and is instead writing music that is befitting of their status. There are clover hooks and strong melodies, but they integrate into the core of the band's sound, rather than sounding like the token attempt to appeal to a demographic that no longer exists. Look, I love "Girl Inside My Head" and "Amber Awaits" too, but even then there no longer existed the proper outlet for them to become mainstream hits.
"Hurry Up & Hang Around" is a record made for Blues Traveler fans by the biggest fans of them all, the band. At this stage of their career, that's exactly what most people want to hear. And listening to the results, I can't argue. This record will make any Blues Traveler fan happy, and it will reset things so the next experiment is more welcome. (Bloody Good Music / Chris C)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Accelerated Nation - 3:04
2. She Becomes My Way - 3:51
3. The Touch She Has - 4:22
4. When You Fall Down - 3:32
5. The Wolf Is Bumpin - 3:48
6. Daddy Went a Giggin - 3:43
7. Tangle Of Our Dreaming - 3:36
8. More Than Truth - 3:02
9. Prayer Upon The Wind - 2:20
10. Miss Olympus - 4:02
11. Phone Call From Leavenworth - 4:35
12. Ode From The Aspect - 4:55

Art-Nr.: 9717
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Brooks & Dunn - hillbilly deluxe [2005]
Was heißt hier "Hillbilly deluxe"? Das ist nichts anderes als "Brooks & Dunn deluxe".. - einfach genial! Man fragt sich bei der Ankündigung eines neuen Albums der beiden immer mal wieder, ob sich nach den immensen Erfolgen nicht vielleicht irgendwann einmal doch ein paar "Abnutzungserscheinungen" einstellen könnten, doch weit gefehlt: Sie kriegen es immer wieder hin, ja schaffen es sogar mit jedem neuen Album die Spannung zu erhöhen und den Eindruck zu hinterlassen, immer noch einen Schritt weiter gehen zu können. So ist das auch diesmal! "Hillbilly deluxe" macht genau da weiter, wo vor zwei Jahren das famose "Red dirt road" aufhörte, und doch scheint es, als setzten sie nochmal "einen oben drauf"! Ein Hammer-Album! Ronnie Dunn und Kix Brooks stehen voll im Saft und versprühen jede Menge Enthusiamus. Man spürt regelrecht ihren Willen, die Fans immer wieder mit neuen, tollen Songs "vom Hocker zu hauen" - und es gelingt ihnen eindrucksvoll! "Hillbilly deluxe" zeigt das amtierende ACM- und CMA-"Duo Of The Year" rockiger denn je. Immerhin hören wir erst mit Stück Nummer 8, dem gefühlvollen, mit einer feinen Prise Southern-Gospel-Blues-Soul-Flair gewürzten, wunderbaren "Believe", die erste Ballade, ansonsten geht es bis dahin ausschließlich ordentlich nach vorne. Auch da wird die Entwicklung von "Red dirt road" fortgeführt. Kix Brooks sagt dazu, daß dies genau der Weg zurück zu ihren Roots ist, wo sie eigentlich herkommen. "I think we started heading back to what got us here. There are so many ways to make music, but sometimes just plugging straight into your inspiration is the very best way to go. So you hear all of "em: The Stones, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Tom Petty and the soul that made soul music, but came out of the churches", führt er dazu aus. Doch auch die Southern-Einflüsse, in Form von ZZ Top-, Georgia Satellites- oder Skynyrd-Anlagen waren nie größer! Hard driving, honky'n'rocking New Country-Music voller Frische, Energie, Niveau und herrlicher Melodien, wobei es trotz aller rockenden Kraft, sowohl thematisch als auch musikalisch immer nur um eines geht: um Hillbillies, Trucks, Bars, Wild Girls, Fast Cars, Whiskey, Hard Roads, Small Towns usw. - eben um "Country"! Die traditionelle Basis bleibt also immer gewahrt! Also Boys, laßt es krachen! "Yeah, she blew through the door like TNT" intoniert Ronnie Dunn beim ersten Stück, und entsprechend explosiv knallt "Play Something Country" dann auch aus den Lautsprechern. Massive, laute Gitarren-Riffs und -Licks voller Southern-Flair, druckvolles Drumming, klimperndes Klavier und sogar ein paar kurze Bläser-Einsätze begleiten uns durch einen "wilden", powernden, satten Rockin' Honky Tonk-/Roadhouse-/Boogie-Ritt, der vom Feeling her auch glatt zu den Georgia Satellites passen würde. Dennoch ist der Song, entsprechend dem Titel, sowohl vom Arrangement, als auch vom Text ("said I'm a whiskey drinkin' cowboy cheatin' hell of a time, I like Kenny, Keith, Alan and Patsy Cline"...), ein klares Bekenntnis zum Country-Lifestyle! Wie eigentlich das komplette Album! Weter geht's mit dem grandiosen, ebenso knackigen wie herrlich melodischen "She's about as lonely as I'm going to let her get" (netter Titel)! Leicht an John Mellencamp erinnernde Gitarrenlinien, eine wunderbare, klare Pedal Steel im Zusammenspiel mit einer satten E-Gitarre und dazu eine groovende Orgel sorgen für ein dezent staubiges, gleichzeitig aber sehr harmonisches, tolles New Country-/Countryrock-Feeling! Großartig! Dann der etwas rootsige, recht flockige, wunderbare Countryrocker "My heart's not a hotel", mit seiner schönen Mandolinen- und Mundharmonika-Begleitung, sowie dem glühenden E-Gitarren-Solo (ein dezentes Heartland-Feeling ist hier nicht zu leugnen), gefolgt von dem kochenden, voller feuriger Slide-Gitarren und Southern-rooted Riffs steckenden "Whiskey do my talkin'", bis das Titelstück "Hillbilly deluxe" auf dem Programm steht! Thema ist die junge, "echte" Hillbilly-Mentalität, etwas raubeiniger "Landeier", die in ihrer Freizeit, nicht nur mit ihren Chrom-polierten Trucks und den scharfen Mädchen in den Honky Tonks, mal richtig "die Sau raus lassen" wollen. Musikalisch und textlich perfekt umgesetzt mit drückendem, rauem, sehr Southern Rock-nahem ("put on the smell good, put on the Skynyrd", heißt es beispielsweise in einer Text-Passage), schwerblütigem, sattem Countryrock! Ganz große Klasse! So reiht sich ein toller Song an den nächsten! Sei es das traumhaft melodische, knackige, wie Öl runter gehende "Just another neon night", mit seinen tollen Gitarren, der herrlichen Steel, der schönen Mundharmonika und dem so harmonischen Refrain, das fantastische Remake der kultigen Larry Willoughby-Nummer "Building bridges", mit Vince Gill und Sheryl Crow als unterstützende(n) Background-Sänger/-in, das rootsig, Americana-mäßig rockende, trockene "Her west was wilder", der kochende "ZZ Top goes Country"-like Boogie "She likes to get out of town", oder die wunderbar relaxte, frische, von Radney Foster mit komponierte, Steel-getränkte Ballade "Again"! "This album is a blast", schwärmt ein euphorischer U.S.-Fan! Recht hat er! Brooks & Dunn beglücken die Country-Welt mit einer weiteren, absoluten Meisterleistung! Die Meßlatte liegt verdammt hoch! Möge ihnen diese Klasse nie abhanden kommen...

Art-Nr.: 3464
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

Art-Nr.: 7907
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 6,90

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Burnside, Cedric - benton county relic [2018]
Drummer, Gitarrist, Sänger, Songwriter und "Bluesman" Cedric Burnside ist der Enkel des großen Hill Country-Blues-Veteranen R. L. Burnside, eine faniliäre Verbindung, die in diesem Fall ein absoluter Segen ist. Cedric führt die Tradition der Burnsides zu 100 Prozent fort und präsentiert mit seinem neuen Album "Benton Country Relic" ein ganz großariges Werk besten Hill Country Blues-Zeitgeistes. Dreckig, authentisch, ehrlich durch und durch, auf der Höhe der Zeit, dennoch absolut traditionell verwurzelt, hören wir straighten, direkten, von großer Spielfreude und prächtigen Grooves dominierten, feinsten, erdigen Hill Country-Blues und -Bluesrock, voller "Feeling, voller Seele und voller Energie. Die tiefen Einflüsse reichen von Junior Kimbrough, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Otha Turner und natürlich R. L. Burnside, über die North Mississippi Allstars (Luther Dickinson brachte Cedric vor vielen Jahren zum Gitarrespielen, was er heute exzellent beherrscht), bis hin zu den Black Keys und White Stripes. Die Reviews der einschlägigen amerikanischen Blues-Magazine und -Institutionen zu diesem Album sind überwältigend. Ganz großer Auftritt von Cedric Burnside, der siese Musik einfach in aller Natürlichkeit in seiner DNA hat.

Hier noch ein Original U.S. Review:

The best blues songs have an element of danger like they’re going to fall apart at any moment. It’s a feeling not unlike building Ikea furniture while drunk. Cedric Burnside’s Benton County Relic taps into that invigorating feeling of falling, perfectly slowing the beat of songs to create huge grooves and using raw guitar to accentuate the melodies.
Cedric Burnside is the grandson of North Mississippi blues legend R.L. Burnside. R.L.’s work can be described as wild blues, with manic drums and beautifully random guitar outbursts. Cedric, who played drums for his grandfather, has a similar sensibility. Burnside is not a carbon-copy of his grandfather, nor of his father, the blues drummer Calvin Jackson. He borrows liberally from both, but also weaves in contemporary influences, creating a sound that takes his family’s Hill country roots and gives them an ever-so-gentle polish, keeping the wildness and freeness of the grooves, but also instituting more control.
Cedric also has a nice voice, with a warmth and old-school blues sweetness not necessarily associated with his family. He sings in a similarly percussive way, but also manages to smooth out the edges. Put together, it makes Benton County Relic a continuation of the blues, rather than just a repetition of it.
“Get Your Groove On,” as the title suggests, swings and bounces along as Burnside’s guitar mimics his singing. You can’t quite dance to the track, but it’ll definitely make you sway. While Burnside doesn’t play drums on the album (they’re more than capably handled by Brian Jay), his respect for the groove drives the record. His ability to slow a down song and somehow make it feel fast is simply amazing. For instance, a track like “Don’t Leave Me Girl” could be a standard soul song in the hands of another artist. But with Jay and Burnside, it becomes sexy and propulsive, the silence of the song just as important as the notes and beats.
Many of the grooves will sound familiar. They’ve been used by everyone from the White Stripes to the Black Keys, to, unsurprisingly, the North Mississippi Allstars, with whom Burnside has played. Burnside has an amazing ability to work the beat, expanding rests just long enough to create suspense throughout a song. One could guess it’s a gift he inherited from grandfather, but it’s far more likely a skill he cultivated through countless performances and close observations of the audience.
It can be hard for artists to let songs breathe. There’s something scary about letting a song do nothing, if only for a moment. Burnside is fearless in that regard, and it’s especially impressive since he recorded the album in just two days. The album has an intentional feel; the performances are all well thought-out. But there’s also a looseness to the album that makes it radiate with a live, unscripted energy. Burnside is masterful at knowing when to let a song do it’s thing. Unlike my Tarva dresser, built on the strength of a six-pack, Benton County Relic will stand the test of time. (Steve Ovadia/Glide Magazine)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. We Made It - 3:34
2. Get Your Groove On - 2:23
3. Please Tell Me Baby - 3:37
4. Typical Day - 3:20
5. Give It to You - 4:31
6. Hard to Stay Cool - 5:34
7. Don't Leave Me Girl - 3:42
8. Death Bell Blues - 4:36
9. There Is So Much - 4:03
10. Call on Me - 3:53
11. I'm Hurtin - 2:49
12. Ain't Gonna Take No Mess - 3:34

Art-Nr.: 9704
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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We made it
Please tell me baby
Give it to you
Don't leave me girl
Call on me
I'm hurtin'
Ain't gonna take no mess

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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, Johnny - bootleg vol. IV: the soul of truth [2012]
2 CD-Set! Die mittlerweile schon "kultige", großartige "Bootleg"-Serie mit raren und hoch interessanten Johnny Cash-Aufnahmen geht weiter. Im vierten Teil wird Cash's spirituelle Seite und seine Verbundenheit zur Gospel-Musik durchleuchtet. Die vorliegende Doppel-CD enthält 3 sehr rare, komplette Alben, davon eins aus dem Jahre 1975, das bislang nie veröffentlicht wurde (die anderen beiden sind "A believer sings the truth" und "Gospel singer", das erwähnte, unveröffentlichte Werk von 1975 hat niemals einen Titel bekommen), sowie weitere seltene und bislang noch nie erschienene Tracks und Outtakes. Insgesamt sind das 51 Songs, davon 15 bislang unveröffentlicht. Dazu gibt's im Booklet sehr informative Liner-Notes, geschrieben von Johnny's Sohn, John Carter Cash. Klasse!

Die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

If not for gospel music, there never would have been a Johnny Cash. When Cash decided he wanted to be an entertainer, there was really only one type of music he intended to sing. Although Cash reinvented himself many times during his life, there was one way in which he never did: His faith. And this faith, with its roots so firmly planted in gospel music, stayed with him throughout his life.
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth presents an intimate and personal look at Cash s passion for gospel music and his own spiritual path. Bootleg Vol. IV presents three rare albums in their entirety: A Believer Sings The Truth; an untitled, unreleased 1975 set; and Johnny Cash Gospel Singer. Among these hard-to-find recordings are 15 unreleased tracks including outtakes from the sessions at which the albums were recorded.
Johnny Cash's son, John Carter Cash, provides liner notes that detail Cash's upbringing on gospel and his passion for recording and performing this music despite resistance from his record labels. Though he would sing many kinds of music in his life, he was never truer than when he sang songs of faith.
To fully grasp Cash's legend, one must hear his earliest performances, as well as unreleased or under-promoted recordings that somehow remained out of earshot of an adoring (and still-expanding) public. Such is the mission of the Johnny Cash Bootlegs, a series of multiple-disc packages brimming with historical importance but also delivering thoroughly enjoyable listening experiences, each programmed to stand as a captivating doorway into Cash's popular legacy as effectively as any greatest hits compilation.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

Disc 1
1. Wings in the Morning - 2:45
2. Gospel Boogie (A Wonderful Time Up There) - 2:39
3. Over the Next Hill (We'll Be Home) - 2:35
4. He's Alive - 4:16
5. I've Got Jesus in My Soul - 2:40
6. When He Comes - 3:32
7. I Was There When It Happened - 2:15
8. I'm a New Born Man - 1:42
9. Strange Things Happening Every Day - 3:32
10. Children Go Where I Send Thee - 2:43
11. I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal - 2:14
12. Lay Me Down in Dixie - 2:01
13. Don't Take Everybody to Be Your Friend - 2:24
14. You'll Get Yours and I'll Get Mine - 2:21
15. Oh Come, Angel Band - 2:45
16. This Train Is Bound for Glory - 3:30
17. I'm Gonna Try to Be That Way - 2:49
18. What on Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake) - 2:08
19. That's Enough - 2:43
20. The Greatest Cowboy of Them All - 3:58
21. Didn't It Rain - 2:29
22. He Touched Me - 2:34
23. Way Worn Traveler - 1:54
24. I'll Have a New Life - 2:19
25. Truth - 2:17

Disc 2
1. Back in the Fold - 3:25
2. Look Unto the East - 2:33
3. I Was There When It Happened - 2:11
4. Sanctified - 2:24
5. Would You Recognize Jesus - 2:34
6. That's Just Like Jesus - 3:12
7. What on Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake) - 3:14
8. Keep Me from Blowing Away - 3:06
9. Don't Give Up on Me - 2:35
10. Over the Next Hill (We'll Be Home) - 2:20
11. Far Side Banks of Jordan - 2:50
12. Our Little Old Home Town - 2:43
13. Belshazzar - 2:59
14. My Children Walk in Truth - 2:39
15. The Old Rugged Cross - 2:25
16. One of These Days I'm Gonna Sit Down and Talk to Paul - 3:09
17. God Ain't No Stained Glass Window - 3:09
18. Half a Mile a Day - 3:23
19. Another Wide River to Cross - 2:27
20. You're Drifting Away - 1:38
21. Believe in Him - 3:28
22. Over There - 3:14
23. Gospel Road - 3:45
24. What Is Man - 2:33
25. Wildwood in the Pines - 2:23
26. Never Grow Old - 2:39

Art-Nr.: 7748
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Castro, Tommy & The Painkillers - method to my madness [2015]
Der großartige Bluesrock-Veteran und exzellente Gitarrist Tommy Castro legt mit seiner baumstarken, aktuellen Formation, den Painkillers, den Nachfolger zu seinem letztjährigen, famosen "The devil you know" vor und zeigt eindrucksvoll, in welch blendender Verfassung er und seine Jungs nach wie vor aufspielen. Bestens groovender, funky, classic, soulful Blues und Bluesrock, umgesetzt in exzellentem Songmaterial. Sehr inspiriert! Klasse Album!

Die Produktbeschreibung im Original:

Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He and his band, The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and with Method To My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch. “My main objective when making a new album,” says Castro, “is to do something different from before. I’ve always been a blues guy; it’s what I’m meant to do. But I’m always listening and reacting to what’s going on in the outside world, experimenting with my guitar tone and my songwriting approach to constantly keep my music fresh. In the end, though, my brand is on every song.” Method To My Madness finds Tommy Castro And The Painkillers at their very best. It is instantly a career-defining highlight in a lifetime full of them. From the opening one-two punch of everyman anthems Common Ground and Shine A Light to the full-tilt energy of the title track to the searing, deep soul ballad Died And Gone To Heaven, Tommy and the band are firing on all cylinders. From the bayou rock of Got A Lot and the atmospheric, autobiographical Ride to the reinvented version of the Clarence Carter hit I’m Qualified and the emotional cover of B.B. King’s Bad Luck, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers continue to break new ground while simultaneously having an incredible amount of fun. After spending his 20s gigging around in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands, Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s before forming The Tommy Castro Band in 1991. He released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig and hit the road hard, picking up new fans everywhere he went. In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television’s Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records, as well as one on his own Heart And Soul label. Castro joined Alligator Records in 2009, releasing Hard Believer and winning four of his six career Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). His song Hard Believer took first place in the blues category of the International Songwriting Competition. Castro formed The Painkillers in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup and leaving his tight horn section behind. Fueled by Tommy’s voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released The Devil You Know in 2014, winning over hordes of new fans. Castro stripped his music down to its raw essence with the band hammering their point home on the bandstand. Jambands declared, “Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.” Now, with Method To My Madness, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are ready to unleash their new songs on music fans everywhere. “With the new album,” Castro says, “I was trying to get back to my basic ingredients: blues and soul. I went for the energy of connecting with my band. We kept everything raw, capturing the feeling of playing live. I’m not about being perfect,” he says, summing up. “I’m about being real.” Clearly that is the method to his madness.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Common Ground - 4:14
2. Shine A Light - 4:34
3. Method To My Madness - 3:14
4. Died And Gone To Heaven - 5:02
5. Got A Lot - 3:50
6. No Such Luck - 4:23
7. Two Hearts - 3:40
8. I'm Qualified - 3:10
9. Ride - 4:40
10. Lose Lose - 5:17
11. All About The Cash - 4:31
12. Bad Luck - 3:27

Art-Nr.: 9005
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Shine a light
Method to my madness
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Got a lot
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Two hearts
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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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David, Nicholas - yesterday's gone [2019]
Die in der Bluesrock-Szene mittlerweile hoch angesehene, grandiose Gitarristin, Songwriterin und Performerin Samantha Fish glänzt nicht nur selbst mit der Veröffentlichung hochklassiger Alben, sondern etabliert sich auch immer mehr als Förderin junger, hoch talentierter Kollegen, wie zum Beispiel dem exzellenten Gitarristen Jonathon Long, der im vergangenen Jahr über Fish's eigenes "Wild Heart"-Label ein klasse, von ihr produziertes Album veröffentlichte. Neuester, vielversprechender Künstler, den sie nun "am Haken" hat, ist der vorzügliche Songwriter, Keyboarder und Sänger Nicholas David aus St. Paul/Minnesota, dessen neues, wunderbares Album "Yesterday's gone" Miss Fish ebenfalls produzierte und nun über "Wild Heart Records" veröffentlichte. "David has an unbelievable voice and is a strong songwriter", urteilt ein amerikanischer Rezensent - und er hat absolut recht. Der einstige Finalist (2012) der U.S.-"The Voice"-Ausgabe verfügt über eine ungemein warme, sehr angenehme, einem sofort vertraut und dennoch einzigartig vorkommende Stimme voller Soul und Southern-Feeling, die nahezu perfekt zu seiner Musik passt. Seine Musik ist eine, auch instrumentell ungemein ausgewogene Mischung aus Roots-, Blues-, Rhythm and Blues-, Pop- und Soul-Anlagen, durch die eine herrliche, seichte Southern-Brise weht. Samantha Fish hat dabei einen ganz vorzüglichen Produzenten-Job gemacht, denn alles klingt angenehm natürlich und authentisch. Das Songwriting (alle Tracks hat Davis selbst komponiert) ist großartig. Die vorwiegend "piano-driven" Songs werden sehr ausgewogen mit wunderbaren Gitarren veredelt (Duane Betts und Jonathon Long), kommen mit feinen Melodien, hinreißenden Grooves und viel Southern Soul. David durfte im Studio mit einer Band, bestehend aus absolut hochkarätigen Bgelitmusikern arbeiten, die natürlich einen nicht unwesentlichen Teil zum Gelingen des Albums beitrugen, wie zum Beispiel Duane Betts (Allman Betts Band) an der Lead Gitarre (bei 4 Tracks), Jonathon Long (guitars), Charlie Wooton (Royal Southern Brotherhood) am Bass, Scott Graves (drums), und einigen mehr. Davis selbst spielt sämtliche Keyboards. Der großartige Opener "Hole in the bottom" definiert sofort den charakteristischen "Ton" dieses klasse Albums. Die Nummer ist ein voller Seele steckender, mit führendem, harmonisch gefääligem Piano- und Orgelspiel ausgestatteter, herrlich groovender, von einem erfrischenden, lockeren, flotten, wunderbar beschwingten Rhythmus getragener, southern-flavoured Roots-/Blues-/Soul-Rocker, in dessen zweiter Hälfte Dickey Betts' Sohn Duane gleich seinen großen Lead Gitarren-Auftritt hat. Was für ein herrliches, lässiges, ausgedehntes Solo - in bester Betts-/Allmans-Tradition. In dieser Konstellation hätte die Nummer auch glatt von der Allman Betts Band stammen können. Stark! Klasse auch beispielsweise das retro-buesige, voller Southern Soul steckende "Heavy heart" (wieder Betts mit feiner Lead Gitarre) , der southern-infused R & B-Track "With or without" (viel Soul, prächtige Piano-Klänge, schöne Gitarren-Licks), das mit Bruce Hornsby-mässigem Pianospiel inszenierte, knackige, rootsige, leicht southern-bluesige "Curious", der lockere Roots-Southern-Blues "Let u go", das zunächst in einem akustischen Ambiente beginnende, nach rund 40 Sekunden dann aber ordentlich knackig und southern-bluesig, rootsig rockende "Stars" (dezenter Howling Wolf-Touch, tolle Melodie, exzellentes Piano-, Orgel- und Gitarrenspiel), sowie das ein wenig in JJ Cale-/Clapton-Manier groovende "Little by little". Nicholas David zeigt eindrucksvoll sein großes Talent. "Yesterday's gone" ist ein Album geworden, das mit den beteiligten Musikern, Frau Fish an den Reglern und natürlich dem Protagonisten selbst, vor allem auch "mannschaftlich" voll überzeugt. Southern, soulig, rootsig, bluesig - einfach schön!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Perhaps the secret behind Nicholas David’s organic, natural sound is as simple as letting the music arise organically and naturally. There was no apparent rush to create Yesterday’s Gone, released three years after With These Hands. In fact, his time spent opening for, and playing with the Devon Allman Project, seems to have been the catalyst behind the musical connections and inspirations that define his newest album. Recorded in New Orleans with the guiding hand of Samantha Fish, the team of David (vocals, keys), Duane Betts (guitar), Jonathan Long (guitar), Charlie Wooten (bass) and Scott Graves (drums) deftly blends southern soul and blues into an earthy, 11-song collection.
Sharing a similar timbre with its predecessor, Yesterday’s Gone heavily features David’s voice, and it sits high in the mix throughout the album—as it should. Its raw richness serves as the natural focus, but the songwriting and instrumental accompaniment are equally impressive. The mostly upbeat tracks all boast lush, warm, analog sounds that vary in number and amplitude as the songs require. The production is meticulous without being overwrought.
“Hole in the Bottom” sets the tone for much of the album with a heavy emphasis on David’s voice, piano and organ leads, and a willingness to make dynamic changes within individual songs. An understated guitar solo carries the second half of the tune up to the gentle revisitation of the main piano theme. “Heavy Heart” changes tempo, but maintains many of the same characteristics, namely, great playing and an honest, soulful feel.
The first true standout, “With or Without,” begins with and builds around a memorable melody delivered through a dual-guitar harmony. As much as David can carry a song on his own, the shared spotlight with another musical aspect really brings the track to fulfillment. Jazzier than its album-mates, “Curious” employs the same focus-shift away from David’s vocals, and towards the accompaniment that usually buoys the song and the singing.
A true New Orleans gumbo has to include a touch of R&B and a smattering of soul; “I’m Interested” and “Peel Back the Leaves,” respectively provide those ingredients. “Times Turning” opens with an emotive, cascading piano progression that shares space with the album’s most poignant lyrical verses. Immediately contrasting the simple structure of “Times Turning,” “Stars” shines as a multipart composition with an anthemic chorus. Between those two numbers and “With or Without,” a case can be made for any being the best song of the set.
"Little by Little,” a fun, jangly number, closes the album with a Crescent City flavoring of sounds. Yesterday’s Gone’s many components all play their part in making this album a winner. First listenings will undoubtedly gravitate towards David and his mellifluous voice, but each subsequent visit will peel back another layer of the sonic onion. “Peel back the leaves, just one more day, break off the bark, so the roots will stay.” Nicholas “Family Man” David and his cohorts plant profoundly deep roots on this effort. (Willie Witten / Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Hole in the Bottom - 3:46
2. Heavy Heart - 5:11
3. With or Without - 5:03
4. I'm Interested - 4:59
5. Peel Back the Leaves - 3:17
6. Curious - 5:50
7. Okay - 5:46
8. Let U Go - 4:14
9. Times Turning - 5:00
10. Stars - 4:35
11. Little by Little - 5:13

Art-Nr.: 9965
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Hole in the bottom
Heavy heart
With or without
Let u go
Little by little

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Ellis, Tinsley - ice cream in hell [2020]
Neues Album des Gitarrenvirtuosen aus Georgia, das die Fachpresse jetzt schon als eines seiner besten überhaupt feiert. "'Ice Cream in Hell' has guitar playing that’s frighteningly close to perfect, but what seals the album is the passion beneath the guitar playing" ist nur eins der begeisterten Zitate. In der Tat ist Ellis' Gitarrenspiel auf einem Level, das von nur ganz wenigen erreicht wird. Voller Gefühl, genauso variabel, wie geradeaus und punktgenau, überflüssiges Gefrickel stets vermeidend, dabei aber voller Energie, Inbrunst, Power, Seele und mit unendlicher Virtuosität. Auch gesanglich wirkt der Meister so herrlich natürlich und das Songmaterial ist einfach fantastisch. Nehmen wir nur Tracks, wie beispielsweise den voller Energie steckenden Opener "Last one to know", ein toller Midtempo-Bluesrocker, durchzogen von effektvollen Gitarrenlicks und glühendem Lead-Spiel (super Soli von Ellis, großartiger Orgel-Background von Kevin McKendree, dezente Bläser-Fills), das ähnlich strukturierte, bärenstarke Titelstück "Ice cream in hell" (funkige Riffs, groovende Percussion, famose Gitarrensoli), den schön nach vorn gehenden, klassischen Blues-Boogie "Foolin' yourself", der von bestechender Lead-Gitarre durchzogene, sehr emotionale, herzzerreißende Slow-Blues "Hole in my heart" (das etwa 2 1/2-minütige, ungemein gefühlvolle Gitarrensolo gegen Ende ist schlicht phänomenal), den mit viel Southern Soul, furiosem Drive und geradezu überbordender Slide-Gitarre inszenierten, rockin' and rollin' Blues "Sit tight mama", das mit einem traumhaft schönen Latin-Groove ausgestattete, flockig flotte, dennoch mit enrgetischen Gitarrenläufen gespickte "Everything and everyone", oder der umwerfende, mit regelrecht fasziniernden Gitarrelinien veredelte, packende, kraftvolle Slow-Blues "Your love's like heroin" (begnadete Soli des Meisters) zum Abschluß des Albums - es ist die pure Wonne. "Ice cream in hell" ist nicht mehr und nicht weniger als ein absolut meisterhaftes Blues-/Bluesrock-Werk mit einem Tisley Ellis in famoser Verfassung.

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

There are no right or wrong answers with music. It’s subjective and everyone brings their own preferences and past experiences to the listening process. So what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Having gotten that out of the way, Tinsley Ellis does blues rock right and Ice Cream in Hell is positively correct.
Ellis is a guitarist’s guitarist, with 17 solo albums to his name, but not enough name recognition. I’m not sure if Ice Cream in Hell will address that marketing challenge, but in a perfect world, it would, because it’s a phenomenal album. Where Ellis’ 2018 album, Winning Hand, featured the same high-quality guitar playing, there was something a bit staid about it all, like he was striving for perfection at the expense of emotion. Ice Cream in Hell has guitar playing that’s frighteningly close to perfect, but what seals the album is the passion beneath the guitar playing.
Ellis’ guitar work is so good, it’s easy to ignore his singing, which is charmingly ordinary. I have no idea what it’s like to have talent, but I imagine it’s very easy to hide behind it. If I could play half as well as Ellis, you’d hear me jamming on every street corner and subway car from here to Maryland. Ellis could just as easily lean on his guitar prowess, but he doesn’t, putting a lot of work into his vocals. On the title track, he sounds delightfully ragged, like he recorded the track after doing a live show. It’s bluesy and brave as anything.
And while we’re on the subject of the title track, that song is surprisingly pretty. Ellis’ guitar hops through the track with lines that have that bright Allman Brothers feel, but also a dark gritty bluesiness. Keyboardist/co-producer Kevin McKendree sets a beautiful table for Ellis, on this and each of the album’s tracks. The two musicians have a great relationship, obviously listening to each other and playing off each other, while maintaining every song’s structure. There are plenty of gorgeous musical passages and licks, but the two always turn back to the song.
I was blown away by how fluent Ellis is in so many styles. The songs, all Ellis originals, sound familiar. He has his own takes on blues rock classics, but his ability to nail all of those licks we know so well, while still preserving his own muscular playing, which lies firmly in the Albert King/Stevie Ray Vaughan camp, consistently impressed me. “Sit Tight Mama” has Ellis playing slide in the style of Hound Dog Taylor. “Evil Till Sunrise” recalls Jimi Hendrix’s “Stone Free.” “Everything and Everyone” features a Carlos Santana sound. Ellis isn’t stealing licks or trying to present himself as someone he’s not. He’s just paying tribute to his inspirations.
If you’re a blues rock fan and aren’t familiar with Ellis’ work, this is a great place to check in. Ice Cream in Hell is blues rock from a master at the height of his power, vocally and instrumentally. Ellis showcases monster tone, vibrato that feels like an earthquake, and all-around tasteful playing. He is always the right answer.
(Steven Ovadia / Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Last One To Know- 4:44
2. Don't Know Beans - 3:43
3. Ice Cream In Hell - 4:13
4. Foolin' Yourself - 4:30
5. Hole In My Heart - 6:45
6. Sit Tight Mama - 4:00
7. No Stroll In The Park - 4:41
8. Evil Till Sunrise - 3:03
9. Everything And Everyone - 4:00
10. Unlock My Heart - 3:54
11. Your Love's Like Heroin - 7:07

Art-Nr.: 9981
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Last one to know
Ice cream in hell
Foolin' yourself
Hole in my heart
Sit tight mama
Everything and everyone
Your love's like heroin

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Evans, Morgan - things that we drink to [2018]
Klasse U.S.-Debut des Australiers Morgan Evans, der drauf und dran ist in Nashville richtig Fuß zu fassen. Evans, in übrigen verheiratet mit der immens erfolgreichen Kelsea Ballerini, spielt eine überaus gefällige und voller Hitpotential steckende Mischung aus lockeren, gut zu verarbeitenden und sehr melodischen, mal dynamischen, mal langsameren Songs an der Schnittstelle zwischen New Country und Countrypop, die geradezu darauf warten die Charts zu stürmen. Enthält seinen ersten Nr.1-Hit, das flotte "Kiss somebody," und den neuen Hit "Day drunk". Natürlich darf auch ein Duett mit seiner Liebsten, Kelsea Ballerini, nicht fehlen ("Dance with me").

Hier ein Original U.K.-Review:

Morgan Evans captured the hearts of the UK when he released his lead single Kiss Somebody. With just a handful of songs out, Morgan has continued to build his UK fanbase with a couple of trips here including playing C2C Festival. Although we don’t often like to focus on an artists craft through their significant other, we can’t not mention Evan’s wife Kelsea Ballerini when she is so clearly the muse of most of his songs.
Morgan’s debut album Things That We Drink To starts with the song American, Evan’s seems to be describing his wife;
She’s got hair as gold as Kansas Wheat, her body moves like bourbon street in New Orleans, so wild and free She’s American, making my life better than it’s ever been.
American is a great start to the album and has that earlier Keith Urban style to it. This album is actually so much better than I thought it would be. With the title being Things That We Drink To I was somewhat afraid it was going to be a bunch of typical bro – country songs that sound just like all the other artists out there who sing about beer, trucks, dirt roads and women in little tight blue jeans or something. But this album has a lot more depth to it.
A lot of the songs are not just radio friendly but arena friendly and are definitely of the standard where you can imagine a huge arena concert and the music bouncing off the arena walls and everyone singing along.
Songs such as I Do are more mid tempo and in I Do’s case, is a love letter to his wife and well lets face it, us country fans are suckers for a real life country music love story.
Song for the Summer lost me a bit. I think it will prove popular amongst a lot of fans as has a great dance beat to it but it isn’t for me. It has an element of Sam Hunt in it and although I quite like Hunt, I just can’t seem to get into it.
Day Drunk which was another single is a great summer anthem song but again, neither here nor there for me sadly.
Kelsea Ballerini joins Morgan for Dance With Me for a stunning ballad. This is a gorgeous romantic country song as it should be. There is beauty in its simplicity and it isn’t over produced. The words are of course believable as they are true. Kelsea may not like love songs but Morgan clearly does and we are so glad about that or we wouldn’t have this song. I would be very surprised if this doesn’t get released as a single.
Me on You has a bit of an R&B element to it. It has a sweet guitar riff throughout and a nice beat to it. Although I am not keen on the clubby dance element to country music, this song can easily have that vibe but would also be amazing stripped back.
The title track Things That We Drink To, is thankfully not your typical drinking song but a breathtaking dedication to a friend of Morgans, his late manager who sadly passed. (More on that can be found here. ) This song has a strong anthem feel to it and its down tempo stylings are really quite infectious especially in the piano accompaniment. The emotion in Morgan’s vocals, lyrics and music is honest and quite deep. I like a song with meaning, a song where you can actually feel where the artist is coming from and what they a feeling on some level. The subject was obviously someone very dear to Morgan and the song is both happy and sad at the same time with the feeling of loss but also great memories and celebration of friendship. I think the songs music and words encompasses all of that and I would certainly drink to that.
We Dream is about those childhood dreams and childhood freedom. It is a good song but might be one that takes me a while. I sadly feel the same way about Everything Changes. Both aren’t bad tracks but may take a listen or two.
Young Again is a great song to close the album on. It has a Folk music way about it and is like an Irish drinking song and I enjoy those type of drinking songs as they feel a lot more happy and are the kind of songs that bring unity. I can see this song being one of those live songs that make people in the crowd all sway arm and arm whilst of course, raising glasses.
Overall this is a quality, celebratory album that certainly has that “Let’s raise our glasses” feel to it. Things That We Drink To has a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyable songs.
There is a really bright future for Morgan Evans and he is definitely on his way up to being one of the big names and I am actually really excited about it. If he continues to deliver music similar to what he has now then I am more than happy for him to sit up there on the top of the charts. (Hnnah Jessica / Building Our Own Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. American - 3:03
2. Kiss Somebody - 3:33
3. I Do - 3:30
4. Song for the Summer - 3:32
5. Day Drunk - 3:14
6. Dance with Me (feat. Kelsea Ballerini) - 3:19
7. Me on You - 3:26
8. Things That We Drink To - 3:08
9. We Dream - 3:36
10. Everything Changes - 3:17
11. Young Again - 2:55

Art-Nr.: 9740
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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