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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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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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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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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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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:

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

This song pays homage to regret. Nearly everybody I've come across has somebody in their life that they wonder what life would be like if they'd never met that person. It's that sliding-door moment -- in the blink of an eye everything could change. Either for the positive or the negative.
John Paul and I wrote this song in the screened-in porch of my and Nate's new home. I remember warm breezes blowing, a mild day. I had recently had my son, Miles, who happened to be asleep with Nate in the living room, right next to the porch. I remember asking John Paul to play quietly so he didn't wake up the baby.

I HAD ME A GIRL

This song always conjures up an image of a glass of whiskey and a lit cigarette. It's a little brooding. A little dangerous. It smolders. It has swagger and grit. It's full of innuendo and Southern Gothic tones. I love the feel of this track, and the way this song came together on the record. "I Had Me a Girl" is one of those musical moments that makes me wish I knew how to play electric guitar. Or any guitar, for that matter.

SAME OLD SAME OLD

This song, to me, represents the ache of monogamy. This isn't an "I'm leaving you" song. It's a vulnerable confession of "I don't want to leave. I want to work on this -- with you." Having said that, someone once told me a story about long-term relationships: to think of them as a continent to explore. I could spend a lifetime backpacking through Africa, and I would still never know all there is to know about that continent. To stay the course, to stay intentional, to stay curious and connected -- that's the heart of it. But it's so easy to lose track of the trail, to get tired, to want to give up, or to want a new adventure. It can be so easy to lose sight of the goodness and mystery within the person sitting right in front of you. That continent idea inspires me, and makes the ache when it comes hurt a little less. To know that it happens to all of us. What I'm realizing now is that sometimes the "same old same old" can actually be rich, worthwhile and a great adventure.

DUST TO DUST

This song is an anthem for the lonely. Sometimes you come across somebody who thinks they are hiding their pain, but if we are all honest, nobody is very good at it. "You're like a mirror, reflecting me. Takes one to know one, so take it from me.” When John Paul and I wrote this late one night in Birmingham, England, we decided to change the pronoun at the end of the song. We wanted to represent that we all experience loneliness in our lives.

EAVESDROP

We brought in our producer, Charlie Peacock, on this song. He helped with arrangements and really helped take the song to a totally different place. Sometimes as an artist, you can't see what needs re-arranging when you're so "in it." Charlie brought perspective. Almost like an eavesdrop within an "Eavesdrop."
Strangely enough, this song always reminds me that my voice has changed since the last album. I have my son to thank for that, truly. When I was first pregnant and performing on the road, I thought something was wrong with my voice. I was having a hard time hitting high notes, while my low notes kept getting deeper and deeper. I did some research with the help of a vocal coach, and learned that hormone levels affect a female singing range. Having a boy, naturally, upped my testosterone levels, making low notes easier to hit and higher notes harder to reach. But the great thing? After having Miles, I regained my high range AND have kept my low range. Pregnancy literally changed the makeup of my vocal cords. There's a different timbre to it now, and I love that I can hear the story of my son in my singing.

DEVIL'S BACKBONE

This song is our take on an Americana murder ballad. It's dark, prickly, anxious. It was fun writing because we just imagined some dust-bowl scenario, a broke-down town, and a man awaiting being hung for something he did in the name of trying to provide for his family. The woman who loves him is watching him standing there on the gallows.
This song always reminds me of when the melody first came to mind. I was doing my makeup in the tiled bathroom upstairs, with my newborn Miles in a yellow rocking bassinet next to me. I started singing, and turned on the voice memo app on my iPhone so I wouldn't forget it. As I sang, Miles started cooing along with me. Not on pitch, mind you, but I'd move a note, and he'd move a note. I'm never deleting that voice memo. It's become one of my favorites.

FROM THIS VALLEY

That's our Grand Ole Opry song. A new spiritual. It's actually the oldest song written on the album. We wrote it before Barton Hollow came out. Even though we didn't have our own recording of it, we started performing it live and it became a fan favorite. It made sense to finally put it on an album. One of my favorite moments on stage every night was singing the a cappella part together.

TELL MAMA

We recorded the performance at Fame studio in Muscle Shoals, a place we'd written a few songs before that made it onto Barton Hollow. I always felt the musical ghosts in that studio, one of whom was the great Etta James. We're a band that's known for covering songs live in our own way, and we thought it would be fun to take a stab at "Tell Mama." I found out later that where we recorded was the same room she recorded her version. That might explain why I kept getting goosebumps.

OH HENRY

We wrote it one week before Barton Hollow, in the mountains of Salt Lake City during our first Sundance Festival. We conjured up a story about a woman who was married to a philandering man. She is begging her man to level with her, and letting him know she can only take so much, a la "it's gonna kill me or it's gonna kill you."

DISARM

Again, we're the band who loves to do covers. Both John Paul and I have always been huge Smashing Pumpkins fans. Nate mentioned it might be a cool cover, and we actually wound up working it out the same day that we wrote "Oh Henry" up in Salt Lake City for Sundance. It turned into another on-stage staple that people asked for every night. We found out later from his then-manager that Billy dug it.

SACRED HEART

We wrote this song in a flat in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in full view on a cold night. Tall windows, Victorian furniture, and somehow the atmosphere of all of that seeped into the song. Nate and our friends were there in the room as we wrote, all of us drinking wine together. I also loved getting to try out my flawed French. I wrote what words I knew in French, and then had a Parisian friend named Renata Pepper (yes, that's her real name) look it over later and help me translate. When we recorded the song for the album, I called in a French professor from Vanderbilt named Becky Peterson, who has now become a good friend.

D'ARLINE

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

Art-Nr.: 8264
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
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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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Let u go
Stars
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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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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Fleet, Larry - stack of records [2021]
Der großartige, in Chattanooga/Tennessee beheimatete Country Singer-Songwriter Larry Fleet dürfte für die meisten Countryfans ein neuer Name sein, doch der Bursche ist ein "alter Hase" im Geschäft, der sich, bedingt durch verschiedenste Umstände, aber erst jetzt aufmacht, die Countrywelt mit seiner ganz wunderbaren, unverbrauchten, ehrlichen Countrymusic zu beglücken und erobern. Der Mann ist ein echtes, kleines Country-Juwel. Als er gerade einmal 7 Jahre alt war, stand der kleine Larry bereits auf der Bühne des berühmten Ryman Auditoriums in Nashville und spielte Gitarre in der Bluegrass-Band seiner Familie. Eine goldene Countrykarriere schien vor ihm zu liegen, doch es kam anders. In seinen Zwanzigern war er komplett raus aus dem Geschäft und verdiente seinen Lebensunterhalt in der Baubranche. Hier und da mal ein Auftritt in einer unbedeutenden Bar war das einzige, mit der er seine ewige Liebe zur Musik, die er nie verlor, auslebte. Alles veränderte sich erneut, als er im Jahre 2017 zufällig bei einer Hochzeitsveranstaltung, wo er Coversongs spielte, den sehr erfolgreichen Jake Owen traf, der von Fleet's Talent und Stimme ungemein beeindruckt war und ihn daraufhin direkt als Opening Act für einiger seiner Auftritte buchte. Die beiden wurden Freunde und die Türen ins Rampenlicht Nashville's öffneten sich plötzlich wieder. Welch ein Glück für die Countrymusic, wie sein nun neues, zweites Album "Stack of records" höchst eindrucksvoll beweist. Larry Fleet ist aufgewachsen in einer musikverrückten Familie, wo alles an Musik lief, was seine Eltern irgendwie als hörenswert empfanden, von Country, Blues, Rock, Gospel, Soul, und so weiter. In der Countrymusic fand er schnell seine Erfüllung, doch all die anderen Genres inspirierten ihn ebenso, vor allem der Soul. Zu Fleet's großen Helden zählen Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Keith Whtley und Marvin Gaye. All das spiegelt sich seinen Songs deutlich wider. Fleet's Musik auf "Stack of records" ist absolut traditionell verwurzelter "Real Country", der allerdings alles andere als antiquiert rüberkommt. Im Gegenteil: Seine Musik wirkt extrem frisch und, bei einer durchaus knackigen Umsetzung, locker, unbeschwert, rootsig, ganz und gar nicht überproduziert, sondern natürlich rein, schön und auf den Punkt gebracht. Man spürt einfach die tiefe Ehrlichkeit des Künstlers, seine vollste Überzeugung. Flint ist mit vollem Herzen dabei. Dazu steckt diese Countrymusic voller Soul, vor allen Dingen Southern Soul. Diese Southern Soul-Attitüde ist das vielleicht Beeindruckendste an seiner Musik. Flint schafft es mit seiner erstklassigen Performance und seiner exzellenten, überaus angenehmen, warmen Bariton-Stimme, dieser tollen, natürlichen Countrymusic mit dem unwiderstehlichen "soulful Southernflair" eine ganz eigene Magie zu entlocken. Der klare, schön saftig inszenierte Sound ist vorwiegend bestimmt von herrlich vielschichtigen Gitarren, immer mal wieder mit feinen Slideguitar-Momenten und zündenden Gitarrensoli, aber hier und da auch mal mit tollen Mandolinen-, Banjo-, und/oder Pedal Steel-Klängen. Das Album beginnt mit dem fantastischen Titelstück "Stack of records", einer zeitlosen, hinreißend schönen, prächtig instrumentioerten, von jeder Menge Southern Soul durchzogenen Midtempo-Countrynummer, authentisch und autobiographisch durch und durch, mit der Larry Flint herrlich melodisch erzählt, für welche Art von Musik er steht und was die Fans mit diesem Album erwartet. "If you wanna know me, ypu gotta know what's in my soul. A little Bakersfield and Memphis, and a whole lot of Muscle Shoals. Take some County Soul Rock & Roll, mix 'em all together, yeah and I'm what you get, when you're raised on a stck of records". Einfach großartig! Vielschichtige, transparente Gitarren, inkl. Pedal Steel, eine tolle Melodie, abermals ein schön knackiges Midtempo und dieses genußvolle Southern-Feeling bestimmen das starke "Lifetime guarantee", das zudem mit klasse Slideguitar-Parts und -Solo aufwartet. So reihen sich eine klasse Nummer an die nächste (einen schwachen Track suchen wir auf dem kompletten Album vergebens), wie zum Beispiel die exquisite, erneut voller Southern Soul und ein wenig Gospel steckende Countryballade "Where I find God" (herrliche Melodie, feine Orgel im Hintergrund, schönes Mandolinen-Picking, dezente Slideguitar), der flotte, gefällige, überaus knackige, absolut traditionell geerdete Countryrocker "Quittin' ain't workin'" (frischer, dynamischer Drive, tolle Baritone Guitar, ansteckendes "Country Hee-Haw-Feeling"), das gemeinsam mit Jon Pardi dargebotene, honkytonkige, knackige "In love with my problems" (Pardi hat das Album zum Teil auch produziert), die wunderbar ins Ohr gehende Countryballade "Three chords and a lie" (tolles Baritone Guitar-/Steelguitar-Zusammenspiel), der abgehende, furiose Uptempo Outlaw Country-Ritt "One for the road" (starke Mundharmonika, erdige E-Gitarren), das nicht minder fulminante "Highway feet" (mit den Gästen Jamey Johnson und Bryan Sutton), und so weiter, und so weiter. Was für ein fantastisches Countryalbum von Larry Fleet! Das ist genau die Art von Musik, die Nashville braucht, um nach den mit aufpoliertem Pop und genrefremdem Kram verseuchten Charts wieder zurück in die Spur zu finden. Ehrliche, reine Countrymusic mit Seele, das ist Larry Fleet. Künstler wie etwa Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs und Ashley McBryde haben längst damit begonnen, wieder Soul und Reinheit zurück in die Countrymusic zu bringen, und sie haben durchaus riesigen Erfolg damit. Es ist also doch noch nicht alles verloren in den Charts und im Mainstream Countryradio. Larry Fleet muss man mit seinem immensen Potential ohne jeden Zweifel zu der o. a. Liste von Leuten hinzuzählen. Möge sich auch bei ihm der große Erfolg einstellen. Countyrmusic kann so schön sein...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Stack of Records - 3:38
2. Lifetime Guarantee - 3:19
3. Where I Find God - 4:09
4. Quittin’ Ain’t Workin’ - 3:15
5. Different Shade of Red - 3:07
6. A Life Worth Living - 3:15
7. Hurt Feelings - 3:29
8. Church Parking Lot - 3:51
9. In Love With My Problems (feat. Jon Pardi) - 3:03
10. Three Chords and a Lie - 3:10
11. Never Wanna Meet Another Woman - 3:25
12. Heart On My Sleeve - 3:51
13. One For The Road - 3:00
14. Highway Feet (feat. Jamey Johnson & Bryan Sutton) - 3:29

Art-Nr.: 10433
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Lifetime guarantee
Where I find God
Quittin' ain't workin'
A life worth living
In love with my problems
Three chords and a lie
One for the road

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Foster, Radney - another way to go [2002]
Radney Foster in der Form seines Lebens! Dem gehen die guten Ideen und die begnadeten Songs wohl nie aus. Das verdient schon eine Menge Respekt! Mittlerweile 43 Jahre alt, geling dem in Del Rio, Texas (= Titel des ersten Albums) geborenen Foster (ehemalige Hälfte des in den End-Achtzigern in Nashville sehr erfolgreichen Duos Foster & Lloyd) mit seinem insgesamt 5. Soloalbum , dem ersten Studioalbum seit 4 Jahren, ein fantastisches Vorzeige-Country-, New Country-, Countryrock-Album voller Hingabe, Energie und mit sehr viel Gefühl, bei dem sein ihm angeborenes rootsiges Texas-Flair immer präsent ist. Ein vollmundiger, satter Gitarrensound (zum Teil sind mehrere Gitarren parallel im Einsatz) bestimmt das Geschehen. Dazu bestechend starkes Songwriting und eine tolle Melodie nach der näxhsten. In vielen Momenten kommen die neuen Songs der späten Foster & Lloyd-Zeit sehr nahe, sind aber immer angereichert mit trockenen und rootsigen Americana-Elementen. Das Album steckt voller radiotauglicher New Country- und Countryrock-Songs, doch nie verkauft sich Foster mit seiner Musik dem Kommerz. Spielend schafft er es diese ganz schmale, so schwer zu treffende, dafür aber umso kultiviertere und künstlerisch anspuchsvollere Linie zwischen Chartpotential und eigener Kreativität, zwischen radiofreundlich und rootsig zu treffen. Die Songs, so schön sie auch sind, bewahren immer ihren erdigen, ursprünglichen, ehrlichen Charakter. Damit wird er sowohl seine alten Foster & Lloyd-Fans, als auch die anspruchsvolle Rootsrock/Americana/Countryrock-Gemeinde, die hinter Leuten wie Buddy Miller & Co. steht, begeistern. Ein Album ohne Schwachstellen! Hier stellvertretend ein par Kurzanalysen: Voller satter Gitarren, unterstützt von tollem Mandolinenspiel (Chris Thile) geht es mit dem herrlichen Ohrwurm "Real fine place to start" knackig, schmissig, countryrockig und vollsoundig in bester Foster & Lloyd-Manier los. Es folgt der nächste Knüller-Song, das superbe "Everyday angel", gewidmet einem New Yorker Feuerwehrmann, der beim Einsatz am 11. September sein Leben lassen mußte. Ein wiederum sehr knackiger. melodischer New Country-Song mit tollem Gitarrensound, wie aus einem Guß, mit dem sich für Radney Foster, und das völlig verdient, auch wieder erste Charterfolge einstellen. In den Texas-Music-Countrycharts ist das Lied bereits auf Nr. 1 geschossen! Nach der feinen, rootsigen Ballade "Again", dem trockenen Countryrocker "Sure feels right" mit Kim Richey als Gast-Sängerin, dem schönen, leicht folkigen "Disappointing you", dem coolen, von dezentem Memphis Blues- und Funk-Feeling begleiteten rockigen Countrysong "I got what you need", folgt wieder so eine fetzige Countryrock-Nummer, knochentrocken arrangiert, aber mit satten Gitarren und einer herrlichen Melodie. Danach lassen bei "What it is what you do" die Stones aus besten "Honky Tonk women"-Tagen grüßen. Es scheint Keith Richards sei bei Foster & Lloyd eingestiegen. Anschließend gibt Foster zusammen mit Kollegin Chely Wrght einen von ihm und Nashville-Legende Harlan Howard kurz vor dessen Tod geschriebenen wunderschönen Countrysong zum Besten. Tolles Klavier, herrliche Baritone-Gitarre, eine feine Fiddle und eine traumhafte Melodie machen das Stück zu einem echten "Hit"! Nach weiteren starken Tacks gibt es schließlich zum Ausklang des Albums noch das Titelstück - und das ist nochmal eine übbrragende, pure, ehrliche Countryrock-Nummer für die Ewigkeit. Knackige Drums, rockige Gitarren mit super Soli, feine Mandoline, starker Gesang, Drive, Power - was will man mehr. 13 Songs mit etwas mehr als 51 Minuten Spielzeit bescheren uns einen ganz großen Wurf von Radney Foster. Unsere ehrfürchtige Verneigung in Anerkennung dieses Werkes ist ihm sicher. Vielleicht das Stärkste, was er bislang veröffentlicht hat. Und das will was heißen, waren doch die vergangenen Alben wahrlich auch nicht von schlechten Eltern...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Real Fine Place To Start - 3:45
2. Everyday Angel - 4:29
3. Again - 3:28
4. Sure Feels Right - 3:42
5. Disappointing You - 4:20
6. I Got What You Need - 4:09
7. Tired Of Pretending - 4:01
8. What It Is That You Do - 3:14
9. Scary Old World - 3:59
10. Love Had Something To Say About It - 3:46
11. What Are We Doing Here Tonight - 3:36
12. Just Sit Still - 4:18
13. Another Way To Go - 4:17

Art-Nr.: 1136
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 8,90

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Foster, Radney - this world we live in [2006]
Vier Jahre sind bereits wieder ins Land gezogen, seitdem uns die eine Hälfte des einst in Nashville so erfolgreichen Duos Foster & Lloyd mit dem tollen "Another Way To Go" so begeistert hatte. Untätig war ein Mann dieses musikalischen Formates in der jüngeren Vergangenheit allerdings nicht. So produzierte er beispielsweise die Randy Rodgers Band, schrieb Songs für Größen wie u. a. Keith Urban, die Dixie Chicks oder Kenny Chesney, und, und, und! Hier ist sie nun endlich, die neue, einmal mehr ganz hervorragende Scheibe des ohne Zweifel zu den besten texanischen Songwritern zählenden Radney Foster: Wunderbarer, rootsiger Texas-Country/Alternate Country/Countryrock/Americana vom Allerfeinsten mit einem tollen, schön trockenen, auf den Punkt genau produzierten, angerauten, "gritty" Sound! Zehn neue Stücke, alle aus seiner Feder, zum Teil in Kooperation mit exzellenten Co-Writern, wie Blue Dogs-Frontmann Bobby Houck, Jack Ingram oder Darrell Brown, mit dem er sich auch die Produktionsarbeit teilte. Bediente er sich bei seiner letzten Scheibe noch einer Menge Begleitmusiker aus dem schier unerschöpflichen "Nashville-Pool", so versammelte er diesmal eine tolle, namhafte Band langjähriger Freunde um sich, wie Drummer Charlie Drayton und den "alten" Westcoast-Haudegen Waddy Wachtel (Linda Ronstadt; Warren Zevon, James Taylor, John David Souther, Ronin, Bob Dylan) an der E-Gitarre (beide haben schon auf Keith Richard’s Solo-Alben zusammen gearbeitet), Session Bass-Veteran Bob Glaub (u.a. Jackson Browne) und dem Keyboarder Rami Jaffe, vielen sicher nicht nur als Mitglied der Wallflowers ein Begriff. Mit an Bord sind auch wieder der starke Slide-Gitarrist Mike McAdam und ein weiterer Klassemann an der E-Gitarre, Adam Shoenveld, der etatmäßig bei Big & Rich die Saiten bedient. Und um es nochmal klar herauszustellen: Radney Foster ist schlichtweg wieder ein Sahneteil gelungen. Dem leicht Stones-infizierten, Slide-angerockten, rootsigen, trockenen "Drunk On Love" folgt mit "Sweet And Wild" ein wunderbar melodischer Americana-Midtemposong. Bei beiden Songs glänzt neben der starken instrumentellen Umsetzung Sarah Buxton mit ihrer klasse Stimme im Background, die gegen Ende der Stücke mit in den Vordergrund tritt. Die Ballade "The Kindness Of Strangers" lebt von Foster’s starker Akustikgitarrenarbeit, toller atmosphärischer Cello-Untermalung und einem bewegend geschriebenem und gesungenem Text. Ganz große Klasse! Der anschließende, exzellente, forsche Retro Country-Rocker "Big Idea" (erinnert stark an alte Foster & Lloyd-Hits) reißt einen regelrecht aus der poetischen Welt des Vorsongs, und bildet den gelungenen Vorläufer zum Center-Song des Gesamtalbum’s, "Half Of My Mistakes". Was für eine herrliche Melodie! Auch hier wieder ein toller Text, der Menschen dazu ermutigt, viele Dinge im Leben einfach zu riskieren, auch wenn mal etwas schief laufen sollte. Der Lerneffekt und viele positive Dinge, die sich trotzdem daraus entwickeln, sind laut Foster nicht zu unterschätzen. Den gleichen Song hat vor geraumer Zeit fast ebenso gut Jace Everett auf seinem Erstling, allerdings etwas mainstreamiger, interpretiert. Bei Radney Foster wirkt das Stück etwas kantiger, zurückhaltender und einen Schuss introvertierter. Starke Slide-Arbeit hier vom bereits erwähnten Mike McAdam. "New Zip Code" (mehr balladesk) und "Prove Me Right" (wäre auch durchaus von der Randy Rogers Band oder Chris Knight coverbar) liefern wieder etwas leichter verdauliche, überaus melodische Gute Laune-Kost, letzteres in durchaus Nashville-kompatibler, radiotauglicher, wenn auch leicht rootsiger Country-Manier, voller Hooklines, die ein wenig an Radney’s Frühwerke erinnern. Stark hier die angenehmen Fiddle-Fills. Eine weitere "Killer"-Ballade folgt mit "Fools That Dream". Im Background diesmal die zauberhafte Kim Richey, die auch beim Vorgänger schon ihre Stimme zur Verfügung gestellt hat. Zum Abschluss folgt dann noch mal ein herrlich locker dahinfließender, super-melodischer Alternate Country-/Roots-/Americana-Song, den Foster zusammen mit Jack Ingram komponiert hat. Neben dem eingängigen Rhythmus und den lässigen Drums stechen hier die immer wieder eingestreuten und punktgenauen Stratocaster- und Slide-Fills im harmonischen Wechselspiel heraus. Klasse Orgelarbeit auch vom Rami Jaffe. Das Stück hält einen noch Minuten nach Ende der CD regelrecht gefangen. Ein würdiger Abschluss eines wieder einmal großen Albums! "This World We Live In" etabliert und festigt Radney Foster's Platz in die Riege der heutigen, wichtigen, ganz großen texanischen Singer-Songwriter im Country-/Americana-Bereich nachhaltig. Durch und durch beeindruckende und fesselnde Musik! (Daniel Daus)

Art-Nr.: 4063
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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