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Bentley, Dierks - the mountain [2018]
Dierks Bentley kommt mit einem neuen, fantastischen Album. Was dieser Mann auch abliefert, es sind stets absolute Highlights einer heute leider ansonsten oftmals allzu "fremdelnden" Nashville-Countrywelt. Klar, auch Bentley's Musik ist modern, muß sie ja auch sein. Doch er vergißt niemals seine Roots, niemals die Wurzeln der Countrymusic, niemals diese unwiderstehliche, natürliche Country-Frische. Hochklassige Songs, mal duraus ein wenig poppig, mal rockig, mal southern, mal dezent grassig - Dierks Bentley arbeitet sich genußvoll durch alle Facetten des New Country. Tolle Songs, tolle Melodien, tolle Musiker, tolle Arrangements - dieses Werk ist definitiv jetzt schon eines der Country-Highlights des Jahres.

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Dierks Bentley returns to his roots for his ninth studio album, The Mountain. The singer wrote and recorded the project in Telluride, Colorado, after being inspired during a visit to Telluride Bluegrass Festival. As a result, the acoustic instrumentation on select songs coupled with Bentley’s heartfelt songwriting brings to mind elements of his 2010 release Up On the Ridge. All the while, Bentley’s authenticity shines through.
The Mountain kicks off with the standout “Burning Man,” featuring Brothers Osborne, where Bentley sings of life’s struggles and triumphs. Penned by Luke Dick and Bobby Pinson, Bentley makes the song uniquely his with slowed vocals and striking musicianship that is sure to come alive in the concert setting.
The heartfelt “Living” also strikes a chord as Bentley sings of how “some days you’re just breathing, just trying to break even” while others “your heart is pounding out of your chest.” This introspection is heard throughout the majority of The Mountain, particularly on album closer “How I’m Going Out.” Bentley’s vulnerability is further showcased on the striking ballad “My Religion,” as he sings of how loving a woman isn’t his decision but his religion. Meanwhile, “Son of The Sun” has the singer reflecting on his upbringing in Arizona and his need to embrace the desert air and escape the daily grind of life through nature.
On “Nothing On But the Stars,” Bentley switches gears as he looks back at the end of a relationship with the hope of one more night together. It’s here that his seductive vocals shine with distinct yearning while delicate percussion accompaniment and soaring guitar features further evoke the song’s message.
Bentley switches gears on “Goodbye in Telluride” with unique production and a rhythmic singing style. A positive spin on a breakup, while enjoying the snowcapped mountains of Colorado he senses his girlfriend won’t be around for much longer. Captivated by the setting, he begs her to wait a few more days before ending things so he can remember his visit fondly. “If you gotta let me go I’m gonna be alright / Just don’t tell me goodbye here in Telluride,” he croons on the infectious song.
While Bentley’s brief relocation to Colorado to write and produce The Mountain had an obvious impact on many of the songs, so does his family. His wife’s influence is felt on the heartfelt single “Woman, Amen” and within the equally memorable love song, “Stranger To Myself.” On the latter, he sings of how before Cassidy came along he was a stranger to himself. “Who I was back then is like an old forgotten song / You showed me who I am / You handed me the keys / And I unlocked the door to a better part of me,” he sings on the chorus.
One of the album’s highlights includes “Travelin’ Light,” featuring Brandi Carlile. The song’s acoustic instrumentation and Carlile’s captivating vocals pair well with Bentley’s. Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, and Tim O’Brien also provide musical assistance on the song.
While Bentley has shown is ability at pushing genre lines over the years, on The Mountain he successfully returns to his roots. Having spent time in Colorado writing and recording the album, Bentley proves a master at finding inspiration within his surroundings and, as a result, transports the listener with him. Bentley’s talent as a songwriter and distinct musical influences merge throughout The Mountain for a memorable release that will no doubt serve as a timeless addition to his catalog.
(Annie Reuter/SoundsLikeNashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Burning Man (feat. Brothers Osborne) - 3:58
2. The Mountain - 4:44
3. Living - 3:42
4. Woman, Amen - 2:59
5. You Can't Bring Me Down - 4:46
6. Nothing On But The Stars - 3:47
7. Goodbye In Telluride - 3:09
8. My Religion - 3:05
9. One Way - 3:37
10. Son Of The Sun - 3:10
11. Stranger To Myself - 3:24
12. Travelin' Light (feat. Brandi Carlile) - 3:14
13. How I'm Going Out - 3:38

Art-Nr.: 9639
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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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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Boland & The Stragglers, Jason - comal county blue [2008]
Dieser Jason Boland und seine Stragglers werden immer besser! Das neue Album der großartigen Truppe aus Oklahoma ist abermals ein Pracht-Teil geworden! "Whether it's called Texas, Country, Countryrock, Americana, or Red Dirt, everyone can agree that Jason Boland is rightfully at the top of the movement", heißt es in einem U.S.-Statement bezüglich "Comal county blue". Keine Frage, Boland und die Jungs sind auf dem bisherigen Höhepunkt ihrer Karriere angelangt. Ihr "twangy, genuine Hardcore Texas Country" mit dieser großartigen Prise Southern- und Outlaw-Flair wirkt zwanglos, locker und unverfälscht, und klingt dabei reifer als je zuvor. Auch Boland's Gesangsperformance war nie besser. In seiner Stimme liegt eine wunderbare, lässige und authentische "Laid back"-Natur, die überaus angenehm rüberkommt. Dazu hat er das "Glück", eine Band mit dermaßen exzellenten Musikern neben sich zu wissen, die jederzeit in der Lage ist, mit der optimal auf ihn zugeschnittenen Begleitung zu glänzen. Alles sind große Könner, die aber ihre individuelle Klasse stets in den Dienst der Band stellen und in einem traumwandlerisch sicheren Zusammenspiel kanalisieren. Kein Wunder, bei rund 200 Gigs im Jahr versteht man sich irgendwann blind. Einen nicht unerheblichen Anteil am so überzeugenden Gelingen dieses Albums hat Texas-Ikone Lloyd Maines (die Stragglers arbeiteten bereits bei "Pearl snaps" und "Truckstop diaries" mit ihm zusammen), der das Werk ungemein lebendig und in einem klasse Sound produziert hat. Zudem unterstützt er die Stragglers zuweilen an der akustischen Gitarre und mit seinem umwerfenden Spiel an der Pedal Steel. Apropos Steel: Die Arrangements bestehen vorwiegend aus kompakten akustischen und elektrischen Gitarren sowie einer präzise und effektiv agierenden Rhythmus-Sektion, die immer wieder, je nach Stimmung und Thematik der jeweiligen Songs, mit hervorragenden Fiddle-, Piano-, Mandolinen-, Dobro-, Banjo- oder eben Steelguitar-Klängen ergänzt werden. Mit dem fantastischen Outlaw-Countrysong "Sons and daughters of dixie", einer fabelhaften Würdigung an die Leute in Louisiana, die sich vor 3 Jahren durch den verheerenden Hurricane "Katrina" nicht haben unterkriegen lassen und mit einem unbändigen Willen an einer neuen Existenz arbeiten, starten Boland und seine Freunde in dieses klasse Album. Die Nummer besticht, zur Thematik passend, mit einem tollen Southern-Groove und einem unwiderstehlichen, leicht rockigen Outlaw-Feeling. Kraftvolle Rhythmik, würzige E-Gitarren mit schönen Fiddle-Ergänzungen, eine lässige Banjo-Untermalung und hervorragende Melodik bilden die vorzüglichen Rahmenbedingungen dieses astreinen Openers. Nicht minder stark geht's mit dem knackigen, auf absolut traditionellen Countryelementen basierenden, gut gelaunten, frischen Countryrocker "Down here on earth" weiter, der mit seinen sirenenartigen Fiddles, den kernigen E-Gitarren-Riffs, klimpernden Piano-Fills und der tollen Roadhouse-Atmosphäre nicht nur die Besucher einschlägiger Honky Tonks in die richtige Stimmung versetzen dürfte, sondern auch der ideale Begleiter einer gepflegten Cabriofahrt entlang sonnenüberfluteter, texanischer Highways wäre. Feines "Red Dirt"-Flair! Völlig locker und entspannt, mit herrlicher Steelguitar-Begleitung und feinen Fiddlelinien begegnet uns die Band in dem traumhaften Titelsong "Comal County blue", der bereits voller Elan in die oberen Regionen der "Texas Music Charts" stürmt. Frischer, flockiger, zeitloser, unverfälschter Texas Country vom Allerfeinsten! Tolle Melodie! Eine Wonne! "Red Dirt"- und Outlaw-Feeling, dazu ein dezentes Southern-Flair und deutlich mehr Staub gibt's bei dem anschließenden, dynamischen "Something you don't see everyday" zu verspüren (hat eine gewisse Nähe zu Waylon Jennings, klasse Gitarren, schönes Ghost Town-/Western-Feeling), während sich Boland mittels der autobiografischen, sehr bewegenden Country-Ballade "Bottle by my bed" mit seinem einstigen Alkoholproblem auseinandersetzt. "The party's not over" bietet dann puren Honky Tonk-Country ala Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kevin Fowler, Mark Chesnutt, und wie die geliebten Neo-Traditionalisten alle heißen (tolle Steel), das von Boland und Cody Canada (Cross Canadian Ragweed) geschriebene "Alright" ist ein traditionell verwurzelter, geradliniger, erstklassiger Countryrocker, das gemeinsam mit Jackson Taylor komponierte "God is mad to me" liegt in etwa auf der Ebene eines Billy Joe Shaver und mit dem prächtigen, abschließenden Outlaw-Countryrocker "Outlaw Band", einer Nummer der kürzlich verstorbenen "Red Dirt"-Legende Bob Childers" (furioser Fiddle-Drive, klasse Riffs, großartige Melodie, exzellente Fiddle-, Mandolinen-, Dobro-Soli), gibt die Truppe nochmal alles. Vielleicht ist der Songtitel dieser Nummer auch irgendwie bezeichnend für Jason Boland & the Stragglers, denn sie sind durchaus so etwas wie eine "ramblin' and rockin' Outlaw Band"! Wie dem auch sei, "Comal County blue" jedenfalls ist erstklassiger, mit durchweg großartigen Songs gespickter Texas Country mit einem Schuß Southern-, Red Dirt- und Outlaw-Feeling, der diese "Oklahoma-Boys" in einer Bomben-Form präsentiert. Große Klasse! Kommt im feinen Digipack mit 12-seitigem Booklet, inklusiver aller Songtexte!

Die Tracklist:

1 Sons and Daughters of Dixie - 3:48   
2 Down Here on Earth - 3:04   
3 Comal County Blue - 4:01   
4 Something You Don't See Everyday - 4:04   
5 Bottle by My Bed - 5:13   
6 The Party's Not Over - 3:46   
7 If It Were Up to Me - 3:56   
8 May Not Be Love - 3:43   
9 No Reason Being Late - 3:12   
10 Alright - 3:04   
11 God Is Mad at Me - 4:11   
12 Outlaw Band - 5:04

Art-Nr.: 5943
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Down here on earth
Comal County blue
Bottle by my bed
If it were up to me
Outlaw Band

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Boland & The Stragglers, Jason - high in the rockies: a live album [2010]
"Pure Jason Boland & the Stragglers without studio dubbing" - und die Burschen sind in Hochform. Die "Stragglers" gelten als eine der besten Country Live-Bands Texas', was mit diesem wunderbaren Album nur allzu deutlich wird. Anfang des Jahres unternahmen diese "Oklahoma-Boys" einen Trip in die Rocky Mountains von Colorado und Wyoming, um dort auf einigen Festivals und in verschiedenen Clubs ihren herrlichen "twangy, genuine Texas Country" zu präsentieren. Es wurde ein kleiner Triumpfzug und eine Werbung für die Countrymusic schlechthin. Mitgeschnitten bei vier Shows in vier Tagen (Steamboat Music Fest am 7.1., Aggie Theartre, Fort Collins am 8.1., The Cowboy Saloon, Laramie am 9.1. und The Blebird Theatre in Denver am 10.1.2010) spielt sich die Band vorwiegend durch das Repertoire ihrer letzten 3 Alben, gönnt sich und dem Publikum aber auch ein paar ihrer ganz frühen Nummern, ebenso wie ein paar fantastische, bislang noch nicht auf CD erschienene Coverversionen. Darunter befindet sich eine tolle, prächtig tanzbare Fassung des alten Danny Flowers-Klassikers "Tulsa time", eine wundervolle Version des berühmten Merle Haggard Honky Tonkers "Rainbow Stew" und ein feuriges Remake von Tom Russell's "Gallo Del Cielo", denen Boland unverkennbar seinen eigenen Stempel aufdrückt. Großartig auch immer wieder dieses unterschwellige Southern- und Outlaw-Feeling. Man hört deutlich Boland's Einflüsse, die von Gram Parsons bis hin zu Waylon Jennings und von Merle Haggard bis hin zu der Red Dirt-Legende Bob Childers reichen. Die Band geht ungemein locker, flüssig und natürlich zu Werke. Sie klingt wie aus einem Guss! Auf der Basis einer durchaus entspannten, dennoch kraftvollen Rhythmik aus Drums und vollmundigem Bass, spielen klassische Countryinstrumente wie Fiddle, Mandoline und vor allen Dingen eine herrliche Steelguitar die dominierende Rolle. Die elektrische Lead Gitarre ist zwar bei einigen Stücken auch sehr präsent (und klasse), ist aber keinesfalls das Führungsinstrument der Performances. Und Jason Boland's Stimme war nie besser, als bei diesen Live-Auftritten. Einfach klasse! Dazu ist der Live-Sound glasklar! Es herrscht eine tolle Atmosphöre. Man glaubt, man sei mitten drin. Das ist reine, unverfälschte, ehrliche Texas honky-tonkin' Red Dirt-/Outlaw-Countrymusic live, wie man sie besser kaum präsentieren kann. Kein Firlefanz, kein Schnickschnack, sondern "true to the bone". "For anyone that feels like country music has lost its soul - this album will change your mind", resümiert ein amerikanischer Fan. Recht hat er! Dazu ist die CD mit 19 Songs und gut 76 Minuten Spielzeit wirklich randvoll! So muss es sein! Das Teil wird als eines der bemerkenswertesten und besten Live-Countryalben in den Jahresend-Ratings von 2010 bewertet werden - da sind wir uns ziemlich sicher! Grosse Klasse, Jungs!

Die komplette Setlist:

1 Hank - 3:16   
2 No Reason Being Late - 3:08   
3 Alright - 3:15   
4 Comal County Blue - 4:24   
5 Bourbon Legend - 3:06   
6 Tulsa Time - 3:43   
7 Backslider Blues - 5:24   
8 Down Here on Earth - 2:57   
9 No One Left to Blame - 3:51   
10 Bottle by My Bed - 4:36   
11 Gallo del Cielo - 6:41   
12 Blowing Through the Hills - 4:04   
13 Time in Hell - 4:23   
14 Jesus and Ruger - 3:49   
15 Up and Gone - 3:37   
16 Rainbow Stew - 2:44   
17 The Party's Not Over - 3:47   
18 If I Ever Get Back (To Oklahoma) - 4:09   
19 Outlaw Band - 5:10

Art-Nr.: 6881
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Comal County blue
Tulsa time
No one left to blame
Gallo Del Cielo
Up and gone
Rainbow Stew

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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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
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Shine a light
Method to my madness
Died and gone to heaven
Got a lot
No such luck
Two hearts
All about the cash

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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: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Heavy heart
With or without
Curious
Let u go
Stars
Little by little

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Drivin' N' Cryin' - live the love beautiful [2019]
34 Jahre nach ihrer Gründung in Atlanta/Georgia, 33 Jahre seit ihrem sträflich unterbewertetem Debutalbum "Scarred but smarter" und 10 Jahre nach ihrem bislang letzten, famosen Werk "Great American Bubble Factory" stellen wir begeistert fest: Drivin' N' Cryin' veröffentlichen noch immer herausragende, ja geradezu famose Alben. Ihr neues Teil "Live the love beautiful" ist schlicht und ergreifend "one hell of an album". Zeitloser, voller Power steckender, fetter American Rock'n Roll in all seinen Facetten - vom Rootsrock zum Americana und vom Blues, über den stetig spürbaren Southern Rock, bis hin zum Psychedelic Rock, alles in einem packenden, satten, und sehr transparenten, kernigen Gitarrengewand (auch Twin Guitars und wunderbare Slideguitar), dreckig, rau, retro und voller prächtiger Melodien. Drivin' N' Cryin' um ihren charismatischen Frontmann Kevn Kinney ("you can take Kinney out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of Kinney", sagte einmal ein amerikanischer Journalist über ihn - und damit hat er absolut recht) wirken nach all den Jahren noch immer völlig unverbraucht, frisch, voller Elan, ja fast stärker als je zuvor. In Quartett-Besetzung (neben Kinney mt seinem unverwechselbaren, etwas nasalen, "knarzigen" Gesang, an diversen Gitarren und Mundharmonika, sind noch sein alter Weggefährte aus der Gründungszeit, Tim Nielsen am Bass, Mandoline und Background Gesang, sowie der bärenstarke, zweite Gitarrist Laur Joamets und Drummer Dave Johnson mit an Bord, sowie einige Gäste, wie der gute alte Georgia Satellites-Recke Dan Baird, Elizabeth Cook und Aaron Lee Tasjan, der das Album auch pßroduzierte), spielen sie in ihrer typischen, unbekümmerten Art auf, als hätten sie den Moment ihres neuerlichen Outputs herbeigesehnt, wie nichts anderes in ihrem Leben. Es "platzt" regelrecht aus ihnen heraus, dieses fantastische Songmaterial - voller Seele, voller Spirit, voller Inspiration! Spuren von Gov't Mule und The Black Crowes sind wahrnehmbar, genauseo wie von Lynyrd Slynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, den Rolling Stones, Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Big Star, den Drive-By Truckers und Tom Petty. Gerade Mr. Petty hinterlässt jede Menge Spuren in dem fantastischen Opener des Albums, "Free ain't free", einem sehr zeitkritischen, saustarlken Song über die Illusion und den Zerfall des amerikanischen Traums. Fängt zunächst etwas verhalten an, mit mahnendem, passendem Sprechgesang von Kevn Kinney, ehe ordentlich fette E-Gitarren-Riffs dazwischen preschen und eine gewaltige Kraft ausstrahlen. Zum Ende hin legt auch das Tempo richtig zu. Alles ist eingebunden in eine klasse Melodie und, trotz des rauen Grundklimas, überaus vielschichtige, sehr harmonisch ineinander greifende E-Gitarren, inklusiver toller Soli, zweier Lead-Gitarren und Slide. Ein 'Mörder"-Auftakt! Das folgende "I used to live around here" komplettiert die dynamische "Eröffnungssalve" des Albums mit einem rauen, erdigen, herrlich riffigen Rootsrock-Ambiente. Toller Groove, super Gitarren, viel Southern- und gegen Ende auch viel Sixties-/Seventies-Psychedelic-Feeling. Mit dem sehr starken "Step by step" hören wir einen weiteren, wunderbaren, southern-fueled Rootsrocker, "Spies" ist ein riffig, fett und straight nach vorn rockender, ja fast ein wenig punkiger Kracher mit einem flammenden E-Gitarren-Solo, während der famose, mit mächtig Drive und Wucht rockende Retro-"Hammer" "If I'm not there I'll be here" mit einem tollen "Space"-Feeling, psychedelischem Flair, einer wunderbaren Melodie und "rattenscharfem" Gitarrensolo aus den Lautsprechern fegt. Baumstark auch Kinney's emotionales Tribut an den legendären Small Faces-/Faces-Keyboarder "Ian McLagan" (mit Dan Baird), das die Band in einem durchaus kraftvollen, wunderschönen, semi-akustischen Gewand präsentiert, unterbrochen im Mittelteil von einem glühenden Electric Slideguitar-Solo. So briliiert die Band Song für Song in höchster Qualität, inklusive der herrlich melodischen, von großartigen Acoustic Gitarren, Mandoline, und feinsten E-Gitarren-Fills (plus Solo) verzierten, das Album abschließenden Americana-Ballade "Sometimes I wish I didn't care". Das komplette Werk ist sowohl musikalisch, als auch textlich, so bunt, so kontrastreich, so frisch und authentisch, dass es eine wahre Wonne ist. Einfach "geil" zu wissen, dass Drivin' N' Cryin' "are still around, still vital and still willing to rock and roll". Das Feuer in dieser Band brennt noch immer lichterloh! Keine Frage, "Live the love beautiful" begeistert auf ganzer Linie! "Long live Drivin' N' Cryin'"!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Free Aint Free - 5:04
2. I Used to Live Around Here - 3:53
3. What's Wrong with Being Happy - 3:59
4. Step by Step - 4:06
5. Spies - 3:06
6. Live the Love Beautiful - 4:14
7. If I'm Not There I'll Be Here - 4:40
8. Someday - 4:39
9. Ian Mclagan - 3:33
10. Over and Over - 3:04
11. Sometimes I Wish I Didn't Care - 3:39

Art-Nr.: 9880
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I used to live around here
Step by step
Spies
If I'm not there I'll be here
Ian McLagan
Sometimes I wish I didn't care

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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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Gallagher, Rory - notes from san francisco [2011]
2 CD-Set! Unverzichtbar für die Fans dieses unvergessenen Gitarrengottes! Dieses 2 CD-Set beinhaltet ein bislang nie veröffentlichtes, in San Francisco aufgenommenes Studioalbum aus dem Jahre 1978, das Rory seinerzeit wegen seiner Meinung nach nicht zufriedenstellender Abmischung aus dem Verkehr zog (jetzt wurden die Aufnahmen von Rory's Bruder und seinem Neffen neu überarbeitet) und auf der CD2 einen ebenfalls bislang unveröffentlichten Live-Mitschnitt vom Dezember 1979 aus dem Old Waldorf von San Francisco. Der Sound der beiden CDs ist absolut in Ordnung! Historisch bedeutende, musikalische Dokumente aus dem Fundus dieses begnadeten Blues Rock'n Roll-Gitarristen.

Ein informatives U.S.-Review im Original:

It's surprising, considering the interesting back-story on the studio portion of this posthumous Rory Gallagher release, that there are no notes on the actual packaging to chronicle its eventual appearance in 2011, nearly 33 years after being recorded in December,1977. According to the press release though, Gallagher clashed with producer Elliot Mazer about the mix on these dozen tunes and not only shelved the tapes, but broke up his long time band after the San Francisco session ended. Out went keyboardist Lou Martin and drummer Rod de'Ath, replaced by skinsman Ted McKenna (bassist Gerry McAvoy remained) to strip down the sound for his next phase. About half these songs such as "Mississippi Sheiks," "Fuel to the Fire," "Brute Force & Ignorance," "Cruise on Out" and "Overnight Bag" appeared on 1978's Photo Finish in different performances. Some like the closing "Out on the Tiles" and "B Girl" will be new to all but the most ardent Gallagher followers. The guitarist apparently mentioned to his brother Donal shortly before his death that he'd like the tapes to be released someday if they were remixed, which is exactly what Donal's son Daniel did in 2011, resulting in these long lost tracks finally seeing the light of day. Despite Gallagher's reservations, everything here is up to his usual high standard and he obviously respected the material enough to re-record the bulk of it with a different band and producer later that year. Electric violin on "Mississippi Sheiks" is a new twist on both Gallagher's blues/rock style and the song, which helps differentiate this version from the more famous one that appeared on Photo Finish. Saxophone, played by Martin Fiero, enhances two cuts, also bringing a unique groove, especially to the lumbering "Brute Force and Ignorance." The package includes a December 1979 live show, also recorded in San Francisco, that finds Gallagher and his two piece in typically fine fettle. They revisit the Taste-era chestnut "Bullfrog Blues" and tear into the rarity "I'm Leavin'" with their notoriously paint peeling approach. He digs back some years for a tough take on "Tattoo'd Lady" but most of the set is derived from his mid-late 70s albums Top Priority, Photo Finish and Calling Card. A closing breathless "Sea Cruise" is probably a nod to Jerry Lee Lewis on whose album that appeared on with Gallagher guesting. It caps off a roaring, electrifying show that, along with the studio disc, makes a worthwhile addition to any Gallagher lover's collection. Even lacking detailed liner notes this is a keeper and an important historical document in Rory Gallagher's short but eventful career. ~ Hal Horowitz, Rovi

Disc 1
1 Rue the Day - 4:26   
2 Persuasion - 4:45   
3 B Girl - 4:42   
4 Mississippi Sheiks - 5:56   
5 Wheels Within Wheels - 3:40   
6 Overnight Bag - 4:46   
7 Cruise On Out - 5:19   
8 Brute Force & Ignorance - 5:45   
9 Fuel To the Fire - 5:43   
10 Wheels Within Wheels [Alt. Version] [Alternate Take][Version] - 3:55   
11 Cut a Dash [bonus track] - 3:49   
12 Out On the Tiles [bonus track] - 4:22   

Disc 2
1 Follow Me [Live] - 6:25   
2 Shinkicker [Live] - 3:42   
3 Off the Handle [Live] - 7:01   
4 Bought and Sold [Live] - 4:43   
5 I'm Leavin' [Live] - 4:35   
6 Tattoo'd Lady [Live] - 6:49   
7 Do You Read Me [Live] - 6:11   
8 Country Mile [Live] - 3:51   
9 Calling Card [Live] - 5:51   
10 Shadow Play [Live] - 5:11   
11 Bullfrog Blues [Live] - 5:38   
12 Sea Cruise [Live] - 3:39

Art-Nr.: 7376
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Grateful Dead - crimson, white & indigo: philadelphia, july 7, 1989 [2010]
3 CD & 1 DVD-Set! 7. Juli 1989 im JFK-Stadium von Philadelphia! Das komplette Konzert, sowohl auf 3 CDs, als auch auf DVD! Die DVD spielt knapp 3 Stunden (ebenso natürlich die CDs) und ist "code free" (auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar)! Exzellente Bild- und Tonqualität! Die CDs sind in HDCD gemastert, die DVD bietet 2.0 Stereo und 5.1 Surround Mixes!

Hier die offizielle Grateful Dead Release-Infos zu diesem 3CD/DVD-Pavckage:

Here’s a cool way to kick off the new year and decade: Coming soon is a fantastic new release called Crimson, White and Indigo, a DVD/3-CD set that captures every second of the Grateful Dead’s superb July 7, 1989 concert at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. If you loved the popular 2005 DVD/CD release Truckin’ Up to Buffalo, from July 4, 1989, well, this is the very next show: why, it’s practically like being on tour without having to pitch in gas money, eat bad road food, swelter in the heat or score a miracle ticket. Nope, all the work has been done for you—from the crisp multiple-camera shoot (with no video effects, you’ll be happy to hear) produced from the tastefully executed live screen video feed directed by long-time Grateful Dead collaborator and concert video guru Len Dell'Amico, to the crystal clear and powerful audio, mixed from the original 24-track analog tapes in both Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 surround (for the DVD), and mastered in HDCD (for the CD). But the proof is (always!) in the playing, and this show from the sizzling summer of ’89 tour is sure to please both hard core and casual fans with its energy, diverse song list and passionate playing.

Two years removed from the craziness that surrounded the “comeback” tour of 1987 and the Dead’s unprecedented flirtation with mainstream success—thanks to “Touch of Grey” and the In the Dark album—the group was still riding the crest of that wave and attracting thousands of new fans with each passing tour. The summer of ’89 began in style for the Dead on the solstice itself with a nationally televised/broadcast concert from Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. A week and a half later, the GD circus hit the road for seven East Coast stadium shows, followed by a handful in Midwest amphitheaters. The group was in excellent form throughout, offering a great selection of old and recent favorites, and polishing some of the new songs which would make up their album-in-progress at the time, Built to Last. Visually, the Dead’s stage set that summer was perhaps the most spectacular they ever mounted—designed by noted Czech artist Jan Sawka, it consisted of dozens of enormous painted canvas panels covered with various patterns, colors and shapes—some abstract, some concrete; quite an amazing sight in an enormous stadium.

In what would turn out to be the final rock concert in Philly’s JFK Stadium (the first was The Beatles in August 1966; the aging stadium itself dated back to 1926), the Grateful Dead come out on a brutally hot afternoon (after a fine opening set by Bruce Hornsby & the Range) with rock ’n’ roll on their minds. “Hell in a Bucket” is an appropriate opening choice for a day that is nearly hot as Hades, and then Jerry takes the party to the next level with a truly inspired “Iko Iko.” He’s all smiles, and that’s always a good sign! From there, the first set dips into some blues (“Little Red Rooster”), Hunter-Garcia classics like “Ramble on Rose” and “Loser,” a potent version of Dylan’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” a wonderfully exploratory version of “Let It Grow,” and finally, Brent Mydland’s still-newish anthem “Blow Away,” which is one of his finest performances of that rockin’ tune.

You gotta love a second set that opens with a warm and inviting “Box of Rain”—peppy and nicely sung—and then right on its heels a “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” that is as “up” and celebratory as you could hope for: The “Scarlet” breezes along with joyous purpose, and the “Fire” hits all sorts of mighty peaks; at nearly 25 minutes, it’s a spectacular pairing. “Estimated Prophet” is marked by a smoldering intensity and then the jam that follows settles into the majestic Hunter-Garcia ballad “Standing on the Moon,” surely one of their greatest late-era compositions, and played only seven times before this standout version. The DVD depiction of the “Rhythm Devils” percussion duel gives us a fascinating glimpse of the tools and techniques Mickey and Bill used to create their magical alchemy, and then, following “Space,” the band launches into a hair-raising, careening “Other One” (dig how the camera shows us Phil’s rumbling bass intro up close!), Jerry takes us down to the docks of the city for an emotional “Wharf Rat,” and Bob gets back into party-mode for the concluding “Lovelight.” The encore of Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” offers a beautiful grace note for a show that has taken us through so many different spaces and moods.

The beautifully designed package for Crimson, White and Indigo (the name comes from a line in “Standing on the Moon,” of course) includes loads of great photos by Bob Minkin and an essay from veteran Grateful Dead observer Steve Silberman. All in all it’s a wonderful show from a great year!

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1
1 Hell in a Bucket - 6:50   
2 Iko Iko - 7:46   
3 Little Red Rooster - 9:32   
4 Ramble on Rose - 7:35   
5 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again - 9:17   
6 Loser - 7:15   
7 Let It Grow - 12:42   
8 Blow Away - 12:29   

Disc 2
1 Box of Rain - 4:46   
2 Scarlet Begonias - 9:58   
3 Fire on the Mountain - 13:42   
4 Estimated Prophet - 9:12   
5 Standing on the Moon - 8:19   
6 Rhythm Devils - 10:08   

Disc 3
1 Space - 10:09   
2 The Other One - 7:47   
3 Wharf Rat - 10:31   
4 Turn on Your Lovelight - 8:20   
5 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - 8:41   

DVD
1 Hell in a Bucket   
2 Iko Iko   
3 Little Red Rooster   
4 Ramble on Rose   
5 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again   
6 Loser   
7 Let It Grow   
8 Blow Away   
9 Box of Rain   
10 Scarlet Begonias   
11 Fire on the Mountain   
12 Estimated Prophet   
13 Standing on the Moon   
14 Rhythm Devils   
15 Space   
16 The Other One   
17 Wharf Rat   
18 Turn on Your Lovelight   
19 Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Art-Nr.: 6867
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 31,90

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Guy, Buddy - rhythm & blues [2013]
2 CD-Set! 3 Jahre nach den Grammy-dekorierten "Living proof" veröffentlicht Meistergitarrist und lebende Blues-Legende Buddy Guy sein neues Album, und zwar gleich eine Doppel-CD. Bereits im Vorfeld wird "Rhythm & Blues" als eine weitere, absolute musikalische Sternstunde in der langen Karriere Guy's gefeiert, und die ersten Reviews bestätigen diese Vorschußlorbeeren nachdrücklich. Ein paar der Songs des neuen Werkes hat der Meister mit einigen hochkarätigen Gästen eingespielt, was einmal mehr seine einzigartige Verbindung zwischen Tradition und Moderne offenbart. Mit dabei waren der neue, junge Guitarhero des Blues, Gary Clark jr., Beth Hart, aber auch genrefremde Größen wie Keith Urban, Kid Rock und Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry und Brad Whitford. Produziert hat sein langjähriger Weggefährte Tom Hambridge! Der ewig junge Buddy Guy befindet auch mit 76 Jahren noch in der Blüte seiner Karriere. Großartig!

Die offizielle Produktbeschreibung:

Six-time Grammy Award winner and 2012 Kennedy Center Honoree Buddy Guy will release his new studio album Rhythm & Blues. The follow-up to his 2010 Grammy Award winning album Living Proof, this double-disc masterpiece features first time studio collaborations with A-list artists Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith members Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Rhythm & Blues will be available for pre-order at all online retailers on June 25th.
Produced by Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter and longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge (Skin Deep, Living Proof), Rhythm & Blues captures the 76 year-young Guy at the peak of his creativity. Replete with heartfelt vocals, straightforward lyrics and mesmerizing guitar licks, Rhythm & Blues not only exemplifies how blues continues to be the foundation of all genres of today's music, it also illustrates why Guy has been influential in the careers of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more.
The Rhythm disc includes rhythm and blues-style blues with deep grooves, such as the Junior Wells' 1960 hit "Messin' With The Kid" featuring Kid Rock, the touching "One Day Away" with Keith Urban, and "What You're Gonna Do About Me," a rousing duet with Beth Hart. Guy rounds out the disc with "Best In Town," "Whiskey Ghost," Guitar Slim's "Well I Done Got Over It" and more.
The Blues disc taps into the genre's rich history with "Meet Me In Chicago," "I Could Die Happy," "Never Gonna Change" and "All That Makes Me Happy Is The Blues." Aerosmith's Tyler, Perry and Whitford contribute to the musical lesson with "Evil Twin" while Gary Clark, Jr. joins Guy on "Blues Don t Care."
In a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums released, the incomparable Buddy Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors and NARM Chairman's Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to his long list of achievements. Guy is the recipient of 30 awards and accolades, including 6 Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (formerly W. C. Handy Awards), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award, a Billboard Music Awards' Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, in addition to being listed as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone.

Hier noch ein begeistertes U.S-Review:

Buddy Guy – Next to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, his name personifies Chicago blues. Considering he’ll be 77 years old on July 30th, you’d think he’d be ready to sit down and take it easy. His new album is proof that like good whiskey and fine wine he’s just gotten better with age. For Buddy’s birthday he gives us all a gift with Rhythm & Blues, a two disc album filled with some stellar collaborations and which after over 50 albums is probably one of his best releases.
This album is once again produced by the Grammy winning producer Tom Hambridge (Living Proof, 2010). A musician who is criminally unknown for his own blues rock releases. Tom Hambridge plays the drums throughout the album. After that there are two basic all-star sets of musicians. The first consists of David Grissom (guitar), Reese Wynans, (B3), and Michael Rhodes (bass). The second set consists of Rob McNeely (guitar), Kevin McKendree, (B3), and Tommy MacDonald (bass). As if the musicianship wasn’t enough in the above list, Buddy also has the following guest stars; Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, Keith Urban, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, who all contribute something unique and interesting.
With two discs of quality material to pick from it’s difficult to discuss them all. Suffice to say there isn’t a bad track. So we’ll just discuss the highlights.
Disc 1: “Justifyin’” is the second track and it is a fast rockin’ powerhouse of a track. It’s amazing that Buddy can rip notes off his guitar at that rate at almost 77 years old. “I Go By Feel” slows things down as Buddy explains a conversation with an old blues teacher when he was younger and how the concept that feel is what sets a great musician apart from someone who is technically capable. You can throw all the notes at someone you want but there is that connection with a few simple notes where an artist can express all the emotion of the song. Buddy next teams up with Kid Rock to cover the appropriately named Elmore James tune “Messin’ with the Kid,” which Buddy played guitar on way back in 1965. Kid’s gruff voice actually meshes well with the attitude of the song. Shortly after that we get a cover, “One Day Away,” which was written by one of Buddy’s long time touring guitar players, Scott Holt, who is another artist everyone should check out. Keith Urban lends his country swagger to the song singing about telling someone you love them and the need to seize the day and to not wish one day away. Beth Hart steps up next and let’s everything rip on the spectacular track “What You Gonna Do About Me” as she trades lyrics with Buddy, proving once again why she is one of the powerhouse female vocalists of this generation.
Disc 2: The second disc starts out with a tribute to Buddy’s hometown with “Meet Me In Chicago.” Buddy lists the highlights of his hometown, like deep dish pizza, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Wabash Avenue, and in Buddy’s typical humble style he of course lists Buddy Guy playing the blues, which is reason enough to come to Chicago. “Evil Twin” brings the members of Aerosmith in for a straight up blues anthem. “All That Makes Me Happy is the Blues” is slow blues that is all about exactly what the song title says it is. Blues is known for being a genre of music about sadness, but it’s not meant to be sad. It’s really meant to be an uplifting release of all of our problems. The final track that stands out on here is collaboration with Gary Clark Jr. on the rollicking “Blues Don’t Care.”
Buddy will always be one of the legends of the blues. He has always blurred the lines between blues and rock and roll. Filled with his signature tone and that Buddy Guy attitude, Rhythm & Blues just continues to cement his legacy as one of the greatest guitar players.
(Kevin O’Rourke/Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

Disc 1
1. Best in Town
2. Justifyin'
3. I Go by Feel
4. Messin' with the Kid (featuring Kid Rock)
5. What's Up with That Woman
6. One Day Away (featuring Keith Urban)
7. Well I Done Got over It
8. What You Gonna Do About Me (featuring Beth Hart)
9. The Devil's Daughter
10. Whiskey Ghost
11. Rhythm Inner Groove

Disc 2
1. Meet Me in Chicago
2. Too Damn Bad
3. Evil Twin (featuring Steven Tyler, Joe Perry & Brad Whitford)
4. I Could Die Happy
5. Never Gonna Change
6. All That Makes Me Happy Is the Blues
7. My Mama Loved Me
8. Blues Don't Care (featuring Gary Clark jr.)
9. I Came Up Hard
10. Poison Ivy

Art-Nr.: 8245
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Brian Robbins)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

Art-Nr.: 8055
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Kentucky Headhunters, The with Johnnie Johnson - meet me in bluesland [2015]
"Incredible"! So bringt es ein begeisterter U.S.-Fan auf den Punkt! Großartige Kooperation der urigen Southern Rock-Haudegen und dem legendären Pianisten von Chuck Berry, die gemeinsam ein mächtig kochendes Blues-/Bluesrock-/Boogie-Album einspielten. Ja, die Kentucky Headhunters spielen den Blues, allerdings gepaart mit ihrem typischen, straighten, von fetten Gitarren geprägten Southern Rock-Indikatoren. Entstanden sind die Aufnahmen im Jahre 2003, als Johnnie Johnson, den das Musikmagazin "Rolling Stone" einmal als "The greatest sideman in Rock'n Roll" bezeichnete, nach einer ausgedehnten Tournee mit den Rolling Stones, bei der er das Piano bediente, nach Kentucky flog, um seine guten Freunde, die Kentucky Headhunters, bei den Aufnahmesessions für deren Album "Soul" zu unterstützen, die ihn baten, das ein oder andere Stück mit seinem wunderbaren Klavierspiel zu veredeln. Doch aus diesen Session wurde viel mehr. Die Protagonisten spielten und spielten gemeinsam, hatten dermassen viel Spaß, dass diese Sessions gar nicht mehr enden wollten. Vor allem der rockin' Blues hatte es ihnen angetan. Die Tapes mit diesen hervorragenden Aufnahmen verschwanden anschließend in den Archiven - bis heute. 10 Jahre nach dem Tod von Johnson, der 2005 im Alter von 80 Jahren verstarb, entschieden sich die Kentucky Headhunters nun, diese Prachtaufnahmen zu veröffentlichen. Welch ein Glück! Was für ein leidenschaftlicher, ausgelassener, großartiger Trip in das Land des southern-rockigen Blues und Boogie. Nehmen wir nur den fetten, baumstarken Opener "Stunblin'", ein prächtiger "stompin'" Roadhouse-/Southern Rock'n Roll-Boogie, vollgepackt mit "hämmerndem" Piano und kochenden, straighten, typischen KHH-E-Gitarren-Riffs, den Slide-getränkten, brodelnden Blues-Shuffle "Walking with the wolf" (großartige Slideguitar-Linien, tolles Piano-Solo), den wundervoll rockenden Blues-Boogie "She's got to have it" (exzellente Piano-/Gitarren-Bgleitung, tierisches E-Gitarren-Solo), den straighten Riff-/Southern Rocker "Party in heaven", den hinreissenden, dabei ungemein kraftvoll und rau in Szene gesetzten Slow-Blues "Meet me in bluesland" (grandiose, ausgedehnte, von schönen Piano-Fills umgarnte Lead Gitarrenläufe, schönes Klavier-Solo und toller, inspirierter, intensiver Gesang von Richard Young), oder das voller Southern Soul steckende "Shufflin' back to Memphis", mit seiner exzellenten Slideguitar-/Klavier-Begleitung - welche Nummer man auch herauspickt, das Zeug dampft, bluest, rockt und "kickt", was das Zeug hält. Übrigens, auch der Sound ist spitzenmässig. Toll, dass dieses Material nun endlich der Öffentlichkeit zugänglich gemacht wurde. Famos!

Aus der Original-Produktbeschreibung:

On January 25, 2003, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Johnnie Johnson -- the man Rolling Stone called “the greatest sideman in rock and roll” for his groundbreaking piano work with Chuck Berry -- stepped on stage at Houston, Texas’ Reliant Stadium. He joined his hosts, The Rolling Stones, for a rousing rendition of Honky Tonk Women. After hanging out all night with Keith Richards, Johnson got on a plane and flew to Kentucky. There he reunited with his good friends, Grammy-winning Southern blues-rockers The Kentucky Headhunters -- brothers Richard and Fred Young, Greg Martin, Doug Phelps and Anthony Kenney. The plan was to have Johnnie lay down some piano for the band’s upcoming release, Soul. But the vibe was too strong and the music too good, so the tape just kept rolling. With songs and arrangements furiously being created on the spot and everything recorded live as it happened over the course of three days, a magical musical event was underway. Because the whole session was spontaneous, there were no immediate plans to release an album. After Johnnie’s death in 2005, the tapes, while never forgotten, remained unissued. The performances, which can now be heard on Meet Me In Bluesland, found Johnson playing some of the deepest and most rocking blues piano of his legendary career. With The Kentucky Headhunters at their down-home best, the album is a country-fried, blues-infused party from start to finish. The album grooves from the raunchy rock of Stumblin’ to the slide-fueled Superman Blues to the roof-raising version of Little Queenie to the salacious She’s Got To Have It (the last vocal Johnson ever recorded). “The minute Johnnie sat down with us, the music was a kind of ecstasy,” says guitarist/vocalist Richard Young. “Johnnie made us play like real men,” says guitarist/vocalist Greg Martin. “Playing with him, the groove got bigger and much more grown up.” Drummer Fred Young adds, “We all admired Johnnie from the start. The first time we played with him was the first time I ever felt like we were doing it right. The music we made on Meet Me In Bluesland is as good as it gets.” The relationship between Johnson and The Kentucky Headhunters dated back to 1992. Headed to New York for a Grammy Awards party, Greg picked up the new Johnnie Johnson CD, Johnnie B. Bad, for the ride. The band listened to nothing else all the way to New York. Having no idea he’d be at the party, they were shocked to see Johnnie Johnson sitting alone at a table. After some quick introductions, the musicians talked for hours, becoming fast friends. In 1993 they released their first collaboration, That’ll Work, on Nonesuch. They took the show on the road, playing gigs from the West Coast to New England, from Chicago’s Buddy Guy’s Legends to New York City’s Lone Star Café. They performed at The Jamboree In The Hills in Belmont County, Ohio, where Johnson, with the Headhunters triumphantly jamming behind him, played to over 30,000 fans. From their very first meeting, Johnson and The Kentucky Headhunters stayed close, getting together whenever possible. In 2003, when the band asked Johnson to record with them again, he couldn’t wait to get back to Kentucky and make music with his friends. Over the next three days, they created an album filled with rollicking, timeless performances. “Johnnie’s music was spontaneous, organic, magic energy,” says Greg. “During the recordings, everything was off-the-cuff and easy; a higher power just took over. This album is special, and we’re very happy in 2015 that it’s coming to fruition.” Adds Fred, “Johnnie gave us the gift of letting us know what it was like to do something great.”

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Stumblin' - 3:08
2. Walking With The Wolf - 3:28
3. Little Queenie - 3:31
4. She's Got To Have It - 3:18
5. Party In Heaven - 3:28
6. Meet Me In Bluesland - 5:44
7. King Rooster - 4:31
8. Shufflin' Back To Memphis - 4:50
9. Fast Train - 3:34
10. Sometime - 3:55
11. Superman Blues - 4:02

Art-Nr.: 8872
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
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King, Albert with Stevie Ray Vaughan - in session... ~ deluxe edition with dvd [2010]
Deluxe Edition! CD & DVD-Set! Ein Meilenstein des Blues und Bluesrocks! Phantastische Neuauflage des historischen Konzertmitschnitts der beiden Blues-/Bluesrock-Giganten und Meistergitarristen Albert King und Stevie Ray Vaughan, aufgenommen im Rahmen der legendären kanadischen Live-Fernsehshows "In session" am 6. Dezember 1983 in den CHCH Studios von Hamilton/Ontario - diesmal, wie gehabt als CD und zum ersten Mal auch als Live-DVD! Bemerkenswert dabei und somit für die Fans höchst interessant ist die Tatsache, dass die DVD ein paar Songs enthält, die es auf der CD nicht gibt. Zudem ist einiges davon auch im kanadischen Fernsehen bislang noch nicht zu sehen gewesen. Was für eine Gänsehaut erzeugende Performance der beiden. Ein Genuß, dieses Konzert nicht nur zu hören, sondern endlich auch auf der "Leinwand" im Musik-/Wohnzimmer miterleben zu dürfen und zu beobachten, wie wunderbar diese beiden Ausnahmemusiker miteinander harmonierten. Begleitet wurden sie von Tony Llorens an den Keyboards, Bus Thornton am Bass und Michael Llorens am Schlagzeug. Die DVD-Performance dauert rund 90 Minuten! Das Teil ist "code free" und somit auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar! Ein unverzichtbares, historisches Ereignis! Packend!

Die Produktbeschreibung im Original:

On December 6, 1983, legendary blues guitarist Albert King joined his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan on a Canadian sound stage for the live music television series In Session. Magic happened. The highly sought after video footage from that one-time renowned summit becomes available for the first time ever with the release of Stax Records' DVD In Session.
The DVD contains three classic performances unavailable on the previously issued audio disc: "Born Under a Bad Sign," the landmark title track from Albert King's biggest Stax release written by William Bell and Booker T. Jones; Stevie Ray's "Texas Flood," the Larry Davis-penned title track of Vaughan's immortal debut album; and "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," made famous by Louis Jordan and later, Ray Charles.
"It was evident from the first choruses," writes liner notes author/musicologist Samuel Charters, "that they were playing for each other. And that was the best audience either of them could ever have. The music never lost its intensity, its quality of something very important being handed back and forth and there was time for Stevie and Albert to see where their ideas took them."
Accolades have showered upon this momentous encounter. "As a document of what was probably one of the greatest nights in the musical life of SRV, this belongs in the collection of every true fan," said the Austin American-Statesman. Sonic Boomers added, "Both men are gone now, but rare recordings like In Session remind us of a time when blues giants still walked the earth side by side." Elmore magazine called it "an indispensible part of any blues fan's collection." And BluesWax noted, "thank goodness, this disc lives on and on."
Now this previously unavilable visual document featuring two giants of American blues can be enjoyed by audiences the world over. Sadly, King and Vaughan would not share a stage together ever again. Vaughan, 31 years King's junior, died in a helicopter crash in the fog on the way back from a concert in 1990. King outlived him by two years, dying of a heart attack in 1992. They didn't meet often, and their careers took different paths. But we can all be grateful for that one long day in a television studio when sparks flew and this timeless performance was forever captured.

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1 - CD
1 Call It Stormy Monday - 9:00   
2 "Old Times" - 1:15   
3 Pride and Joy - 5:58   
4 Ask Me No Questions - 5:03   
5 "Pep Talk" - :52   
6 Blues at Sunrise - 15:10   
7 "Turn It Over" - :51   
8 Overall Junction - 8:20   
9 Match Box Blues - 7:39   
10 "Who Is Stevie?" - :43   
11 Don't Lie to Me - 8:57   

Disc 2 - DVD
1 Introduction   
2 Born Under a Bad Sign   
3 Texas Flood   
4 Call It Stormy Monday   
5 "Old Times"   
6 Match Box Blues   
7 "Pep Talk"   
8 Don't Lie to Me   
9 "Who Is Stevie?"   
10 Pride and Joy   
11 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town   
12 Outro

Art-Nr.: 7180
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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