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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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Civil Wars, The - same [2013]
Sehnlichst erwartetes Follow-Up des grandiosen Americana-/Singer-Songwriter-/Alternative Country-/Folk Rock-Duos Joy Williams und John Paul White zu dem mit 3 Grammys dekorierten, frenetisch gefeierten Debut "Barton hollow". The Civil Wars machen genau da weiter, wo sie mit ihrem Vorgänger aufgehört haben. Songmaterial und Performance sind exzellent!

Kurze Original-Produktinfo:
The Civil Wars' highly anticipated sophomore self-titled album is the follow up to the three-time Grammy Award-winning duo's acclaimed debut, Barton Hollow.
The Civil Wars was recorded in Nashville between August 2012 and January 2013. Charlie Peacock was once again at the helm as producer for the album. Additionally, Rick Rubin produced the duo's performance for the track "I Had Me a Girl" in August of 2011. Peacock later completed the track by producing the instrumentation and mix.

Exklusives "Track by Track"-Review zu allen Stücken des Albums von Joy Williams:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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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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Lambert, Miranda - kerosene [2005]
Faszinierend! Gerade mal 21 Jahre jung und schon so gut! Wie sind begeistert!! Die Countrymusic hat einen neuen "Star"! Sowohl die Anhänger des traditionsbewußten Nashville-Country, als auch die des "roughen" Texas-Country und der Americana-/Alternate Country-Szene werden ihr gleichermaßen zu Füßen liegen, denn sie kennt keine Grenzen! Miranda Lambert, am 10. November 1983 in Lindale/Texas geboren, wuchs in einer Familie von Countrymusic-Begeisterten auf. Ihr Vater Rick ist ein örtlich sehr geschätzter Gitarrist und Songwriter, dessen Vorliebe für Leute wie Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker oder Merle Haggard sich sehr schnell auf seine Tochter übertrug. Je älter sie wurde, desto größer wurde ihr Wille Musik zu machen, wobei sie immer von ihren Eltern unterstützt wurde. Sie lernte Gitarre zu spielen, fing an Songs zu schreiben, ließ sich inspirieren von Künstlern wie Emmylou Harris, Allison Moorer oder Jack Ingram, veröffentlichte ein Album im Eigenvertrieb und nahm im Jahre 2003 schließlich sogar am "Nashville Star"-Contest teil. Dort landete sie "nur" auf Platz 3, aber das Ganze brachte ihr den verdienten Major-Deal ein! Gott sei Dank ließ die Plattenfirma ihr gewisse Freiheiten. Man erkannte ihr unglaubliches Talent , ließ sie in Ruhe arbeiten! Das Resultat: "Kerosine" (6 Songs hat sie alleine komponiert, 5 zusammen mit einem Co-Autor, nur eine Fremdkomposition) katapultierte sich in den Billboard Country-Album-Charts von Null auf Eins! Ohne Frage verdient, aber dennoch etwas überraschend, denn sie ist nicht unbedingt das "süße", brave Nashville-"Blondchen" ohne Ecken und Kanten, das einem auf dem Cover entgegen zu blicken scheint - überhaupt nicht! "This girl is the real nitty gritty thing", schreibt ein amerikanischer Kritiker - und das ist sie in der Tat! Miranda Lambert's Stimme "is pure Texan", rein, kräftig, ungemein sympathisch, hin und wieder etwas an Natalie Maines von den Dixie Chicks erinnernd! Es ist erstaunlich und verdient höchste Anerkennung, welch ausgereifte und mitreißend strukturierte Songs sie schreibt (auch textlich), und mit welcher Seele und Charisma sie diese vorträgt. Da kann man schon ins Schwärmen kommen! Dieser herrliche Gesang, diese tollen Arrangements in diesem leicht rootsig angehauchten, typisch texanisch-staubigen Ambiente, das so zielsicher und souverän alle Barrieren zwischen Nashville Mainstrem-Country und Texas "Red Dirt"-Americana-/Alternate Country/Countryrock zu überwinden scheint, diese prächtige Instrumentierung aus trockenen Rhythmen, kernigen E-Gitarren, lässigen Acoustic-Gitarren, Banjos, wunderbarer Steel, Mandolinen, mal einer nie zu sehr im Vordergrund stehenden Fiddle oder einer schön rootsigen Mundharmonika, diese äußerst abwechslungsreiche Auswahl an knackigen Uptempo-Nummern, knochentrockenen Countryrockern, blühendem, frischem New Country, rootsigen Americana-Nummern, puren Honky-Tonkern und gefühlvollen Balladen, diese durchweg traumhaften Melodien, die sich tief in unseren Sinnen verankern - fantastisch! Los geht es mit dem überragenden Titelsong "Kerosene", einem regelrecht rotzigen, staubtrockenen, kantigen, mit herrlicher Mundharmonika angereicherten Uptempo New Country-/Countryrock-Knaller! Macht seinem Namen alle Ehre, so viel Feuer steckt in dieser Nummer. Fette E-Gitarren, dezente Banjo-Klänge, die prächtige Melodie und das gnadenlos "hämmernde" Schlagzeug hinter den rhythmischen Acoustic-Gitarren komplettieren das Ganze! Ein "Killer"-Song, der nichts anbrennen läßt! Eigentlich kann schon jetzt bei diesem Album nichts mehr schief gehen, doch eine Prachtnummer folgt der nächsten! Zum Beispiel das flotte, beherzte, schwungvolle, mit tollem Banjo und schöner Steel begleitete, melodische "What about Georgia?", die von viel Americana-Flair und leichtem Southern-Esprit umgebene, wundervoll entspannte, reine Country-Ballade "Greyhound bound for nowhere", das grandiose, lockere, aber dennoch knackige, wieder schön rootsig angehauchte, staubige, angerockte New Country-Stück "New strings" mit dem tollen Banjo-/ Slide Gitarren-Drive und der klasse Melodie, der großartige, lupenreine, Steel-getränkte, traditionelle Dancehall-Honky Tonker "I can't be bothered", die knackige, wunderbare Ballade "Bring me down", das frische, sehr traditionell verwurzelte, mit Mandolinen, flockigen E-Gitarren und einer klasse Maultrommel begleitete, lockere, frische, herrlich melodische "Me and Charlie talking" mit seinem dezenten Western-Flair, der trockene, in bester Buddy und Julie Miller-Manier daher kommende (Alternate)Countryrocker "I wanna die" mit seinen rauen E-/Slide-Gitarren, usw., usw., bis hin zu der finalen, traumhaften Ballade "Love your memory"! Es gibt auf dem Album keinerlei Schwachstellen! Unbeschwert, voller jugendlicher Frische und mit jeder Menge musikalischer Klasse und professioneller Reife überbrückt Miranda Lambert die Grenzen zwischen Nashville Mainstream und Alternate Country/Americana, und vereint scheinabr spielend die Lager der Anhänger von beispielsweise Lee Ann Womack, Gretchen Wilson, den Dixie Chicks, Allison Moorer, Kasey Chambers und vielleicht sogar Lucinda Williams - auch wenn sie im Mainstream-Bereich "vermarktet" wird. Ein überwältigendes Album von einer jungen Dame, an der wir mit Sicherheit noch viel Freude haben werden. Was für ein Talent! Diese Lady ist wie "Kerosene"! Toll, daß sie so gut "einschlägt", denn das ist genau die richtige Musik, die Nashville braucht um den zuweilen etwas "stotternden" Country-Karren wieder flott zu bekommen! Eine wirklich beeindruckende Leistung!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Kerosene - 3:05
2. What About Georgia? - 3:25
3. Greyhound Bound for Nowhere - 4:23
4. New Strings - 3:50
5. I Can't Be Bothered - 3:20
6. Bring Me Down - 4:16
7. Me and Charlie Talking - 4:12
8. I Wanna Die - 3:46
9. Love Is Looking for You - 3:52
10. Mama, I'm Alright - 4:07
11. There's a Wall - 4:16
12. Love Your Memory - 3:47

Art-Nr.: 3145
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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Rufus Huff - same [2009]
Leute, Leute, über Eurem musikalischem Equipment braut sich mächtig was zusammen. Unbedingte, unerschütterliche Standfestigkeit ist zwingend von Nöten. Mit aller nur erdenklichen Urgewalt und Wucht entladen sich Rufus Huff ihrer Energie - und wenn Eure Anlage den Durchlauf deren Debutalbums unbeschadet überstanden hat, dann hat sie auch ihre wahre Belastungsprobe gemeistert. Was für ein hartes, lautes, raues, urwüchsiges, dreckiges, "geiles" Seventies-based, voller "Souhern-grit" steckendes, monströses (Heavy) Guitar Bluesrock/Rock-Donnerwetter! Das Quartett aus South Central Kentucky um den begnadeten Gitarristen "of the South's hardest country rockers, The Kentucky Headhunters", Greg Martin (Vater des Black Stone Cherry-Drummers John Fred Young), spielt auf, als wolle es keinen Stein auf dem anderen lassen. Baumstark! Rufus Huff, benannt nach den beiden Blues-Leuten Whistlin' Rufus und Luther Huff, enstanden während einer Jam-Session 2005 in Glasgow/Kentucky und bestehen seitdem neben Greg Martin noch aus dem großartigen Sänger/Shouter Jarrod England (der Bursche klingt wie eine vor Testosteron nur so strotzende, Whiskey-resistente Mischung aus Robert Plant, Sammy Hagar und Leslie West) und der bravourös arbeitenden Rhythmus-Fraktion Dean Smith (Bass) und Chris Hardesty. Das Terrain, das sie beackern ist laut, schwerblütig, rau, teils ein wenig funky, sehr "tight" und "steeped in the tradition of Cream, Jeff Beck, early Led Zeppelin, Mountain, Jimmy Hendrix's Band Of Gypsies, Cactus and ZZ Top", immer durchzogen von dem "Spirit" des Südens. Geprägt wird das Ganze vorwiegend von Greg Martin's grandioser Gitarrenarbeit und Jarrod England's intensivem Gesang. Martin brilliert mit endlosen, ungemein rauen, dreckigen, kochenden und dampfenden Gitarrenausflügen, bei denen er sich teilweise in einen regelrechten Rausch zu speilen scheint. Das ist pure Inspiration, pures Feuer! Großartig, wie er aus einem seiner ausgedehnten, "berauschten" und hingebungsvollen Soli immer wieder zurück in die Spur der den Rhytmus mitprägenden, satten, brodelnden Riffs findet. "Real handmade guitarwork" mit allen Ecken und Kanten! Irre stark! Dazu England's gewaltiges Organ. Zuweilen scheint es, als wolle er sich die Seele aus dem Hals "röhren"! Los geht's mit dem prächtigen "13 daze": Toller Groove, leichte Funk- und Swamp-Note, knochenharte Riffs - und gleich ein Wahnsinns Gitarren-Ritt von Greg Martin, während dem er rund 2 1/2 Minuten lang seine Saiten nach allen Regeln der Kunst verbiegt. Hammer! Schon nach den ersten 5 Minuten brennt die Hütte lichterloh! Es folgt der mit schweren, Zeppelin-mäßigen Riffs angerührte, massive Bluesrocker "High on heaven hill", an dem sicher neben der Mountain- auch die Gov't Mule-Fraktion ihre helle Freude haben wird. Ungemein wuchtig! Martin lässt ein höllisches Slide-Gewitter über uns hereinbrechen und Drummer Chris Hardesty treibt den Rhythmus zusammen mit Bassist Dean Smith wie ein Stahlross voran. Meine Güte, da ist man als Zuhörer schon nach dem zweiten Stück "geschafft"! Doch die Truppe lässt nicht locker: Mit dem tierisch kochenden Southern-Bluesrocker "Run Rufus run", im Ursprung übrigens eine von Dale Ann Bradley und Vicki Lyn Simmons geschriebene Bluegrass-Nummer, geht's unvermindert intensiv weiter. Es knistert im Gebälk! Glühende, erbarmungslose Gitarrenläufe und unbändige Power ziehen unaufhaltsam ihre Kreise. Rufus Huff holen alles aus sich raus - und das während der gesamten 60 Minuten dieses tierischen Albums. Erwähnenswert sind auch noch die beiden Coverversionen der Blues-Standards "Good morning little school girl" von "Sonny Boy" Williamson und Willie Dixon's "I ain't supersticious", aus denen sie jewels einen furiosen Boogie machen. Die Band legt im übrigen großen Wert auf das Retro-Feeling und betont, dass bis auf wenige Overdubs der überwiegende Teil des Material live, und damit sehr authentisch, im Studio eingespielt wurde. Große Klasse! Rufus Huff "kicks your 70's Southern Fried Rock N' Blues, Funk and Boogie-ass"! Wir sind, im positivsten Sinne, einfach "platt"!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 13 Daze - 4:52   
2 High on Heaven Hill - 4:37   
3 Run Rufus Run - 5:43   
4 El Lago - 6:21   
5 Shirley's - 5:13   
6 Gotta Have Her Name - 5:54   
7 Good Morning Little School Girl - 5:23   
8 It's All Right - 5:49   
9 The Bottom - 6:24   
10 Hain't No Good Life - 4:48   
11 I Ain't Superstitious - 2:49   
12 Funky Junk - 1:40

Art-Nr.: 6376
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Einzelstück || Typ: CD || Preis: € 17,90

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Strait, George - the cowboy rides away: live from at&t stadium ~ dvd [2015]
Jetzt endlich auch als "reine" DVD zu einem "normalen" Preis erhältlich. Bislang gab es das grandiose Abschiedkonzert von George Strait nur im Rahmen der exklusiven, seltenen, überaus teuren Doppel-CD/DVD-Ausgabe von "Walmart", doch nun ist die Show auch für den "normalen" Markt erschienen. Inhalt: Das komplette Abschiedkonzert des Countrystars aus dem AT&T-Stadium von Dallas/Texas vom 7. Juni 2014 mit einer Spieldauer von rund 3 Stunden! Was für eine Country-Show mit jeder Menge Gäste, die zusammen mit Strait dessen Tour-Abschied gebührend feierten. Ein absolutes, packendes Traditional Country-Spektakel! ist code free und somit auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar!

Die komplette Setlist:

1. Check Yes Or No
2. A Fire I Can't Put Out
3. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
4. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (with Vince Gill)
5. River Of Love
6. Lead On
7. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
8. Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her (with Jason Aldean)
9. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
10. I Saw God Today
11. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
12. Easy Come Easy Go (with Eric Church)
13. That's What Breaking Hearts Do
14. Marina Del Rey
15. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
16. When Did You Stop Loving Me (with Sheryl Crow)
17. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
18. Drinkin' Man
19. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
20. Golden Ring (with Martina McBride)
21. Give It Away
22. I Got A Car
23. A Showman's Life (with Faith Hill)
24. Let's Fall To Pieces Together (with Faith Hill)
25. I Believe
26. Blame It On Mexico
27. Amarillo By Morning (with Alan Jackson)
28. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
29. The Chair
30. Give It All We Got Tonight
31. How 'Bout Them Cowgirls (with Miranda Lambert)
32. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
33. You Look So Good In Love
34. I'll Always Remember You
35. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
36. The Fireman (with Kenny Chesney)
37. Troubadour
38. Unwound
39. All My Ex's Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean/ Ray Benson/ Kenny Chesney/ Eric Church/ Sheryl Crow/ Vince Gill/ Faith Hill/ Alan Jackson/ Miranda Lambert/ Martina McBride)
40. The Cowboy Rides Away

Art-Nr.: 8959
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: DVD || Preis: € 16,90

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plus 5 Bonus-Tacks:

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

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

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Urban, Keith - greatest hits [2007]
Normal-Ausgabe! Er ist ein begnadeter Gitarrist, ein großartiger Sänger, Songwriter, ein überaus sympathischer und ein großes Maß an Ausstrahlung versprühender Performer, sein blendendes Aussehen elektrisiert (neben seiner Musik) Unmengen von weiblichen Fans, aber vor allem ist er einer der derzeit angesagtesten, besten und erfolgreichsten "Helden" des modernen New Country! Der Australier Keith Urban zog aus um in Nashville Karriere zu machen - und er hat es wahrlich geschafft. Nach x Millionen verkaufter Alben, jeder Menge Number Ones sowie Preisen und Awards ohne Ende legt Urban nun sein erstes "Greatesr Hits"-Package vor. Was man auf der CD geboten bekommt, sind insgesamt 18 Songs, davon 16 Hits und 2 brandneue Tracks! Dabei durchleuchtet Urban die letzten 8 Jahre seiner Karriere mit so phantastischen Songs wie "Days go by", "Somebody like you", "Stupid boy", "Making memories of us", "But for the grace of God", "Raining on Sunday", seinem aktuellen Top-Hit "Everybody" und vielen mehr! Hervorragend sind aber auch die beiden neuen Tracks, die jetzt schon wieder die Vorfreude auf ein hoffentlich bald zu erwartendes, vollkommen neues Urban-Album schüren: Das ist zum einen eine tolle Coverversion des alten Steve Forbert-Klassikers "Romeo's tune", den Keith in einer prächtigen Roots-/Pop-/Rock-/Country-Version mit starker Banjo-Untermalung, schöner Klavier-Begleitung und herzhaften, würzigen E-Gitarren präsentiert. Seine Stimme wirkt wunderbar "heiser" und "brüchig", dabei aber sehr emotional. Steht dem Original in nichts nach! Super Leistung! Die bietet er auch bei dem zweiten neuen Stück, der Eigenkomposition "Got it right this time (the celebration)", einer typisch melodischen, knackigen Midtempo Country-/Rock-/Pop-Nummer im besten Stil seiner Arbeiten vom "Love, pain & the whole crazy thing"-Album, auf dem's den Song in einer Alternativ-Version auch gibt. Das ist Musik, die man sogar irgendwo an der Schnittstelle zwischen Don Henley, Bob Seger und Tom Petty ansiedeln könnte - aber Urban's Songs sind eben nicht nur für die New Country-Gemeinde ein Genuß, sondern halt auch für das Klientel dieser zitierten Größen. Fast 76 Minuten Keith Urban in seiner ganzen Pracht auf dieser hervroragenden CD! Keith Urban's Musik ist ein Referenbeispiel für den modernen Crossover-Sound zwischen Country, Rock und Pop aus Nashville! Diese Songs gehen ins Ohr, sind anspruchsvoll, stecken voller technischer und musikalischer Finessen und sind doch so einfach und "gut verdaulich"! Hier finden Mainstream und musikalische Qualität auf beeindruckende Weise zusammen. Großartig! Dieses CD- und DVD-Package ist ein Muß für alle Urban-Fans und der absolut ideale Einsteiger für Leute, die ihn schon immer einmal "testen" wollten. Wenn nicht jetzt, wann dann? Ganz große Klasse!

Die komplette Tracklist:
1 Romeo's Tune - 3:47   
2 Got It Right This Time (The Celebration) - 4:44   
3 I Told You So [Radio Edit] - 4:02   
4 Stupid Boy - 6:21   
5 Better Life - 4:43   
6 Making Memories of Us [Radio Edit] - 3:56   
7 Once in a Lifetime [Radio Edit] - 4:11   
8 Tonight I Wanna Cry - 4:19   
9 You're My Better Half [Radio Edit] - 3:59   
10 Days Go By [Radio Edit] - 3:49   
11 But for the Grace of God [Radio Edit] - 3:44   
12 You'll Think of Me [Radio Edit] - 3:51   
13 Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me [Radio Edit] - 3:41   
14 Raining on Sunday [Radio Edit] - 3:54   
15 Where the Blacktop Ends [Radio Edit] - 3:06   
16 Your Everything [Radio Edit] - 3:59   
17 Somebody Like You - 5:23   
18 Everybody [Radio Edit] - 3:57

Art-Nr.: 5389
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Ward, Josh - more than I deserve [2018]
Es ist eine Seltenheit in heutigen Zeiten, solch authentische Alben lupenreiner Countrymusic zu hören, wie die dieses großartigen Texaners Josh Ward. Auch mit seinem vierten Werk "More than I deserve" setzt er, unabhängig von jeglichen Trends des "Pop-Country", wie sie in Nashville an der Tagesordnung sind, konsequent seine Mission fort, unverfälschte, reine Countrymusic im Sinne solcher Größen wie George Jones, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley und Waylon Jennings, oder auch Mark Chesnutt und Tracy Lawrence zu spielen. Das Ergebnis sind wunderbare Countrysongs und Honky Tonker in Reinkultur. Großartig, dass es solche Leute gibt, die abseits des großen Mainstream Trubels in Nashville, die Fahnen "ehrlicher" Countrymusic hoch halten. Gratulation dafür an Josh Ward. Klasse!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review dieses Albums:

Josh Ward hits it out of the park with his fourth highly anticipated release, More Than I Deserve, where rich, traditional ballads mix with honky-tonkers and heartbreakers, blending together seamlessly for a solid effort from the Houston native.
The lead single "All About Lovin'" kicks off the album and sets the tone for the remainder of the collection. "Ain't It Baby," a mid-tempo standout, with the best feel good vibes of the year, channels the feeling of warm nights with the windows down, "That's a once in a lifetime sky...shining down on us tonight..." Meanwhile, "Say Hello To Goodbye" is a lush, piano driven tune featuring soaring vocals from Ward, "...Yeah I'd like to introduce you to lonesome days and lonely nights...I guess you'll have to get used to all those tears in your eyes...say hello to goodbye..."
Picking it up a few notches, honky-tonk takes over on "Home Away From Home," "Another Heartache," and "Loving Right" with all feeling like they could've been recorded in the heyday of 80's and 90's country, missed on today's radio. While there are the rollicking tunes, the ballads are where Ward really shines. On "The Devil Don't Scare Me Anymore," Ward's voice flies high above the searing lyrics "...Ten years later wondering how I got here, where neon burns and they sell cold beer...Heaven seems so far away..." It's the most moving song in the set and Ward's emotional delivery brings the subject home.
Other standouts are "A Cowboy Can," "God Made A Woman," destined to be a Texas dance floor classic, and the title track, a touching waltz surrounded by gorgeous pedal steel and heartbreaking lyrics "...I know I could change her mind....make her stay....but then again, I know it's too late..." A heavy way to close out but listeners can feel hope in the song's message, since we all truly have a lot to be thankful for.
There is a song for everyone on this release; whether it's a honky tonk weeper or a tender love ballad, Ward has listeners covered. Instant radio classics like "Ain't It Baby" and deeper cuts like the title track make this perhaps his best album yet.
(Kelli / The Daily Country)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. All About Lovin' - 2:58
2. Ain't It Baby - 3:40
3. Say Hello to Goodbye - 3:29
4. Home Away From Home - 2:56
5. The Devil Don't Scare Me - 4:18
6. A Cowboy Can - 3:36
7. Another Heartache - 3:44
8. God Made a Woman - 3:11
9. Loving Right - 2:52
10. One More Shot of Whiskey - 3:58
11. More Than I Deserved - 3:17

Art-Nr.: 9661
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Wilson, Gretchen - i got your country right here [2010]
"Redneck woman" Gretchen Wilson lässt sich nicht verbiegen und schon gar nicht in eine Schublade pressen. Doch genau das versuchte ihr voriges Label "Sony" als die Verkaufszahlen der Nachfolge-Alben nach dem historischen Mega-Erfolg ihres Debuts von vor 6 Jahren, "Here for the party", stetig zurück gingen. Als Wilson bereits vor über einem Jahr ihr neues Werk "I got your country right here" fertig stellte, was sie selbst im übrigen als ihr authentischstes und bestes bezeichnet, da es am ehesten ihre Live-Shows repräsentiert, nörgelte Sony ständig an dem Ergebnis herum, vor allen Dingen weil es zu rockig sei und zu wenig Balladen enthalte, und cancelte das Werk schließlich von der Veröffentlichungsliste. Wilson war stinksauer, doch es gelang ihr sich mit samt dem Album aus dem Vertrag mit Sony herauszukaufen. Sie gründete kurzerhand ihr eigenes Label "Redneck Records", suchte sich einen unabhängigen Distributor - und nun ist "I got your country right here" endlich da. Das Warten hat sich wirklich gelohnt, denn es ist in der Tat ein klasse Werk geworden! Klar, das Album ist ihr bis dato rockigstes und dabei mächtig Southern-orientiert (Wilson selbst bezeichnet es gar "the first female Southern Rock album"), doch es ist genauso tief im "echten" Country verwurzelt. Es ist eine grandios gelungene, feurige, "spicy" Gratwanderung zwischen "deep fried Southern-Countryrock", wie sie ihn in dem von fetten Gitarrenriffs (inkl. glühender Slide) bestimmten Boogie-Stomper "I got your country right here (das Titelstück - übrigens komponiert von Jeffrey Steele und Tom Hambridge) anstimmt (hier werden im Text jede Menge Southern Rock-Heroen von der Charlie Daniels Band über Lynyrd Skynyrd bis hin zu den Allman Brothers zitiert), knackigen, vollkommen traditionell fundamentierten, dennoch ungemein frisch, rockig und modern rüber kommenden, abgehenden Roadhouse-/Outlaw-Honky Tonkern, wie der furiose, rau gehaltene, dennoch ungemein melodische und vor allen Dingen prima tanzbare "Earrings song" (herrliches Steel-, Fiddle-, Baritone Guitar-, Dual Lead Guitar-Arrangement) und vollkommen reinen Country-Balladen, wie das von wunderbaren Mandolinen-, Steel- und Baritone Guitar-Klängen durchzogene "I'm only human". Die Rocker sind klar in der Überzahl und es geht weitestgehend überaus dynamisch und temperamentvoll zur Sache (klasse in diesem Zusammenhang auch der bluesige Country-/Southern Rocker "Work hard, play harder", das prächtige Tribut an die amerikanischen "Highway Kings", "Trucker man", und das ordentlich dampfende "Blue collar done turn red"), doch was sie auch anpackt und wie sehr es auch rockt - die Musik ist jederzeit durch und durch "real proud American Blue Collar Country"! Tolles Album! Das ist Gretchen Wilson, wie sie leibt und lebt! Weiter so!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 I Got Your Country Right Here - 3:15   
2 Work Hard, Play Harder - 3:10   
3 I'm Only Human - 3:40   
4 The Earrings Song - 2:54   
5 Trucker Man - 3:00   
6 Blue Collar Done Turn Red - 3:04   
7 Outlaws and Renegades - 3:52   
8 Walk on Water - 3:31   
9 Love on the Line - 3:48   
10 As Far as You Know - 2:57   
11 I'd Love to Be Your Last - 3:34

Art-Nr.: 6841
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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I got your country right here
Work hard, play herder
I'm only human
Earrings song
Outlaws and renegades
As far as you know

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