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Allman, Devon - ride or die [2016]
Prächtiges, neues Werk von Greg Allman's Sohn (ex Royal Southern Brotherhood), der wirklich immer reifer und stärker wird. "Ride or die" zeigt ihn in exzellenter Verfassung. Blues, Rock, Bluesrock, Soul, Roots mit viel Southern-Esprit, verziert mit großartigem Gitarrenspiel, bei dem der Funke sofort überspringt. Großartig!

Aus der Original U.S.-Produktbeschreibung:

Son of Greg Allman, Devon Allman's `RIDE OR DIE` is his third solo record for RUF Records. The album contains twelve soulful and powerful tracks that showcase Allman's maturity as a songwriter, a singer, and his continuous evolution into one of the top guitarist on the scene today. Co- produced along with Grammy winning Tom Hambridge, Allman takes you on a journey through his own intimate back roads and personal highways. It's an emotional journey that takes you through the mountain highs and valley lows, while sheltered from the storms under melodic choruses, surrounded by verses rich with powerful messages throughout some of the deepest material that he has ever written and recorded. There is no doubt that his family's musical DNA has graced Devon Allman with that "Allman Soul," but there is clearly no denying that he puts his personal stamp and his own style, of bending and twisting the blues, into his own Devon Allman brand.`RIDE OR DIE` defines where the artist is today.
Last year Devon received praise from Guitar Player Magazine as they referred to his last CD `Ragged and Dirty` as `powerful, soulful vocals to dig-in-and-let-fly guitar work.` Now on `RIDE OR DIE,` it just gets more soulful. It is definitely Allmanâ TMs most powerful recording yet. The new album shows an artist in full, self assured command.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Say Your Prayers - 3:15
2. Find Ourselves - 3:10
3. Galaxies - 4:57
4. Lost - 4:32
5. Shattered Times - 3:31
6. Watch What You Say - 4:18
7. Vancouver - 4:13
8. Pleasure & Pain - 4:07
9. Hold Me - 2:26
10. Live from the Heart - 4:49
11. Butterfly Girl - 4:35
12. A Night Like This - 4:20

Art-Nr.: 9275
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Allman, Gregg - i'm no angel - live on stage ~ dvd [2012]
Gregg Allman (The Allman Brothers Band) und seine Band (incl. der Toler-Brüder an der Gitarre und an den Drums), aufgenommen bei einem Konzert im November 1988 im Cannery in Nashville/Tennessee! Erstmalige Veröffentlichung auf DVD! Das Konzert gab es vor vielen Jahren schon einmal als VHS-Tape. Repräsentiert prima, wie die Gregg Allman Band zu dieser Zeit spielte. Die DVD ist "code free" und somit auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar.

Die Original-Produktbeschreibung:
Gregg Allman is one of the most celebrated rock musicians of all time. Gregg first came to prominence with his brother Duane as The Allman Brothers Band in the early 1970 s. As lead singer and keyboard player, Gregg was a vital part of the band s huge success on albums such as Idlewild South and At Fillmore East . After Duane Allman s death in 1971 Gregg continued with The Allman Brothers Band in its various guises scoring four US top ten albums, and also launched his own solo career. I m No Angel features a full length concert from Gregg Allman and his band at The Cannery, Nashville, USA in November 1988. Amongst the songs featured are Billboard chart hit single I m No Angel and a version of Blind Willie McTell's Statesboro Blues (a famous part of The Allman Brothers Band s live sets). Gregg Allman continues to record and play live to present day, both solo and as part of The Allman Brothers Band, who were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 and were given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Die komplette Setlist:

1. Don't want you no more
2. It's my cross to bear
3. Sweet feeling
4. Just before the bullets fly
5. Fear of falling
6. Demons
7. I'm no angel
8. Statesboro Blues
9. Slip away
10. One way out

Art-Nr.: 8016
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: DVD || Preis: € 16,90

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Anderson, Terry and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team - national champions [2009]
Endlich! 4 Jahre nach dem "affenstarken" Debut und einem zwischenzeitlichen Live-Album kommt nun der Studio-Nachfolger - und Leute, was macht das "Ding" wieder für eine Laune! Terry Anderson, Dan Baird's alter Kumpel aus dem Georgia Satellites- und Yayhoos-Dunstkreis, und sein bravouröses "Olympic Ass-kickin' Team" blasen zur Roots-rockin', Guitar rockin', Boogie-rockin', Pub-rockin', Power-Fun Pop-Rock'n Roll-Party des Jahres! Welch eine Energie! Welch ein Spielwitz! Welch ein Spaß! Anderson, von Hause aus ein wirklich famoser Drummer, Sänger und Songwriter (seine bekanntesten Songs sind sicher Georgia Satellites' Edel-Rocker "Battleship chains" und Dan Baird's berühmtes "I love you period") hat mit dem "OAK-Team" eine Schar ganz exzellenter Musiker um sich versammelt, die sich mit dem "alten Veteranen" geradezu blind verstehen. Neben Terry Anderson sind das der bärenstarke Gitarrist Dave Bartholomew, Keyboarder Greg Rice und Bassmann Jack Cornell. Höchst interessant ist, und das unterstreicht die ganze Klasse der Akteure, dass nahezu alle Musiker neben Ihrem Hauptinstrument bei dem ein oder anderen Songs zusätzlich aushelfen - und zwar mit dem "Handwerkszeug" der Kollegen. So mimt beispielsweise Terry Anderson bei bei der Hälfte der 12 Songs den zweiten Gitarristen (und auch das kann er hervorragend), der etatmäßige "Saitenverbieger" Bartholomew übernimmt bei einem Track Anderson's "Schiessbude" und Bassist Jack Cornell spielt bei zwei Nummern ebenfalls Gitarre. Eine vielseitige Truppe, deren Variabilität sich auch in der Vielseitigkeit der Songs niederschlägt. In den Nummern, obwohl total geradeaus und straight gespielt, steckt soviel Raffinesse, soviel "Fun" und soviel Spielfreude. Die Zutaten, aus denen das "OAK-Team" sein prächtiges Power Party Rock'n Roll-Gebräu anrührt, reichen vom klassischen Gitarren-Rootsrock, über den Southern Rock, den Countryrock, den britischen Pubrock der Siebziger, bis hin zum puren Classic-Rock der Marke Rolling Stones, Georgia Satellites, Dan Baird, ZZ Top, The Replacements, The Who, NRBQ, Rockpile und Dave Edmunds (Rick Cornell, ein Reporter vom "Independent" aus Raleigh/NC bezeichnete Anderson einst als North Carolina's Antwort auf Dave Edmunds). Alles steckt voller Schwung, Drive und spürbarem Spaß! Selbst vermeintliche Balladen strahlen jede Menge Energie aus. Stellvertretend für ein durch und durch tolles Album ohne jeden Ausfall hier ein paar Songbeispiele, die wir etwas näher vorstellen: So zum Beispiel der famose Opener "Goin' or comin'", ein baumstarker, straighter Riff-/Shuffle-/Roots Rock-Knaller, voller "trinkfestem" Roadhouse-/Honky Tonk-/Southern-Flair, dreckig und ungemein knackig! Anderson's prägnantes Drumming "knallt" wie ein Uhrwerk. Tolle E-Gitarren-Arbeit! Oder der fabelhafte, balladeske Rootsrocker "Lost your number" mit seinen tollen, satten Riffs, seiner klasse Melodie (im übrigen bleiben alle Tracks prächtig hängen) und den traumhaft ineinander übergehenden, ausgiebeigen Soli von Greg Rice's vollsoundiger Hammond Orgel und Dave Bartholomew's rotziger Lead Gitarre. Große Klasse! Wie auch beispielsweise das voller schönem Retro Sixties Beat-Flair steckende, sehr melodische "About you" (da kommen einem unweigerlich die legendären Brinsley Schwarz in Erinnerung) mit seiner vollmundigen, transparenten Gitarren-Begleitung, der lockere, aber gleichzeitig sehr kernige, schwungvolle, mit würziger Piano- und E-Gitarren-Begleitung forcierte Boogie "Indy 500", das herrliche "Found mission", das sich anhört als träfen die Beach Boys auf die Georgia Satellites (ein toller, "happy" und "sunny" Retro Rock'n Roll-Spaß zum Abtanzen), oder auch der ungeheuer lustige, abgehende, großartige Hi-Energy Power Rock-/Pop-Knaller "Pow'ful Merka" (Terry Anderson trommerlt wie ein "Tier"), mit dem wohl jede Rock'n Roll-Fete in Schwung kommt (wer da nicht völlig abgeht, dem ist wohl der Makel einer "Spaßbremse" nicht mehr zu nehmen)! Grandios auch der fulminante Fetzer "Is we or ain't we", der aus den Lautsprechern fegt, als wäre es ein vergessener Who-Klassiker - sowohl gesanglich (der Refrain erinnert an typische Daltrey/Townshend-Harmonies), als auch musikalisch (Anderson verprügelt sein Schlagzeug wie ein wildgewordener Keith Moon)! Verdammt, ist diese Truppe gut! Nicht nur die Dan Baird-, Dave Edmunds-, und Yayhoos-Fans werden daran ihre helle Freude haben. Nein, dieses olympische "Ass-kickin' Team", darf auf keiner Rock'n Roll-Fete, die etwas auf sich hält, fehlen. "Bad-assed Roots-rocking Power Pop, well done and fun from start to finish"! Wahre Champions eben!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Goin' or Comin' - 4:24   
2 Willie Mays - 3:27   
3 Lost Your Number - 3:19   
4 You Had Me at Get Lost - 3:17   
5 Is We or Ain't We - 2:57   
6 Indy 500 - 3:13   
7 About You - 3:01   
8 Pow'ful 'Merka - 3:26   
9 Wrong for That - 4:55   
10 Lover Like That - 3:10   
11 Found Missin' - 2:50   
12 Feel Right Now - 2:58

Art-Nr.: 6388
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Willie Mays
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Is we or ain't we
Indy 500
Pow'ful 'Merka

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Avett Brothers, The - the carpenter [2012]
Wunderbares, neues Album der grandiosen Folkrock-/Alternate Country-/Americana-Formation aus North Carolina, die zur Zeit in den USA landauf landab von Musikerkollegen, Kritikern und Fans geliebt und gefeiert werden, wie kaum ein anderer Act der Szene - im übrigen vollkommen zu Recht. Sie erfinden das Rad sicher nicht neu, aber sie bringen diese zeitlose Musik mit ihren hinreissenden Songs, mit ihrem Charisma, ihrer begnadeten Musikalität und ihrer genialen Fähigkeit, ihre exzellenten Songs in großartige Melodien und zeitgemässe, intelligente Arrangements zu kleiden, einer neuen, jungen Generation näher, was den Avett Brothers eine schier unglaubliche Fanbase einbringt. Produziet wurde das neue Werk, wie auch schon der Vorgänger, von Rick Rubin (u. a. ZZ Top, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dixie Chicks). "The carpenter" ist ein hinreissend schönes Album geworden. Das Album kommt in einem sehr schönen. limitierten, mehrfach aufklappbaren Digipack!

Ein Auszug aus einem U.S.-Review:

The Carpenter, the sixth studio album (and second with producer Rick Rubin) from North Carolina’s Avett Brothers, is as amiable, quaint, mischievous, sad, and disarmingly sincere as its predecessor, landing somewhere between the easy, late summer nostalgia of Ron Sexsmith, the wise and wounded defiance of the Band, and the harmony-laden, pop-laced melancholy of the Jayhawks. (James Christopher Monger, Rovi)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The Once And Future Carpenter - 4:52
2. Live And Die - 4:31
3. Winter In My Heart - 4:55
4. Pretty Girl From Michigan - 2:47
5. I Never Knew You - 2:56
6. February Seven - 4:15
7. Through My Prayers - 4:11
8. Down With The Shine - 4:04
9. A Fathers First Spring - 4:06
10. Geraldine - 1:37
11. Paul Newman Vs. The Demons - 4:42
12. Life - 3:44

Art-Nr.: 7928
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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

Hier die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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

Hier der offizielle Text des Labels zur Veröffentlichung im Original:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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Paved in gold
Way down
Sad eyes
Wrap me
Rock n Roll overdrive

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Brand New Strings - no strings attached [2010]
Aus dem Osten Tennessees kommt diese neue, großartige Bluegrass-Band aus gestandenen Bluegrass-/String-Veteranen (die renommierten Bands New Road und Blue Moon Rising sind nur einige Stationen ihrer Vergangenheit), die mit "No strings attached" ein ganz wunderbares Debut vorlegen. Klassische, unverfälschte, traditionmelle Bluegrass Countrymusic ohne Schnörkel, dargeboten von fünf exzellent aufeinander abgestimmten und eingespielten Pickern, voller Wärme und Lockerheit. Exzellent instrumentiert mit transparenten Acoustic Gitarren, Mandoline, Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle und Bass hören wir feinstes, überwiegend recht flockiges, entspanntes Material, frei von jeglicher Hektik. Auch die flotten, schnellen Stücke erzeugen keinerlei "Highspeed-Overdrive", sondern versprühen ein sehr angenehmes, herrlich ursprüngliches Old School-Feeling. Die schön trockene, dabei klare und sehr fein akzuentierte Produktion (Steve Gulley von Grasstowne) erzeugt darüber hinaus eine natürliche Live-Atmosphäre, so, als sässen wir auf der Veranda unserer Farm, und liessen uns von den anwesenden Brand New Strings mit ihren vorzüglichen musikalischen Fähigkeiten und wunderbaren (Harmonie)Gesängen (stimmlich erinnert das manchmal ein wenig an Ricky Skaggs) auf's Feinste unterhalten. Welch ein Genuß!

Hier noch ein paar Original-Statements aus den USA zu diesem Album:

"Brand New Strings bring the sounds of East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains to their music - combining hard driving traditional bluegrass with gospel mountain music as well. Their fine instrumentals and harmony vocals combined with two strong lead vocalists make up this exciting new band. Band members include: Randall Massengill (lead vocals and guitar), Mike Ramsey (lead vocals and mandolin), Tim Tipton (bass), Stuart Wyrick (banjo) and Matt Leadbetter (Resonator Guitar) who also deliver incredible original songs to the complete their fresh new sound. The members have all worked together in many other band configurations during the years, including Ramsey and Wyrick touring over 10 years with the gospel bluegrass band, New Road, and Massengill also part of that group for a time. Tipton was a founding and long-time member of the popular group, Blue Moon Rising, which Massengill and Leadbetter were also previous members of as well. These friends came together to form Brand New Strings late in 2008 and by February of 2009, they won numerous honors including the Society and Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Band Competition plus went on to have a very successful tour season this year despite the tough economic times". (Hope River Entertainment)

“Brand New Strings is a great new Bluegrass group that is sure to please Bluegrass fans world wide. Though they are a new group, individually they have many years of bona fide experience from playing in various bands. I am an admirer of good vocal harmony and I enjoy the style of harmony that these guys present. Not only are they good musicians and singers, they are good people!”
(Jamie S. Dailey of Dailey & Vincent)

Die komplette Songliste:

1 Merry Go Round - 2:03   
2 Rainy Nights and Memories - 3:44   
3 Law of the Land - 3:44   
4 Caught Up - 2:11   
5 Wheels - 2:42   
6 Living Water - 2:09   
7 The Blues Club - 2:50   
8 High on a Hilltop - 3:07   
9 When My Feet Touch the Street of Gold - 2:59   
10 I Feel The Same Way Too - 3:35   
11 Who Am I - 3:01   
12 Prayer from Home - 4:09   
13 The First Date - 2:43

Art-Nr.: 6813
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Rainy nights and memories
Law of the land
Caught up
High on a hilltop
Prayer from home
The first date

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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

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Browne, Jann - buckin' around ~ a tribute to the legendary buck owens [2007]
"She's a shining link in the Southern California roots tradition", heißt es in ihrer Biographie! Viele Countryfreunde werden sich sicher noch an Jann Browne erinnern, die im Jahre 1991 mit einem tollen Country-Album ("Tell me why") für Furore sorgte, zwei Top 20-Hits landete und eine Nominierung der "Academy Of Country Music" als "female vocalist of the year" einheimste. Dennoch ließ das Major-Label sie damals fallen, auch weil Jann Browne immer ihrer Linie treu blieb und sich trendigen Nashville Pop-Strömungen stets verweigerte. Das machte sie aber unter den Fans nur noch beliebter, auch in Europa, wo sie immer wieder umjubelte Auftritte feierte. Nun beglückt sie die Countrywelt mit einem neuen Album reinster Countrymusic, einem wunderbaren Tribute an den legendäre Buck Owens! 12 Country-Perlen des großen Buck hat sie sich ausgesucht und mit ein paar exzellenten Musikern (u.a. Steelguitar-Veteran Jay Dee Maness, Bill Bryson am Bass, Scott Joss aus der Band von Dwight Yoakam und Merle Haggard an der Fiddle, Gitarrist Duane Jarvis, usw.) bravourös eingespielt. Kurioserweise sind sowohl Buck Owens (in Sherman/Texas) als auch Jann Browne (in Anderson/Indiana) nicht in Californien geboren, dennoch sind beide vom Herzen "Californians to the core"! Kaum jemand hat den californischen Bakersfield Country so populär gemacht wie Buck Owens. Und kaum jemand hätte ihm zu Ehren seine Songs so covern können wie Jann Browne, die mit seiner Musik aufgewachsen ist und ihn von frühester Jugend an verehrte. Wohl deshalb ist dieses Album so ausgesprochen gut gelungen, wirkt so authentisch und durch und durch überzeugend. Jann's leicht heisere, rootsige, großartige Stimme passt bestens zu diesen erfrischend dargebotenen Country-Evergreens. "She sings from the heart", umschreibt es ein amerikanischer Journalist. Recht hat er! Das ist "true honky-tonkin', cheatin' Countrymusic", vollkommen traditionell, rein, "pure, simpel and to the point"! Feines E-Gitarren-Picking, heulende Steelguitars, mal eine verträumte Fiddle^, traditionelle Honky Tonk-Rhythmen überall! Egal ob das "sonnige", flotte, gut tanzbare, in einem tollen E-Gitarren-/Steelguitar-Gewand präsentierte "Love's gonna live here" (ein ganz bedeutender Song in der frühen Entwicklung von Jann Browne, denn es war der erste, den sie auf der Gitarre zu spielen lernte), der von markanten Tempowechsel bestimmte Honky Tonker "Before you go" (wundervolles Steel-Geheule in den langsamen Passagen), die herzzerreißende Ballade "Play together again, again", der unvergessene Bakersfield Country-Feger "I don't care" (klasse E-Gitarren-Picking), "Hot dog" im Rocjabilly-Gewand oder die Steeguitar-getränkte, balladeske Honky Tonk-Nummer "Sweethearts in heaven" mit schönen, "bittersüßen" Harmoniegesängen von Iris DeMent und Joy Lynn White - Buck Owens wäre mächtig stolz auf diese Aufnahmen, könnte er sie noch hören! (Aber vielleicht kann er's ja...) Ein großartiges Tribute an einen großen Country-Musiker und eine tolle Sache für die Liebhaber unverfälschter, pur traditioneller, klassischer Countrymusic! Kleiner Gag: Die CD sieht aus wie eine Vinyl-Platte, vollkommen schwarz! Ein kleines Manko muß man dennoch erwähnen: Das Album ist mit knapp 28 Minuten Gesamtspielzeit nicht gerade eines der länsgten. Doch die "pure" Countryfans sollten darüber hinwegsehen, denn ansonsten gibt's partout nichts zu mäkeln! Ein wirklich feines Teil!

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Love's gonna live here
Before you go
Excuse me (I think I've got a heartache)
I don't care
Playgirl (Playboy)

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Bryan, Luke - what makes you country [2017]
Sein unglaublicher Erfolg geht weiter. Das neue Album von Luke Bryan hat bereits kurz nach Erscheinen wieder die Top-Position der Nashville-Charts erklommen. Was er momentan anpackt, wird ein Riesenerfolg. Kaum ein anderer bringt die neue, junge New Country-Generation so rüber, wie Luke Bryan. Dazu gibt es nicht wenige "Kritiker", die "What makes you country" auch als sein bislang bestes Werk bezeichnen. Also: hier passt alles! 15 neue, ganz starke Songs von Luke Bryan.

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Opening up with "What Makes You Country," the album's title track, Luke Bryan immediately showcases why he became one of the most-popular stars of the past decade in country music.: he sings songs about himself, his friends and his audience. This one, an anthem which is to likely be both a radio hit and the opener of his concerts for years to come, also speaks of becoming who you are and that you don’t have to be born and bred or even from the rural areas to be “country.” “Out Of Nowhere Girl” and “Bad Lovers” both speak of dalliances with the opposite sex while “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is the kind of song that stirs up memories of good summer days gone. “Hungover In A Hotel Room” (which features Emily Weisbend in a supporting vocal role) has a moody melody as it describes a couple in the midst of a morning after a night of bliss.
While there’s plenty of relationship-related music and good times to be had here, there are a couple of songs which will make you stand up and pay attention to What Makes You Country. The first of those is “Most People Are Good,” a song which is subdued in approach but is basically a song that believes in the beauty of humanity and that we all, in the end, really want the same things out of our lives. It also manages to be inspirational without feeling preachy (Though I suspect people WILL call it that when it becomes another hit single for Luke Bryan). “Land Of A Million Songs” is another special moment on the record. It’s basically how and why a musician does what they do. “Win Life” is another attention grabbing moment on What Makes You Country as it describes the need to living to work instead of working to live. Another interesting, attention-grabbing moment is “Drinking Again,” about as simple a sing-a-long song as an artist can have in their repertoire.
Because they have to and it’s part of evert fiber of their being. “Like You Say You Do” is a pleasant song with the kind of details that feel like a cousin to “Jesse’s Girl.” “Hooked On It” is about getting addicted to the music (and works as a cousin to “What Makes You Country”). Interestingly, “Light It Up,” the lead single from this project, is probably the least likable song on the record. So, in a record that is over 51 minutes long and fifteen songs deep, that’s saying something. It remains to be seen if What Makes You Country will become the best recording of his career but it certainly is something fans new and old will find more than enough to like on it. (Matt Bjorke / Roughstock.com)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. What Makes You Country - 3:55
2. Out Of Nowhere Girl - 3:38
3. Light It Up - 2:57
4. Most People Are Good - 3:41
5. Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset - 3:36
6. Bad Lovers - 3:36
7. Drinking Again - 3:45
8. Land Of A Million Songs - 3:31
9. Like You Say You Do - 3:40
10. Hooked On It - 3:17
11. She's A Hot One - 2:55
12. Hungover In A Hotel Room - 3:54
13. Pick It Up - 2:59
14. Driving This Thing - 2:56
15. Win Life

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

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Buffett, Jimmy - buffet hotel [2009]
Das lang erwartete, neue Studioalbum von Jimmy Buffett und seiner unverwüstlichen Coral Reefer Band ist da! Es ist ein grandioses Teil geworden, das Buffett in brillanter Verfassung zeigt. Nicht selten, und das ist durchaus als Kompliment zu verstehen, erinnert das Werk an den frühen Buffett in den Siebzigern. Doch gleichzeitig, trotz dieses Retro-Touches, erleben wir einen überaus zeitgemässen Buffett, der abwechslungsreicher (und zum Teil auch rockiger) nie war. Bezeichnen wir das, was er hier abliefert, einfach mal als Rootsrock, aber was für einen vielseitigen: Ein wunderbarer Mix aus erdigem, kernigem "rowdy ripping" Rock, Southern, Gospel, Soul, Swamp, Blues, Surf, Jam, Americana und Countryrock! Sein unverkennbares, entspanntes Flair ist natürlich auch vorhanden, doch die karibischen Momente treten zugunsten würzigerer, rockigerer Gitarrenklänge deutlich mehr in den Hintergrund als bei seinen letzten Alben. Das kommt richtig gut! "Great guitars" überall! Eingebettet in großartige Grooves (tolle Percussion) und wunderbare Melodien, geben sich des öfteren zwei großartige Lead Gitarristen die Klinke in die Hand, zuweilen auch mit prächtigen Slide-Linien und exzellenten, wechselseitigen Soli, die immer wieder ein herrliches Southern-Feeling aufkommen lassen. Kein Wunder, hier macht sich das Aufnahmestudio bemerkbar, das LaLa Land Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama! Neben je einem Cover von Bruce Cockburn ("Live short call now") und Jesse Winchester ("Rhumba man"), einer großartigen Komposition von Will Kimbrough und Tommy Womack ("Nobody from nowhere"), stammen alle Stücke aus der Feder von Buffett, zum Teil mitverfasst von seinem langjährigen Weggefährten Mac McAnally und besagtem Will Kimbrough. Das Songmaterial ist von vorn bis hinten erste Sahne! Als stellvetretende Highlights für das gesamte Material seien solche Nummern wie das großartige "Nobody from nowhere" (jammiger, voller Southern Soul steckender Rootsrocker mit einem dezenten Gospel-Feeling, würziger Lead Gitarre, tollen Slide-Fills und schöner Orgeluntermalung - enthällt zwei prächtige, viel Southern-Charme aufkommen lassende E-Gitarren-Soli, wobei vor allem das zweite, gegen Ende des Stückes, nicht wenig an The Allman Brothers Band erinnert), die lockere, flockige Countryrock-Americana-Nummer "Wings" (viel Seventies Retro-Flair, klasse Banjo-Begleitung), das von toller Percussion begleitete, flotte, mit lässiger, aber schön würziger E-Gitarre, einer klasse Orgel und swampigen Slide-Linien in Szene gesetzte "Big top" (vereint nahezu perfekt ein dezent karibisch angehauchtes, sonniges, vollkommen unbeschwertes, zwangloses Jam-Feeling mit dem "Duft" der Southern-Swamps), die wundervolle, ruhige Ballade "Beautiful swimmers", das lockere, mit ganz aktuellen, leichten Rap-Splittern getränkte, Reggae-mässige "Turn up the heat and chill the rosé", das kernige, ja fast schon dreckige, in allerbester Stones- und Georgia Satellites-Manier rockende, riffige, gleichzeitig so ungemein frische und sonnige "Summerzcool", das brillant groovende, leicht südamerikanisch angehauchte, heisse "Rhumba girl" (tolles Wurlitzer-Piano, scharfe E-Gitarre, swampige Slide, schwüle Bläser-Fills), der herrliche, voller Wüsten- und Ghost Town-Feeling steckende, lockere Midtempo-Countryrocker "We learned to be cool from you" (großartige Baritone-/Steelguitar-Kombination), oder der bärenstarke, gut abgehende Sixties-rooted Surfrocker "Surfing in a hurricane" (famose Surf-Gitarren, tolle Farfisa-Orgel) erwähnt. Und beim jammig groovenden, tollen, mit feuriger Flamenco Acoustic-Gitarre durchzogenen Rootsrocker "Buffet hotel" gibt sich schließlich auch noch der mit Buffett eng befreundete Slide-Guru Sonny Landreth die Ehre, um dieses Stück mit seinem unwiderstehlichen Slide-Spiel zu veredeln. Toll! "Buffet hotel", im übrigen benannt nach einem tatsächlichen Ort, den Jimmy während eines ausgedehnten Afrika-Trips entdeckte, muß man ohne Einschränkung als "one of his strongest albums ever" bezeichnen, wie es ein amerikanischer Musikjournalist kürzlich ausdrückte. Recht hat er! Das, was Jimmy Buffett und seine fantastischen Musiker hier auf die Beine gestellt haben, ist schlichtweg ein Knüller. Trotz aller beschriebenen rockigen Momente suggeriert auch dieses Werk stets eine gewisse Relaxtheit, Sonne und Urlaubsvisionen. Welch ein Genuß in dieser grauen Winterzeit! Selten (wenn überhaupt) waren diese Jungs besser...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Nobody From Nowhere - 5:06   
2 Wings - 3:46   
3 Big Top - 4:30   
4 Beautiful Swimmers - 5:21   
5 Turn Up the Heat and Chill the Rosé - 3:49   
6 Summerzcool - 3:15   
7 Rhumba Man - 4:10   
8 We Learned to Be Cool From You - 5:54   
9 Surfing in a Hurricane - 4:25   
10 Life Short Call Now - 4:08   
11 Buffet Hotel - 5:59   
12 A A Lot to Drink About - 3:28

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Cash, Rosanne - the essential rosanne cash [2011]
Zeitlich begrenzter, sehr günstiger Einführungspreis!
2 CD-Set! Fantastische, die wirklich stattliche Anzahl von 36 Songs umfassende Compilation von Johnny Cash's Tochter Rosanne Cash (rund 135 Minuten Spielzeit), die ihre gesamte Karriere zwischen 1978 und 2009 umfasst. Die Songs für dieses Album wurden von Rosanne höchst persönlich zusammengestellt. Enthalten sind sämtliche Number One-Hits aus ihrer super erfolgreichen Nashville-Phase, einiges ihrer neueren Alternate Country-Zeit und ein paar rare, wichtige, dennoch nicht so gängige Nummern. Es ist eine wunderbare Zusammenstellung geworden. Das 16.seitige Booklet enthält alle nötigen Informationen zu den Songs, mit allen beteiligten Musikern und überaus interessante Liner-Notes von Rosanne selbst. Der perfekte Einstieg für alle, die sich schon immer mal mit der tollen Musik dieser großartigen Künstlerin beschäftigen wollten und für die Fans eine willkommene Ergänzung zur Sammlung, zumal der remasterte Sound nie besser war. Essentiell!

Hier noch die Produktbechreibung im englischen Original:

The idiosyncratic and innovative music of Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, made her one of the pre-eminent singer/songwriters of her day. Although Rosanne Cash is often classified as a country artist, her music draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock and blues. In the 1980s, she had a string of chart-topping singles, which crossed musical genres and landed on both C&W and Top 100 charts, the most commercially successful being her 1981 breakthrough hit "Seven Year Ache", which topped the U.S. country singles charts and reached the Top 30 on the U.S. pop singles charts. Included on The Essential Rosanne Cash are 36 tracks over 2 discs, including 10 #1 US Country singles. There is a story here on The Essential Rosanne Cash that runs from 1978's "Can I Still Believe In You" to 2009's "Sweet Memories." Within the joints and joists of these songs Cash married, had children, married again, had children again, traveled, lived in five cities on two continents, lost loved ones, got sick and got well again. Many of the selections on this compilation are signposts of sorts for the landmarks of her life, and the personal and musical are essentially interwoven.

Die komplette Tracklist:

Disc 1
1 Can I Still Believe In You - 5:37   
2 Baby, Better Start Turnin' Em Down - 4:11   
3 No Memories Hangin' Round - 3:25   
4 Seven Year Ache - 3:16   
5 Blue Moon With Heartache - 4:28   
6 My Baby Thinks He's A Train - 3:14   
7 It Hasn't Happened Yet - 3:24   
8 I Wonder - 3:05   
9 If It Weren't For Him - 3:33   
10 I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me - 3:18   
11 Never Be You - 3:29   
12 Hold On - 3:38   
13 Runaway Train - 4:01   
14 The Way We Make a Broken Heart - 3:55   
15 If You Change Your Mind - 3:22   
16 It's Such a Small World - 3:21   
17 Tennessee Flat Top Box - 3:18   
18 I Don't Want to Spoil the Party - 2:36   

Disc 2
1 The Real Me - 4:25   
2 On The Surface - 2:57   
3 What We Really Want - 3:30   
4 I Want a Cure - 4:20   
5 Mirror Image - 3:18   
6 The Wheel - 4:20   
7 Sventh Avenue - 5:13   
8 Sleeping in Paris - 4:07   
9 Love is Forever [Live] - 4:13   
10 Western Wall - 3:02   
11 September When it Comes - 3:40   
12 Black Cadillac - 3:46   
13 House on the Lake - 3:32   
14 The World Unseen - 5:13   
15 Good Intent - 3:45   
16 500 Miles - 3:05   
17 Sea of Heartbreak - 3:07   
18 Sweet Memories - 3:29

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Castro, Tommy & The Painkillers - stompin' ground [2017]
Bluesman Tommy Castro und seine großartigen Painkillers mit einem prächtigen, neuen Album! "Stompin' ground" bringt uns wunderbaren, klassischen soulful Bluesrock, Rockin' Blues und Soul-Blues, dessen Wurzeln im Grenzgebiet von Kalifornien und Mexiko, genauer gesagt in San Jose, wo Castro zu dieser Zeit lebte, in der Ära der Hippie-Kultur der späten Sechziger und Siebziger Jahre liegen. Es war der "soulful" Sound der "Mexican Americans". Wir hören packende Songs, hinreissende Grooves, tolle Melodien, sowie exzellentes Gitarrenspiel und großartigen Gesang von Castro, der sich mit seinen Painkillers in absoluter Top-Form präsentiert. Und dieser herrliche Soul in den Stücken - eine Wonne! Tracks wie das nostalgisch, dynamisch rockende "Blues all around me", die begnadet groovende, balladeske traumhaft melodische Soul-Nummer "My old neighborhood", der dreckige, fast schon ein wenig Richtung ZZ Top daher kommende, einen tollen Drive aufbauende Rockin' Blues-Boogie "Enough is enough", der kochende Hi-Energy-Shuffle "Rock bottom" (Gast ist hier Gitarrenhexer Mike Zito, der sich zusammen mit Castro prächtige Lead Gitarren-Duelle liefert, dazu starkes, hintergründiges Piano-Geklimper), die dynamische Retro Soul-Nummer "Soul shake" im Duett mit Danielle Nicole (ex Trampled Under Foot), sowie das brodelnde "Them changes" sind nur einige stellvertretende Beispiele für ein bestechend starkes Album von Tommy Castro und seinen Painkillers. Hier lodert das Blues- und Soul-Feuer lichterloh. Beeindruckend stark!

Hier ein U.S.-Statement zu diesem Album im Original-Wortlaut:

Swaggering, razor-wire gospel-tinged soul, simmering deep blues and hard-grooving house rockers (AllMusic. com). Gritty, funky, rocking and original (Boston Globe). Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, Castro is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf – his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counter-culture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes – the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy’s own sound was born. He honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge on the city’s competitive bar scene, where he learned how to capture an audience with his intensely passionate vocals, stellar musicianship and dynamic performances. Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop and Taj Mahal toured through the area, and Castro was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ’s, where he often jammed, dreaming of one day busting out. Over the course of his career, Tommy Castro’s San Jose DNA has always inspired his music, whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or the funkiest soul grooves. He and The Painkillers – bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown – have played hundreds of shows to thousands of music lovers, always leaving his audiences screaming for more. All of his albums are filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each song showing a slightly different side of Castro’s multifaceted musical personality. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.” On his new album, Stompin’ Ground, Tommy Castro opens windows both into his past and his always-evolving musical future. Produced by Castro and guitar wunderkind Kid Andersen and recorded at Andersen’s soon-to-be legendary Greaseland Studio in San Jose, Stompin’ Ground finds Castro letting loose on a set of 12 tracks featuring six originals and new versions of songs he learned and played as a young up-and-comer. He is simultaneously looking back with autobiographical originals and cover songs that inspired him, while forging a forward trail with modern lyrics atop blistering blues-rock. With The Painkillers firing on all cylinders behind him, Castro lays it all on the line from the opening notes of Nonchalant to the final, introspective Live Every Day. From the autobiographical My Old Neighborhood to the socially aware Enough Is Enough and Fear is The Enemy to versions of Elvin Bishop’s Rock Bottom and Taj Majal’s Further On Down The Road (two of his favorite songs from his earliest heroes), Stompin’ Ground is pure musical pleasure. “As soon as we started cutting,” Castro says, “we knew we were onto something.” In addition to the The Painkillers, Castro’s friends Charlie Musselwhite (harp and vocals on Live Every Day), Mike Zito (guitar and vocals on Rock Bottom), Danielle Nicole (vocals on Soul Shake) and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo (guitar and vocals on Them Changes) add their talents to Stompin’ Ground. “I heard each one of my friends’ contributions on these songs in my head as I was working on them. Happily, when I reached out and actually asked, everyone said yes.”

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Nonchalant - 3:55
2. Blues All Around Me - 3:42
3. Fear Is The Enemy - 3:34
4. My Old Neighborhood - 5:42
5. Enough Is Enough - 3:52
6. Love Is - 4:40
7. Rock Bottom - 4:30
8. Soul Shake - 3:59
9. Further On Down The Road - 4:17
10. Them Changes - 4:47
11.Sticks And Stones - 3:07
12. Live Every Day - 4:28

Art-Nr.: 9518
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Nonchalant
Blues all around me
My old neighborhood
Enough is enough
Rock bottom
Soul shake
Them changes

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Chickenfoot - get your buzz on live ~ dvd [2010]
Wow! Macht das Laune! Sind die klasse! Packendes Live-Dokument dieser 4 Rock-Helden, die sich 2008 zusammenfanden, um etwas "Spass zu haben" und damit ein ganz großes Ding auf die Beine stellten. Einer der zweifellos stäksten Rock-Shouter des Business, Sammy Hagar (Montrose, Van Halen, Waboritas), Michael Anthony (Van Halen) am Bass, Drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) und Gitarren-Irrwisch Joe Satriani kamen im vergangenen Jahr mit einem fulminanten Classic (Hard)Rock-Album (ein zweites ist im übrigen in Planung), um anschliessend auch auf Tour zu gehen. Von dieser Tour gibt es jetzt diese grandiose Live-DVD, die eindrucksvoll zeigt, was bei einer Chickenfoot-Show abgeht. Das sind alt gediente Haudegen, die schon alles erlebt haben, aber was die hier live demonstrieren, ist einfach mitreissend. Purer Enthusiasmus, grenzenlose Spielfreude, Power, Intensität und vor allem, von dem grandiosen Können der Vier einmal ganz abgesehen, sichtbarer, hemmungsloser Spaß an dem was sie da tun! Und das kommt phantastisch rüber. Das Publikum ist euphorisch und diese Euphorie überkommt einen auch vor der Leinwand im Musikrimmer. Diese Jungs reissen ihre Fans wirklich mit. Mitgeschnitten und gefilmt mit 16 Kameras (in HD) wurde das Ganze im Sommer 2009 während ihrer Tour in den USA. Es gibt eine komplette Show aus dem Dodge Theatre in Phoenix/Arizona und noch ein paar zusätzliche Aufnahmen aus dem Tabernacle in Atlanta/Georgia und vom Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame-Auftritt aus Cleveland. Chickenfoot präsentieren vorwiegend das Material ihres Albums, darüber hinaus aber auch noch ein paar zusätzliche, absolute Highlights. Beispielsweise das baumstake "Bitten by the wolf", ein Track, der nicht auf der CD, sondern nur auf der Vinyl-Ausgabe ihres Debutalbums veröffentlicht wurde. Und als Sammy Hagar sich zum ersten Stück der Zugabe lässig an den Bühnenrand setzt, sich eine Slide (Lap Steel) auf die Knie legt und wie ein "Wahnsinniger" über die Saiten fegt, um eine grandiose Version des alten Montrose-Krachers "Bad Motor Scooter" anzustimmen, ist das Publikum vollends aus dem Häuschen und die Band wie im Rausch. Doch als wär's noch nicht genug, stimmen sie zum Finale auch noch ein fulminantes "My generation" (der Who-Klassiker) an. Irre! Die Band gibt alles! Der Saal tobt! Wir auch! Long live Chickenfoot...
Kommt in einer schönen Digipack-Verpackung mit Schuber, inklusive eines reich bebilderten 16-setigen Booklets.

Hier noch im Original die offizielle Produktinfo zur Veröffentlichung der DVD:

Shot in HD with 16 cameras over 3 Sold-Out shows, "Chickenfoot Get Your Buzz On" offers the viewer a Once-In-A-Lifetime chance to see 4 Rock and Roll Legends share the stage and blow the fans away with their combined inordinate talents to one collective whole. The band, formed in 2008 consists of Sammy Hagar (Van Halen and Montrose), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and Guitar Hero Joe Satriani. Shot the Summer of 2009, the shows are captured in crystal clear High Definition by Award-Winning Director Daniel E. Catullo III (Rush, Creed Godsmack, Smashing Pumpkins) and mixed in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound by Mike Fraser. Includes one full show shot at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, AZ and segments from shows at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA and The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. The bonus features are robust and include never-before-seen backstage footage, interviews with the band, extra performance footage, a photo gallery and not to be missed funny segments featuring "Surprise Special Guests" Adam Corolla, Bob Weir and Christopher Guest as "Nigel Tufnel" from the hit movie Spinal Tap. (Quelle: Chickenfoot-Homepage)

Die komplette Setlist:

1 Avenida Revolution   
2 Sexy Little Thing   
3 Soap On a Rope   
4 My Kinda Girl   
5 Down the Drain   
6 Bitten By the Wolf   
7 Oh Yeah   
8 Learning' To Fall   
9 Get It Up   
10 Immigrant Song -fragments
11 Turnin' Left   
12 Future is the Past   
13 Bad Motor Scooter   
14 My Generation

Art-Nr.: 6907
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: DVD || Preis: € 17,90

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Childers, Tyler - country squire [2019]
Der aus dem U.S.-Bundesstaat Kentucky stammende Tyler Childers ist nach seinem viel beachteten 2017er Debut "Purgatory" so etwas wie das zur Zeit "heißeste Eisen" unter den Countryfans und -experten, sowohl was die Mainstream Country-Fraktion, als auch die Liebhaber des Alternate Country oder Indie Country betrifft. Völlig zu Recht, wie wir finden, denn Childers grandioses Songmaterial ist vor allem eins: Pur Country durch und durch. Oder wie die Amerikaner sagen: "Country Music to it's core"! Für den Mainstream ist das so etwas wie die immer mal wieder beschworene "Rettung der Countrymusic", für die Vertreter des Alternate Country ist diese Musik trotz aller wunderbaren Melodien immer noch rau, kantig und erdig genug, niemals überproduziert. Dafür sorgt vor allem auch das hervorragende Produzenten-Team, bestehend aus Sturgill Simpson und David Ferguson. Outlaw Country, purer Honky Tonk, grassiger Country, angerockter Country, folkiger Country - alles wird geboten, und zwar auf höchstem, musikalischen Niveau. Keine Frage, Tyler Childers ist aktuell einer der spannendsten und talentiertesten Countrykünstler überhaupt. Ein vortreffliches, erstklassiges, wohltuend aus dem die Charts überflutenden "Einheitsbrei" herausragendes Album!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Tyler Childers is the greatest artist in country music at the moment, mainstream or independent, on the radio off, major label or otherwise. And soon, if there is any justice in this ragged old life, the rest of the world will know this to be true as well. Tyler’s new album Country Squire should be a breakthrough achievement, and is everything you hoped and wanted from his major label debut, despite the worry that washed over many faces due to the early songs released from the record, and noisy naysayers who are always quick to turn coat against anything that becomes popular.
Country Squire is country music to its core. Country Squire is a collection of songs worthy of critical acclaim. Country Squire may be the high water for the career of Tyler Childers thus far, only fair to question due to the quality of his last record Purgatory and his previous releases as well. Country Squire feels like an achievement and a victory for independent country fans. But whatever you do, don’t call it Americana.
In some ways the release of Country Squire presented a trap for Tyler Childers and his long time fans. When expectations range so high like they did for this record, letdown becomes a very real possibility regardless of the quality of the eventual release, if it’s not outright inevitable. If you consume everything “Tyler Childers” you can get your hands on, including fan videos from recent concerts, then you’ve probably already heard or seen most or all of the songs from Country Squire before, and may have fallen in love with those earlier versions, raw and in the live context. Since Tyler Childers became a headliner so quickly and has been touring so hard, he dipped into his new material pretty deep ahead of this release.
Then of course you have the diehards and purists who allow their opinions to putrefy on anything that emanates from a major label or can be construed as “popular.” Those people can kiss off of course, but their opinion sharing can additionally cloud the public’s judgement on and impending release. And none of this delves into the two songs released ahead of Country Squire—the energetic, but simple and straightforward “House Fire” where Tyler’s vocals sounded a little too down in the mix, and the highly questionable production all the way around of “All Your’n.” Even some of the psychedelic and drug imagery preceding the release was off putting to some, swinging their opinions on this record from highly anticipated, to expecting to be let down.
Five seconds into Country Squire, and not only are all your worries resolved, all is right in the country music world. The raw Kentucky sound and songwriting fills your ear canals like supple graces of angelic manna. The authenticity drips from the tracks. The instrumentation is adept, but steeped in that raw, mountain music sound that is true to Tyler Childers. This record is even more Kentucky than Tyler’s previous record Purgatory, if that’s possible.
That’s not to say Country Squire is without imagination and inventiveness though, or is unwilling to take a few risks. The record presents itself as a “song cycle,” meaning it’s meant to be heard as a cohesive unit, cover to cover, and in the order the tracks are presented to stimulate the synchronous and immersive experience its creators intended. With Sturgill Simpson as producer along with David Ferguson, you shouldn’t be surprised at this outcome. Of course anyone can run track times together and employ some instrumental interludes between songs. It takes mastery and imagination to pull it off well. Country Squire is graced with that enviable attribute, making it hard to not lose yourself in this record.
Everyone who was drawing negative conclusions from the first couple of songs released—despite the warnings by Saving Country Music and others—should be happy to admit their trepidation was presumptive. Nobody in the record business these days seems to know how to pick the best songs from albums for pre-release. Sure, taken autonomously, “All Your’n” still feels like somewhat of an anomaly , and along with “House Fire,” they might present the two weakest tracks on the entire record. But in the context of the album itself, both are more forgivable, or understandable, or maybe even advantageous because they help build some texture into an otherwise very country record.
The scratchy, distressed production of Country Squire will still turn some off, and audiophiles will probably find something to complain about in the mix and mastering phase of this effort as they always do. But the approach also fits the raw and live aspect of the Tyler Childers sound. You don’t just hear these songs, you feel them, you smell them. They’re dripping in goat’s blood, brought down from the holler in a stolen station wagon, were stored away in the crawlspace under a singewide where the methheads can’t find them until they were ready to be revealed. They come from Tyler’s “country squire” … humble, but proud, and riddled with character like buckshot to the back of a rural stop sign.
But it all comes down to the songs. That is why we’re here talking about Tyler Childers. Not Sturgill Simpson nor anyone else could ruin these songs even if they wanted to, any anyone who allows names they don’t like to get in the way of music they should is failing as a music fan. True authenticity is a myth in modern country music … until you hear Tyler Childers. If you don’t like this record, you don’t like country music.
The era of bellyaching about the inequity that independent-minded artists face in country music is not over just yet, but it continues to be significantly compromised due to the success of artists like Tyler Childers. No longer can their contributions be scoffed at as inconsequential when they’re selling out tours and topping album charts, often testing and even besting the sales impact of many mainstream Music Row upstarts to the point that when the major labels do come calling, your favorite independent country artists can sign a deal on their own terms, keeping their creative license, and walking away with a handsome stack of cash.
Placing the burden of “country music savior” on the shoulders of anyone is presumptive an unfair. It was unfair and presumptive when some assigned that to Sturgill Simpson. But unquestionably, Tyler Childers and an album like Country Squire go a long way in the effort to help save country music. (Trigger Coroneos / SavingCountryMusic.com)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Country Squire - 3:21
2. Bus Route - 3:07
3. Creeker - 5:01
4. Gemini - 2:32
5. House Fire - 3:53
6. Ever Lovin' Hand - 4:38
7. Peace of Mind - 4:42
8. All Your'n - 3:38
9. Matthew - 4:13

Art-Nr.: 9858
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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