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Bluhm, Tim - sorta surviving [2019]
Außergewöhlich starkes, hinreißend schönes, mit durchweg großartigen Songs bestücktes Retro Countryalbum von Tim Bluhm. Bluhm ist Mitbegründer, Kopf und Frontmann der kultigen, in San Fancisco ansässigen, sowohl in der Rootsrock-, als auch in der Jamrock-Szene hoch geschätzten The Mother Hips, die mit ihrer fluffigen Bay Area Rock-Brise eher näher dem Terrain von Grateful Dead oder Buffalo Springfield angesiedelt sind, als dem der Countrymusic. Doch Bluhm ist auch ein beinharter Country-Fan. Als The Mother Hips vor rund 25 Jahren ihr Debutalbum für Rick Rubin's "American"-Label einspielten, hatte dieses Label gerade Johnny Cash's erstes, von Rick Rubin produziertes, in den berühmten Cash Cabin Studios von Hendersonville/TN aufgenommenes "Amerivcan Recordings"-Album herausgebracht. Zu dieser Zeit entdeckte Bluhm auch Merle Haggard's Musik für sich und befand sich darüber hinaus in regem, fachmännischem Austausch mit Johnny Cash, für den The Mother Hips schließlich als Opener im Fillmore von San Francisco auftraten. Jetzt, nach all den Jahren, hat sich Bluhm seinen großen Traum erfüllt und dieses bärenstarke Countryalbum eingespielt, und das ebenfalls in den legendären Cash Cabin Studios von Hendersonville, übrigens auch mit zwei alten Johnny Cash-Sidemen an Bord, nämlich Dave Roe am Bass und Gene Chrisman an den Drums. Weitere hochkarätige Mitstreiter sind Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans) an der Gitarre, Jason Crosby (Dave Matthews, Eric Clapton) an den Keyboards und der Fiddle, Doug Jernigan an der Pedal Steel und Elizabeth Cook wit prächtigem Background Gesang. Ja, Instrumente wie Piano (wundervolles Saloon- und Honky Tonk-Piano), herrliche Pedal Steel Guitar und feine elektrisch und akustische Gitarren, im Einklang mit Bluhm's für diese Musik wie geschaffene, hervorragende Stimme, und vollendeten Songharmonien, bestimmen das Geschehen. Obwohl in Tennessee eingespielt, so fließt durch diese Countrysongs doch eine wunderbare, californische Leichtigkeit. Alles klingt total entspannt, locker und kommt in einem hinreißenden Retro Hippie-Flair. Enthält neben Bluhm's fantastischen Eigenkompositionen auch großartige Coverversionen von Jonny Cash's "I still miss someone" und Merle Haggard's "Kern river". Purer Retro-Country, vollkommen authentisch und ohne Schnörkel, aus einer Zeit, die längst vergessen schien. Toll! Produziert hat übrigens Widespread Panic's Dave Schools - und das vom Allerfeinsten. Ein absolutes, reines Genre Pracht-Werk!

Aus der Original-Produktbeschreibung:

For a moment, you could almost forget what year it was inside the Cash Cabin, the small sanctuary-turned-recording-studio Johnny Cash built roughly 40 years ago in Hendersonville, TN. The Man In Black's frequent collaborators Dave Roe and Gene Chrisman were back at the bass and drums respectively, and tape was rolling as they counted in the Cash classic "I Still Miss Someone." Tim Bluhm had to pinch himself. "Recording in that space with those guys was like a dream come true for me," says Bluhm. "The depth of knowledge they walk around with in their heads is amazing, and you know you can trust the musical choices they're making because they have the experience to back it up. When they say, 'This is what Merle would have done,' it's because they know firsthand." While Bluhm may be best known for the breezy brand of West Coast roots and soul he helped pioneer with his band, The Mother Hips, his brilliant new solo album, Sorta Surviving, revels in his longtime love for classic country music. Recorded and mixed at the Cash Cabin under the guidance of Widespread Panic's Dave Schools, the collection is earnestly authentic and utterly timeless, and it finds Bluhm backed by elder statesmen like Roe and Chrisman along with younger virtuosos like keyboardist Jason Crosby (Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews) and Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans, Elizabeth Cook). "The band brought a certain maturity and experience," explains Schools. "Tim's songwriting is so strong that it naturally suggests how to complement itself, but those guys really know how to play and still leave room for a great singer." Indeed, the arrangements on the album are refined and elegant, yet still stripped-down and raw, enabling Bluhm's warm, easygoing vocals to sit front-and-center as he weaves vivid tales of ordinary men and women facing down hard days and even harder nights. Mixing new originals and reimagined covers, the record pulls from a half-century of American music to craft a thoroughly modern love letter to a bygone era, one that showcases both Bluhm's deft musical hand and his heartfelt reverence for the genre. "I've been a fan of classic country ever since I heard Merle Haggard sing," reflects Bluhm. "I just admired his voice and storytelling so much, but I never made an album like this before because I figured it would take me at least 20 or 30 years to get good enough." Bluhm discovered Haggard around the same time he co-founded the now-iconic Mother Hips, a band the San Francisco Chronicle has hailed as "one of the Bay Area's most beloved live outfits." The group began it's journey at Chico State, where performing at frat parties quickly gave way to club shows, regional touring, and national buzz, and before Bluhm and his bandmates had even graduated, they were already signed to Rick Rubin's American Recordings on the strength of their debut album, 'Back To The Grotto.' "When we signed with American, the label had just put out Johnny Cash's first Rick Rubin-produced album, which was actually recorded at the Cash Cabin," says Bluhm. "I got to meet and hang with Johnny a couple times back then, and after that, we opened for him at The Fillmore in San Francisco. I was so impressed with his presence. He definitely lived up to his legend in real life, and he made a big impression on me." Over the ensuing two-and-a-half decades, the Hips would release nine more studio albums as they cemented their status as festival and critical favorites, sharing bills with everyone from Wilco and Widespread Panic to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes along the way. Rolling Stone called them "divinely inspired," while Pitchfork praised their "rootsy mix of 70s rock and power pop," and The New Yorker lauded their ability to "sing it sweet and play it dirty." Ever-curious and wildly prolific, Bluhm simultaneously released a slew of his own solo and collaborative projects on the side. He toured for years as music director with Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, teamed up with The Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann among others, and opened up Mission Bells Studio with fellow California favorite Jackie Greene and engineer Dave Simon-Baker. There, Bluhm produced albums for everyone from the Hips and Greene to Hot Buttered Rum and Little Wings in addition to hosting Phil Lesh, Josh Ritter, Rogue Wave, Los Lobos, Jonathan Richman, and more. As if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, in 2007, Bluhm and the Hips launched the Hipnic, an intimate and immaculately-curated music festival that's still held annually amongst the towering redwoods of Big Sur. Sorta Surviving marks Bluhm's first collection recorded outside of California, but one listen and it's clear that he's equally at home in the pines of Tennessee. There's a comfort to the performances, a subtle familiarity that radiates out like a warm invitation. "Most of the songs on this album are second or third takes," says Schools. "That comes from experience and teamwork, but also from working in a great environment. It's a palpable thing you feel when you're working in the room where Johnny Cash wrote his autobiography and recorded some of the best work of his later years. We were definitely all a little nervous meeting for the first time, but we got comfortable real quick there." The songs are character-driven, valuing the visceral over the cerebral, and Bluhm inhabits his narrators with a voice as tough and as pliable as worn-in leather. "It just felt natural for me to sing this way," he explains. "It was a chance to put away the books and focus more on the everyday rather than the existential, a chance to pull out the guitar and really tell some stories." Some of those stories come secondhand: the bluesy "Del Rio Dan" was first popularized by The Everly Brothers in the 1970's, while the waltzing "Kern River" is a Merle Haggard favorite, and Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" gets a melancholy makeover with a tip of the cap to Neil Young's timeless take on "Oh Lonesome Me." That the covers fit so seamlessly alongside Bluhm's original material stands as a testament both to his gifts as a compelling storyteller and his playful way with words. The shuffling "Jesus Save A Singer" tackles struggle and redemption with a wry smile, while the stream-of-consciousness title track sardonically examines our instinct to perpetually press on, and the honky-tonking "Where I Parked My Mind" finds dark wit even in the depths of addiction. "There's more humor in these songs than anything else I've written before," says Bluhm, "but it's all very tongue in cheek. That's a country music tradition." While tradition guided Bluhm throughout the project, he wasn't beholden to it, frequently taking risks and pushing boundaries with his performances and arrangements. In the end, his goal wasn't just to make a country-tinged record, but rather to craft narratives that could truly transport his listeners, that could breathe new life into stories forgotten and stories imagined, tales of dustbowl farmers and oil men and fugitive outlaws and traveling singers. "As a kid growing up in LA, I never even heard of country music," reflects Bluhm, "but I remember flipping around the radio dial and coming across 'The Gambler.' It was a song that just completely transcended genre. It was no more 'country' than Mark Twain was 'country.' It was a simple, timeless story set to music, and that's what I've ultimately aspired to make myself."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Jesus Save A Singer - 3:08
2. No Way To Steer - 3:11
3. Jimmy West - 3:44
4. Where I Parked My Mind - 3:28
5. Raining Gravel - 3:46
6. Sorta Surviving - 3:15
7. Del Rio Dan - 4:24
8. I Still Miss Someone - 3:15
9. Squeaky Wheel - 3:55
10. Kern River - 3:05

Art-Nr.: 9792
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Jesus save a singer
No way to steer
Jimmy West
Where I parked my mind
Sorta surviving
Squeaky wheel
Kern river

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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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Chambers, Kasey - little bird [2011]
Jetzt endlich auch in den USA erschienen. Deswegen haben wir nun die preisgünstigere US-Pressung im Porgramm. Das neue Album der hinreissenden australischen Singer-Singwriterin ist erneut eine Ansammlung von herausragenden Songperlen an der Schnittstelle Country/Americana/Alternate Country/Roots! Mit traumhaften Melodien und locker, flockigen, aber immer die nötige Portion rootsigen "Grits" bewahrenden Songs schlägt sie eine faszinierende Brücke zwischen dem Material der früheren Dead Ringer Band und dem ihres 2008 mit Gatte Shane Nicholson eingespielten Werkes "Rattlin' bones". Nicholson ist im übrigen bei allen Tracks mit von der Partie (Gitarre, Mandoline, Background Gesang), ebenso wie zumeist auch der gesamte Chambers-Clan um Vater Bill und Bruder Nash. Herrlich, wie sich diese wunderschönen Songs in unseren, nach diesen Melodien geradezu "gierenden" Gehörgängen festsetzen. Gast auf einem Track: Patty Griffin! Kasey Chambers mit einem weiteren, absoluten Meisterwerk voller traumhaft schöner und inspirierter Songs - ein neuer Meilenstein ihren makellosen Karriere.

Die offizielle Produktbeschreibung im Original:

The pressure was off. Kasey Chambers had announced to her manager, record company and fans that there wouldn't be a new album for at least another year. And then the songs came rushing out - 14 diverse compositions, all delivered fully formed, completed within a few hectic weeks in February 2010, during which Kasey also performed as opening act through Lyle Lovett's Australasian tour. It was a mercurial creative period, the most exciting and intensive outpouring of her career: so much joyous, inspired music, brimming with irresistible energy and verve. "This album certainly took me by surprise, but I didn't question where these songs came from; they just arrived." Such spontaneous creativity demanded immediate action; her manager and brother Nash Chambers, agreed, and thus the Little Bird album was swiftly born.
Within a month, recordings had been completed in Nash's Foggy Mountain Studio, using an all-star band that Kasey dubs The Millionaires; John Watson on drums, Jeff McCormack on bass, Shane Nicholson, Jim Mogine (Midnight Oil) and Kasey's dad Bill Chambers playing all manner of guitars and stringed instruments. Then came a procession of respected guest vocalists for different tracks: Missy Higgins, Camille Te Nahu, Kevin Bennett, Brooke Harvey, Andy Toombs, James Gillard, and seminal American country singer Patty Griffin. "These guys are some of my favourite musicians and singers, including the backbone of my touring band, so there is a familiarity and intuitive understanding of where this music should go," says Kasey. Nothing in the recording process sounds forced or laboured; every track sounds fresh, positive, exciting. "When the songs are that fresh, there's something magical about taking them into the studio and bringing them to life, right then and there." Little Bird launches an exciting new phase of Kasey's career, one that shows her confident, calm and full of shimmering optimism.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Someone Like Me (4.09)
2. Beautiful Mess (3.14)
3. Devil On Your Back (3.23)
4. Little Bird (3.30)
5. Georgia Brown (1.45)
6. Somewhere (3.47)
7. This Story (3.43)
8. Love Like A Hurricane (3.10)
9. Down Here On Earth (3.15)
10. Nullarbor (The Biggest Backyard) (2.24)
11. Bring Back My Heart (2.56)
12. Invisible Girl (3.19)
13. Train Wreck (5.56)
14. The Stupid Things I Do (hidden track) (2.00)

Art-Nr.: 7164
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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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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Dawes - stories don't end [2013]
Neues Album der heiss geliebten, mit einem feinen Folk-, Roots-, und Classic Rock-Einschlag agierenden Westcoast Rocker aus Los Angeles.

Los Angeles folk-rockers Dawes will return on April 9th with their third album. Taking its title from Joan Didion’s 1984 novel Democracy, Stories Don’t End marks the first release on the band’s new label following their split from ATO Records last year.

Frontman Taylor Goldsmith and his band spent five weeks in Asheville, NC recording the new effort alongside producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones). King’s work on the boards helped preserve Dawes’ classic rock’n'roll qualities while assuring Stories Don’t End feels right at home in 2013.
“I feel like a big part of our existence is, ‘Dawes is this cool band that takes us back to the Seventies,’ which is never something we wanted at all,” Goldsmith explained to “. . . I get it, I’m not mad at it, but at the same time, we just wanted to make sure people saw us as a modern band as well.”
“These are the same four guys that you’ve gotten to know very well on the first two records,” Goldsmith added, “but at the same time, this album feels like a growth.”
(CoS/Ben Kaye)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Just Beneath the Surface
2. From a Window Seat
3. Just My Luck
4. Someone Will
5. Most People
6. Something in Common
7. Hey Lover
8. Bear Witness
9. Stories Don't End
10. From the Right Angle
11. Side Effects
12. Just Beneath the Surface (Reprise)

Art-Nr.: 8119
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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Last one to know
Ice cream in hell
Foolin' yourself
Hole in my heart
Sit tight mama
Everything and everyone
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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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Griggs, Andy - freedom [2002]
Alle Achtung! Der kann ja richtig rocken - und macht das auch noch schlichtweg klasse! Kompliment! Drei Jahre nach seinem mit Gold ausgezeichneten Debut (über 500.000 verkaufte Exemplare) "You won't ever be lonely" meldet sich Andy Griggs mit "Freedom" zurück! Dabei bleibt er nicht bei seiner damaligen künstlerischen Entwicklungsstufe stehen, sondern macht erfreulicherweise einen gewaltigen Schritt nach vorn. Dazu gehört nach einem solchen Erstlingserfolg eine Menge Mut und ein gesundes Selbstvertrauen in die eigene Musik. Das Resultat ist überaus positiv und kann sich wirklich hören lassen. "Freedom" ist deutlich rockiger ausgefallen, als der Erstling! Bei seiner dampfenden Version von ZZ Top's "I need you tonight", kürzlich auf dem ZZ-Top-Country-Tribute "Sharp dressed men" erschienen, deutete sich der neue Sound schon an, der nun auf "Freedom" seine Fortsetzung findet: Kerniger, geradeaus rockender New Country mit viel Energie und Druck! Satte, fette Gitarren und "big drums" (ex John Mellencamp Spezi Kenny Aronoff trommelt, was das Zeug hält) überall, eine gewaltige Portion modernen Outlaw-Feeling's ala Travis Tritt, zuweilen mit einer ordentlichen Brise Southern--Flair, paaren sich mit prima Melodien und ausgezeichnetem Songmaterial. Dazu ist das Werk messerscharf produziert von David Malloy. Das Album startet mit dem Titelsong! "Freedom" ist ein riffiger, mit sattem Schlagzeug-Rhythmus ausgestatteter, flotter, knackiger New Country-Song mit schönen Steel-Passagen und einem klasse Slide-Gitarrensolo. In die gleiche Kerbe schlägt das fetzige "The road to lasting love". Anschließend kommt das großartige "Practice life", zu dem Martina McBride die Zweitstimme liefert. Satte E-Gitarren-Riffs, inklusive eines tollen Solos, ein feines Dobro, eine tolle Melodie und jede Menge Power zeichnen diese rockige New Country-Nummer aus. Anschließend folgt mit "Always" eine von nur zwei Balladen. Danach ertönt ein herrliches E-Gitarren-Intro, rolling Drums setzten ein, und schon befinden wir uns mitten in dem fulminanten, flockigen, melodischen und druckvollen Country-Heuler "Custom made". Ein Knüller-Song, der trotz seiner Power nicht mehr aus dem Ohr geht. Danach wird's southernmäßig: wie schon beim oben erwähnten ZZ-Top-Tribute-Song hat Andy Griggs sich auch für "A hundred miles of bad road" den ex-Gitarrero der ehemals sehr erfolgreichen US-Hardrocker "Cinderella" ins Studio geholt, dessen Vorliebe zum Country-Genre ja schon damals berüchtigt war. Keifer's herrliche Slide-Acoustic-Gitarre und fette, rockige E-gitarren entfachen ein blusigers, southern-gewürztes "Ghosttown"-Feeling in bester Outlaws/Charlie Daniels-Manier. Am Ende darf Keifer sogar mit"grölen". Toller Song mit toller Gitarrenarbeit! Das folgende "How cool is that" kommt wie ein seeliger Bad Company-Rocker mit Countryflair daher, wieder mit starken E-Gitarren und dezenter Steel. "Sweetheart of Beinja Bayou" ist ein flotter, melodischer, Cajun-Countryrocker mit Banjo und Fiddle, "Brand new something going on" ist klassischer New Country, und bei dem 6-minütigen "Where's a train", kommt noch einmal die bluesige, southern-infizierte Seite von Andy Griggs zum Vorschein. Wilde Gitarrensoli und sehr viel Gefühl dominieren diesen Song. Alles in allem ein starkes Album, das man wohl zu den diesjährigen positiven Überraschungen im oft so eingefahrenen Nashville Mainstream-Zirkus zählen muß. Bester rockin' New Country aus Music City! Beinhalted übrigens mit dem von Andy's verstorbenem Bruder Mason geschriebenen "Someone like me" noch einen sehr emotionalen hidden track!

Art-Nr.: 1491
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 9,90

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

Die offizielle Produktbeschreibung:

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

Hier noch ein begeistertes U.S-Review:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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

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Hanna-McEuen - same [2005]
Endlich liegt das mit Spannung erwartete und mit viel Vorschuß-Lorbeeren bedachte (geschürt nicht zuletzt durch ihren überragenden Auftritt beim letzten "Will the circle be unbroken"-Projekt der Band ihrer Väter) Debut-Album von Jaime Hanna und Jonathan McEuen, den Söhnen der beiden Nitty Gritty Dirt Band-Gründungsmitglieder Jeff Hanna und John McEuen vor! Und was sollen wir sagen? Sie erfüllen die in sie gesetzten Erwartungen mit Leichtigkeit, ja übertreffen sie vielleicht sogar! Was da voller Frische und musikalischer Klasse aus den Lautsprechern kommt, ist der pure (New)Country-Genuß! Wunderbare Gesangsharmonien, herrliche Melodien und großartige Songs (die beiden sind excellente Songwriter), überwiegend schön knackig in Szene gesetzt (aber auch die ein oder andere, hinreißenden Ballade fehlt natürlich nicht), in einem tollen, vielschichtigen, transparenten und sehr klaren, sauberen Gitarrensound, oft mit prächtiger Baritone Gitarre, schönen Steel-Passagen und dezenten Keyboard-Fills! Die beiden haben einfach die musikalische Kompetenz geerbt, sie haben sie regelrecht im Blut. Vor allem auch stimmlich spürt man eine solche Wärme und innerliche Verbundenheit, eine Chemie, wie sie wohl nur in solch einem familiären Verwandschaftsverhältnis möglich ist. Sie sind nicht nur die Söhne von Jeff Hanna und John McEuen, sondern darüber hinaus auch noch Cousins, denn ihre Mütter Rae und Kae sind eineiige Zwillinge! Egal, wer den Lead-Gesang übernimmt, beide Stimmen sind herausragend! Zudem sind beide excellente Gitarristen (akustisch und elektrisch), wobei Jaime Hanna auch noch Mandoline und Mundharmonica, Jonathan McEuen, ebenfalls Mandoline und Banjo (wie sein Vater) spielt. Die fantastische Band, die sie im Rücken haben, komplettiert den Genuß! Als da wären: Greg Morrow - Drums (äußerst knackig), Glenn Worf - Bass, Dan Dugmore - Pedal Steel, Gordon Mote - Keyboards, sowie als weiteren Gitarristen Kenny Greenberg und die beiden Fiddler Gabe Witcher und Phil Salazar, auf einigen Tracks! Möchte man nach Vergleichen von Künstlern, denen die Musik in etwa ähnelt, suchen, so fallen einem Namen wie Foster & Lloyd, die Mavericks (ohne ihren Rockabilly-Einschlag), ein früher, rockiger Vince Gill, in Ansätzen vielleicht auch die Eagles, und die Everly Brothers, allerdings sehr countryorientiert und in einem aktuelleren Sound, ein. Natürlich gibt's auch Reminiszensen an die Nitty Gritty Dirt Band! Ein paar Beispiele: Das Album startet gleich mit einem richtigen Knüller: "Fool around" ist ein prachtvoller, munterer und überaus knackiger Uptempo New Country-Knaller mit einer ganz wunderbaren Melodie, der bereits nach Sekunden keinen Zweifel mehr aufkommen läßt, welch hervorragende Künstler hier am Werk sind. Sehr stark die rockigen Gitarren, inklusive quirliger, rotziger Baritone Guitar, sowie die Integration der harmonischen, weichen Steelguitar. Hat einen guten Drive! Auch bei dem folgenden, angerockten Midtempo-Countrysong "Blue sunrise" hören wir wieder diese wunderbare Baritone Gitarre, die sich regelrecht geheimnisvoll, aber auch majestätisch durch das, von einem gewissen Roots-, Western- und Americana-Feeling begleitete, Stück zieht. Toller Gesang! Strahlt eine immense Frische aus! Wie auch das anschließende "Read between the lies", eine herrlich melodische Country-Ballade, mit der sie erstmals musikalisch recht nahe an die Band ihrer Väter herankommen. Großartiger, von toller Mandoline, schöner Steel, transparenten Gitarren und einer, ein dezentes Mountain-Flair versprühenden, wunderbar reinen Mundharmonika, bestimmter, traditionell verwurzelter, semi-akustischer Country, der in seinem feinen 3/4-Waltzing-Takt auch der Nitty Gritty Dirt Band wie auf den Leib geschrieben wäre. So folgt eine klasse Nummer der nächsten! Wie der kräftige, etwas rootsige, wieder sehr knackige, melodische, mit tollen Gitarren, schöner Steel und ein paar klimpernden Piano-Klängen instrumentierte Countryrocker "Something like a broken heart", das rhythmische, sonnige "End of me" mit seinem leichten Buddy Holly- und Karibik-/Latino-Einschlag, die wundervolle, glasklare, gefühlvolle und reine Country-Ballade "Prayer for you", das dynamische, Banjo-driven "Wild eyes of love", das rockige, sehr an Foster & Lloyd erinnernde "Someone else", der schmissige, viel Everly Brothers-Feeling verbreitende, etwas nostalgisch angehauchte Countryrocker "Rock and a heartache" mit seiner großartigen "Schweineorgel" und dem glühenden E-Gitarren-Solo, bis hin zu der abschließenden, entspannten, wunderbaren Ballade "Ocean"! Hanna-McEuen haben einen beeindruckenden Grundstein für eine möglicherweise große Karriere gelegt. Alle Voraussetzungen dafür sind jedenfalls gegeben! Ein Pracht-Debut!

Art-Nr.: 3421
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Indigenous - indigenous ~ featuring mato nanji [2012]
"Mato Nanji's always provided the heartbeat of the band Indigenous - along with the warm dusty voice and the soaring, spirited guitar fireworks that have earned the group from South Dakota's Nakota Nation a place among roots and blues rock's elite". Ja, Indigenous sind allein Mato Nanji's "Baby" und mit ihrem neuen Album gelingt der in Roots- und Bluesrock-Kreisen so gefeierten Band erneut ein Meilenstein ihrer bisherigen Karriere. Nach den feinen "Acoustic sessions" aus dem Jahre 2010 kehren Gitarrenhexer Mato (zudem ein vorzüglicher Sänger und Songwriter), sein Cousin, der exzellente Percussionspieler "American Horse", beide dem Stamm der Nakota-/Sioux-Indianer angehörend, mit ihren Freunden Jeff Martin (drums), Steve Evans (bass) und Jesse Bradman (organ) zu dem von der Band so geschätzten, fetten, druckvollen und teilweise auch schön jammigen, zündenden Bluesrock zurück, der zuweilen auch von einem schönen Roots-Feeling durchzogen ist. Mato Nanji's atemberaubendes, nicht selten an Stevie Ray Vaughan erinnerndes Gitarrenspiel (andere Einflüsse sind solche Gitarristen und Musiker wie Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, R. L. Burnside und Jr. Kimbrough) kommt mit mehr Spirit und Feeling als je zuvor. Die Soli sind begnadet. Klasse auch die immer wieder wahrzunehmende, toll abgestimmte Orgel-Untermalung, die den Sound von Mato's meisterlichem Gitarrenspiel noch fetter werden lässt. Die Songs haben ordentlich Power, die Balance zwischen furiosen Uptempo-Nummern und zwei/drei rootsigen, traumhaften Balladen stimmt, und die Melodien sind vorzüglich. Das Album ist ungemein rockig, hat aber auch einen seeligen Blues. Es passt einfach alles! Los geht's mit dem tierisch groovenden, kraftvollen, von mächtigen E-Gitarren bestimmten Bluesrocker "Free yourself, free your mind", dem man ein leichtes Shuffle-Feeling anmerkt. Kerniges Drumming und herrliche, jammige Percussion unterstützen das packende Gutarrenspiel von Mato und Jonny Lang. Jawohl, der einstige "Wunderknabe" des Blues ist als Gast bei diesem Stück dabei und kehrt hier in beeindruckender Art und Weise zu den erdigen Bluesrock-Roots seiner Anfangstage zurück. Die beiden liefern sich prächtige Gitarrenduelle und wechseln sich auch beim Lead-Gesang ab. Gleich zu Anfang ein absoluter Volltreffer! Und es geht ohne einen einzigen schwachen Song bis zum Ende mit viel Abwechslung weiter. Ob beispielsweise der hammerstarke Bluesrock-Boogie "Everywhere I go" (tolle Melodie, guter Druck, baumstarke Lead Gitarre, schöne Orgel), das donnernde, von wuchtiger "Native Percussion" begleitete "Someone like you" (raue, dreckige, harte Gitarrenriffs, furioses Solo), die hinreissend schöne, erdige, dabei aber traumhaft melodische, rootsige Southern-/ Slow Blues-Ballade "Wake up" (hat ein herrliches Southern-Feeling,, als sei sie aus einer gemeinsamen Session der The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule's und Stevie Ray Vaughan's hervor gegangen, Mato's ausgedehnte Gitarrenausflüge und -linien sind von beeindruckender Brillanz, schöne Orgel- und Percussion-Begleitung), oder der krachende, ordentlich abgehende Blues Rock'n Roller "By my side" (geht fett in die Beine, klasse Melodie, lichterloh brennende Gitarrensoli) - ein Highlight jagt das nächste. Dazu ist das Album mit satten 70 1/2 Minuten prall gefüllt. Und, wie gesagt, Ausfälle sucht man vergebens. Mato Nanji's Indigenous mit einem neuen "Killer"-Teil!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1.   Free Yourself, Free Your Mind - 5:06
2.   Everywhere I Go - 5:22
3.   Jealousy - 5:59
4.   Someone Like You - 5:30
5.   I Was Wrong to Leave You - 6:35
6.   No Matter What It Takes - 4:05
7.   Storm - 4:25
8.   Find My Way - 5:54
9.   All Those Lies - 5:34
10. The Way I Feel - 5:09
11. Wake Up - 6:23
12. By My Side - 3:46
13. When Tomorrow Comes - 6:33

Art-Nr.: 7789
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Free yourself, free your mind
Everywhere I go
Someone like you
I was wrong to leave you
Find my way
The way I feel
Wake up
By my side

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McBride, Martina - timeless [2005]
Wunderbar! Ein durch und durch reines, vollkommen traditionelles Album, mit dem Martina McBride einfach mal die Zeiger der "Countrymusic-Uhren" um 30, 40 oder 50 Jahre zurückdreht! "Timeless" ist ihre hinreißende Hommage an zeitlose, unvergeßliche Country-Klassiker, von denen sie hier 18 Titel in bravouröser, ungemein authentischer Manier neu eingespielt hat. "I've always wanted to make a traditional country album. It has always been in my heart to do a record like this", sagt Martina über "Timeless". Dabei war es ihr extrem wichtig Musiker zu finden, die an dieses Projekt mit der gleichen Intension herangehen, wie sie selbst. Diese fand sie in Leuten wie der Steelguitar-Ikone Paul Franklin, Fiddler Stuart Duncan, Bassist Glenn Worf, Tastenmann Gordon Mote, Drummer Eddie Bayers und den Gitarristen Steve Gbson, Paul Worley und Marty Schiff. In dieser Gemeinschaft ging man mit großem Enthusiasmus und großer Freude an die Aufnahme-Sessions in den Blackbird-Studios von Nashville, erarbeitete gemeinsam die Arrangements und spielte die Stücke anschließend über weite Passagen hinweg live ein. "It was an organic, simpel, old-fashioned process", bemerkt Martina dazu, die das Album im übrigen selbst produzierte. Steelguitars, pure Country-Gitarren, Fiddles und viel Honky Tonk-Atmosphäre bestimmen das Geschehen! Die Songs: "You win again" (im Original von Hank Williams), in einem herrlichen "Old School"-Gewand mit nostalgischer, hawaiianisch klingender Steelguitar und schöner Fiddle, der flotte Honky Tonker "I'll be there" (Ray Price) mit den Gästen Rhonda Vincent und DanTyminski, eine ergreifende Fassung von "I can't stop loving you" (Don Gibson) mit wimmernder Steel, Lynn Anderson's 1970iger Mega-Hit "Rose garden" (ist die erste Single des Albums), Merle Haggard's "Today I started loving you again", Loretta Lynn's "You ain't woman enough", "Once a day" (im Original gesungen von Connie Smith), Harlan Howard's "Pick me up on your way down" (u.a. gesungen von Charlie Walker), "I don't hurt anymore" (Hank Snow), Buddy Holly's "True love ways", Tammy Wynette's "'Til I can make it on my own", Johnny Cash's "I still miss someone", in einem tollen Bluegrass angehauchten Arrangement mit Dobro, Mandoline und Fiddle, sowie Dolly Parton als Gesangs-Gast, "Heartaches by the number" (im Original von Ray Price), mit Dwight Yoakam als Gast, "Satin sheets" (Jeanne Pruett), "Thanks a lot" (Ernest Tubb), "Love's gonna live here" (Buck Owens), Hank Cochran's "Make the world go away" (im Original gesungen von Eddie Arnold), und zum Schluß einer wunderschöne Version von Kris Kristofferson's "Help me make it through the night"! Martina McBride hat diese Klassiker auf beeindruckende Weise revitalisiert, hat ihnen frischen Wind eingehaucht und ihren "Zeitlos"-Charakter noch mehr untermauert, ohne dabei auf diesen herrlichen Charme der "old-fashioned" Ursprünglichkeit zu verzichten. Und sie singt wie eine "Göttin"! Diese Lieder sind unsterblich - für immer! Wer pure, traditionelle, "richtige" Countrymusic liebt, kommt an diesem Album nicht vorbei!

Art-Nr.: 3664
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Old Dominion - same [2019]
Drittes, schlicht Old Dominion betiteltes, sehr überzeugendes Album von einer der erfolgreichsten, aktuellen U.S.- Countrybands. Die Fans der Jungs aus Nashville dürfen sich freuen, denn Old Dominion führen ihren so erfolgreichen Sound der ersten beiden Alben gekonnt fort. Da macht es einfach richtig Laune zuzuhören. 12 großartige, ungemein melodische Tracks voller herrlicher Harmonien, sehr frisch, sehr sommerlich, luftig, mit einem Hauch von Westcoast-Feeling, wie es einst die Eagles versprühten. Bei diesen vielen Ohrwürmern werden wieder eine Menge Hits abfallen, wie etwa das flockige "Make it sweet", das umgehend wieder die Chartspitze erreicht hat. Bester Mainstream New Country und Country Pop, der qualitativ über jeden Zweifel erhaben ist. Old Dominion einmal mehr mit einer hervorragenden Vorstellung!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Old Dominion continues to channel clever lyrics, modern production and positivity into their new self-titled album. Across 12 tracks, the CMA Award winning band of Matthew Ramsey, Brad Tursi, Trevor Rosen, Geoff Sprung and Whit Sellers maintains their inspiring disposition while exploring deeper emotions.
The group puts an uplifting foot forward with the encouraging chart-topper “Make it Sweet” that opens their third studio project, leading into “Smooth Sailing,” a song that finds a silver lining in the midst of life’s obstacles as they optimistically sing, “come hell or high water/the sun’s gonna shine/might not be tomorrow/but I know I’m gonna find smooth sailing.” They share a similar sense of reflection on “One Man Band,” expressing a desire to no longer walk through life alone, longing to find someone to share the precious memories with.
Old Dominion begins to take on a more melancholy tone with “My Heart is a Bar,” the narrator coming to the revelation that he often feels taken advantage of in relationships, comparing his heart to a lonely bar where dwellers go to wash their woes away. “Well I’ve come to the conclusion/that true love is an illusion/you’re being used/or you’re using someone else,” Ramsey sings honestly. The five-member troupe continues to weave sorrow into creative lyricism on “Hear You Now,” injecting vulnerability into the main character who realizes that a past love’s prediction that he’ll end up alone should he not change his ways has come to fruition. They convey this sense of remorse through lyrics that portray the sound of pouring rain filling the silence, while the echo of “goodbye” rattles in his mind like a midnight train, finally hearing her words pierce “clear and loud” through the empty loneliness.
They follow this by stepping outside of their sonic realm with “I’ll Roll” that finds them whisking off on a journey around the world with a gypsy woman over a swampy, yet mellow melody. They connect to a similar soul on one of the album’s best numbers, “Paint the Grass Green.” Letting imaginative lyrics soar, the singers use vivid imagery to paint a picture of a woman who longs to venture beyond her comfort zone, the lyrics calling to mind the iconic scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy steps into a world of color for the first time after living in black and white. “If you think the world looks better on that side of the fence/I’ll paint the grass green/like a Technicolor dream/if our love is fading babe/I’ll brighten up the sea/I’ll paint the grass green,” Ramsey sings over a shimmering pop-style melody.
The album ends on a truly humble note with “Some People Do.” The quintet lets poignancy take center stage with a lead character who takes responsibility for the pain he’s caused in the past, conveying a sincere desire to rectify his mistakes. Between Ramsey’s plaintive delivery and his bandmates’ gentle harmonies, it’s one of their most personal songs yet, particularly through such introspection as “some people quit drinking too much/and some people quit lying/some people decide to grow up/but it’s never good timing/most wouldn’t forgive/what I put you through/but I’m here tonight/hoping some people do,” the haunting marriage of piano and cello driving home the emotion of the words, making for an intimate and moving way to close the album.
Throughout the self-titled project, Old Dominion show that they’re diving beneath the surface to a more reflective place, relying as much on thought-provoking subjects matters as clever lyrics to tell their story – a combination that draws fans to their distinct sound and bright spirit.
(John Balsom / Sound like Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Make It Sweet - 3:06
2. Smooth Sailing - 3:35
3. One Man Band - 3:06
4. Never Be Sorry - 3:25
5. My Heart Is a Bar - 3:59
6. Midnight Mess Around - 3:56
7. Do It With Me - 3:36
8. Hear You Now - 4:22
9. I'll Roll - 3:25
10. American Style - 2:48
11. Paint the Grass Green - 3:28
12. Some People Do - 3:14

Art-Nr.: 9916
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Old Dominion - time, tequila & therapy [2021]
Auch mit ihrem neuen Album "Time, Tequila & Therapy" gehen Old Dominion ihren eingeschlagenen Erfolgsweg weiter. Es gibt 13 großartige, neue Nummern, alle in dem typisch frischen Ambiente der Band, mit tollem Gesang, herrlichen Harmonies und wunderbaren,Melodien - gefällig, locker und auf einem absolut ansprechenden, musikalischen Niveau. Die Erfolgsstory der Band wird weitergehen und zu den bisherigen 8 Nr. 1-Songs, die die Band bisher ihr eigen nennen darf, werden mit diesem Album sicher noch der ein oder andere hinzukommen. Ihr neuester, hier enthaltener Hit, die wunderbare "Feel Good"-Countrynummer "I was on a boat that day" ist auf dem bestern Weg zur Chartspitze. Wieder eine klasse Leistung von Old Dominion! Feinster, ins Ohr gehender, lockerer Mainstream New Country und Country Pop, wie ihn die Fans der Band lieben.

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Since forming in 2007, Old Dominion has become one of country music’s biggest success stories. Today, the quintet released their fourth studio album, Time, Tequila, and Therapy, coming nearly two years since the release of their self-titled album, which featured hits such as “Make It Sweet” and “One Man Band.”
Produced by Shane McAnally and Old Dominion, Time, Tequila, and Therapy features thirteen new tracks, all co-written by the band with help from longtime collaborators, McAnally and Josh Osborne. The LP continues to show Old Dominion doing what they do best: writing and releasing catchy and harmonic country music.
Unlike many of their country contemporaries, Old Dominion has managed to find a sound that’s distinctively their own. From the opening notes to the toe-tapping choruses to the breezy instrumentation, there’s no doubting an Old Dominion song when you hear one, and this is apparent throughout this album. From “I Was On a Boat That Day” to “Blue Jeans” to “All I Know About Girls,” Time, Tequila, and Therapy is Old Dominion through and through.
Opening with “Why Are You Still Here?,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey finds himself pondering about a lost love on the breezy intro track. In the opener, the girl is gone but still haunting every aspect of someone’s life, as they muse, “If I lost you, then why are you still here?”
As songwriters before they were artists, all five members of Old Dominion contributed to each track on this album. This is apparent on the clever wordplay that weaves itself through every song on the LP. Two of the finest examples here are “All I Know About Girls,” “No Hard Feelings,” and “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with Love,” where interesting lyrical twists make them stand out. On “All I Know About Girls,” the band muses about how little they know about the opposite sex. “I’m a jack of all trades, and a master of none,” Rosen sings, before making his way to the lyrical plot twist. “All I know about girls is // I don’t know nothing at all.”
Meanwhile, “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with Love,” the album’s final track, finds the band musing about all of the reasons love hasn’t worked out for them. “Daddy had Mama // Johnny has June // Even that dish ran away with the spoon,” they sing. “So if there ain’t nothing wrong with love // Then it must be me.” Additionally, on “No Hard Feelings,” we discover the LP’s title, as the song opens with “I took a little time, tequila and therapy // And threw it in a blender with ice.”
Other highlights of the album are “Hawaii,” “Blue Jeans” and “Lonely Side of Town,” which couldn’t be more different from each other, yet all work oh-so-well. “Lonely Side of Town” shows the band trading vocals with the legendary Gladys Knight. On the soulful and bluesy ballad, Knight provides an absolutely unexpected, but delightful, treat, harmonizing perfectly with the band in a way that’s absolutely magical.
“Blue Jeans” is a catchy, snappy up-tempo that sounds musically similar to the George Michael classic “Faith,” and celebrates the moment you meet your perfect match. “I feel you like music // Pray for you like rain // Wait for you like Christmas // Count on you like change // I lost you like car keys // Then found you like faith,” They sing here. “You trip me like shoe strings // You fit me like blue jeans.” Meanwhile, “Hawaii” provides an aural vacation, which finds the band longing for the simpler days of a trip to the islands. “I wonder // why we // ever left Hawaii.”
The thing that makes Old Dominion great is that they are unapologetically themselves in all of their music. With a distinct sound that includes clever lyrics, snappy musicianship, and 5-part harmonies, everything Old Dominion does best is evident on Time, Tequila, and Therapy.
(Nicole Piering / Countryswag)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Why Are You Still Here - 2:52
2. Hawaii - 2:56
3. Walk On Whiskey - 3:09
4. All I Know About Girls - 2:44
5. Blue Jeans - 2:17
6. No Hard Feelings - 3:11
7. Lonely Side of Town (feat. Gladys Knight) - 4:09
8. I Was On a Boat That Day - 2:59
9. Drinking My Feelings - 3:29
10. Something's the Same About You - 3:21
11. I Wanna Live In a House With You Forever - 2:43
12. Don't Forget Me - 3:14
13. Ain't Nothing Wrong With Love - 2:54

Art-Nr.: 10412
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Rimes, LeAnn - family [2007]
Ursprünglich plante LeAnn Rimes als Nachfolger ihres vor zwei Jahren veröffentlichten, großartigen Werkes "This woman", gleichzeitig ihre Rückkehr zur Countrymusic, auch in den USA wieder einmal ein Pop-Album zu präsentieren. "Whatever we wanna" war bereits eingespielt, erschien aber schlußendlich nur in Europa, da sich LeAnn entschied in Amerika erneut auf Material zurückzugreifen, das deutlich näher an ihren Country-Roots liegt! Kluge Entscheidung, denn was LeAnn mit "Family" gelungen ist, bedeutet nicht weniger als ein absoluter Meilenstein ihrer Karriere! Ein ganz großes Album und ein gigantischer Schritt in ihrer Weiterentwicklung, nicht als Sängerin, da ist sie unbestrittene Weltklasse, sondern als "wahre" Künstlerin! Der Grund dafür ist, das LeAnn auf "Family" erstmals Songs präsentiert (und das ausschließlich, sieht man mal von den beiden Bonustracks ab), die sie in Co-Operation mit anderen Songwritern selbst geschrieben hat. Das sie eine phänomenale Sängerin ist weiss man, doch welches beachtliche Potenzial in ihr auch als Songwriterin steckt überrascht schon ein wenig, denn das Material (12 Songs, ohne die beiden bereits erwähnten Bonustracks) bewegt sich von vorn bis hinten auf einem beängstigend hohen Niveau! Rimes tangiert darüber hinaus eine riesige Bandbreite von Musikstilen, die sie sehr gekonnt zu einem überaus homogenen, viel Kontinuität, aber auch viel Kreativität ausstrahlenden Gesamtwerk verknüpft. Was dabei herausgekommen ist, ist eine mitreißende, teils geradezu "explosive", temperamentvolle, würzige, heiße, kraftvolle Mischung aus Country, Roots, Americana, Blues, Pop und Rock, "auf den Punkt genau performt" und frei von jeglichen, aufgesetzten, glamourösen "Dance-Pop"-Spielereien. Und irgendwie mündet das Ganze immer wieder in ihren Countrywurzeln! Einfach klasse! Ein zurückhaltendes, semi-akustisches Intro eröffnet das Titelstück "Family", gefolgt von einer bereits eine unterschwellige Dynamik andeutenden Bass-Drum, übergehend in einen immer noch etwas abwartend wirkenden, bereits aber äußerst würzigen, bluesigen, leicht southern-swampigen Rhythmus, LeAnn's phantastischer, kraftvoller, intensiver, hier ebenfalls herrlich Blues-behafteter Gesang setzt ein - und plötzlich "explodiert" diese Nummer regelrecht, das Tempo wird schlagartig erhöht, fette E-Gitarren steigen ein - und "flugs" befinden wir uns mitten in einem fulminant abgehenden, prachtvollen Roots-/Americana-/Countryrocker - melodisch, eingängig, aber voller Feuer! LeAnn Rimes in absoluter Top-Form! Ein grandioser Auftakt des Albums und gleichzeitig der Beginn jeder Menge weitere Power-Nummern: Das wiederum sehr southern-bluesige, mit rootsiger, Dobro-ähnlicher Acoustic Gitarre, einem trockenen Banjo und erdigen E-Gitarren garnierte, dynamische "Nothing better to do" (klettert bereits in großen Schritten die Billboard Country Singles-Charts nach oben), der knackige, sehr kräftige, mit toller Steelguitar, satten E-Gitarren und einer prächtigen Melodie ausgestattete New Country-/Countryrock-Knüller "Good friend and a glass of wine" (strahlt erneut ein leicht rootsiges, aber auch sehr sonniges, fröhliches Ambiente aus), das ungemein straight nach vorn rockende, dabei wunderbar ins Ohr gehende, wieder voller satter E-Gitarren steckende "Something I can feel" (hat etwas von den aktuellen Sugarland-Sachen), wie auch das wunderbare, flotte, knackige von klaren, transparenten Gitarren und Steel bestimmte "Doesn't everybody", unterbrochen von den beiden herrlichen, kräftig und emotional, aber ohne jeden "aufgesetzten Schmalz" vorgetragenen Balladen "Fight" und "I want you with me" (sehr erfrischend, großartige Steelguitar, Mandoline, wunderbare Melodie)! So geht's mit einem Highlight nach dem nächsten weiter: Ob der voller Southern-Soul steckende, schön "dreckige", riffige Rootsrocker "Nothing wrong" (kernige Stones-Rhytmen, starke Orgel-/Slide-Begleitung), die rootsige, Americana-behaftete, großartige Country-Ballade "Pretty things" (feine Gitarren aller Art, dazu Steelguitar und schöne Keyboard-Ansätze), oder der starke, recht raue Delta-Countryrocker "Upper hand"... - schwache Songs sucht man vergebens! Im Anschluß an die 12 "Basistracks" des Albums gibt's als Bonus noch die beiden Duette mit Jon Bon Jovi, "Till we ain't strangers anymore" (von dessen "Lost highway"-Album) und Reba McEntire, "When you love someone like that" (aus Reba's "Duets"-Werk)! LeAnn Rimes bezeichnet ihr neues Album stolz als das für sie selbst vielleicht wichtigste ihrer bisherigen Karriere. Wir bezeichnen es schlichtweg als ihr stärkstes! Ungemein selbstbewußt, sehr gereift, auf einem neuen Höhepunkt ihrer Entwicklung angelangt - LeAnn Rimes ist endgültig erwachsen geworden! Eine große Künstlerin!

Art-Nr.: 5314
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 8,90

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