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

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David, Nicholas - yesterday's gone [2019]
Die in der Bluesrock-Szene mittlerweile hoch angesehene, grandiose Gitarristin, Songwriterin und Performerin Samantha Fish glänzt nicht nur selbst mit der Veröffentlichung hochklassiger Alben, sondern etabliert sich auch immer mehr als Förderin junger, hoch talentierter Kollegen, wie zum Beispiel dem exzellenten Gitarristen Jonathon Long, der im vergangenen Jahr über Fish's eigenes "Wild Heart"-Label ein klasse, von ihr produziertes Album veröffentlichte. Neuester, vielversprechender Künstler, den sie nun "am Haken" hat, ist der vorzügliche Songwriter, Keyboarder und Sänger Nicholas David aus St. Paul/Minnesota, dessen neues, wunderbares Album "Yesterday's gone" Miss Fish ebenfalls produzierte und nun über "Wild Heart Records" veröffentlichte. "David has an unbelievable voice and is a strong songwriter", urteilt ein amerikanischer Rezensent - und er hat absolut recht. Der einstige Finalist (2012) der U.S.-"The Voice"-Ausgabe verfügt über eine ungemein warme, sehr angenehme, einem sofort vertraut und dennoch einzigartig vorkommende Stimme voller Soul und Southern-Feeling, die nahezu perfekt zu seiner Musik passt. Seine Musik ist eine, auch instrumentell ungemein ausgewogene Mischung aus Roots-, Blues-, Rhythm and Blues-, Pop- und Soul-Anlagen, durch die eine herrliche, seichte Southern-Brise weht. Samantha Fish hat dabei einen ganz vorzüglichen Produzenten-Job gemacht, denn alles klingt angenehm natürlich und authentisch. Das Songwriting (alle Tracks hat Davis selbst komponiert) ist großartig. Die vorwiegend "piano-driven" Songs werden sehr ausgewogen mit wunderbaren Gitarren veredelt (Duane Betts und Jonathon Long), kommen mit feinen Melodien, hinreißenden Grooves und viel Southern Soul. David durfte im Studio mit einer Band, bestehend aus absolut hochkarätigen Bgelitmusikern arbeiten, die natürlich einen nicht unwesentlichen Teil zum Gelingen des Albums beitrugen, wie zum Beispiel Duane Betts (Allman Betts Band) an der Lead Gitarre (bei 4 Tracks), Jonathon Long (guitars), Charlie Wooton (Royal Southern Brotherhood) am Bass, Scott Graves (drums), und einigen mehr. Davis selbst spielt sämtliche Keyboards. Der großartige Opener "Hole in the bottom" definiert sofort den charakteristischen "Ton" dieses klasse Albums. Die Nummer ist ein voller Seele steckender, mit führendem, harmonisch gefääligem Piano- und Orgelspiel ausgestatteter, herrlich groovender, von einem erfrischenden, lockeren, flotten, wunderbar beschwingten Rhythmus getragener, southern-flavoured Roots-/Blues-/Soul-Rocker, in dessen zweiter Hälfte Dickey Betts' Sohn Duane gleich seinen großen Lead Gitarren-Auftritt hat. Was für ein herrliches, lässiges, ausgedehntes Solo - in bester Betts-/Allmans-Tradition. In dieser Konstellation hätte die Nummer auch glatt von der Allman Betts Band stammen können. Stark! Klasse auch beispielsweise das retro-buesige, voller Southern Soul steckende "Heavy heart" (wieder Betts mit feiner Lead Gitarre) , der southern-infused R & B-Track "With or without" (viel Soul, prächtige Piano-Klänge, schöne Gitarren-Licks), das mit Bruce Hornsby-mässigem Pianospiel inszenierte, knackige, rootsige, leicht southern-bluesige "Curious", der lockere Roots-Southern-Blues "Let u go", das zunächst in einem akustischen Ambiente beginnende, nach rund 40 Sekunden dann aber ordentlich knackig und southern-bluesig, rootsig rockende "Stars" (dezenter Howling Wolf-Touch, tolle Melodie, exzellentes Piano-, Orgel- und Gitarrenspiel), sowie das ein wenig in JJ Cale-/Clapton-Manier groovende "Little by little". Nicholas David zeigt eindrucksvoll sein großes Talent. "Yesterday's gone" ist ein Album geworden, das mit den beteiligten Musikern, Frau Fish an den Reglern und natürlich dem Protagonisten selbst, vor allem auch "mannschaftlich" voll überzeugt. Southern, soulig, rootsig, bluesig - einfach schön!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Perhaps the secret behind Nicholas David’s organic, natural sound is as simple as letting the music arise organically and naturally. There was no apparent rush to create Yesterday’s Gone, released three years after With These Hands. In fact, his time spent opening for, and playing with the Devon Allman Project, seems to have been the catalyst behind the musical connections and inspirations that define his newest album. Recorded in New Orleans with the guiding hand of Samantha Fish, the team of David (vocals, keys), Duane Betts (guitar), Jonathan Long (guitar), Charlie Wooten (bass) and Scott Graves (drums) deftly blends southern soul and blues into an earthy, 11-song collection.
Sharing a similar timbre with its predecessor, Yesterday’s Gone heavily features David’s voice, and it sits high in the mix throughout the album—as it should. Its raw richness serves as the natural focus, but the songwriting and instrumental accompaniment are equally impressive. The mostly upbeat tracks all boast lush, warm, analog sounds that vary in number and amplitude as the songs require. The production is meticulous without being overwrought.
“Hole in the Bottom” sets the tone for much of the album with a heavy emphasis on David’s voice, piano and organ leads, and a willingness to make dynamic changes within individual songs. An understated guitar solo carries the second half of the tune up to the gentle revisitation of the main piano theme. “Heavy Heart” changes tempo, but maintains many of the same characteristics, namely, great playing and an honest, soulful feel.
The first true standout, “With or Without,” begins with and builds around a memorable melody delivered through a dual-guitar harmony. As much as David can carry a song on his own, the shared spotlight with another musical aspect really brings the track to fulfillment. Jazzier than its album-mates, “Curious” employs the same focus-shift away from David’s vocals, and towards the accompaniment that usually buoys the song and the singing.
A true New Orleans gumbo has to include a touch of R&B and a smattering of soul; “I’m Interested” and “Peel Back the Leaves,” respectively provide those ingredients. “Times Turning” opens with an emotive, cascading piano progression that shares space with the album’s most poignant lyrical verses. Immediately contrasting the simple structure of “Times Turning,” “Stars” shines as a multipart composition with an anthemic chorus. Between those two numbers and “With or Without,” a case can be made for any being the best song of the set.
"Little by Little,” a fun, jangly number, closes the album with a Crescent City flavoring of sounds. Yesterday’s Gone’s many components all play their part in making this album a winner. First listenings will undoubtedly gravitate towards David and his mellifluous voice, but each subsequent visit will peel back another layer of the sonic onion. “Peel back the leaves, just one more day, break off the bark, so the roots will stay.” Nicholas “Family Man” David and his cohorts plant profoundly deep roots on this effort. (Willie Witten / Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Hole in the Bottom - 3:46
2. Heavy Heart - 5:11
3. With or Without - 5:03
4. I'm Interested - 4:59
5. Peel Back the Leaves - 3:17
6. Curious - 5:50
7. Okay - 5:46
8. Let U Go - 4:14
9. Times Turning - 5:00
10. Stars - 4:35
11. Little by Little - 5:13

Art-Nr.: 9965
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Hole in the bottom
Heavy heart
With or without
Curious
Let u go
Stars
Little by little

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Dixie Chicks - storytellers [2011]
Famose Performance der Dixie Chicks aus dem historischen Los Angeles Theatre in Los Angeles/California vom 20. September 2006 im Rahmen der "VH1-Storytellers"-Serie. Wir erleben Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire und Emily Robison mit ihrer fantastischen Band (mit dabei z.B. David Grissom, u.a. Joe Ely, John Mellencamp und Storyville, sowie Audley Freed, u.a. The Black Crowes an den elektrischen Gitarren) bei einem wundervollen, hingebungsvollen Auftritt voller Dynamik und Leidenschaft. Der Sound und die Bildqualität sind fantastisch. Enthält einige Titel, die auch im amerikanischen Fernsehen noch nie zu sehen waren. Schlichtweg brillant! Die DVD ist "code free" und somit auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar! Spieldauer ca. 79 Minuten!

Die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

VH1's Storytellers was the grand finale in the whirlwind of activities that surrounded the release of the Dixie Chicks' Grammy Award-winning album, Taking The Long Way in 2006.
This live DVD captures an incredible moment in time for the band, and features greatest hits and fan favorites, including "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Wide Open Spaces", and "Not Ready To Make Nice". In true VH1 Storytellers fashion, in between each performance, the band shares stories of each song's evolution, as well as intimate, behind-the-scenes, anecdotes of the writing process.
As ever, the Dixie Chicks are witty, charming, sometimes irreverent.......but above all, incredible musicians, making VH1 Storytellers a must have for every fan.

Die komplette Setlist:

The Long Way Around
Truth No. 2
Silent House
Cowboy Take Me Away
Lullaby*
Lubbock or Leave it
Not ready to Make Nice
Easy Silence*
So Hard*
Wide Open Spaces
Sin Wagon

* Never before seen

Art-Nr.: 7643
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: DVD || Preis: € 15,90

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Hagar, Sammy & The Circle - space between [2019]
Der "Red Rocker" so frisch wie eh und je! Was für ein beeindruckendes "Pfund"! Nach Montrose, Van Halen, den Waboritas und Chickenfoot präsentiert Rock'n Roll-Veteran Sammy Hagar mit seiner aktuellen, hochkarätigen Truppe "The Circle" nun endlich sein Studiodebut mit eigenem, neuem Material. Es ist ein "Mörderteil" geworden, ein "Kracher vor dem Herrn". Hagar knüpft mit seinen Kumpels, dem langjährigen Waboritas-Wegbegleiter und Gitarrenvirtuosen Vic Johnson, ex Van Halen Bassmann Michael Anthony und dem großartigen Drummer und Sohn der Led Zeppelin-Ikone John Bonham, Jason Bonham (zuletzt Black Country Communion und California Breed) an allerbeste "Wabos"-Zeiten an, ja übertrifft sie gar noch. Der Bursche scheint mit seinen Mitstreitern durch den x-ten Jungbrunnen gegangen zu sein. Welch eine Wucht und Power, eingebunden in fantastisches, hoch melodisches Songmaterial. Das ist harter, purer, von massiven Gitarrenriffs und mächtigen Drums angeschobener, unverfälschter, straighter, wuchtiger, mit einer unglaublichen Energie rüberkommender, fetter American Rock, ohne Schnörkel und Kompromisse, der, bei aller Härte, den Zuhörer geradezu magisch einfängt und dessen Ohren mit seiner tollen Melodik vereinnahmt. Und Hagar's Gesang? Man glaubt es kaum, der ist "better than ever". Was für eine Intensität! Aber auch vom Gefühl her und von seinen Emotionen sind seine Vocals herausragend. Die Truppe brennt regelrecht, versprüht die pure Spielfreude und den puren Spaß! Zeitlose, klassische, amerikanische Rockmusik im Hier und Jetzt! Packend! Mitreißend!

Hier noch die offirielle Produktbeschreibung:

Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release their debut album of original material, titled Space Between on May 10 via BMG. The first single from the record, “Trust Fund Baby,” is available now. With the upcoming release of Space Between, the band harnesses the depth of their artistic experiences and seminal collaborative sound with Hagar's prolific writing vein to produce an album that builds and explodes, song after song, around the concepts of money, greed, enlightenment and truth. Lyrically and musically, the collection of songs on Space Between build from intimate and introspective eye-openers to heart-pumping anthems. The music draws on the bands' substantial careers independently and collaboratively; presenting a veteran band still at the peak of their game. Formed in 2014, the acclaimed supergroup featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on tour today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Montrose, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas and Led Zeppelin.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Devil Came To Philly - 2:34
2. Full Circle Jam (Chump Change) - 3:37
3. Can't Hang - 3:56
4. Wide Open Space - 3:45
5. Free Man - 4:20
6. Bottom Line - 2:42
7. No Worries - 3 .26
8. Trust Fund Baby - 4:15
9. Affirmation - 3:20
10. Hey Hey (Without Greed) - 2:51

Art-Nr.: 9810
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Jennings, Shooter - the other life [2013]
Shooter Jennings' sechstes Album ist ein kleines Genre übergreifendes Kunstwerk, "a genre busting piece of art", wie es ein amerikanischer Fan ausdrückt. Recht hat er. Waylon Jennings' und Jessi Colter's einziger Sohn präsentiert sich abwechslungsreicher als je zuvor. Roots, Americana, Country, Outlaw Music, Southern, Rock stehen im Vordergrund, aber auch Blues, Jazz und Psychedelic hinterlassen ihre Spuren auf "The other life", das dennoch ein nie den roten Faden verlierendes Werk wie aus einem Guß ist. Das Songmaterial ist klasse, enthält vielleicht sogar einige der besten Songs, die Jennigs bis heute geschrieben hat. Baumstark beispielsweise das bissige "Outlaw me", ein grandioser Outlaw Countryrocker, mit dem Jennings deutlich seinen Unmut über einige der "aufgeblasenen" jungen Countrystars Nashville's zum Ausdruck bringt, die seiner Meinung nach alle glauben, sie seien richtig "country" und "outlaw", aber fern dieser Lebenseinstellung agieren. Wie gesagt, das komplette Material ist vorzüglich. Shooter Jennings in ganz großer Form!

Ein Auszug aus einem U.S.-Review:
Six of these tracks were cut at the earlier album's sessions, including the firebrand "Outlaw You," the tune for the music video that was a musical middle finger to Eric Church and Jason Aldean (which has curiously gone unanswered). The Other Life is wilder, darker, rowdier, and more diverse than its predecessor. The brooding opener "Flying Saucer Song," a piano- and effects-driven number, is eventually transformed into a spaced-out, gospel-tinged song about space (outer and inner). It throws the listener for a loop, but resolutely belongs -- but only as the first cut. The set contains gorgeous country ballads such as "Wild and Lonesome" (with Patty Griffin on backing vocals) and the title track. There are fine, midtempo honky tonkers including "The Outsider" and the pedal steel- and banjo-saturated "The Low Road." There are steamy, electric, country-kissed, blues-rock numbers such as "A Hard Lesson to Learn," and the rock & roll boogie of "Mama It's Just My Medicine." There's a shuffling, snarling, futuristic, midtempo Americana tune in "15 Million Light Years Away," with reverb-drenched production that features a weathered (not weary) Jim Dandy -- from Black Oak Arkansas -- as a duet partner. The first single is a wooly, rowdy reading of Steve Young's "White Trash Song," with Scott H. Biram guesting. Young, an underground legend, authored the outlaw anthem "Lonesome Orn'ry & Mean," a signature tune for Jennings' dad. This reading of the 1971 tune contains skittering rockabilly drums, pumping upright bass, wailing pedal steel, hyper-acoustic guitars, piercing fiddles, and an additional verse. (Neither Jennings nor Biram took a co-write for it; something unheard of in Music City.) It underscores the iconoclastic legacy bequeathed to Jennings by his free-spirited parents. But more than that, the song is a celebration of all that doesn't fit -- anywhere. It's an apt self-referential metaphor. Album-closer "The Gunslinger" is Jennings' own anthem, drenched in country, rock, R&B, and even jazz, courtesy of the improvisational interplay between Jonathan Stewart's tenor saxophone, guitars, keyboards, and the rhythm section. (Thom Jurek, Rovi)

Das jomplette Tracklisting:

1. Flying Saucer Song - 3:37
2. A Hard Lesson to Learn - 3:34
3. The White Trash Song (feat. Scott H. Biram) - 5:08
4. Wild & Lonesome (feat. Patty Griffin) - 4:07
5. Outlaw You - 4:19
6. The Other Life - 3:42
7. The Low Road - 3:04
8. Mama, It’s Just My Medicine - 5:07
9. The Outsider - 3:10
10. 15 Million Light Years Away (feat. Jim Dandy) - 5:20
11. The Gunslinger - 6:30

Art-Nr.: 8102
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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A hard lesson to learn
Wild and lonesome
Outlaw you
The low road
Mama, it's just my medicine
The outsider
The gunslinger

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Magpie Salute, The - high water ll [2019]
Zweites, voller Dampf, Power und baumstarkem "rootsy and bluesy Rock'n Roll" steckendes Studioalbum und Sequel zu dem letztes Jahr erschienenen "High water l" von The Magpie Salute, der aktuellen Band um die beiden ex The Black Crowes-Gitarristen Rich Robinson und Marc Ford, sowie Sven Pipien (Bass), ebenfalls ehemals The Black Crowes. Vervollständigt wird die Truppe von Matt Slocum (Keyboards) und Joe Magistro (Drums), alles exzellente Musiker, sowie dem hervorragenden Lead Sänger und Frontmann John Hogg. Zusammen fabrizieren die Sechs ein wunderbar fettes Gebräu aus erdigem, bluesigerm, stark Gitarren orientiertem Rock/Southern Rock/ Roots Rock und Jam Rock, der durchaus artverwandt mit dem der "Krähen" ist. Und das ist auch gut so! Das Songmaterial ist erstklassig - genauso gut strukturiert, wie jammig freizügig und spielfreudig. Die Musiker, vor allem die Gitarristen Rich Robinson und Marc Ford, bekommen jede Menge Freiraum für ihr exzellentes Spiel. The Magpie Salute gelingt mit "High water ll" ein absoluter Volltreffer, der nicht nur die Gefolgschaft der ehemaligen The Black Crowes vollends begeistern dürfte.

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Here's the release of High Water II, the highly-anticipated second studio album from Rich Robinson’s latest band, The Magpie Salute.
Robinson (The Black Crowes) is again joined by fellow-travelers Marc Ford (The Black Crowes) on guitar, bassist Sven Pipien (The Black Crowes), drummer Joe Magistro, and keyboardist Matt Slocum, along with the remarkable John Hogg again handling the vocals. Together, the band conjures up a thick stew of psychedelia-tinged Americana Rock & Roll; a clear extension and expansion of the ideas we heard in their 2018 studio album High Water I.
Densely layered and packed full of musical ideas, these twelve tunes aren’t, with the exception of a few choruses, exactly “sing-along” songs. They’re most definitely “feel along” songs; the kind you’ll listen to way more than once, discovering new things with repeated plays. What we have here is a band in search of the source, the central universal vibe, and they’re getting mighty close.
The Magpie Salute means business and they prove it with opener “Sooner or Later.” Everything you need to know about the album is contained in this track. The band fills every sonic frequency from the opening bars, yet Hogg’s vocals and stream-of-consciousness lyrics still grab your attention and rise above the maelstrom of sound, then the nearly-chanted chorus gives you a soft place to land between verses and righteously buzzy lead breaks. A deep bass and piano open then settles into a very Stones-y groove on “Gimme Something” that is a straight-up visit to the church of Rock, right down to the “take me higher” chorus. Preach it. End of Summer track “Leave it All Behind” then kicks hard on the power of Joe Magistro’s heavy-hitting drums, then sneaks in a brief, trippy Beatle-esque middle section complete with vibrato chords.
Some powerful horn arrangements lift the country-tinged Americana of “In Here” to another place entirely. This stand-out track feels like a spirit-lifting anthem for every trembling searcher who remains undaunted. The Magpie Salute finally slows things down a bit and lets you catch your breath with the sad and pretty porch-picking open of “You and I” before building to another powerful and untethered finish; Robinson’s guitar mirroring every emotion in the vocals. The same template works, in spades, on “Mother Storm.” The spare acoustic open lays a foundation the band uses to build sound and emotion to a gorgeous peak, that leads to a long, slow fade-out that feels like waking up from a difficult but important dream. That mid-career Stones-y vibe deep in the band’s DNA returns on “Mirror Mix,” creating a bed of sound and vibration that listeners will want to lay down on while absorbing the “Feel what’s on the inside” chorus.
The mournfully beautiful Don Quixote-esque ode “Lost Boy,” featuring a guest turn on vocals and fiddle from Alison Krauss is a quiet gem that’ll drop tears in many beers. The band then switches gears entirely as the trippy sonic hi-jinx return on the sassy “Turn It Around.” With its strutting “Jean Genie” vibe, and gnarly guitar line snaking throughout, this is the kind of track that would be a rock radio hit if rock radio still existed. The trip peaks with “Life is a Landslide” as the first few ominous opening bars quickly give way to a bouncy through-the-looking-glass jaunt that sneaks in a heavy survival tip: “Life is a landslide you ride along or you die.” Following on that theme, the band reminds you to “live in the moment” with the bouncy blues/funk of “Doesn’t Really Matter.” But even this strutting, seemingly straight-ahead rocker surprises with an unexpected, blissed-out and dreamy middle section that then shifts back, on a dime, to a re-funkified coda. It’s that kind of extra effort that sets this band apart.
Album closer “Where is This Place” is a journey all its own. Building from the band’s slowest, swampiest opening groove and built on a loose guitar loop that I can’t quite call a “riff,” this jam has enough space for all the players to contribute and a tribal/hypnotic chorus that matches the guitar line. This is the band working toward its core essence; they’re not here to explain anything, they’re trying to get to a place of universal feeling and they want you to come along. You’re going to want to join them on High Water II.
(Tom O’Connor / Rock and Blues Muse)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Sooner Or Later - 3:33
2. Gimme Something - 4:05
3. Leave It All Behind - 3:00
4. In Here - 3:22
5. You And I - 3:46
6. Mother Storm - 4:06
7. A Mirror - 4:12
8. Lost Boy (feat. Alison Krauss) - 4:21
9. Turn It Around - 3:54
10. Life Is A Landslide - 4:12
11. Doesn't Really Matter - 4:28
12. Where Is This Place - 4:11

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Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Matthews Band, Dave - live at folsom field, boulder, colorado 2001 [2002]
2 CD-Set!Die Dave Matthews Band spart wahrlich nicht mit der Veröffentlichung von Live-Material und verwöhnt ihre Fans diesmal mit einer DoCD von dem großartigen Konzert vom 11.7.2001 at the Folsom Field in Boulder/Colorado! In prächtiger Spiellaune präsentieren sie Songs wie "The space between, Everyday, When the world ends, Digging a ditch und Bartender, allesamt zum ersten Mal auf einem Live-Album veröffentlicht. Weitere Tracks sind unter anderem "Don't drink the water", "Big eyed fish", "If I had it all", "Angel", "Warehouse", "Ants marching", wie auch Bob Dylan's "All along the watchtower" oder Passagen von Little Feat's "Dixie chicken"!

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Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 25,90

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