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Azar, Steve & The Kings Men - down at the liquor store [2017]
Das letzte musikalische Lebenszeichen von Steve Azar war der, von ihm, für die alpinen Ski-Weltmeisterschaften 2015 in Vail, komponierte Song "Fly", den er dann auch bei der Eröffnungsfeier zusammen mit Andreas Gabalier performte. Nach knapp sechs-jähriger Abstinenz, was Alben betrifft (sein letztes war das tolle "Delta Soul, Vol. 1"), hat die Wartezeit nun ein Ende. Der in Greenville, Mississippi, geborene und aufgewachsene Tausendsassa (Filmusikschreiber, Festivalveranstalter, Labelinhaber, Sportler, Koch, engagierter Spendensammler für karitative Zwecke, was ihm zu Ehren in den Staaten Mississippi und South Dakota, seitens höchster politischer Kreise, mit einem Steve Azar-Tag gewürdigt wurde) präsentiert mit "Down At The Liquor Store" sein mittlerweile 6. Studio-Werk. Dafür hat er sich mit einer neuen Begleitband "The Kings Men" umgeben, die mit Leuten wie u. a. Ray Neal, Regi Richards, Walter King, Jason Young, Herman Jackson, und David Briggs, Musiker beherbergt, die schon für Legenden wie B.B. King und Elvis Presley tätig waren. Steve Azar, dessen Tour mit Bob Seger 2007 vom Polistar Magazine zur Nr. 1-Tour in Amerika gekürt wurde und dessen "The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival" in der dritten Ausgabe von "1,000 Places in the United States and Canada to See Before You Die" gewürdigt wird, hat sich schon seit langem von seinem durchaus auch erfolgreichen Nashville-Major-Label-Intermezzo Anfang des Jahrtausends (mit der tollen Scheibe "Waitin' On Joe") gelöst und hat sich seitdem eher einer entspannt groovenden, wahnsinnig starken Mischung aus Blues, (Southern) Soul, Roots und Country verschrieben, die auf diesem Lonplayer wieder nahezu meisterhaft repräsentiert wird. Diese Scheibe "Down At The Liquor Store" lädt geradezu ein, sich in einem Sprituosen-Geschäft mit ein paar Flaschen Wein einzudecken und diesen 13 unaufgeregten, relaxten, so wunderbar instrumentierten und wohlig besungenen Liedern wie u. a. dem melodisch southern bluesigen Opener "Rena Lara", 'Mörder'-Balladen wie "Tender And Tough", "Over It All" sowie "These Crossroads" (mit grandiosem Sax-Solo), dem funkig groovenden "Wake Me From The Dead" (Doobie Brothers-Flair) oder dem autobiografischen "Greenville" in gemütlichem Ambiente beizuwohnen. Tolle Gitarren (das bluesige Lead Gitarren-Spiel von Ray Neal in Anlehung an die großen Kings, aber auch eines Toy Caldwells), das Memphis-trächtige Gepluster der Bläser-Fraktion und die Tasten-Einlagen von Keyboard-Institution David Briggs jagen einem förmlich einen Schauer nach dem anderen den Rücken runter und bilden einen fantastischen Counterpart zu Steves Wohlfühlgesang. Fazit: Steve Azar ist nach sechs Jahren mit dem überragenden "Down At The Liquor Store" auf der musikalischen Bühne in eigener Sache zurück. Seine übrwiegend selbst geschriebenen (z. T. mit ein paar wenigen Co-Writern wie Ryan Mitchell Burgess, James House und Johnny Douglas) Kompositionen bieten eine perfekt harmonierende Symbiose aus Blues, Soul, Country und Roots-Einflüssen. Das Werk kommt in einem geschmackvoll gestalteten DigiPak mit Steckbooklet, das alle Texte und Backgroundinfos zum Album beinhaltet. Ein absolutes "Must Have" in 2017! (Daniel Daus)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Rena Lara - 3:39
2. Start to Wanderin' My Way - 3:18
3. Tender and Tough - 3:08
4. Wake Me from the Dead - 3:17
5. Down at the Liquor Store - 3:51
6. She Just Rolls with Me - 3:36
7. I Don't Mind (Most of the Time) - 3:49
8. Chance I'll Take - 3:31
9. Over It All - 5:02
10. Road Isn't There Anymore - 3:46
11. These Crossroads - 3:59
12. Ode to Sonny Boy - 4:06
13. Greenville - 3:40

Art-Nr.: 9499
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Einzelstück || Typ: CD || Preis: € 12,90

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Rena Lara
Tender and tough
Wake me from the dead
Down at the liquor store
I don't mind (most of the time)
Over it all
Road isn't there anymore
These crossroads

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Bentley, Dierks - same [2003]
Ein weiterer neuer, sehr vielversprechender Name, der in Nashville von sich reden macht und sich anschickt mitzuhelfen, wieder mehr "richtige" Countrymusic in den Charts zu etablieren. Dierks Bentley heißt der junge, aus Phoenix/Arizona stammende Mann, mit aktuellem Wohnsitz in Nashville. Es wirkt ungemein sympathisch, wenn einem der Lockenkopf mit seinem "netter Junge von nebenan"-Image vom Frontcover entgegenblickt, und genau das transportiert er in seine bestens gelungene Musik. Frischer, ehrlicher, schön knackiger, traditionsbewußter Country/New Country, der richtig Freude macht! Im Gegensatz zu vielen Kollegen hat Bentley beispielsweise nicht bereits im Alter von 5 Jahren im Kirchenchor gesungen, oder war mit 10 das Aushängeschild der Familien-Country-Band, in der er aufwuchs - nein, "everything I learned musically, I learned on my own. My country music education has consisted of listening to a lot of records and spending a lot of time listening and playing in Nashville bars and clubs", sagt er selbst. Er ist durch und durch ein Countryfan und hat so lange an sich gearbeitet, bis er schließlich selbst im Rampenlicht steht. Beeinflußt von Leuten wie George Jones und Vince Gill spielt er eine knackige, aber auch lockere, astreine Country-/New Countrymusic, bei der manchmal auch Erinnerungen an den guten Steve Wariner (auch stimmlich) zu dessen besten 'Life's highway"-Zeiten wach werden. Auch die Texte sind richtig country! 13 klasse Songs, von denen er 10 mitkomponiert oder gar alleine geschrieben hat. Die Instrumentierung hat alles, was das Countryherz begehrt. Mandolinen, Banjo, Dobro, Fiddles, Steelguitar und jede Menge Gitarren - akustische und elektrische. Immer wieder hören wir satte Gitarrenriffs vor einem knackigen Backbeat aus Bass und Drums. Bentley kommt vollkommen ohne Streichorchester und gekünstelt wirkende Pop-Spielereien aus. Das Eröffnungsstück "What was I thinkin'" entpuppt sich, und das völlig verdient, dann auch gleich zum ersten großen Hit für den Newcomer. Steht zur Zeit auf Nr. 4 der Billboard Country-Singles-Charts, mit Pfeil nach oben, Richtung Nr. 1! Ist ja auch ein prächtiger, knackiger, gut abgehender New Country-Song voller dicker Gitarrenriffs, durchzogen von einer klasse Melodie, und begleitet von herrlicher Mandoline und sehr virtuosem Lead-Dobro-Spiel. Geht gut in die Beine. Doch das Album steckt voller weiterer potentieller Hits! Zum Beispiel, das lockere, frische, sehr melodische "Wish it would break" mit seiner schönen Baritone Gitarre, der Fiddle und den wimmernden Steel-Passagen, die flotte, wieder sehr knackige, erneut mit feiner E-Gitarre und Steel instrumentierte Countrynummer "Forget about you", zu der die Cowboys in so manchem Saloon das Tanzbein schwingen werden, das wunderschöne "I can only think of one", die fetzige Roadhouse-/Honky Tonk-Nummer "Bartenders stc...", oder die tolle Coverversion von Buddy und Julie Miller's "My love will follow you"! Zum Ausklang des Album wagt er sich dann auch noch, ebenfalls absolut gelungen, mit "Train travellin'" an eine lupenreine Bluegrass-Nummer heran. Mit Dierks Bentley scheint ein neuer Stern am Nashville Country-Himmel aufzugehen. Das wird einer! Dicke Konkurrenz für Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill & Co.! Ein klasse Debut!

Art-Nr.: 2061
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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Black, Clint - spend my time [2004]
Clint Black ist wieder da - endlich - und zwar auf seinem eigenen Label! Über 4 Jahre hat er sich für sein neues Studioalbum Zeit gelassen, aber es hat sich gelohnt. Der Ende der Achtziger und Anfang der Neunziger als einer der wichtigsten Neo-Traditionalisten, und damit oftmals in einem Atemzug mit Garth Brooks genannte, Clint Black hat nichts von seiner Klasse verloren. Ganz im Gegenteil - seiner Songs sind vielleicht noch reifer geworden. Er knüpft damit nahtlos an seine besten Zeiten an und präsentiert auf seinem neuen Album eine gesunde, ausgewogene Mischung aus ausschließlich von ihm selbst geschriebenen oder mitkomponierten, überzeugenden Uptempo- und Midtempo-Countrynummern, ergänzt durch einige feine Balladen. Manchmal, das kennt man ja von ihm, hat er die Neigung ein paar dezente, seine Musik durchaus bereichernde Blues-, Jazz- oder Funk-Elemente einzustreuen, doch im Endeffekt ist "Spend my time" natürlich ein lupenreines Countryalbum. Die ersten Charterfolge stellen sich auch schon wieder ein. So klettert die erste Single, das Titelstück "Spend my time", eine sehr schöne Ballade über veränderte Prioritäten jenseits des Alters von Vierzig, stetig in Richtung Top 10 der Billboard Singles Country-Charts. Aber darüber hinaus enthäklt das Album noch jede Menge weiterer Songs mit Hitpotential. Man denke nur an die knackige New Country-Ballade "She's leavin'", mit ihrer feinen Melodie, der schönen Steel und der klasse E-Gitarre, das ebenso knackige "A mind to", der klasse, rasante Uptempo-Country-Ritt "Everything I need" mit tollem Drive, seinen Fiddles und den prächtigen Gitarren.Licks, die mit jaulender Steel und feinem Klavier instrumentierte, romantische Ballade "Just like you and me", oder der vielleicht beste Countrysong auf der CD, die kernige, aber sehr eingängige, rhythmische Shuffle-Boogie-Riff-Roadhouse-Honky Tonk-Nummer "The Boogie man", die die Cowboys und Cowgirls sicher scharenweise auf die (Line Dance)Tanzfläche ziehen dürfte. Unter den Musikern: Hayden Nicholas, Eddie Bayers, John Robinson, Paul Franklin, Glenn Worf, Matt Rollings, Stuart Duncan... usw.! Überzeugende Vorstellung, Mr. Black!

Art-Nr.: 2259
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 17,90

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Brothers, The - march 10, 2020 / madison square garden / new york city, ny [2021]
4 CD-Set! "The Brothers - celebrating 50 Years of the music of The Allman Brothers Band". Am 20. März 2020, nur 2 Tage bevor in den USA der große Corona-Shutdown kam, standen The Brothers, eine nur für dieses einmalige Event zusammengestellte, begnadete Band aus Feunden und Verwandten der Allman Brothers, sage und schreibe knapp 3 1/2 Stunden auf der Bühne des New Yorker Madison Square Gardens, um das 50-jährige Bandjubiläum der 1969 gegründeten ikonischen Band um Duane und Gregg Allman zu feiern. Es waren Derek Trucks und Warren Haynes an den Gitarren (Haynes sang natürlich auch), Jaimoe, Duane Trucks (Derek's jüngerer Bruder - üblicherweise bei Widespread Panic) an den Drums, Marc Quinones - Percussion, Oteil Burbridge am Bass, sowie Reese Wynans an den Keyboards und "special guest" Chuck Leavell am Piano (sowie Lead Gesang bei "Blue sky") - und sie spielten einen Gig für die Ewigkeit. Alle waren in absoluter Bestform, verstanden sich blind, als würden sie schon ewig zusammenspielen, brachten eine unglaubliche Frische und Vitalität in die Songs. Das Feuer dieser ewig jungen Stücke brannte lichterloh. Der Reporter David Browne vom renommierten "Rolling Stone", war für das Magazin vor Ort, um von dem Event, auch unter den Gegebenheiten der aufkommenden Pandemie, zu berichten. Er sagte: "Did I really want to risk my life for an Allman Brothers Band 50th-anniversary tribute show?... Arriving at the Garden, I didn’t know what to expect, but all systems seemed standard at first. Ticket-holders milled outside on the street and in the inside lobby. No one wore a mask, since those weren’t yet mandated. As I made my way to my seat, the arena was starting to fill up, there was weed in the air, and it was easy to forget what was starting to happen around the world…There was something glorious and uplifting about hearing those songs played with such care and such fire; it felt as if the music was not just being saluted but preserved for a future generation. At various times, like when Trucks and Haynes played the simultaneous leads in ‘Jessica,’ the show was surprisingly emotional. In retrospect, it’s hard to say how much was due to the performance and how much to the circumstances. I joked to the friend next to me that this would be “the last concert ever". But as Derek Trucks told me in the days that followed, the show “felt like one of the last moments for a long time when people would be able to suspend reality and let go.” One of these days, we’ll let go again."
Was war das für ein geniales, spektakuläres Konzert! Der Sound ist schlicht grandios! Und auch die Setlist war fantastisch! Eine unvergleichliche, historische Nacht!

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1:
First Set:
1. Don’t Want You No More - 2:43
2. It’s Not My Cross To Bear - 5:00
3. Statesboro Blues - 4:39
4. Revival - 4:16
5. Trouble No More - 4:18
6. Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’ - 5:55
7. Black Hearted Woman - 10:10

Disc 2:
1. Dreams - 13:24
2. Hot ‘Lanta - 6:15
3. Come And Go Blues - 4:49
4. Soulshine - 9:09
5. Stand Back - 5:03
6. Jessica - 13:31

Disc 3:
Second Set:
1. Mountain Jam - 18:46
2. Blue Sky - 10:05
3. Desdemona - 12:31
4. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More - 9:33
5. Every Hungry Woman - 8:38

Disc 4:
1. Melissa - 5:52
2. In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed - 15:44
3. No One To Run With - 5:19
4. One Way Out - 5:43
5. Jaimoe & Warren Greetings - 1:08
6. Midnight Rider - 4:17
7. Whipping Post - 14:22

Art-Nr.: 10352
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 37,90

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Castro, Tommy & The Painkillers - method to my madness [2015]
Der großartige Bluesrock-Veteran und exzellente Gitarrist Tommy Castro legt mit seiner baumstarken, aktuellen Formation, den Painkillers, den Nachfolger zu seinem letztjährigen, famosen "The devil you know" vor und zeigt eindrucksvoll, in welch blendender Verfassung er und seine Jungs nach wie vor aufspielen. Bestens groovender, funky, classic, soulful Blues und Bluesrock, umgesetzt in exzellentem Songmaterial. Sehr inspiriert! Klasse Album!

Die Produktbeschreibung im Original:

Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He and his band, The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and with Method To My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch. “My main objective when making a new album,” says Castro, “is to do something different from before. I’ve always been a blues guy; it’s what I’m meant to do. But I’m always listening and reacting to what’s going on in the outside world, experimenting with my guitar tone and my songwriting approach to constantly keep my music fresh. In the end, though, my brand is on every song.” Method To My Madness finds Tommy Castro And The Painkillers at their very best. It is instantly a career-defining highlight in a lifetime full of them. From the opening one-two punch of everyman anthems Common Ground and Shine A Light to the full-tilt energy of the title track to the searing, deep soul ballad Died And Gone To Heaven, Tommy and the band are firing on all cylinders. From the bayou rock of Got A Lot and the atmospheric, autobiographical Ride to the reinvented version of the Clarence Carter hit I’m Qualified and the emotional cover of B.B. King’s Bad Luck, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers continue to break new ground while simultaneously having an incredible amount of fun. After spending his 20s gigging around in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands, Castro joined Warner Brothers’ artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s before forming The Tommy Castro Band in 1991. He released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig and hit the road hard, picking up new fans everywhere he went. In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television’s Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records, as well as one on his own Heart And Soul label. Castro joined Alligator Records in 2009, releasing Hard Believer and winning four of his six career Blues Music Awards including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). His song Hard Believer took first place in the blues category of the International Songwriting Competition. Castro formed The Painkillers in 2012, creating a lean, mean four-piece lineup and leaving his tight horn section behind. Fueled by Tommy’s voice and guitar plus bass, drums and keyboards, the band released The Devil You Know in 2014, winning over hordes of new fans. Castro stripped his music down to its raw essence with the band hammering their point home on the bandstand. Jambands declared, “Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are a crackling, stripped-down band with plenty of grit and a rocking soul.” Now, with Method To My Madness, Tommy Castro And The Painkillers are ready to unleash their new songs on music fans everywhere. “With the new album,” Castro says, “I was trying to get back to my basic ingredients: blues and soul. I went for the energy of connecting with my band. We kept everything raw, capturing the feeling of playing live. I’m not about being perfect,” he says, summing up. “I’m about being real.” Clearly that is the method to his madness.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Common Ground - 4:14
2. Shine A Light - 4:34
3. Method To My Madness - 3:14
4. Died And Gone To Heaven - 5:02
5. Got A Lot - 3:50
6. No Such Luck - 4:23
7. Two Hearts - 3:40
8. I'm Qualified - 3:10
9. Ride - 4:40
10. Lose Lose - 5:17
11. All About The Cash - 4:31
12. Bad Luck - 3:27

Art-Nr.: 9005
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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

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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:

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

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.

I HAD ME A GIRL

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.

SAME OLD SAME OLD

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.

DUST TO DUST

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.

EAVESDROP

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.

DEVIL'S BACKBONE

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.

FROM THIS VALLEY

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.

TELL MAMA

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.

OH HENRY

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."

DISARM

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.

SACRED HEART

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.

D'ARLINE

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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Yoakam, Dwight - 3 pears [2012]
7 Jahre nach seinem letzten Album mit eigenen Songs ("Blame the vain") und 5 Jahre nach dem hervorragenden Buck Owens-Tribute ("Dwight sings Buck") erscheint nun endlich das neue, fantastische Album des genauso charismatischen wie unverwechselbaren, einzigartigen Dwight Yoakam. Liebe Dwight-Fans, das Warten hat sich wirklich gelohnt. Der Bursche klingt so frisch wie eh und je und legt ein hinreissendes Werk voller herrlicher, melodischer und exzellent arrangierter Songs zwischen traditionellem Honky Tonk Country, einem Hauch von Sixties-Nostalgie und zeitgemässen Americana-Strukturen vor. Das Zeug groovt nur so und geht runter wie Öl. Eines der besten Alben Yoakams überhaupt. Grandios!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Dwight Yoakam effectively went into hibernation after the release Blame the Vain in 2005. He spent some time acting and playing shows, releasing an excellent Buck Owens tribute in 2007, but he shied away from original material for a full seven years, and when he re-emerged in 2012 with 3 Pears, it was to return to the Warner group after spending the 2000s as an independent artist. Oddly enough, 3 Pears feels more indie than anything he's cut in the new millennium, and not just because he's enlisted alt-rocker Beck as a producer for a pair of tracks. Yoakam, who produced the bulk of the album on his own, has decided to delve deeply into the spirit of the '60s, looking beyond Bakersfield and adding some serious swatches of pop color throughout the album. Certainly, this is steeped in the thick twang that's been at the heart of Yoakam's music since the start, but he's attempting more sounds and styles here than at anytime since 1993's This Time. This is an album where one song in no way predicts what comes next: it opens with "Take Hold of My Hand," a song propelled by a percolating bass hook reminiscent of Motown, then the album eases into the cool reflective groove of "Waterfall," a song that's a significant tonal shift from its predecessor. By the time the swinging, ringing "A Heart Like Mine," the first Beck co-production, arrives, Dwight has dabbled with sweet soul ("Trying"), laid-back into some straight-ahead rock & roll ("Nothing But Love"), and turned the honky tonk standard "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" into a cowpunk raver that kicks harder than anything he's done since Guitars, Cadillacs Etc. Etc. By the time 3 Pears draws to its conclusion with a voice-and-piano rendition of "Long Way to Go" -- performed earlier in a lighter-hearted full band version -- Yoakam has surprised by digging deeper into every one of his obsessions, creating a record that captures the careening, adventurous spirit of the '60s without ever feeling doggedly retro. It's as fresh as any music he's ever made, and one of his very best albums. (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Take Hold of My Hand - 3:43
2. Waterfall - 3:37
3. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - 3:43
4. Trying - 2:55
5. Nothing But Love - 3:04
6. It's Never Alright - 4:09
7. A Heart Like Mine - 3:58
8. Long Way to Go - 3:50
9. Missing Heart - 4:34
10. 3 Pears - 2:46
11. Rock It All Away - 4:20
12. Long Way to Go (Reprise) - 4:34

Art-Nr.: 7930
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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