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Allman Betts Band - bless your heart [2020]
"It's pure magic"! Was für ein bärenstarkes, zweites Album der Allman Betts Band! Der Blues-/Southern- und Jamrock mit dem Spirit der legendären The Allman Brothers Band lebt auf höchstem Level weiter. Und es bleibt (fast) alles in der Familie! Devon Allman (Gregg Allman's Sohn), Duane Betts (der Sohn von Dickey Betts) und Berry Duane Oakley jr. (Sohn des Allman Brothers-Gründungsmitglied und Ursprungsbassisten Berry Oakley) übertragen die DNA der Allmans auf ganz natürliche Weise in die Musik der Allman Betts Band und zelebrieren mit ihren exzellenten Mitstreitern Johnny Stachela (neben Allman und Betts dritter Gitarrist im Bunde - ein überragender Saiten- und Slidekünstler), R. Scott Bryan (percussion, drums), John Lum (drums) und John Ginty (keyboards) einen geradezu hinreißenden, jammigen und bluesigen Southern Rock-Sound voller Hingabe, Herzblut und Leidenschaft, voller herrlicher, unbekümmerter und freier Spielfreude und mit genau der Authentizität, die Duane, Gregg, Dickey, Berry sr. und ihre noch lebenden Kumpels) mit größtem Stolz erfüllen dürften. "Bless your heart" macht genau da weiter, wo die Band mit ihrem letzjährig veröffentlichten Debut "Down to the river" begonnen hatte - nur noch ausgereifter, weiterentwickelter und eingespielter. Ein rund 72 Minuten währendes, regelrechtes Freudenfest für alle Allmans-, Jamrrock und Southern Rock-Fans. Fantastisch!

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

The Allman Betts Band delivers the tie-dyed summertime goods on its brand-new album Bless Your Heart. The shows the band growing and expanding its sound and vision in remarkable ways. Group namesakes Devon Allman and Duane Betts captured the initial sparks of the band coming together on its debut effort Down to the River in June of 2019. That record was literally the sound of the first time the seven-member ABB had played together. Bless Your Heart is the blaze those sparks created. It’s a road-forged album full of the chemistry of legends and the kind of telepathic musical interplay nine bands out of ten will never reach. Allman described the sound of the set accurately as “a band that’s having a love affair with being a band.” One listen to Bless Your Heart cements that statement as the central truth of the record.
The ABB tracked Bless Your Heart at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama on two-inch tape, just like Down to the River, and again captured lightning in a bottle. The lineup of Devon Allman (guitar, vocals), Duane Betts (guitar, vocals), Berry Duane Oakley (bass, vocals), Johnny Stachela (guitar, vocals), John Ginty (keyboards), R Scott Bryan (percussion, vocals), and John Lum (drums) demonstrates the collective power of their symbolic hometown. Allman refers to it as “The United States of Americana” and that name fits the place well. The songs reflect West Coast scenes and Gulf Coast shores, gateways of the Midwest and the swamplands of Florida, Wyoming’s Big Sky, New York’s Big Apple, and Chicago’s Big Shoulders all at once. Taken as a whole, they’re a love letter to fans of American roots music and an homage to some of the greatest rock music that’s ever been played.
Bless Your Heart begins with the expansive “Pale Horse Rider,” a mind-opening bit of Southern psychedelia that conveys a deep-seated soulfulness and despair that’s held up by Allman’s fine vocals, some beautiful harmony guitar work, and a chill mid-tempo groove. It’s plain to hear that the band pushed itself to deliver a more sweeping, panoramic experience this time and they hit that goal dead on. Allman Betts deftly steps over the dreaded Sophomore Slump that derails so many great bands and keeps listeners focused, tuned in, and turned on from the jump.
“Carolina Song” keeps the mid-speed magic going and is a classic Southern Rock track. It’s all heartfelt, gospel-tinged vocals, soaring slide guitar, and the sort of honest joy most modern rock lacks. It’s a sign of the personal depths this whole album was written from, one that’s impossible to fake. Speaking of joy, be sure to fully take in “Savannah’s Dream,” a 12-minute instrumental piece full of passion and grace that would surely make the band’s heavyweight ancestors smile with pride. It’s the kind of long-form masterpiece the original Allman Brothers perfected in their day and it keeps the family legacy going in a most beautiful way.
“Magnolia Road” is the first single from Bless Your Heart and it’s a cinch to understand that choice. It’s an uplifting and refreshing song that blends what the band does so well on its own with an obvious reverence for The Grateful Dead and The Band. The track opens up a whole new direction for Allman Betts Band that comes off as unforced and natural. Everything about it sounds like a festival in the summertime. “Should We Ever Part” and “The Doctor’s Daughter” will also leave you equally spellbound. The Allman Betts Band is one of the finest blues/rock outfits in the world right now and it feels like they’re just getting started. We’re all blessed to be along for the ride.
(Mike O’Cull / Rock & Blues Muse)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Pale Horse Rider - 4:43
2. Carolina Song - 5:46
3. King Crawler - 4:04
4. Ashes Of My Lovers - 4:10
5. Savannah's Dream - 12:03
6. Airboats & Cocaine - 4:20
7. Southern Rain - 6:39
8. Rivers Run - 3:57
9. Magnolia Road - 5:17
10. Should We Ever Part - 5:07
11. The Doctor's Daughter - 8:18
12. Much Obliged - 3:37
13. Congratulations - 3:14

Art-Nr.: 10140
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Barras Band, Kris - light it up [2019]
"Hard hitting, down 'n' dirty, oil stained blues rock". Ein zu 100% passender Slogan, mit dem das Label der gewaltig aufstrebenden und bei den Fans schon mächtig hoch im Kurs stehenden, britischen Kris Barras Band deren großartiges, drittes Album "Light it up" bewirbt. Das Teil ist ein echtes "kick-ass" Bluesrock-Pfund! Kris Barras, ehemaliger, durchaus erfolgreicher Martial Arts-Kämpfer, ist ein meisterhafter "guitarslinger", toller Sänger und Songwriter, einfach ein charismatisch rockender Frontmann. Er und seine höchst kompetenten Mitstreiter begeistern mit ungemein kernigem, fettem, klassischem Blues-based Guitar-Rock, voller Drive und Energie - straight, kompakt, ohne Schnörkel auf dem Punkt, mit großer musikalischer Klasse und starken Melodien, prächtig hängen bleibend. Da sind Einflüsse von Led Zeppelin, den Stones, Howlin' Wolf, Deep Purple und Free wahrnehmbar, genauso wie von The Black Crowes und Kenny Wayne Shepherd, oder jüngeren Acts wie den Rival Sons und Black Stone Cherry, die die Kris Barras Band hervorragend zu ihrem ganz eigenen Ding verarbeitet. Wow, und das rockt einfach herrlich. Immer wieder streut Barras, exzellente, voller Feuer steckende, satte Gitarrensoli ein und vermischt sie mit krachenden "burning power riffs". Bis auf ein, zwei, etwas "ruhigeren", aber immer noch durchaus erdigen Balladen, geht das Songmaterial ordentlich nach vorn. Mit der Kris Barras Band rückt ein neues, modernes Bluesrock-Schwergewicht in den Mittelpunkt der aktuellen UK-Bluesrock-Szene, von der wir noch viel hören werden. "Light it up" jedenfalls macht mächtig Laune. "Rock it out loud, boys"...

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

The sky still appears to be limitless for the Kris Barras Band, as the widely-lauded UK rockers drop their fearsome new release, Light It Up.
Hype can be a dangerous thing. Not enough and even genius musicians can’t fill a phone booth. Too much and you’re likely to flameout when pushed to levels and venues you’re not quite ready for. Kris Barras and his band have been the recipients of a lot of hype and high expectations and, so far, it has all just been fuel for their collective fire. If this new album is any indication, there is little risk of a flameout happening any time soon.
When you start with the already tight and road-hardened three-piece; Barras on vocals and guitar, Elliott Blacker on bass and the ever-steady Will Beavis on drums, occasionally layer in some well-placed keyboards from Josiah J. Manning and add some thrilling background vocals, then apply it all to Barras’ still-evolving heart-on-his-tattooed-sleeve songwriting, you best believe the hype. Coming close on the heels of 2018’s rollicking The Divine and Dirty, this album is a worthy follow-up that finds a songwriter and a band further dialing in their sound and vision while still setting their sights ever higher.
Album opener “What You Get” will one day be referred to as “Classic Barras” with its swamp-rock feel, fiery guitar break, and big chorus. Keeping things on the hard side “Broken Teeth” is as gritty and stomping as the title would have you expect, with the added bonus of an unexpected banjo weaving through the background. You also don’t want to miss the fat keyboards and the nice bit of rave-up at the end, an instant mosh pit creator. The groovier “Vegas Son” draws you in with some Texas blues-style riffage.
Title track “Ignite (Light it Up)” is a standout. Powered by an undeniable opening riff and some upfront keyboards, Barras digs deep on both the vocals and a remarkable guitar solo section. This is a tune that could open or close a set. Either way, it’ll bring down the house. That sneaky banjo comes back to weave its way through “6AM” which automatically gives a Southern Rock feel to what would otherwise be almost a 70s style Deep Purple rocker. After all that bombast, the gentle, organ-driven ballad “Rain” is almost shocking in its tenderness; an indication of Barras’ development as a songwriter and hint at some of the other directions this band will be exploring in the future. The band then goes full 80s on “Counterfeit People.” While the lyrics are Barras at his usual direct and strident, the song swings with an almost nostalgic style and tone that would make Huey Lewis fans smile.
We go all the way back to the hoodoo swamp on the intro to “Let The River Run Through You.” With a picking-style guitar riff holding things together and big background vocals on the chorus’ to contrast the stripped-down verses, this tune is a dynamic journey through day and night, light and shadow. Two certified, but fundamentally different, rockers follow. “Bullet” is a red-hot Southern Rock furnace blast while “Wound Up” rolls out like a molasses-flavored Black Crowes song minus Chris Robinson’s slinky hips. You can’t have a rock album like this without some, make that plenty of ….cowbell, and “What A Way To Go” is a power/party rocker that rides that cowbell and a tough-grinding keyboard riff hard. Rarely does a song make you want to bang your head andsmile.
As we get close to the end of the collection, Barras and the band pull out all the stops on “Not Fading,” an intricate and at times dizzying display of the kind of super-tight, mind-meld musicianship that only happens when every member of a group is on the exact same mental page, thanks to a lot of gigs and touring. They take a surprisingly mellow (for them) turn on closing track “Pride is Forever.” But the slower tempo does nothing to diminish the big sound and the big feeling of some of Barras’ signature ‘personal strength anthem’ lyrical ideas. Closing the song by letting the backing vocals turn it loose makes the final fade-out feel like the end of a successful tent revival.
The elevator is still going up for the Kris Barras Band.
(Tom O’Connor / Rock and Blues Muse)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. What You Get - 3:26
2. Broken Teeth - 3:41
3. Vegas Son - 3:42
4. Ignite (Light It Up) - 3:16
5. 6AM - 3:45
6. Rain - 3:59
7. Counterfeit People - 3:29
8. Let The River Run - 3:45
9. Bullet - 3:28
10. Wound Up - 3:16
11. What A Way To Go - 3:17
12. Not Fading - 3:43
13. Pride Is Forever - 4:02

Art-Nr.: 9884
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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What you get
Vegas son
Ignite (Light it up)
Rain
Let the river run
Wound up
Not fading
Pride is forever

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

Hier die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

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

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Black Crowes, The - before the frost / until the freeze [2009]
Das neue Studioalbum der "Krähen" mit dem Titel "Before the frost...", plus der Code für den Download-Zugang des zweiten, parallel erschienenen Werkes "...until the freeze", das es nur auf diesem Wege und nicht als physikalische CD gibt. Sehr rootsig! Erinnert zuweilen an die Solo-Sachen von Chris Robinson. Klasse Songmaterial! Zweiter Gitarrist ist Luther Dickinson von den North Mississippi Allstars! Die Black Crowes weiter in exzellenter Verfassung!

Offizielle Ankündigung zur VÖ:

THE BLACK CROWES will release their new studio CD, Before the Frost... on September 1, 2009.

A second album, titled …Until The Freeze, will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in Before The Frost… as a “thank you” to their fans for two decades of continued support.

Before the Frost..., and its corresponding free album …Until The Freeze, were recorded over a series of five nights at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. Although both are studio albums, all the new material was performed and recorded in front of an intimate audience of the band’s fans, making them a part of The Black Crowes musical history.

The innovative technique of inviting fans into the studio as part of the process during recording is a rare experience.

Before the Frost... features eleven new and previously unreleased Black Crowes songs including Good Morning Captain, I Ain’t Hiding, Been a Long Time (Waiting on Love), and other original songs that will serve to spotlight the bands ability to make emotional connections through their music. The free album …Until The Freeze is a nine-song collection featuring eight new original Black Crowes songs plus a cover version of the Stephen Stills classic So Many Times.

Chris Robinson conceived the concept of Before the Frost...Until The Freeze.
“I think we fulfilled a musical commitment to continue on the golden road of artistic independence. Approaching 20 years into our careers, we still are ambitious enough to push ourselves to create something unique that we have never done before.”

As The Black Crowes approach the upcoming 20th anniversary of their release of one of rock’s most influential records, Shake Your Money Maker, which produced such hits as Jealous Again, She Talks To Angels and Hard to Handle, they are time and again hailed as one of Rock and Roll’s best live acts.

Before The Frost… (CD Track Listing)

Good Morning Captain (3.24)
Been A Long Time (Waiting On Love) (7.47)
Appaloosa (3.35)
A Train Still Makes A Lonely Sound (4.23)
I Ain’t Hiding (5.57)
Kept My Soul (5.23)
What Is Home (5.13)
Houston Don’t Dream About Me (5.05)
Make Glad (4.18)
And The Band Played On (4.12)
Last Place That Love Lives (4.57)

…Until The Freeze (Free Download Album Track Listing)

Aimless Peacock
Shady Grove
Garden Gate
Greenhorn
Shine Along
Roll Old Jeremiah
Lady Of Avenue A
So Many Times
Fork In The River

Art-Nr.: 6536
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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

Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

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

Das komplette Tracklisting:

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

Art-Nr.: 9562
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Crow, Sheryl - feels like home [2013]
Wunderbar! Das mit Spannung erwartete, neue Album der mehrfachen Grammy-Gewinnerin muss man ohne "Wenn und Aber" als eines ihrer stärksten der jüngeren Vergangenheit bewerten. Man spürt regelrecht die Freude, mit der sie dieses Werk eingespielt hat - und das kommt voller Frische und Authentizität rüber. "Feels like home" ist das erste Countryalbum von Sheryl Crow, ein lang ersehnter Wunsch, den sie nun endlich in die Tat umsetzte. Dementsprechend zog es sie nach Nashville, um dort mit der absoluten "Crème de la Crème" der Szene zusammenzuarbeiten. "It wasn't until I moved here that I realized what an amazing community it is", erzählt sie darüber und ergänzt: "It's the thing I've been missing my whole career, the feeling of being able to sit around with a guitar and have people know each other's songs and know songs from people who've influenced all of us. When I moved here pretty early on Vince Gill started calling me to do guitar pulls, and I thought, gosh, this is just like heaven on earth down here". Sheryl Crow gelingt mit dem Werk die perfekte Gratwanderung zwischen Country, Countryrock und der Musik, die sie berühmt machte. Ja, das ist das Album, das trotz aller Countrystrukturen den früheren Werken am nächsten kommt. Immer wieder verarbeitet sie rockige Momente, rootsige und Americana-mässige Charakteristika, sodass "Feels like home" das wohl typischste Sheryl Crow-Album seit langem ist. Wir hören Pedal Steel, akustische Gitarren und Mandoline, aber kaum Fiddle (nur 1 Stück), kein Banjo, keinen typischen Honky Tonk. Vorwiegend bestimmen jede Menge erdige E-Gitarren das musikalische Ambiente. Nie wird sie zu traditionell, bringt dennoch ihre Liebe zum Country deutlich zum Ausdruck (am ehesten Richtung Miranda Lambert oder The Pistol Annies) und behält dabei immer ihre rockigen Wurzeln im Auge. Vereinzelt (bei 3, 4 Stücken) eingesetzte Streicher stören überhaupt nicht, sondern bereichern vielmehr die instrumentelle Vielfalt. Die Songs sind durchweg exzellent und stecken voller hinreissender, eingängiger Melodien. Das hat ganz große Qualität. Bis auf zwei Songs stammt das gesamte Material aus der gemeinsamen Feder von Sheryl Crow und namhaften Nashville-Songwritern wie z. B. Chris Dubois, Luke Laird, Al Anderson, Leslie Satcher, Natalie Hemby und Brad Paisley. Aber auch ihr alter Weggefährte Jeff Trott ist beteiligt. Unter den Musikern, sind solche Größen wie u. a. Greg Morrow (drums), Richerd Bennett, ex The Black Crowes-Klampfer Audley Freed, Jedd Hughes, Kenny Greenberg (alle electric guitar), Glenn Worf (bass), Ilya Toshinsky (mandolin, acoustic guitar, dobro), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), sowie Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) mit tollem Zweitgesang bei einem Stück, Ashley Monroe und Vince Gill (alle background vocals) mit an Bord. "Feels like´home" ist ein absoluter Volltreffer und zeigt Sheryl Crow in bestechender Verfassung. Wir sind tief beeindruckt. Ein neues, großartiges Kapitel in der erfolgreichen Karriere dieser fantastischen Künstlerin.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Shotgun - 3.14
2. Easy - 4.12
3. Give It to Me - 3.57
4. We Oughta Be Drinkin' - 3.52
5. Callin' Me When I'm Lonely - 3.25
6. Waterproof Mascara - 3,32
7. Crazy Ain't Original These Days - 3.17
8. Nobody's Business - 3,34
9. Homesick - 4.05
10. Homecoming Queen - 3.24
11. Best of Times - 3.19
12. Stay at Home Mother - 4.11

Art-Nr.: 8310
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Cyrus, Billy Ray - thin line [2016]
Neuer Stoff von Billy Ray Cyrus! Nach vier Jahren Abstinenz, zumindest was die Neuveröffentlichung von Musik in eigener Sache angeht, hat es den umtriebigen Allround-Künstler erneut gepackt, wieder ins Studio zu gehen und ein weiteres Album aufzulegen. Cyrus besitzt ja schon seit einiger Zeit mit Blue Cadillac Music sein eigenes Label und genügend finanziellen Spielraum, frei von irgendwelchem Druck, Musik zu komponieren und umzusetzen, wie es ihm gerade in den Sinn kommt. Diesmal hat er eine schöne Mischung aus Neukreationen und Coverversionen zusammengestellt, bei denen zum Teil in Wertschätzung, Einflussgrößen gehuldigt ("Stop Pickin' On Willie", Bryan Adams - "Hey Elvis" - beides launige Uptempo-Nummern-, Don Williams - "Tulsa Time" , Kris Kristofferson - "Help Me Make It Through The Night" und "Sunday morning coming down", Merle Haggard - "Going Where The Lonely Go") werden. Zur Umsetzung hat er dazu ein imposantes Aufgebot an Mitmusikern eingebunden, (teilweise Leute, die man auf einem Countryalbum nicht unbedingt erwarten würde) die dem Ganzen natürlich eine interessante Zusatzwürze geben. Zunächst hat Shelby Lynne beim wunderbar melancholischen Opener und Titelsong "Thin Line" (großartiges Highlight) und "Sunday Morning Coming Down" starke Gesangseinsätze, die ganz hervorragend mit Billy Rays "Raspel-Organ" (übrigens sehr tolle vokale Gesamtleistung von ihm) in Einklang stehen. Aerosmith-Gitarrist Joe Perry gibt dem rockig stampfenden "Tulsa Time" mit furiosen Wah-Wah-E-Gitarreneinlagen einen herrlichen Drive. Shooter Jennings ist bei "Killing The Blues" und "I've Always Been Crazy" mit an Bord und hat die Stücke auch produziert, letzteres wird durch Lee Roy Parnells prächtige Slideguitar-Künste veredelt. Dem nicht genug. Für den stimmungsreichen, rhythmischen, Fuß-wippenden Country Rocker "Hey Elvis" bitten Rock-Superstar Bryan Adams und Ex-Deep Purple- /Black Country Communion-Bassist und -Sänger Glenn Hughes mit inbrünstigen Harmoniegesängen (ihre markante Stimmen wurden deutlich hörbar zugesteuert) um die ersehnte Rückkehr des Rock'n Roll Königs ("...Hey Elvis, come back to Memphis, you're still the king"). Hughes musste dann auch beim balladesken "Hope (Let It Find You)" nochmal ans Mikro. Jungstar Kenley Shea Holm assistiert beim Klassiker "Help Me Make It Through The Night". Das Ende steht dann ganz im Zeichen der Familie Cyrus: Sohnemann Braison beweist sein geerbtes Talent mit Harmoniegesängen und E-Gitarrenspiel auf dem klasse umgesetzten Haggard-Country-Standard "Going Where The Lonely Go". Tochter Miley lässt den Hörer beim 'Outstanding Track' "Angels Protect This Home" quasi an einer spirituellen Sitzung mit Vater Billy teilhaben. Stoische Klangschalentöne und tibetanisch anmutende Gesänge von beiden (dazu ein paar Akustikgitarrenklänge von Billy Ray) fordern imaginär nahezu auf, in den Lotussitz überzugehen und den 9-Minuten währenden Abschluss-Track in Yoga-ähnlichen Sphären zu begleiten. Eine recht extravagante Zusatz-Geschichte, auf die man sich einlassen kann oder nicht, die aber nicht das Geringste daran ändert, dass Billy Ray Cyrus mit "Thin Line" wieder ein richtig starkes Country (Rock)-Werk abgeliefert hat. Der Mann bleibt ein toller authentischer Musiker, dem es immer wieder zuzuhören lohnt. Wir ziehen eine ganz dicke Linie unserer Hochachtung unter dieses hervorragend gelungene Album! (Daniel Daus)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Thin Line (feat. Shelby Lynne)
2. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
3. They're Playin Our Song
4. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
5. Stop Pickin on Willie
6. Sunday Morning Coming Down (feat. Shelby Lynne)
7. Tulsa Time (feat. Joe Perry)
8. Hillbilly On
9. Killing the Blues (feat. Shooter Jennings)
10. I've Always Been Crazy (feat. Shooter Jennings & Lee Roy Parnell)
11. Hey Elvis (feat. Bryan Adams & Glenn Hughes)
12. Help Me Make It Through the Night (feat. Kenley Shea Holm)
13. Hope (Let It Find You)
14. Going Where the Lonely Go (feat. Braison Cyrus)
15. Angels Protect This Home (feat. Miley Cyrus)

Art-Nr.: 9265
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Dixie Peach - blues with friends [2013]
Der Bandname lässt schon vermuten, was einen hier erwartet: Jawohl, Musik, verwurzelt in den amerikanischen Südstaaten. Genauer gesagt spielen Dixie Peach, dies verrät der Albumtitel, Blues - und zwar rühren sie ein ungemein "wohlschmeckendes" Southern Blues-/Bluesrock-Gebräu an, teils schön jammig, vollgepackt mit bemerkenswerter, bärenstarker Gitarrenarbeit, die nicht selten nachhaltig von dem legendären Duane Allman beeinflusst ist. Das Quintett aus Dayton/Ohio formierte sich bereits im Jahre 1972, spielte jede Menge aufsehenerregende Gigs von Buffalo bis New York und Tampa, veröffentlichte 1974 ihr erstes Album, zerbrach dann aber kurz danach, vor allen Dingen wegen des ewigen, kräftezehrenden Tourstresses. Dann, viele Jahre später, in 1998, reformierte sich die Band plötzlich wieder. Alle Originalmitglieder waren mit an Bord, bis auf den Drummer - der wurde durch Steve Benson ersetzt. Die übrign Akteure sind (die Besetzung ist heute noch aktuell): Ira Stanley - lead & slide guitars, lead vocals; Tony Paulus - keyboards, guitar, vocals; Mike Rousculp - bass, vocals und Steve Williams - keyboards, vocals. Im Jahre 2002 veröffentlichte die Band ihr zweites Album "Butta" und nun liegt das dritte vor - ein absolutes Pracht-Teil! Wie "Blues with friends" verrät, haben sich die 5 Musiker, allesamt selbst schon exzellente Künstler (vor allem Ira Stanley ist ein fabelhafter Gitarrist), mit einer ganzen Anzahl von Freunden "verstärkt" - und die haben es in sich. Da haben wir zuerst einmal die beiden Gitarrenmonster Jack Pearson (ehemals The Allman Brothers Band) und Lee Roy Parnell (sein "göttliches" Slide-Spiel ist hinlänglich bekannt), zudem die weiteren, hervorragenden Gitarristen Scotty Bratcher und Lee Swisher, sowie die famose Blues- und Soul-Sängerin Etta Britt (Dave & Sugar), die bei zwei Stücken zum Duett mit Ira Stanley antritt. Wenn man diese Besetzungsliste liest, ist es wenig verwunderlich, dass bei diesem großartigen Southern-/Blues-Album vor allen Dingen fantastische Gitarrenarbeit geboten wird. Zum Teil tritt man mit 3 Gitarristen an, zuweilen sogar mit 3 Slidegitarren gleichzeitg. Das klingt einfach wunderbar! Trotz der allgegenwärtigen, drückenden Südstaaten-Atmosphäre herrscht während des kompletten Albums stets eine ungemein angenehm rüberkommende Lockerheit. Zudem spürt man die Inspiration, den Spirit und den "Soul", mit dem alle Akteure am Werk sind. Das Album startet gleich mit einem richtigen Knaller: "Too much trouble" ist ein mit tollen, swampigen Slide-Riffs und -Licks gespickter, stark groovender, southern-rockin' Blues, dessen vorzügliches Gitarrengewand mit feinen Orgel- und Piano-Klängen geschickt ergänzt wird. Da hört man Spuren von Little Feat, vielleicht auch von den North Mississippi Allstars und von Delta Moon, doch diese Musik hat ihre eigene Originalität, klingt einfach nur nach Dixie Peach. Enthält ein exzellentes Slide-Solo von Ira Stanley, der zudem hervorragend singt (schöne, kratzige, raue Stimme). Ganz stark auch der dezent jazzig angehauchte, sehr emotionale, hinreissende Bar-Blues "Night ride", erneut getragen von einem tollen, balladesken, lockeren Groove und durchzogen von einer fantastischen Lead Gitarre, gespielt von Jack Pearson. Sein Solo im Break ist von aussergewöhnlicher Virtuosität, unterstreicht die ganze Klasse dieses phänomenalen Ausnahmegitarristen. Schön auch der melodische Refrain! Nach dem semi-akustischen Southern Roots-Blues "Coming home today" (wechselt zur Hälfte von einem schönen "Front Porch Stompin'"-Rhythmus in ein herrlich lockeres, country-infused, Allmans-like Jamming), geht die Band wieder etwas mehr in Richtung Little Feat und präsentiert mit "Don't want to wait" einen prächtigen, erdigen, voller Southern-Soul und -Gospel steckenden Dixie-Blues mit klimperndem Piano und dreckiger Slide (Lee Roy Parnell). Klasse hier der Duett-Gesang von Stanley mit Etta Britt! Baumstark auch das das Herz der Gitarrenenthusiasten höher schlagen lassende Southern Blues-Instrumental "Bottle hymn of the republic", das ein herrliches The Allman Brothers Band-Feeling offenbart. Hier treffen sich die 3 Gitarristen Ira Stanley, Jack Pearson und Lee Roy Parnell zu einem hinreissend schönen, lockeren "Slide"-Fest. Es entseht ein lässiges, swampiges Southern Boogie-Ambiente, bei dem die Drei groß aufspielen, zum Teil sogar parallel. Ist das klasse! Wie auch das flockig groovende, jammige, wieder von tollen Gitarrenläufen durchzogene "Trouble with love", bei dem erneut Etta Britt mit von der Partie ist. Diexie Peach liefern ein baumstarkes Album ab. Man kann nur hoffen, dass diese großartigen Musiker nicht wieder eine so lange Zeit verstreichen lassen, bis das nächste Werk erscheint. Diese prächtige Musik macht regelrecht heiß auf einen baldigen Nachschlag. Das ist rootsiger, jammiger Southern-Blues/-Bluesrock par excellence!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Too Much Trouble - 5:03
2. Pork Chop Blues - 4:15
3. Night Ride - 4:51
4. Coming Home Today - 5:22
5. Don't Want to Wait - 5:05
6. Bottle Hymn of the Republic - 4:25
7. Trouble With Love - 5:21
8. It's Crying Time - 5:24
9. Wait a Minute - 4:08
10. Rick's Shuffle - 2:44

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Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Ellis, Tinsley - winning hand [2018]
“Guitar, guitar, guitar is what this album is all about,” sagt Tinsley Ellis! Und wie recht er damit hat. Blues-/Bluesrock-Veteran und Gitarren-Legende Tinsley Ellies aus Atlanta/Georgia mit einer triumphalen Rückkehr zu seinem Stammlabel "Alligator Records", wo vor über 30 Jahren alles begann. "Winning hand" ist sein vielleicht bestes Album seit vielen Jahren. Gesanglich ist er in Top-Form, das wunderbar straighte Songmaterial ist schlichtweg super und seine Gitarrenarbeit ist elektrisierend, voller Inspiration, kraftvoll, messerscharf, virtuos - einfach herauzsragend. Viele große Kollegen (u. a. Derek Trucks und Warren Haynes) zählen ihn zu ihren absoluten Favoriten. In Quartett-Besetzung mit Kevin McKendree an den Keyboards, Steve Mackay am Bass und Lynn Williams am Schlagzeug, gelingt ihm ein rauschendes, facettenstarkes Blues-/Bluesrock-Meisterwerk, direkt, knackig, ohne Schnörkel, aber von beeindruckender musikalischer Tiefe und Qualität. Ein Werk, vom Beginn mit dem herrlich groovenden, kernigen, direkten, prächtig hängen bleibenden "Sound of a broken man", bis hin zu dem von monströsen Gitarrenläufen geprägten, über 8 1/2-minütigen, packenden, finalen Kracher "Savin grace", ohne jeden Durchhänger. Tinsley Ellis auf einem neuen Hoch in seiner jetzt schon sehr beeindruckenden, langen Karriere. Einfach toll!

Hier eine U.S.-Beschreibung im Original-Wortlaut:

"Feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton." –Rolling Stone "Ellis unleashes a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the passion of urban blues." –Los Angeles Times Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. “A musician never got famous staying home,” he says. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and keyboardist Kevin McKendree, the ten brilliantly performed, fervently sung tracks on Winning Hand include nine originals, ranging from blistering blues to heart-pounding rock to soulful ballads. As his only cover song, Ellis pays tribute to his greatest guitar-playing and songwriting influences with a Freddie King-inspired version of rock legend Leon Russell’s Dixie Lullaby. “Guitar, guitar, guitar is what this album is all about,” says Ellis, who recorded primarily with his 1959 Fender Stratocaster, his 1967 Gibson ES 345 and his 1973 Les Paul Deluxe. Guitar World says, “Ellis’ playing sparkles with depth and subtlety. Whether playing deep, slow blues or uptempo rockers, Ellis rides a gorgeously fat, pure tone.” Born in Atlanta in 1957, Ellis was raised in southern Florida. He discovered the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream and The Rolling Stones as well as Southern rockers like The Allman Brothers. One night he and a friend were listening to records when his friend’s older brother told them if they liked blues, they should really be listening to B.B. King. As luck would have it, King was in town for a week, and the upcoming Saturday afternoon show was just for teenagers. Tinsley and his friend went, sitting transfixed in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. After the show, B.B. came out and talked with fans, mesmerizing Tinsley with his warmth and kindness. Tinsley’s fate was now sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. He saw Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and every other blues artist who came through town, always sitting up front, always waiting to meet the artists, take photos, get autographs. And yes, he still has B.B.’s string. Already an accomplished teenaged musician, Ellis left Florida and returned to Atlanta in 1975. He soon joined a gritty local blues band, the Alley Cats. In 1981, along with veteran blues singer and harpist Chicago Bob Nelson, Tinsley formed The Heartfixers, a group that would become Atlanta’s top-drawing blues band. After cutting a few Heartfixers albums for the Landslide label, Ellis was ready to head out on his own. Georgia Blue, Tinsley’s first Alligator release, hit the unprepared public by surprise in 1988. Critics and fans quickly agreed that a new and original guitar hero had emerged. The Chicago Tribune said, “Tinsley Ellis torches with molten fretwork. Ellis takes class...

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Sound Of A Broken Man - 4:51
2. Nothing But Fine - 3:52
3. Gamblin' Man - 5:59
4. I Got Mine - 4:14
5. Kiss This World - 3:55
6. Autumn Run - 6:12
7. Satisfied - 2:48
8. Don't Turn Off The Light - 4:41
9. Dixie Lullaby - 3:15
10. Saving Grace - 8:48

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Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Evans, Morgan - things that we drink to [2018]
Klasse U.S.-Debut des Australiers Morgan Evans, der drauf und dran ist in Nashville richtig Fuß zu fassen. Evans, in übrigen verheiratet mit der immens erfolgreichen Kelsea Ballerini, spielt eine überaus gefällige und voller Hitpotential steckende Mischung aus lockeren, gut zu verarbeitenden und sehr melodischen, mal dynamischen, mal langsameren Songs an der Schnittstelle zwischen New Country und Countrypop, die geradezu darauf warten die Charts zu stürmen. Enthält seinen ersten Nr.1-Hit, das flotte "Kiss somebody," und den neuen Hit "Day drunk". Natürlich darf auch ein Duett mit seiner Liebsten, Kelsea Ballerini, nicht fehlen ("Dance with me").

Hier ein Original U.K.-Review:

Morgan Evans captured the hearts of the UK when he released his lead single Kiss Somebody. With just a handful of songs out, Morgan has continued to build his UK fanbase with a couple of trips here including playing C2C Festival. Although we don’t often like to focus on an artists craft through their significant other, we can’t not mention Evan’s wife Kelsea Ballerini when she is so clearly the muse of most of his songs.
Morgan’s debut album Things That We Drink To starts with the song American, Evan’s seems to be describing his wife;
She’s got hair as gold as Kansas Wheat, her body moves like bourbon street in New Orleans, so wild and free She’s American, making my life better than it’s ever been.
American is a great start to the album and has that earlier Keith Urban style to it. This album is actually so much better than I thought it would be. With the title being Things That We Drink To I was somewhat afraid it was going to be a bunch of typical bro – country songs that sound just like all the other artists out there who sing about beer, trucks, dirt roads and women in little tight blue jeans or something. But this album has a lot more depth to it.
A lot of the songs are not just radio friendly but arena friendly and are definitely of the standard where you can imagine a huge arena concert and the music bouncing off the arena walls and everyone singing along.
Songs such as I Do are more mid tempo and in I Do’s case, is a love letter to his wife and well lets face it, us country fans are suckers for a real life country music love story.
Song for the Summer lost me a bit. I think it will prove popular amongst a lot of fans as has a great dance beat to it but it isn’t for me. It has an element of Sam Hunt in it and although I quite like Hunt, I just can’t seem to get into it.
Day Drunk which was another single is a great summer anthem song but again, neither here nor there for me sadly.
Kelsea Ballerini joins Morgan for Dance With Me for a stunning ballad. This is a gorgeous romantic country song as it should be. There is beauty in its simplicity and it isn’t over produced. The words are of course believable as they are true. Kelsea may not like love songs but Morgan clearly does and we are so glad about that or we wouldn’t have this song. I would be very surprised if this doesn’t get released as a single.
Me on You has a bit of an R&B element to it. It has a sweet guitar riff throughout and a nice beat to it. Although I am not keen on the clubby dance element to country music, this song can easily have that vibe but would also be amazing stripped back.
The title track Things That We Drink To, is thankfully not your typical drinking song but a breathtaking dedication to a friend of Morgans, his late manager who sadly passed. (More on that can be found here. ) This song has a strong anthem feel to it and its down tempo stylings are really quite infectious especially in the piano accompaniment. The emotion in Morgan’s vocals, lyrics and music is honest and quite deep. I like a song with meaning, a song where you can actually feel where the artist is coming from and what they a feeling on some level. The subject was obviously someone very dear to Morgan and the song is both happy and sad at the same time with the feeling of loss but also great memories and celebration of friendship. I think the songs music and words encompasses all of that and I would certainly drink to that.
We Dream is about those childhood dreams and childhood freedom. It is a good song but might be one that takes me a while. I sadly feel the same way about Everything Changes. Both aren’t bad tracks but may take a listen or two.
Young Again is a great song to close the album on. It has a Folk music way about it and is like an Irish drinking song and I enjoy those type of drinking songs as they feel a lot more happy and are the kind of songs that bring unity. I can see this song being one of those live songs that make people in the crowd all sway arm and arm whilst of course, raising glasses.
Overall this is a quality, celebratory album that certainly has that “Let’s raise our glasses” feel to it. Things That We Drink To has a lot of fun and thoroughly enjoyable songs.
There is a really bright future for Morgan Evans and he is definitely on his way up to being one of the big names and I am actually really excited about it. If he continues to deliver music similar to what he has now then I am more than happy for him to sit up there on the top of the charts. (Hnnah Jessica / Building Our Own Nashville)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. American - 3:03
2. Kiss Somebody - 3:33
3. I Do - 3:30
4. Song for the Summer - 3:32
5. Day Drunk - 3:14
6. Dance with Me (feat. Kelsea Ballerini) - 3:19
7. Me on You - 3:26
8. Things That We Drink To - 3:08
9. We Dream - 3:36
10. Everything Changes - 3:17
11. Young Again - 2:55

Art-Nr.: 9740
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Grateful Dead - crimson, white & indigo: philadelphia, july 7, 1989 [2010]
3 CD & 1 DVD-Set! 7. Juli 1989 im JFK-Stadium von Philadelphia! Das komplette Konzert, sowohl auf 3 CDs, als auch auf DVD! Die DVD spielt knapp 3 Stunden (ebenso natürlich die CDs) und ist "code free" (auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar)! Exzellente Bild- und Tonqualität! Die CDs sind in HDCD gemastert, die DVD bietet 2.0 Stereo und 5.1 Surround Mixes!

Hier die offizielle Grateful Dead Release-Infos zu diesem 3CD/DVD-Pavckage:

Here’s a cool way to kick off the new year and decade: Coming soon is a fantastic new release called Crimson, White and Indigo, a DVD/3-CD set that captures every second of the Grateful Dead’s superb July 7, 1989 concert at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. If you loved the popular 2005 DVD/CD release Truckin’ Up to Buffalo, from July 4, 1989, well, this is the very next show: why, it’s practically like being on tour without having to pitch in gas money, eat bad road food, swelter in the heat or score a miracle ticket. Nope, all the work has been done for you—from the crisp multiple-camera shoot (with no video effects, you’ll be happy to hear) produced from the tastefully executed live screen video feed directed by long-time Grateful Dead collaborator and concert video guru Len Dell'Amico, to the crystal clear and powerful audio, mixed from the original 24-track analog tapes in both Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 surround (for the DVD), and mastered in HDCD (for the CD). But the proof is (always!) in the playing, and this show from the sizzling summer of ’89 tour is sure to please both hard core and casual fans with its energy, diverse song list and passionate playing.

Two years removed from the craziness that surrounded the “comeback” tour of 1987 and the Dead’s unprecedented flirtation with mainstream success—thanks to “Touch of Grey” and the In the Dark album—the group was still riding the crest of that wave and attracting thousands of new fans with each passing tour. The summer of ’89 began in style for the Dead on the solstice itself with a nationally televised/broadcast concert from Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. A week and a half later, the GD circus hit the road for seven East Coast stadium shows, followed by a handful in Midwest amphitheaters. The group was in excellent form throughout, offering a great selection of old and recent favorites, and polishing some of the new songs which would make up their album-in-progress at the time, Built to Last. Visually, the Dead’s stage set that summer was perhaps the most spectacular they ever mounted—designed by noted Czech artist Jan Sawka, it consisted of dozens of enormous painted canvas panels covered with various patterns, colors and shapes—some abstract, some concrete; quite an amazing sight in an enormous stadium.

In what would turn out to be the final rock concert in Philly’s JFK Stadium (the first was The Beatles in August 1966; the aging stadium itself dated back to 1926), the Grateful Dead come out on a brutally hot afternoon (after a fine opening set by Bruce Hornsby & the Range) with rock ’n’ roll on their minds. “Hell in a Bucket” is an appropriate opening choice for a day that is nearly hot as Hades, and then Jerry takes the party to the next level with a truly inspired “Iko Iko.” He’s all smiles, and that’s always a good sign! From there, the first set dips into some blues (“Little Red Rooster”), Hunter-Garcia classics like “Ramble on Rose” and “Loser,” a potent version of Dylan’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” a wonderfully exploratory version of “Let It Grow,” and finally, Brent Mydland’s still-newish anthem “Blow Away,” which is one of his finest performances of that rockin’ tune.

You gotta love a second set that opens with a warm and inviting “Box of Rain”—peppy and nicely sung—and then right on its heels a “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” that is as “up” and celebratory as you could hope for: The “Scarlet” breezes along with joyous purpose, and the “Fire” hits all sorts of mighty peaks; at nearly 25 minutes, it’s a spectacular pairing. “Estimated Prophet” is marked by a smoldering intensity and then the jam that follows settles into the majestic Hunter-Garcia ballad “Standing on the Moon,” surely one of their greatest late-era compositions, and played only seven times before this standout version. The DVD depiction of the “Rhythm Devils” percussion duel gives us a fascinating glimpse of the tools and techniques Mickey and Bill used to create their magical alchemy, and then, following “Space,” the band launches into a hair-raising, careening “Other One” (dig how the camera shows us Phil’s rumbling bass intro up close!), Jerry takes us down to the docks of the city for an emotional “Wharf Rat,” and Bob gets back into party-mode for the concluding “Lovelight.” The encore of Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” offers a beautiful grace note for a show that has taken us through so many different spaces and moods.

The beautifully designed package for Crimson, White and Indigo (the name comes from a line in “Standing on the Moon,” of course) includes loads of great photos by Bob Minkin and an essay from veteran Grateful Dead observer Steve Silberman. All in all it’s a wonderful show from a great year!

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1
1 Hell in a Bucket - 6:50   
2 Iko Iko - 7:46   
3 Little Red Rooster - 9:32   
4 Ramble on Rose - 7:35   
5 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again - 9:17   
6 Loser - 7:15   
7 Let It Grow - 12:42   
8 Blow Away - 12:29   

Disc 2
1 Box of Rain - 4:46   
2 Scarlet Begonias - 9:58   
3 Fire on the Mountain - 13:42   
4 Estimated Prophet - 9:12   
5 Standing on the Moon - 8:19   
6 Rhythm Devils - 10:08   

Disc 3
1 Space - 10:09   
2 The Other One - 7:47   
3 Wharf Rat - 10:31   
4 Turn on Your Lovelight - 8:20   
5 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - 8:41   

DVD
1 Hell in a Bucket   
2 Iko Iko   
3 Little Red Rooster   
4 Ramble on Rose   
5 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again   
6 Loser   
7 Let It Grow   
8 Blow Away   
9 Box of Rain   
10 Scarlet Begonias   
11 Fire on the Mountain   
12 Estimated Prophet   
13 Standing on the Moon   
14 Rhythm Devils   
15 Space   
16 The Other One   
17 Wharf Rat   
18 Turn on Your Lovelight   
19 Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Art-Nr.: 6867
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 31,90

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House and The Blues Cowboys, James - same [2018]
James House, eigentlich im Country zuhause und einer der gefragtesten Songwriter Nashville's, gelingt mit seinen großartigen "Blues Cowboys" ein famoser "Sidestep" in, der Name der Formation lässt es schon vermuten, die Gefilde des Blues und Bluesrocks. Wenn man das hier hölrt, kann man kaum glauben, dass der Bursche etwas mit Country am Hut hat. Denn was er hier abliefert ist rauer, dreckiger, erdiger, Staub- und Whiskey-gegerbter, ungeschliffener Rootsrock, Bluesrock und Southern-Blues voller natürlicher Ecken und Kanten. Die Songs sind kompakt und stark geprägt von dem rauen Gesang und dem klasse (Slide)-Gitarrenspiel des Protagonisten. Das ist der erdige Blues(rock) aus den Honky Tonks Nashville's.

Hier zwei Original-Reviews aus den USA:

Like many in Nashville, James House has a built a career of writing hit songs for others. If you’ve not heard of House, you have probably heard these tunes that have reached well int the millions for radio spins – “A Broken Wing,” “Ain’t That Lonely Yet” and “In a Week or Two.” Count Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, The Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam and Martina McBride, among others who have benefitted from House’s pen. Yet, this prolific and versatile musician has a powerhouse Michael McDonald -like voice that should have him in the lead role more often. His recent work writing for Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart had fans wanting House to do his own blues, roots-rock album. And, like so many in Nashville, who ply their craft in country and Americana worlds, House has always had a love for the blues and it’s been an undercurrent for much of his work. Thus, the self-titled James House and the Blues Cowboys. The Blues Cowboys is indeed a touring band (more on that later) but these sessions were built around some of the best musicians in Music City. House lured them to his studio, Cabin in The Woods, located in a rural area of Nashville. Will Kimbrough plays lead guitar on the first five tracks (side A) while A-list session guitarist Kenny Greenberg joins blues guitarist Todd Sharp on the last 5 tracks (side B). Mike Bradford (Uncle Kracker) plays bass throughout as does drummer Crash Jones. Nashville’s most in-demand fiddler Eamon McGloughlin sits in on Side A while House sings and plays his Fender Strat and organ throughout. That kind of arsenal is built for fire and the sparks fly immediately on “Jail House Blues” with House wailing on lines like these – “Mama killed Daddy in self-defense/Never was one to sit on the fence” as Kimbrough’s slide duels with House’s guitar. “Arkansas Woman’ and “Ain’t No Way” continue the soul aching blues vibe until reaching on of disc’s outstanding tracks “Long Way Down.” It’s taken at a slower, haunting tempo as if John Lee Hooker were singing verses from William Faulkner. “Well Ran Dry” on Side B carries a similar approach. How about this lyric? “I’m an empty soul/At the holy water bowl/Waiting on a rising tide.” Other highlights on Side b include the more roots driven “Gone Again” and the rock tune “Ballad of the TKIngs,” short for Troubadour Kings. Now, let’s go to the touring Blues Cowboys. Singer/guitarist Roddy Romero who just joined Yvette Landry for her recent release, if from Lafayette Louisiana as is lesser know drummer/percussionist Smoove Ras. They back House on the final cut, “What Side of the River Are You on?” the song was inspired by House attending the Buddy Holly Songwriting Retreat and listening to Mary Gauthier sing Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” along the river in Lafayette. In a songwriting meeting with Romero and Ras, his vision for The Blues Cowboys was shaped. Great songs, achingly powerful vocals, and first-in-class musicians make this a terrific album. House has already indirectly put his stamp on contemporary blues with his work with Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart. Now he’s set to make his mark directly with the Blues Cowboys. - Glide Magazine

James House deserves to be better known — or, more accurately, known more widely. He’s co-written several songs with blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, including Bonamassa’s recent song “Redemption.” House is also a Grammy-, CMA-, and ACM-nominated songwriter, but on his new album, James House and The Blues Cowboys, he weaves rock, blues, and roots music into a colorful pattern that reveals many facets. House’s powerful, sometimes raw, vocals dominate, and he can moan with the best blues-shouters but can be as tender as the best of the balladeers. The new album serves as a showcase for his songwriting, singing, and guitar work. He gathered a group of world-class musicians — Will Kimbrough, Kenny Greenberg, Lou Toomey, Todd Sharp, Roddie Romero on guitars; Michael Bradford and Mike Brignardello on bass; Eamon McLoughlin on fiddle; Crash Jones and Smoov-Ras on drums — at his studio, Cabin in the Woods, to record the album. The album opens with a can’t-sit-still, shake-us-to-our-core blues rocker “Jail House Blues.” The raucous, bone-shaking song lifts us so high, we wonder if it can get any better than this. It does. “Long Way Down” opens with a slow funk with blues moan, but then escalates to a burning rocker in the chorus and the bridge, fueled by guitars reminiscent of Alvin Lee and Ten Years After. “Good Love” features a spacious, atmospheric vibe that allows House’s raw vocals to breathe and to call and respond to Kimbrough’s lead riffs. “Arkansas Woman” is one of the highlights of the album. There’s a place for every note, every chord, and every word, and the song wrings every emotion out of us by its end. Kimbrough’s soulful lead guitar brings this song to life in a way such that every note he plays makes a statement. While some of the playing is reminiscent of Eric Clapton’s leads, the difference here is that Kimbrough never wastes a note; both he and Clapton play clean and crisp, but while Clapton’s crispness is soulless, Kimbrough’s inhabits our souls and hearts and touches us with its depth. The layered riffs that open “Boomerang” mirror the action of the object itself — the riffs always come back, circling around and flying high before returning to start over again. The propulsive tune mimics the halting/forward-moving character of love: “We keep coming back to you and me.” The scalding lead riffs on the song’s bridge balance the pain of leaving with the tentative joy of returning and the inability to throw love far away; it always returns to you. “Which Side of the River You On” turns in a down-and-dirty, funky twist to that old folk tune by Florence Reece, “Which Side Are You On?” In this tune, which House co-wrote with Roddie Romero and Joshua Martin, and which features Romero and Smoov-Ras, shimmers with a roiling slide guitar, and with an insistent funk beat asks, “which side of the river you on / Ain’t saying which is right or wrong / When the flood comes down / It’s too late to get to higher ground.” Listen to this album! Words can’t always describe how perfect, how moving, how powerful some of the songs on the album are. James House and The Blues Cowboys is an album that’s meant to be played and to be played loud, and it won’ let you forget James House. - No Depression / By Henry Carrigan, Staff Reviewer

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Long Way Home - 3:06
2. Arkansas Woman - 3:11
3. Ain't No Way - 3:09
4. Long Way Down - 3:42
5. Good Love - 3:47
6. Moving on Over - 3:59
7. Well Ran Dry - 3:31
8. Gone Again - 4:13
9. Boomerang - 3:07
10. Ballad of the Troubadour Kings - 3:40
11. Which Side of the River - 3:47

Art-Nr.: 9680
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Long way home
Arkansas woman
Ain't no way
Long way down
Movin' on over
Well ran dry
Which side of the river

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Indigenous - time is coming [2014]
Großartig! Mato Nanji, dieser famose, vom Stamm der Nakota/Sioux-Indianer abstammende, unwiderstehliche Sänger, Komponist und "guitarslinger" liefert mit seiner Band Indigenous den nächsten, prächtigen Bluesrock-Knüller ab. Ein Album ist stärker als das nächste, da macht auch "Rime is coming" keine Ausnahme! Tolle Songs, herausragende, fette Gitarrenausflüge - mitreissender, herrlicher, dampfender und brodelnder, dabei durchaus eingängiger und melodischer, zuweilen von einem tollen Southern-Flair und feinen Roots-Feeling durchzogener Bluesrock vom Allerfeinsten! Ein über 73 Minuten andauerndes Killer-Teil! Indigenous rocks!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Grey Skies - 5.02
2. I'm Telling You - 4.12
3. Good At Feelin' Bad - 3.48
4. Time Is Coming - 5.17
5. Sun Up, Sun Down - 5.56
6. Around The World - 5.29
7. Won't Be Around No More - 7.44
8. You're What I'm Living For - 5.44
9. Day By Day - 6.30
10. So Far Gone - 5.37
11. Give Me A Reason - 4.53
12. Something's Gotta Change - 4.28
13. Don't Know What To Do - 8.29

Art-Nr.: 8570
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Grey skies
Time is coming
Sun up, sun down
Won't be around no more
Day by day
So far gone
Give me a reason

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Ingram, Jack - this is it [2007]
Brandneues, großartiges Studio-Album von Jack Ingram! Seit seinem Wechsel zu Scott Borchetta's "Big Machine Records"-Label im Jahre 2005 läuft es bei Jack Ingram "wie der Teufel". Sein künstlerisches und musikalisches Potential war eigentlich von jeher unbestritten. Den Labels zuvor gelang es aber nicht (aus welchen schleierhaften Gründen auch immer), Ingram einem größeren Publikum transparent zu machen als seiner eher regional orientierten, texanischen Fangemeinde. Das sollte sich jedoch mit seinem letzten Live-Album und den dort beinhalteten Studio-Tracks "Wherever You Are" und "Love You" vehement ändern, denn beide schlugen in Nashville wie eine Bombe ein und katapultierten sich nacheinander auf die Nummer 1 der Billboard Country Singles-Charts! (Übrigens sind diese Nummern auch hier noch einmal enthalten, -eine tolle Sache für alle, die auf das Live-Album verzichtet haben-, zusätzlich sogar auch noch als Videoclips, -das starke "Love You" mit seiner humorvollen Pointe ist absolut sehenswert!) So macht "This is it" prinzipiell genau da weiter, wo die beiden letzten Studiotracks des Live-Albums aufgehört haben. Knackiger, angerockter New Country voller Energie und Biß! Klar, die Tendenz zu etwas Mainstream-haltigeren und Radio-freundlicheren Stücken ist unverkennbar, trotzdem lässt Jack seinen ursprünglichen, trockenen texanischen Charme niemals aussen vor. Zudem baut er einmal mehr auf vorzügliches Songmaterial! So werden "die Fans der ersten Stunde" mit dem Resultat sicher sehr gut leben können. Jack Ingram hat den Spagat vom rootsigen Texas-Countryrock zum Mainstream Nashville New Country prima hinbekommen. Die CD legt direkt mit drei "Knallern" am Stück los: Der von Radney Foster (Jack ist ein großer Fan von ihm) mitkomponierte, melodische, knackig kernige Heartland-Countryrocker "Measure Of A Man" besticht durch seine klasse Tempobreaks und die schönen, saftigen E-Gitarren in Verbindung mit tollen Manolinen-/Steelguitar- und Orgel-Ergänzungen, das ebenfalls recht kraftvolle "Hold On" bekommt durch die im zweiten Abschnitt von Sheryl Crow eingeflochtenen Harmonies seine prägnante Note, und mit "Lips Of An Angel" setzt Ingram dem Song der in den Staaten recht angesagten Modern Rock-Truppe "Hinder" seinen eigenen Stempel auf. Diese fette Power-Ballade ist gleichzeitig die erste Single und schon wieder auf dem Weg Richtung Spitzer der Charts! Toll hier einmal mehr die Steel- und Orgel-Arbeit. Die Fiddle- und Streicherpassagen verleihen dem Song gegen Ende einen angenehmen, aber nicht nerviges, poppiges Ambiente. In Zusammenarbeit mit Toddd Snider entstand das rootsige, trockene "Easy As 1, 2,3 (part II)", ein von Akustik-, Steel- und E-Gitarren dominierter Song (Refrain Richtung Tom Petty) mit knackigem Verlauf. "Ava Adele" ist ein seiner Tochter in recht intimer emotional warmer Art gewidmetes Stück. Weitere Highlights sind das großartige "Make A Wish (Coming Home Again)" eine würzige New Country-Nummer mit John Mellencamp'schem Heartland-Flair, der furiose an Chris Knight erinnernde Countryrocker "The Great Divide“ (starker Text, das Lied steigert sich kontinuierlich in seiner Ausdruckskraft, klasse das emotionale Break und die vorzügliche Slidegitarrenarbeit), wie auch das in der frechen, unbekümmerten Art der Warren Brothers abgelieferte "Maybe She’ll Get Lonely" (klasse E-Gitarre, Steel-Fills und schöne Harmonies). Zum Abschluss präsentiert Ingram mit "All I Can Do" in "rauchiger", erdiger Stimmlage noch eine sehr starke, ein dezentes Westcoast-Feeling vermittelnde New Country-/Americana-Nummer mit angenehmen Piano und Akustikgitarre-Klängen, die durch eine plötzlich und recht überraschend integrierte Horn-Section mächtig Volumen gewinnt, um am Ende aber wieder entspannt und locker auszuklingen. Alles in allem ist "This Is It" ein durch und durch in sich stimmiges, klasse Werk geworden, das der Intention Jack Ingram einem größeren Publikum vorzustellen, voll und ganz gerecht wird. Die Türen in Nashville sind geöffnet! Wir konstatieren deshalb in anerkennender Zustimmung: "Yes Jack, that is it"! (Daniel Daus)

Art-Nr.: 4762
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Measure of a man
Lips of an angel
Make a wish (coming home agagin)
Great divide
Maybe she'll get lonely

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