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McEntire, Reba - keep on loving you [2009]
Reba's neue... - und es ist wieder ein prima Album geworden. Reba McEntire ist eine großartige Künstlerin, die es problemlos versteht, sich den Gegebenheiten des modernen Nashville's anzupassen, ohne auch nur im geringsten ihre Wurzeln zu leugnen. Genau das ist ihr hier bestens gelungen. So ist "Keep on loving you" ein modernes, überwiegend schön knackiges, kraftvolles Country-/New Country-/Contemporary Country-Album geworden, das typisch Reba ist, und eindrucksvoll offenbart, dass die Diva in Nashville's Gegenwart angekommen ist. Klasse!

Reba hat zu jedem einzelnen Stück des neuen Albums ein paar Gedanken und Statements preis gegeben, die wir nachstehend im Originaltext weitergeben:

1. "Strange" (Wendell Mobley, Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher)
"I liked the way it has a lot of different melodies to it. It has great range, but the main reason I like it is because it's so sassy. I love the attitude of it. It's totally different, but it reminds me of the attitudes of `Can't Even Get the Blues.' I seem to have success with sassy attitude songs. This song is about a woman who has been left behind from her partner or boyfriend, and she is trying to feel sad, but it's just not working, so she's going on with her life. It's a strong woman song."

2. "Just When I Thought I'd Stopped Loving You" (Mark Nesler, Rivers Rutherford)
"This is the song that Rivers Rutherford wrote with Mark Nesler. I loved the beat and the melody. It reminded me of a Rascal Flatts song in the first part of it. It's really catchy. It's a song that I'd be singing the middle of the night when I woke up, so I knew it would be a great song when it is in your subconscious like that. I would say this is the least powerful woman song, because she is like, `Oh, I can't give in and take you back one more time, I can't,' but then she does. I hate to say it's a booty call song, but it does remind me of that. I guess this is my booty call song!"

3. "I Keep On Lovin' You" (Ronnie Dunn, Terry McBride)
"We were in the studio recording with Tony Brown, and Tony had said they were just finishing up some of the Brooks & Dunn songs. He said, `You ought to listen to this one song. I just love the song. I think it is wonderful. I think it can relate to a couple who have been together for a short time or a long time, but basically a long time. We've been through the highs and lows and ups and downs, we've fought and gotten back together, but no matter what we go through, I'm going to keep on loving you. I think it's an anniversary song."

4. "I Want a Cowboy" (Katrina Elam, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Jimmie Lee Sloas)
"Katrina Elam co-wrote this song. I am a huge fan of Katrina Elam. She is one of the best singers I've ever heard. I asked Tony to ask Katrina if I could cut `I Want a Cowboy.' She came in and sang some of the harmony on it too. It's a great kick-ass song that is good attitude. And I'm a cowgirl; I've rodeoed 10 years and I'm a third-generation rodeo brat, so I thought it was just perfect."

5. "Consider Me Gone" (Steve Diamond, Marv Green)
"It's a strong woman song. I'm sure there are tons of women who get the cold shoulder when the husband comes in from work. He's had a rough day and she's had three kids at home, especially if it's summer. He doesn't want to talk, something's going on and it's confrontation time. If you are giving me the cold shoulder, if you're not wanting to talk to me, and if things aren't getting any better and if I don't turn you on, consider me gone. Here's the way the cow eats the cabbage. It's like, let's poop or get off the pot. Tell it like it is. It's a pretty cool song and it's confrontation time. That is one thing that is wrong with relationships, that there's not enough communication."

6. "But Why" (Jason Sellers, Neil Thrasher)
"I love the melody. It's one of those love songs that I usually don't record. It's also a strong woman song: `I can do this by myself, but why would I want to when I can share it with you?' It's a real sweet love song. It's a very soft song."

7. "Pink Guitar" (Ed Hill, Jamie O'Neal, Shaye Smith)
"This is just a kick-ass fun song. I can see lots of little girls going, `Yeah, I want to play guitar.' When I was growing up, guitars were for boys; that was the men's instrument, especially an electric guitar. Girls could play an acoustic guitar. I remember the girl who played on one of the awards shows with Carrie Underwood. She got out there and played her butt off. That was when I found `Pink Guitar.' I said, `She's going to love this song.' I love the attitude of it. It's still country; it's almost like `Fancy.' This girl had this dream and she went on to survive and succeed. It's real cute and I love to sing it."

8. "She's Turning 50 Today" (Liz Hengber, Tommy Lee James, Reba McEntire)
"It's a song about a woman who found out that her husband left on Saturday for a woman who is half her age. She spent the day lying in bed, but then on Monday got up, loaded up her pickup truck and began a new chapter of her life. She went on with her life and didn't look back. I wrote the first two lines of `She's Turning 50 Today' and sent it to Liz Hengber. I said, `Why don't you work on this a little bit and email me back what you've got?' Two years went by, and I said, `Liz, what about that song?' She said, `Tommy Lee James and I are going to work on it. So by the time this album came around to start recording, they sent me an MP3 of it while I was in the studio. I rewrote the second verse to make it more personal and relate to me when I left Stringtown, Oklahoma, in 1987. So in a way it's about me leaving a relationship, but it was certainly years ago, but put the two together."

9. "Eight Crazy Hours (In the Story of Love)" (Leslie Satcher, Darrell Scott) "This is a song I was on the fence about because it was so deep that I just didn't know how to take it. And so I let Autumn McEntire Sizemore, my niece, listen to it. She started crying and said, `You've got to record this song.' I let more people listen to it and they were like, `Oh my gosh!' It didn't hit me as hard as it did a lot of other people. I guess I haven't had to get away. I think my music is my release. Whenever I am menopausal or whatever, I can release things in my music when I sing. That is my therapy. It touched so many people that I recorded it. When I sang it live it choked me up so much that I couldn't get through it. This woman has a meltdown and she is just putting sheets on the bed and winds up in a bunch of dirty clothes on the floor, crying her eyes out. She checks into a cheap motel and lets it all out, crying in the bathtub. It was just as simple as picking up the kids and she's back in life again. She just needed to go away and take time for herself. Eight hours later, they're sitting around table eating chicken and laughing. It's eight crazy hours and the story of love."

10. "Nothing To Lose" (Kim Fox)
"Nothing to Lose" was on Melonie Cannon's album. When I was working with (Melonie's father) Buddy Cannon years ago, he gave it to me. I love Melonie's voice. `Nothing to Lose' was one of those songs that I said, `Man, if I could ever record that...,' so I did. I told everybody, `I want to feature the band on this,' so we let the band play two or three times. Everybody had an instrumental. It's about a woman leaving on the bus going down to Georgia. She doesn't know where she's going and doesn't know what lies ahead, but she doesn't care. It's another strong woman song."

11. "Over You" (Michael Dulaney, Steven Dale Jones, Jason Sellers)
"Whew! That is a sad song, kind of like Anne Steele. It's a beautiful melody. (My husband) Narvel said he loved this song. He would play the demo over and over. It's just one of those about `I knew the day would come when we would see each other again. You look great and got on with your life, but I'm still not over you.' It's really sad."

12. "Maggie Creek Road" (Karen Rochelle, James Slater)
"We were in the studio and I was having trouble with my resonance; I wasn't getting my soft voice at all. During lunch I saw Dr. Richard Quisling, my throat doctor in Nashville, and he opened up my sinuses or resonances or something. I came back to the studio and started singing again and Tony Brown's mouth dropped open, `My gosh, what did he do to you?' `He lasered out a little infection.' I put Dr. Quisling on my album thanks-yous. He is just a miracle worker. I had been on the fence about this song, but Tony really wanted me to record it. While I was coming back in, I said, `Let's do `Maggie Creek Road' next,' and he said, `Yes!' It's about this woman who has a daughter that is almost déjà vu for this mother. The little girl is leaving with evidently an older man on a date. This is what happened to the mother 20 years ago. She isn't going to let history repeat itself, so she follows them. They are parked down by the river and she opens the door and takes care of the situation. As the song says, `You don't want to see Mama go to war.' Mama was protecting her daughter. It's one of those swampy Louisiana songs with that feel."

13. "I'll Have What She's Having" (Jimmy Melton, Georgia Middleman)
"This is a cute song. I loved it the first time I heard it. They had horns on it and I said, `Of course we'll change it to fiddle and steel guitar.' It's real sassy. A woman is walking into a bar and she's looking for a man. She sees a woman having a good time, dancing with a man. `I'll have what she's having... and by the way, that looks hot.' We'll have fun with it onstage."

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1 Strange - 3:00   
2 Just When I Thought I'd Stopped Loving You - 3:50   
3 I Keep on Lovin' You - 3:13   
4 I Want a Cowboy - 3:39   
5 Consider Me Gone - 3:38   
6 But Why - 3:28   
7 Pink Guitar - 2:53   
8 She's Turning 50 Today - 4:05   
9 Eight Crazy Hours (In the Story of Love) - 4:04   
10 Nothing to Lose - 4:47   
11 Over You - 3:56   
12 Maggie Creek Road - 4:50   
13 I'll Have What She's Having - 2:59

Art-Nr.: 6516
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Shelley and Bluestone, David - trick bag [2013]
"This is pure six string mojo"! Und wie! David Shelley und seine Band Bluestone sind ein fantastisches, höchst inspiriert und leidenschaftlich aufspielendes Bluesrock-Quintett aus dem Süden Floridas, dessen großartiger, fetter Sound hauptsächlich von dem satten Gitarrenspiel der beiden "Gitarreros" David Shelley und Dave Scott dominiert wird. Stilistisch klar im Retro-Bluesrock verankert, bedient sich die Band zudem jedoch vieler Classic Rock- und vereinzelt sogar Melodic Rock-Strukturen, vor allem aber auch jeder Menge Southern Rock-Trademarks, allein schon bedingt durch ihre Herkunft. Was die Fünf daraus kreieren, ist bärenstark. Ein Sound, der einzig und allein nach David Shelley and Bluestone klingt, wenngleich die Einflüsse und Spuren solcher Kollegen wie etwa Stevie Ray Vaughan, Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa, The Buddaheads, aber auch nicht so kommerzieller 38 Special, swampiger Doc Holliday und härterer Lynyrd Skynyrd unverkennbar sind. Ja, die Band agiert äusserst kraftvoll. Wie gesagt, die beiden Gitarristen beherrschen im Großen und Ganzen das Geschehen, wobei vor allem Dave Scott, der die meisten Soli spielt, mit seinem fulminanten Spiel heraussticht. Was der Kerl immer wieder für "zackige", quirlige, lichterloh brennende, glühende, dabei aber nie zu "überdrehte" Läufe aus dem Ärmel schüttelt, ist phänomenal. Er und Shelley ergänzen sich prächtig, auch mit den übrigen, exzellenten Musikern. Gerade auch Keyboarder D.A. Young sorgt mit seinen effektiven Orgel-Backgrounds immer wieder für zusätzliches Volumen im Sound. Und die hervorragende Rhythmus-Sektion (Charles Casper - Bass, John Yarling - Drums) ist verantwortlich für den entsprechend, tighten Rhythmus. Dazu ist Frontmann David Shelley ein großartiger Sänger, dessen überaus kräftige Stimme geradezu prädestiniert für diese Art von Musik ist. Das Songmaterial ist von vorn bis hinten ohne jeden Fehl und Tadel. Die Band steckt voller Power und lässt in ihre Songs, trotz einer gewissen Grundhärte, ganz wunderbare Melodien einfliessen. Das passt alles prächtig zusammen. Los geht's mit dem "geilen", sehr straight gespielten "When I was your superman", einem schön krachenden, klassischen, stark southern-beeinflussten, bluesigen American Rocker, der sehr viel Dynamik ausstrahlt. Tierische, fette Riffs, intensiver Power-Gesang von Shelley, ein furios wirbelnder, zündender Gitarrenritt von Scott im Break, ein den Gitarrensound klasse unterstützender Orgel-Hintergrund und eine prächtig hängen bleibende Melodie bestimmen das Geschehen - eben die typischen Charakteristika für die Musik dieser starken "Florida-Gang". Toll groovende, exzellente Percussionklänge (David Shelley) und eine dreckige Blusharp garnieren den abermals sehr melodischen, dennoch kompromisslos erdig rockenden Swamp-/Southern-/Bluesrock-Knaller "Trick bag", das Titelstück. Man spürt sofort diese unbändige Spielfreude der Band. Dave Scott's herrliches, "fleischiges" und quiliges Gitarrensolo offenbart pure Leidenschaft. Genial! Es kocht und brodelt in den Swamp von Florida. David Shelley and Bluestone machen's möglich. Dann die nächste "Killer"-Nummer: "Blackwater River" heisst das Stück, ein wunderbar knackiger, kraftvoller, gleichzeitig aber sehr locker und flüssig rüberkommender, hoch melodischer Rocker, dessen Southern Rock-Wurzeln unverkennbar sind. Die großartigen Gitarrenläufe, die sich genüsslich durch den Song schlängeln, sind schön saftig und hinterlassen in den Ohren des Zuhörers die pure Wonne. Anschliessend kommen die Blues-Roots der Band deutlich durch. "You got a heart of stone" ist ein massiver Shuffle-Bluesrocker vom Allerfeinsten. Toller Groove, exzellenter Gesang! Klasse wieder, wie so oft, die unauffällig, aber sehr effektiv eingesetzte Orgel. Die Gitarrensoli sind brillant. Dave Scott "zwirbelt" sich einen ab, dass es die helle Freude ist. Starke Slide-Fills von David Shelley. Die Band spielt wie aus einem Guß! So geht das bis zum Ende weiter. Ob der brennende, straighte Southern-/Swamp-/Bluesrocker "Birth of the Blues", das wunderbar funkige, jammige "High alert", oder der lockere, dennoch knackige, melodische, lupenreine Southern Rocker "Carolina bound" - David Shelley and Bluestone hinterlassen einen hammerstarken Eindruck. Diese "Mugge" ist eine Klasse für sich. "This top-shelf, soul-powered, retro-inspired, southern-fueled, blues-based guitar rock mojo is the real deal". Packt die Gitarren aus und rockt los, Jungs - das ist der "Stoff", den wir lieben...

Die komplette Tracklist von "Trick bag":

1. When I Was Your Superman - 3:50
2. Trick Bag - 5:23
3. Blackwater River - 4:44
4. You Got a Heart of Stone - 3:43
5. Birth of the Blues - 3:40
6. High Alert - 4:06
7. War Party - 4:22
8. Carolina Bound - 4:16
9. Nothin to Lose - 3:37
10. Fallen Rain - 5:25
11. City of Angels - 4:07

Art-Nr.: 8272
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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When I was your superman
Trick bag
Blackwater River
You got a heart of stone
Birth of the blues
High alert
Carolina bound

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