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Alvin, Dave & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - downey to lubbock [2018]
Zwei "alte" Haudegen und Pioniere der amerikanischen Roots-Szene tun sich zusammen und liefern ein geradezu brillantes Album ab. Der aus Downey in Californien stammende ex-Blasters-Veteran Dave Alvin und der in Lubbock/Texas beheimatete Roots-/Country-/Folk-/Singer-Songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore nehmen uns auf "Downey to Lubbock" mit auf eine wundervolle, ja mitreißende, packende Reise durch musikalisch faszinierende Landschaften von Roots, Blues, Rock, Americana und Alternate Country. Voller Leidenschaft, Biß und mit ungemein viel Gefühl, Seele und Authentizität repräsentieren sie ihre Heimat, Herkunft und musikalischen Einflüsse und Ideologien in 12 herausragenden, sehr abwechslungsreich und dennoch herrlich straight gestalteten und arrangierten Tracks. Zwei davon sind neu von ihnen komponierte, eigene Stücke, der Rest sind wunderbar um-arrangierte Coverversionen alter, beeindruckender Klassiker, die sie in ihrem musikalischen Werdegang auf irgendeine Art und Weise begleitet haben. Was die Beiden (Alvin spielt neben dem Lead Gesang noch bravourös akustische und elektrische Gitarre mit fulminanten Soli, Gilmore überzeugt neben der zweiten Lead-Stimme mit akustischer Gitarre und Mundharmonika) und ihre exzellenten Begleitmusiker (u.a. Skip Edwards - keyboards; Nick Forster - guitars, lap steel, mandolin; David J.Carpenter - bass; Don Heffington - drums und einige mehr) hier abliefern, ist die höchste Roots-, Blues-, Americana-, Rock-Schule. Los geht's mit dem genialen Titelstück "Downey to Lubbock", einem grandiosen, prächtig nach vorn gehenden, herrlich rootsigen, erdigen, "burning harp- and guitar-centered" Bluesrocker, in dem die beiden (sie teilen sich hier, wie auch bei einigen anderen Tracks, den Lead Gesang auf), textlich großartig verpackt, ihre musikalische Geschichte erzählen. Alvin besticht mit famoser Lead Gitarren-Arbeit (tolles Solo) und Gilmore mit nicht minder starkem Mundharmonika-Spiel. Die Nummer, die im übrigen auch toll auf Alvin's "Eleven Eleven"-Album gepasst hätte, hat einen klasse Drive. Welch ein Aufrakt! Es folgt eine saustarke Coverversion von Steve Young's "Silverlake", vorgetragen in einem ganz dezent mexikanisch angehauchten, leicht bluesigen, wundervollen, staubigen Americana-Gewand. Die großartige Begleitung aus vielschichtigen akustischen und elektrischen Gitarren, sowie unaufdringlicher Orgel und ebenso unaufdringlichem Akkordeon passt einfach super. Leicht und locker "galoppieren" die Zwei im Anschluß daran durch die herrliche, mit schöner Mandoline und klasse E-Gitarre inszenierte, lockere John Stewart-Nummer "July, you're a woman". Das ist rootsige, staubige Americana-Musik vom Allerfeinsten. Fantastisch auch das tierische, dezent akustisch beginnende, dann aber mächtig brodelnde, mit furiosen E-Gitarrenläufen und "rattenscharfen" Sax-Einlagen (Jeff Turner) gespickte Blues-Cover von Lightnin' Hopkins' "Buddy Brown's Blues", die hinreißend schöne, melodische, flockige "Mexican-flavoured" Countryrock-Version von Chris Gaffney's "The gardens", die tolle Version des alten 60iger Dino Valenti-/Youngbloods-Klassikers "Get together", das gewaltig rockende "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", wie auch die traumhaft melodische Americana-Nummer "Billy The Kid and Geronimo" - alles Höhepunkte eines von vorn bis hinten packenden Werkes. Dave Alvin und Jimmie Dale Gilmore mit einer herausragenden, ja überragenden Vorstellung, Ein absolutes Ausrufezeichen in Sachen Rootsmusik für das Jahr 2018! Kommt im übrigen in einem sehr schön gestalteten Digipack mit 24-seitigem, reich bebilderten und informativem Booklet.

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You don’t need to know the backstory to this meeting of the minds of Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, two of Americana’s most respected journeyman roots rockers. That’s because they do the work for you on the opening title track to this partnership where they trade vocals explaining their careers and somewhat unlikely collaboration on this disc’s only co-write.
Ex-Blaster Alvin hails from Downey, California, and ex-Flatlander Gilmore calls Lubbock, Texas home. The two are a decade removed in age but found common ground in their love of Americana music, specifically the blues, rock and roll, R&B, and folk acts that played LA’s famous Ash Grove club which they both frequented. These guys are road-hardened troubadours who know the once-endless highway is going to soon end but are determined to keep the faith. They do that beautifully on this studio alliance.
Alvin’s flinty baritone and Gilmore’s high lonesome, windswept style wouldn’t seem to be a natural combination. But even though there aren’t honeyed Everly Brothers-styled harmonies here, the contrast in their voices makes for a surprisingly riveting blend. They generally switch lead vocals, which also provides a window into which one brought the song - and all but two are covers - to the table.
Alvin pays tribute to late buddy Chris Gaffney by performing his bittersweet Tex-Mex ballad “The Gardens” (one of two tracks that also features legendary West Coast songwriter Van Dyke Parks on accordion) and Gilmore does the same for Steve Young in his warbling cover of the sweet memories on “Silverlake.” But it’s the classic rockers like Lloyd Price’s New Orleans stomper “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and Brownie McGhee’s gospel-laced closing “Walk On” where the duo really finds their footing. Alvin’s distinctive lead electric guitar snakes through these tracks, bringing high voltage rollicking authority to Lightning Hopkins’ “Buddy Brown’s Blues” and the traditional swamp folk of “K.C. Moan.”
A cover of the Dino Valenti by way of the Youngbloods ’60s “smile on your brother/ love one another” anthem “Get Together” is as pertinent today as it was 50 years ago - perhaps more so - and this version with Gilmore’s trembling voice and Alvin’s taut guitar solo raises the temperature making it feel even more incisive. The California bred singer-songwriter’s lone new solo writing contribution, “Billy the Kid and Geronimo,” tells the fictional tale of a meeting between these two American fugitives, allowing both singers to trade verses based on the characters’ narratives, as they elicit sympathy for their violent lives.
A full band backs the twosome and while this might seem like an unusual pairing on paper, the result is an alternatively sweet, touching, rousing and undeniably heartfelt set that plays to both artist’s strengths while pushing each slightly outside their comfort zone. Hopefully, there will be a follow-up to further expand on this success that brings out the best in both Alvin and Gilmore and seems to just scratch the surface of their deep Americana pedigrees. (Hal Horowitz/American Songwriter)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Downey to Lubbock - 5:49
2. Silverlake - 5:02
3. Stealin' Stealin' - 2:58
4. July, You're a Woman - 3:53
5. Buddy Brown's Blues - 3:51
6. The Gardens - 3:56
7. Get Together - 3:59
8. K.C. Moan - 5:12
9. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - 2:38
10. Billy the Kid and Geronimo - 4:45
11. Deportee - Plane Wreck at Los Gatos - 4:52
12. Walk On - 5:50

Art-Nr.: 9634
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Silverlake
July, you're a woman
Buddy Brown's Blues
The gardens
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Billy the Kid and Geronimo

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Anderson, John - years [2020]
Da werden sich die vielen, loyalen Fans aber freuen: Mit "Years" erscheint endlich wieder einmal ein neues Album der Country-Legende John Anderson - und es ist ein richtig tolles Werk geworden. Der aus Apopka/Florida stammende und heute in Smithville/Tennessee lebende, für seine unverwechselbare Stimme bekannte John Anderson liefert 10 exzellente Songs ab - alles absolut natürliche, traditionelle, unverfälschte Countrymusic, frei von irgendwelchen, neumodischen Nashville Pop-Bezügen. Das ist einfach nur zeitloser, wunderbarer Country, für den er in seiner ganzen Karriere gestanden hat. Produziert haben Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) und David Ferguson, die auch für das komplette Songwriting verantwortlich zeichnen., zum Teil mit der Hilfe weiterer, bekannter Country-Songwriter. Das Resultat ist, wie gesagt, absolut top, da sich Anderson auch in hervorragender Verfassung präsentiert. Es gibt die ein oder andere Ballade, dann herrlich flockige, lockere, dennoch knackige, ungemein melodische, schön flotte Countrynummern (das zusammen mit Blake Shelton eingespielte, ganz wunderbare "Tuesday I'll be gone" beispielsweise erinnert in seinem fluffigen, herrlichen Arrangement und dem schönen Gesang gar an die Eagles), auch mal staubigen Outlaw Country und mal eine rockigere Nummer. Alles passt prächtig zueinander und ergibt im Resulat ein von vorn bis hinten erstklassiges John Anderson-Werk, wie man es ihm kaum noch zugetraut hätte. Super Leistung, Mr. Anderson, wir sind tief beeindruckt.

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John Anderson has one of the best, and one of the most recognizable singing voices in country music, and he's in top form on "Years." It's expertly produced by Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) and David "Fergie" Ferguson, and Anderson and Auerbach wrote all of the songs, sometimes with the help of noteworthy songwriters like Pat McLaughlin and Larry Cordle. It's a nearly perfect, 10-song album, too.
A few of its songs address aging head-on, opening with "I'm Still Hangin' On," and again with the title track. The banjo and harmonica accented "Celebrate" also takes a few moments to be thankful for the gift of life. There's also a collaboration with Blake Shelton, "Tuesday I'll Be Gone," that works. The album closes with the semi-Roy Orbison-esque "You're Nearly Nothing," which includes pretty female backing vocals. Although the producers didn't go for it all the way, one can easily imagine a full Orbison orchestration on it.
The album's instrumentation is consistently traditional all the way through, which always sounds natural and unforced. "Years" does feature a rock electric guitar solo, but it nevertheless fits the song's anthemic nature. Anderson's amazingly unique voice is the central focus throughout, though. During "I'm Still Hangin' On," Anderson notes how "There were people placing bets that I'd be dead and gone." Let's all be thankful these folks lost those bets. Anderson recorded one of the best albums of the year, which only makes us want to hear more from him for many years to come.
(Dan MacIntosh / Country Standard Time)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. I'm Still Hangin' On - 3:45
2. Celebrate - 2:55
3. Years - 2:56
4. Tuesday I'll Be Gone (feat. Blake Shelton) - 3:44
5. What's a Man Got to Do - 3:17
6. Wild and Free - 2:39
7. Slow Down - 2:47
8. All We're Really Looking For - 3:24
9. Chasing Down a Dream - 3:24
10. You're Nearly Nothing - 3:00

Art-Nr.: 10036
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Band Of Heathens, The - the double down: live in denver - vol. 1 ~ cd & dvd-set [2012]
CD & DVD-Set! Das wird aber auch höchste Zeit! Eine der besten Rootsrock-Bands der Gegenwart, die grandiose Band Of Heathens aus Austin/Texas, kommt mit einer fulminanten, 2-geteilten Live-Veröffentlichung: "The Double Down - Live in Denver", Vol 1 und Vol. 2 - jeweils eine CD und eine DVD, also insgesamt 2 CDs und 2 DVDs. Das Release war längst überfällig, da die Band Of Heathens erst auf der Bühne ihr einzigartiges, ihr wahres, ihr aussergewöhnliches Potential abrufen. Sie sind eine typische, eine richtige, eine bärenstarke Live-Band! Ihr von Texas Rock, Americana, Country, Blues und Soul durchzogener Rootsrock besticht, trotz der immer wieder wundervollen melodischen Strukturen, live von einer ungebremsten, vor Leidenschaft nur so strotzenden, erdigen und jammigen Spielfreude, die die Stücke in ihrer Länge wegen der zündenden, mitreissenden Instrumentalbreaks im Vergleich zu den Studioversionen immer wieder deutlich anwachsen lässt. Zudem wirkt die Band live einfach rauer. Es ist ein Traum wie die 3 exzellenten Frontleute Ed Jurdi, Gordy Quist und Colin Brooks (3 fantastische Sänger, 3 fantastische Lead-Gitarristen) ihrre Fähigkeiten, sowohl gesanglich, als auch an den Gitarren, einbringen und das Publikum in ihren Bann ziehen. Wenn sie zu ihren langen Gitarrenpassagen ansetzen (Jurdi spielt manchmal auch Keyboards) gibt es kein Halten mehr (nur ein Beispiel ist die furiose 11 Minuten-Version von "Somebody tell the truth" mit ihrem ausgedehnten, prächtigen E-Gitarren-Soli und Slide-Ritten). Sie spielen oft wie im Rausch! Es ist herrlich! Zuweilen meint man, sie könnten Bands wie die legendären Little Feat, The Band, oder auch Countryrockbands wie Poco (die alle zu ihren Einflüssen zählen) locker in den Schatten stellen. Ihre handwerklichen Fähigkeiten sind immens. "The Double Down" wurde an zwei aufeinanderfolgenden Abenden, und zwar am 7. und 8. Oktober 2011 in Denver,Colorado mitgeschnitten, wo die Band jeweils vollkommen unterschiedliche Sets spielte. Die Truppe sagt darüber: "On a grey sky day in early October our merry clan of Heathens descended upon the Mile High City of Denver. From near and far our conspirators came to the Double Down to take part in the grand experiment with us. Toting a satchel of songs and a headful of notions, we took the stage at Cervantes' Other Side. Across two evenings we played 6 hours of music and over 40 jumps, jams, ballads, shanties and flings. The vibe flowed and the spirit was moved. If you took the trip with us, we hope you felt it too". Ja, in der Tat, wir fühlen diesen "Spirit" bei den 26 für diese CD/DVD-Sets ausgewählten Songs - und wie! Auf den CDs gibt's 2 Titel weniger, da die DVD Vol. 1 noch 2 geniale Bonustracks enthält, und zwar eine bärenstarke, fast 9-minütige Version von "Hey rider" und eine extrem rare, hammermässige Fassung von "Wilson & Otis", einer nicht sehr oft gespielten Nummer von Ed Jurdi's 1999iger Solo-Scheibe, die im Verlauf ihrer rund 9 1/2 Minuten mit einem packenden, ausgedehnten, "mörderischen" Twin Slide-Gitarren-Jamming von Colin Brooks und Ed Jurdi glänzt. Mitreissend! Der Sound und die filmische Umsetzung auf der DVD sind exzellent! Die Gesamtspielzeit der CDs beträgt gut 140 Minuten, die der DVDs satte 167 Minuten! Die DVDs sind "code free" und somit auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar. Die ultimative Band Of Heathens Live-Vollbedienung!

Die komplette Setlist:

1. You’re Gonna Miss Me (12.10)
2. Golden Calf (4.35)
3. Say (4.40)
4. Somebody Tell The Truth (11.46)
5. Let Your Heart Not Be Troubled (3.56)
6. LA County Blues (5.48)
7. Enough (5.37)
8. What’s This World (4.06)
9. Right Here with Me (4.25)
10. Nothing to See Here (6.09)
11. Should Have Known (8.09)

BONUS MATERIAL (DVD ONLY):
Wilson & Otis
Hey Rider

Art-Nr.: 7721
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 17,90

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Berry, John - what I love the most [2016]
Eine der großen Countrystimmen der Neunziger ist zurück. John Berry, der die Countrywelt einst mit seinem Nr. 1-Hit "Your love amazes me" eroberte, veröffentlicht mit "What I love the most" ein äußerst ambitioniertes, neues, richtig starkes Werk, das einige Kritiker sogar schon als das beste seiner gesamten Karriere bezeichnen - und das, obwohl die großen Hits des Mannes aus Aiken/South Carolina, der allerdings seit Anfang der Neunziger Jahre in Nashville lebt, längst hinter ihm liegen. Egal, es braucht keine Radio-Hits, wenn das Resultat dermaßen gut ist, wie das, was Berry hier abliefert. Seine Fans werden begeistert sein. Für die ist das Werk ohnehin voller potentieller Hits, denn nahezu jeder dieser Titel hätte es verdient, die Charts zu "rocken". Das Songmaterial ist kreiert von den renommiertesten Songwritern Nashville's (bei vier Tracks war Berry kompositorisch mit involviert), was das wirklich hohe Level der Stücke erklärt, wie auch die exzellenten Musiker, die Berry begleiten. Seine Stimme ist eh vom Feinsten. Knackige Uptempo-Nummern wechseln mit höchst emotionalen Balleden und schönen, flockicgen Midtempo-Songs in einem äußerst ausgewogenen Verhältnis. John Berry hat alles richtig gemacht und ist zurück, "better than ever". Bester, in den Neunzigern fundamentierter, aber auf der Höhe der Zeit "servierter", astreiner Country auf der Schiene solcher Kollegen wie Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery, Sammy Kershaw, Tracy Byrd und ähnlicher Seelenverwandter. Hervorragendes Comeback von John Berry!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. She's Mine - 3:14
2. You're My Sunshine - 3:46
3. What a Woman Wants - 3:33
4. Every Time - 3:23
5. There Could Never Be Another Love - 3:27
6. Gotta Lotta Love - 2:57
7. She Don't Need Me - 4:08
8. I Get That All the Time - 3:07
9. I've Seen It All - 3:48
10. When Is Enough Enough - 3:44

Art-Nr.: 9186
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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Blues Traveler - hurry up & hang around [2018]
Sie sind noch immer, bzw. wieder, in einer fantastischen Verfassung. Die großartigen Root-/Jamrock-Veteranen um Mastermind und Harp-Wizard John Popper präsentieren mit ihrem neuen, nunmehr 13. Studioalbum, ein absolutes Prachtteil ab, das die große Blues Traveler-Fanbase vollstens überzeugen wird. Tolles Songmaterial, große Spielfreude, hervorragend hängen bleibendes Material, Abwechslungsreichtum - einfach stark!

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Blues Traveler has always been a band that lets their sound, travel, if you will. Along the winding path of their career, the one constant has been change. "Save His Soul" sounded nothing like "Four", which sounded nothing like "Truth Be Told", which sounded nothing like "Blow Up The Moon". They have always been chasing something, but what exactly that is has always been nebulous. In the beginning, the strove for respect. Then they strove for the status they deserved. Then they strove to regain their place. And finally, they strove to make themselves happy. That leaves us with a string of records that hold together, but form a patchwork that draws your attention to a different area each time. And even when they are taking a detour that might not be your choice, there are always interesting twists that make it worth your while to take the ride with them.
With the band having reached a milestone of longevity, the question of how to commemorate that brings them back (nearly) full circle. While their last couple records have seen Blues Traveler injecting their sound with pop songwriters in the search for the perfect collaboration, "Hurry Up & Hang Around" finds them stripping back to the garage band they started out as. This is the most classically Blues Traveler album they have made, in approach, in many a year.
Our first taste of this chapter came from the opening track, "Accelerated Nation", which came out of the gates in traditional Blues Traveler form. Sounding like a mix of all their eras, the song fused their classic sound with the polished writing of their modern work, giving us a song that fits the same mold "Most Precarious" did (and sadly never got credit for - that was a better single than it is remembered as).
Longtime fans will recognize bits and pieces that should evoke a smile, like how John Popper's melody in the verses of "She Becomes My Way" stretches a syllable or two longer than anyone else would write it. Those are the details that I have always appreciated, both as a fan and as a songwriter. Every writer and every band has idiosyncrasies that pop up, which I think got too smoothed out with the amount of collaboration they had been doing lately. Even when they were writing great songs, like "Matador" was, they didn't have those trademark elements. Hearing them again is a treat.
Another one pops up on "Daddy Went A Giggin'", where Popper's melody in the verses, and some of the feel of the instrumental, is somewhat pulled from his solo album, "Zygote" (the song "His Own Hands" in particular). The songwriting on this record is a throwback to the "Four" and "Straight On Til Morning" period, but more concise than they were back then. The band has been constantly trimming away the excess from their old tendencies, which leaves us with a lean record. Old fans might think there's a looseness missing from the recordings, but it shows how their focus has shifted over the years towards sharp songwriting.
The thing about being a Blues Traveler fan is that we can argue over which of their experiments are our favorites. Some of us will love how gritty and heavy they got on "Bastardos!", while others will appreciate the slickness of "Truth Be Told". This one, though, feels like the right record for an anniversary period, because it is the one record since "Four" that best captures every side of the band.
Given how much the world has changed since "Run Around" and "Hook" were near the top of the charts, it's a good decision that the band is no longer trying to chase a hit, and is instead writing music that is befitting of their status. There are clover hooks and strong melodies, but they integrate into the core of the band's sound, rather than sounding like the token attempt to appeal to a demographic that no longer exists. Look, I love "Girl Inside My Head" and "Amber Awaits" too, but even then there no longer existed the proper outlet for them to become mainstream hits.
"Hurry Up & Hang Around" is a record made for Blues Traveler fans by the biggest fans of them all, the band. At this stage of their career, that's exactly what most people want to hear. And listening to the results, I can't argue. This record will make any Blues Traveler fan happy, and it will reset things so the next experiment is more welcome. (Bloody Good Music / Chris C)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Accelerated Nation - 3:04
2. She Becomes My Way - 3:51
3. The Touch She Has - 4:22
4. When You Fall Down - 3:32
5. The Wolf Is Bumpin - 3:48
6. Daddy Went a Giggin - 3:43
7. Tangle Of Our Dreaming - 3:36
8. More Than Truth - 3:02
9. Prayer Upon The Wind - 2:20
10. Miss Olympus - 4:02
11. Phone Call From Leavenworth - 4:35
12. Ode From The Aspect - 4:55

Art-Nr.: 9717
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: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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Brooks, Kix - new to this town [2012]
Brooks & Dunn sind Geschichte, doch nach Ronnie Dunn kommt nun auch die andere Häfte des erfolgreichsten Country-Duos aller Zeiten mit einem Solo-Album! "New to this town" heisst das hervorragend gelungene Werk, mit dem Kix Brooks eindrucksvoll offenbart, was er auch ohne seinen kongenialen Partner in der Lage zu leisten ist. 12 starke Nummern, zumeist sehr kraftvoll und knackig in Szene gesetzt (der Balladen-Anteil ist klar in der Minderzahl), zwischen traditionellen Anlagen und sehr abwechslungsreichem, zuweilen durchaus rockigem New Country. Gast, Slide-Gitarrist und Duett-Partner beim Titelstück ust übrigens Joe Walsh (The Eagles). Die Musik passt durchaus zur Philosophie, die auch Brooks & Dunn verkörperten, hat aber auch ihren eigenen Pep. Die Melodien sind prima! Gratulation an Kix Brooks zu diesem großartigen Album!

Wen es interessiert: Hier im Original eine sehr ausführliche, aktuelle Biographie mit der Geschichte zum neuen Album im Original-Wortlaut:

"Wish I was new to this town
Just pullin’ in checking it out for the first time”
— “New to This Town” by Kix Brooks, Marv Green and Terry McBride

It’s been more than 30 years since Kix Brooks was new to the town that he made his home, where he married, raised two children and built an accomplished career as a songwriter, singer and half of the most successful duo in country music history, a weekly national radio show host, magazine columnist, film producer, actor, winery owner and active and influential member of the music industry and community at large.

And yet here he is, picking up where he started when he really was new to this town, when his very first solo single in 1983 lumbered up the country chart to #73 before being hijacked by gravity into oblivion.

“New to This Town” is the title cut from the album that he hopes will reintroduce him to music fans, not exactly as a brand new man—to borrow a phrase from a song he co-wrote many moons ago—but as his own man, with his own songs to sing and his own unique story to tell.
Though the song is about a romantic relationship, metaphorically it suggests another interpretation. “When you’re starting out, there’s so much fear that if you screw up or put out the wrong record, you’ve lost that chance to live your dream. At this point in my career, there’s a different kind of uncertainty and risk that the people who have seen me perform for 20 years as half of Brooks & Dunn won’t be able to see me as anything but that. So in that sense, being new to town would be good to be able to do again.”

Kix Brooks’ career as a musician began long before he came to Nashville, which is less than 100 miles from where the Louisiana native was shipped off for high school at Tennessee’s Sewanee Military Academy. “I wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t good,” he confesses with a smile. “The discipline was good for me. It gave me structure and problem-solving skills, which are really helpful for creative people.”

Brooks grew up in a musical family, had his first guitar before he hit his teens, and while in Sewanee, he began playing coffee houses with his roommate, Nashville native Jody Williams. “Jody turned me on to the Opry,” expanding the range of country music that Brooks already loved. “I was a fan of bluegrass, rock and outlaw country, people like Willie, Cash and Roger Miller. I loved the Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker. ”
After graduation, he went to Louisiana Tech, gaining a foundational education in reading music and the theory of composition while getting hands-on experience playing clubs around town. Realizing that he wasn’t cut out to be in the marching band, school choir, or orchestra—which were required for a music degree—he switched his major to speech and got into theater, both of which would later serve him well.

A brief sabbatical from school led him to Alaska in 1976, working for his dad, a pipeline contractor. The job was great seed money, he recalls, “So when I got home, I bought a new car, a new guitar, a bottle of whiskey, and I was ready to get back at it.

“I had a band and I did some solo stuff. I could bang on a guitar and open up for just about anybody playing clubs in Shreveport. My plan was to be somebody.”
But an invitation from his sister put “Plan A” on hold. “She called me out of the blue and asked if I would come to Maine and help her with a television production company. So I was doing radio and television production, commercials, and it was a great experience. But I was also playing clubs and was still drawn to that. I enjoyed advertising, I enjoyed Maine. But in my heart of hearts, I just wanted to play music.”

So he took off again for Louisiana but stopped in Nashville to visit with his old roommate Jody Williams. “We stayed up all night talking and playing music, and Jody tried to talk me into staying. He said I could make a living writing songs. I said, ‘A, you’re nuts, and B, I’m going to New Orleans to play music.’”
But as fun as it was, the pace—and the partying—began to take a toll. “I called Jody up and said, ‘Do you really think I could make a living writing songs?’ and he said, ‘Get your ass up here!’”

True to his word, Williams gave Brooks a place to crash and found him a job with a concert production company while arranging meetings for him with music publishers around town.

“Everybody was really nice for about half a song, and then I wrote some more songs and called them back, and everyone was always out to lunch. So I started breaking songs down and figuring out what these guys were doing, which doesn’t mean you can do it, but at least I did my homework and really started working harder at trying to figure out how to do it. I realized it was one thing to make people smile in bars and another thing to make a living as a songwriter in Nashville.”
His hard work paid off, and less than two years after pulling into town, Brooks had a publishing deal and a #1 cut. Some things didn’t pan out, like his first album in 1983 on a label that went defunct before the album was released and a 1989 album on Capitol that went nowhere fast.
But he was making a living—a good living—writing songs for Tree Publishing, where exec Paul Worley took some of his demos to veteran music man Tim DuBois, head of the Arista Nashville record label. DuBois suggested that Brooks write with the winner of a talent competition, a tall, big-voiced Texan named Ronnie Dunn. When DuBois heard their song demos, the rest became Brooks & Dunn history.

In their 20-year ride, the duo recorded 10 studio albums, released 50 singles, scored 23 #1 hits, sold more than 30 million albums, sold out tours from coast to coast and became one of the most awarded acts in country music history.

But in August of 2009, they revealed what had long been a topic between the partners themselves: that after a final tour and a final compilation album, Brooks & Dunn would be no more.

“It was always an arranged marriage that happened to work out really well and produce some great kids. But after 20 amazing, dream-like years, it was time.”
As for the notion of recording a solo album, Brooks took his time—or as much time as realistic for someone who owns a thriving winery, hosts a weekly syndicated radio show, forms a film production company, takes on roles in three movies and writes all but one of the songs for the soundtrack for the western To Kill a Memory, as well as co-writing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie.

“I have a lot of interests, and I wasn’t at that point thinking of what I would do next. I was kind of looking forward to chilling for a year or so. I wanted to take my time. I started writing during the last B&D tour, and when we got done, I kept writing while we were making movies.”
When the time felt right, Brooks approached his album with customary enthusiasm, producing and recording nearly 50 songs before beginning the challenging process of narrowing the field. “There were a few like [the Brooks/Leslie Satcher co-write] ‘Moonshine Road’ that I was sort of building the album around,” he says, “so you try to take the ones that fit the other songs the best, that fit you best, or where the track is just smoking.”

The result is a record that is emphatically and uniquely Kix Brooks—rocking, smoky, swampy and bluesy, with belts of bayou and hits of Cajun zydeco. Nine of the album’s dozen tracks bear Brooks’ name as a co-writer, collaborating with such longtime friends and writing luminaries as Bob DiPiero and David Lee Murphy (on the lyrically clever “Closin’ Time at Home”), Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson (for the mid-tempo musical celebration of “Bring It on Home”), and Marv Green and Terry McBride on “New to This Town,” the title track single that almost didn’t make the album.

“We were kind of done with everything, I had recorded the album, and Jay DeMarcus and I were doing the soundtrack for a Christmas movie over at his house. But I was thinking about that song, so he was nice enough to help me produce it and let me use the pickers while we were working there. He really liked the song, so I said, ‘Let’s do it together.’”

Later, “The engineer from my radio show said, ‘You ought to get some Joe Walsh-sounding slide on that.’ I’m like, ‘Hmm, what if I could get Joe Walsh?’ My manager is partners with Irving Azoff, who sent it to Joe, and he called me up and put the slide on there for me. So that worked out great.”
In a new-to-this-town, full-circle touch, the album also features two songs that Brooks wrote with Rafe Van Hoy. With Deborah Allen, they penned Brooks’ first #1 as a songwriter (John Conlee’s ’83 chart-topper, “I’m Only in It for the Love”), and they pair here on the backsliding fun of “Complete 360” and team with Curly Putman on the groove-and-soul-filled, after-hours portrait of “my baby’s” “Tattoo.”

Now, with his album complete, Brooks is just looking forward to getting it into the hands of fans and resuming the solo career that began long ago when his entire plan “was to be somebody.”

“That fear I had at one point in my career where you’re scared to death to make the wrong move, I don’t feel that way now. But you still really want to do something that is relevant and makes people rock, and look out at a crowd and know you have connected, you’ve hit that nerve. I don’t think you ever get over that.”

(This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. New to this Town - 4:20
2. Moonshine Road - 4:21
3. Bring It On Home - 3:44
4. There's the Sun - 3:05
5. Complete 360 - 3:16
6. My Baby - 2:55
7. Tattoo - 3:25
8. In the Right Place - 3:47
9. Next to That Woman - 3:21
10. Let's Do This Thing - 2:57
11. Closin' Time at Home - 3:37
12. She Knew I Was a Cowboy - 3:22

Art-Nr.: 7907
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Brown Band, Zac - pass the jar: live from atlanta ~ 2 cds & 1 dvd [2010]
2 CD & 1 DVD-Set! Live from The Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta! Was für ein grandioses Konzert! Country, Roots-, Southern- und Jamrock-Freunde - alle werden sie an dieser Doppel-CD und vor allem an dieser 2-stündigen Live-DVD ihre helle Freude haben. Vor zwei Jahren, das neue Album der Zac Brown Band, "The foundation", wurde gerade veröffentlicht, mutmassten wir, wie sich im Nachhinein herausstellen sollte, mit geradezu hellseherischer Fähigkeit: "Amerika feiert die Zac Brown Band als die neue Senstion im Country-Circuit". Heute, Millionen verkaufter Alben und vier Nummer 1-Hits später, ist klar, wie sehr Amerika diese Band tatsächlich feiert. Doch der große Erfolg kam alles andere, als über Nacht, wie der ein oder andere vielleicht glauben mag. Nein, es ist ein Erfolg, für den die Band hart gearbeitet hat, durch Innovation, durch Kreativität, durch jahrelanges Touring, durch akribische Arbeit, durch Vertrauen in die eigenen musikalischen Fähigkeiten - und die sind immens. Die Zac Brown Band ist ein Phänomen, deren Spielvermögen und Abwechslungsreichtum ganz aussergewöhnlich sind. Durch ihren riesigen Erfolg in den Country-Charts werden sie natürlich von ihrem Label in den Staaten als Country-Band vermarktet. Das ist einerseits auch okay, weil die Songs ihres letzten Albums durchaus als Country(rock)-Songs zu bezeichnen sind, wenngleich mit einer deutlichen Roots-, Americana-, Southern-Note. Doch.die Zac Brown Band versteht sich selbst, wie es auch ihre unzähligen, loyalen Fans tun, als vielmehr, als "nur" eine Country-Band. Sie sind darüber hinaus eine (Southern)Rock-Band, eine Rootsrock-Band, eine vor Spielfreude nur so strotzende Jamrock-Band, die längst ein hoch angesehenes Standing in all diesen Genres, vor allem auch im Jamrock-Bereich, geniesst. Warum, das zeigt dieser überragende Auftritt der Truppe vom 30. Oktober 2009 aus dem alt ehrwürdigen Fox Theatre von Atlanta/Georgia, einer Show, die sie zusammen mit ein paar Freunden und Gästen (u.a. Kid Rock, Little Big Town, Joey + Rory) zu Gunsten des Wiederaufbaus des historischen Georgia Theatre's von Athens spielten. Zac Brown sagte eonmal voller Stolz über seine Musiker: "Everybody in my band is able to burn his instrument to the ground. I'm blessed because the people I play with are just fantastic". Wie recht er hat. Was die Truppe hier aufführt ist schlichtweg begeisternd. Wir hören in traumhafte Melodien gebettete, flockige Countryrock-Songs, die, bei allem Southern-Flair, genüsslich zwischen der karibischen Leichtigkeit eines Jimmy Buffett oder Kenny Chesney, und der sommerlichen Frische und Lockerheit der Eagles hin und her schwanken, aber wir hören auch von heissen Grooves getragenen Rootsrock mit Reminiszensen an The Band, wir hören sehr temperamentvolle, grassige Ausflüge, die an Railroad Earth oder Leftover Salmon erinnern, und vor allem hören und erleben wir auch kochenden, brodelnden, vor Spielfreude nur so strotzenden Southern Rock an der Schnittstelle zwischen Wet Willie, The Marshall Tucker Band, der Charlie Daniels Band und The Allman Brothers Band - teils mit ausgedehnten, rassigen Gitarren-Jammings, und vereinzelt auch mal mit einer, die Atmosphäre zusätzlich aufheizenden Bläser-Attacke. Doch im Grunde genommen läuft das ganze Konzert ungemein entspannt ab, auch wenn es auf der Bühne brennt. Das Feeling ist immer locker, ja hat gar so etwas wie ein entferntes, frühsiebziger-mässiges Grateful Dead-ähnliches Hippie-Flair. Was für eine klasse Live-Truppe! So erleben wir neben tollen Versionen der Hits des vergangenen Albums (u.a. "Whatever it is", "Jolene", "Toes", "Highway 20 ride" und "Chicken fried") und einiger neuer Zac Brown-Originale auch eine Menge hoch interessanter Coverversionen, wie z.B. Robbie Robertson's "The night they drove old dixie down", eine geniale Fassung von Charlie Daniels' "The devil went down to Georgia", die dem guten alten Charlie in beeindruckender Wesie zeigt, wie man dieser Nummer richtig Feuer unterm Hintern macht, eine beherzte, starke Fassung von dem The Marshall Tucker Band-Klassiker "Can't you see" (mit Gast Kid Rock als Lead-Sänger) und eine tolle Version von Bob Dylan's "I shall be released" (nur auf CD enthalten). Es ist wirklich mehr als beeindruckend, welch ein instrumentelles Feuerwerk alle Musiker abzubrennen (klasse beispielsweise das zündende, ausgedehnte E-Gitarren-Solo beim über 10-minütigen "Who knows") und welch ein phantastischer Sänger Zac Brown ist. Einfach wunderbar, diese warme, relaxte Stimme, die unterschwellig ein wenig an James Taylor erinnert, aber im Timbre durchaus auch Spuren von Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett und Henry Paul aufweist. Das Publikum im ausverkauften Fox Theatre ist aus dem Häuschen und feiert mit der Zac Brown Band eine ausgelassene Country-, Grass-, Roots-, Southern-, Rock-, Jam-Party, an der wir mit dieser tollen Doppel-CD und klasse gefilmten (in HD) DVD (toller Sound) teilhaben dürfen. Das sind zwei Stunden pure Freude! Ein grandioses Konzert einer großartigen Band! Kommt in einer edlen Digipack-Aufmachung mit feinem Schuber und reich bebildertem Booklet. Die DVD ist "code free" und somit auf jedem DVD-Player abspielbar!

Die komplette Setlist:

Disc 1:
1 Whatever It is - 4:04   
2 Let It Go - 4:37   
3 It's Not Ok - 4:09   
4 Jolene - 5:26   
5 Who Knows - 10:28   
6 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - 4:28   
7 Sic 'Em On a Chicken - 4:05   
8 Where the Boat Leaves From/One Love - 3:51   
9 Trying To Drive - 4:32   
10 Alabama Jubilee - 2:57   
11 Blackbird - 7:14   
12 The Devil Went Down To Georgia - 4:31   

Disc 2:
1 Can't You See - 5:46   
2 Highway 20 Ride - 4:15   
3 Whiskey's Gone - 2:47   
4 Colder Weather - 4:29   
5 Junkyard - 6:07   
6 Free/Into the Mystic - 7:36   
7 America the Beautiful - 1:41   
8 Chicken Fried - 5:10   
9 I Shall Be Released - 6:04   
10 Bar - 3:59   
11 Toes - 4:33   
12 We're Gonna Make This Day - 7:52   

DVD:
1 Intro   
2 Whatever It is   
3 It's Not Ok   
4 Jolene   
5 Who Knows   
6 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down   
7 Sic 'Em On a Chicken   
8 Junkyard   
9 The Devil Went Down To Georgia   
10 Trying To Drive   
11 Alabama Jubilee   
12 Can't You See   
13 Highway 20 Ride   
14 Colder Weather   
15 Free/Into the Mystic   
16 Toes   
17 America the Beautiful   
18 Chicken Fried   
19 We're Gonna Make This Day   
Bonus Tracks:
20 Cheater Cheater - Joey + Rory
21 All American - Levi Lowrey
22 My Name is Money - Sonia Leigh
23 Money Don't Make You Happy - Nic Cowan
24 Say What?

Art-Nr.: 6909
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 29,90

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Brown, Kane - same [2016]
Vielversprechendes Debut des jungen Mannes aus East Tennessee, der als einer der größten Zukunftshoffnungen Nashville's für den Maistream Country gilt. Der Bursche hat schon einen immensen Erfolg auf den digitalen Plattformen und steht vor dem absoluten Durchbruch im Country-Radio. Kane Brown präsentiert sich modern, knackig, rockig, hat auch ein paar Balladen im Repertoire, zeigt aber auch sehr deutlich seine absoluten Country-Roots, vor allem mit seiner klasse Stimme - die ist nämlich durch und durch "country". Große Konkurrenz für Leute wie Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes & Co.!

Hier noch ein U.S.-Review im Original:

East Tennessee’s Kane Brown first came to prominence through Facebook and YouTube singing covers and originals and grew a passionate, engaged fan base which helped him make it to the top of the charts without a record label. Now signed to RCA Records Nashville, Kane Brown has this album --his self-titled, first full-length project -- ready to launch. “Thunder In The Rain” is the lead single from Kane Brown and while the song has sold a couple hundred thousand downloads and earned accolades throughout the digital realm, it has struggled to become a country radio breakout. It’s a shame in that regard because the song is as good as anything else that typically gets to the mainstream. The chorus is arena-ready and the melody is engaging. The album’s opening song (Co-Written by FGL’s Tyler and Brian and one of four songs not written by Kane Brown) is a smart opening track. It’s about a guy who wants the folks where he comes from to be proud of what he does. It feels like a hit and likely will be with fans while “Learning,” a song written with frequent Hunter Hayes collaborator Sam Ellis and Blake Anthony Carter, has a Colt Ford-like vibe with the spoken (rapped) verses and a very twangy chorus. To describe Kane Brown’s sound is a little hard except to say that he’s a blend of Brantley Gilbert, Sam Hunt, Chris Young, Drake and Colt Ford and that makes for a unique artist which is why fans have clamored to him. “Pull It Off” is a perfect example of this with his Gilbert-like strut while Cold Spot is a song which showcases how much pull the newcomer has as a writer to be able to write with Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, the team behind “The House That Built Me.” This one has a similar nostalgic vibe and honestly, this should be the second single from this project. This is one radio should eat up. Chris Young, co-wrote “Comeback” and it’s a nice mid-tempo ballad with hit potential. Closer “Grandaddy’s Chair” is a sweet, honest song honoring the man who made Kane the man he is. It’s the kind of country music that has been around for a long time. Sentimental to some, honest and thankful to most others. The second half of Kane Brown is stronger than the first half with better hooks and lyrics but that doesn’t mean the entire 11 track album isn’t surprising because it really is. Kane Brown, who basically took Nashville by surprise, has cultivated a debut album which blends quite a few flavors but there’s no mistaking Kane Brown is a country artist. The album is a strong mainstream start to an already promising career. (Matt Bjorke/Roughstock.com)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Hometown - 3:24
2. What Ifs - 3:08
3. Learning - 3:22
4. Thunder in the Rain - 2:44
5. Pull It Off - 2:59
6. Cold Spot - 3:37
7. Ain't No Stopping Us Now - 3:02
8. Comeback - 2:45
9. Rockstars - 3:20
12. Better Place - 3:42
11. Granddaddy's Chair - 3:47

Art-Nr.: 9340
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
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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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Cannon, Melonie - and the wheels turn [2008]
Es hat ganze 4 Jahre gedauert, doch das Warten hat sich wirklich gelohnt: Melonie Cannon, Tochter des bekannten Nashville Top-Produzenten Buddy Cannon, legt den Nachfolger ihres fantastischen 2004er Debuts vor - und auch "And the wheels turn" ist wieder ein ganz wunderschönes, mit traumhaften Songs gespicktes Werk allerfeinster, filligraner und herrlich vorgetragener Acoustic Country-/Bluegrass-Musik, die sie ohne Wenn und Aber fester denn je in der ersten Garde solcher Kolleginnen wie Rhonda Vincent, Alecia Nugent, Patty Loveless & Co. etabliert. Exzellent!

Die Tracklist:

1 Cactus in a Coffee Can - 4:15   
2 Dark Shadows - 3:12   
3 Send a Little Love - 4:15   
4 I Call It Gone - 3:16   
5 The Day Before You - 3:55   
6 It's All Right There - 3:25   
7 Back to Earth - 3:34   
8 Mary Magdalene (Why You Cryin) - 3:12   
9 Set 'Em Up Joe - 3:21   
10 I've Seen Enough of What's Behind Me - 2:36   
11 I Just Don't Have It in Me - 4:05   
12 And the Wheels Turn - 3:43

Art-Nr.: 6016
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Chambers, Sean - welcome to my blues [2018]
"Welcome to my Blues" - dieser Einladung des einstigen Gitarristen von Blues-Legende Hubert Sumlin und mittlerweile längst selbst im Rampenlicht stehenden Sean Chambers folgen wir sehr gerne, denn er nimmt uns mit seiner vorzüglichen Band einmal mehr mit auf eine packende Reise durch die Gefilde des mitreißenden, von geradlinigem, umwerfendem, und zündendem Gitarrenspiel geprägten Blues und Bluesrocks zwischen tiefer Tradition und rockender Gegenwart. Nicht umsonst kürte das renommierte britische "Guitarist Magazine" den Saitenhexer aus Fort Myers/Florida unlängst als einen der "Top 50 blues guitarists of the last cenmtury". Dementsprechend geht der, sowohl von Johnny Winter, Hendrix und vor allem von Stevie Ray Vaughan beeinflusste "guitarslinger" hier zu Werke und brennt ein lichterlohes Feuerwerk furioser Gitarrenlicks und-soli ab, überzeugt gleichzeitig aber auch auf ganzer Linie als großartiger Sänger und nicht minder starker Songwriter. 8 Songs stammen aus seiner Feder, dazu gibt's eine wundervolle Coverversion von Luther Allison's "Cherry red wine" (eine packende Bluesrock-Ballade voller Seele, mit irrem, dreckigem, quirligem Gitarrenspiel), eine jammig groovende, super Fassung von T-Bone Walker's "All night long", sowie mit dem starken "Boxcar Willie" eine klasse Komposition seines Keyboarders John Ginty. Vom rauen, erdigen, voller Drive nach vorn pirschenden Opener und Titelstück "Welcome to my Blues" (fettes, rasantes, dreckiges Gitarrensolo) über den dampfenden, mit klimperndem Piano und einem gewaltigen Slidegitarren-Gewitter inszenierten Rock'n Roll-Blues "Red hot Mama", bis hin zum wundervollen, entspannten, an Stevie Ray Vaughen's "Riviera Paradise" angelehnten Instrumental "Riviera Blue" hören wir außergewöhnlich starken, brodelnden, voller Virtuosität und Intensität steckenden Gitarren-Blues-/Bluesrock der allerfeinsten Sorte. Eine exzellente Leistung von Sean Chambers und seiner Band. Dieses famose Werk dürfte den Erfolg seines überaus gefeierten Vorgängers "Trouble & whiskey" noch einmal deutlich toppen. Und zwar völlig zu Recht!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

I’m a huge Stevie Ray Vaughan fan, and as such, I’m sensitive to any artist I feel is borrowing too heavily from his work. But when I say Sean Chambers’ latest, Welcome to My Blues is Vaughan-influnced, I mean it as a compliment. Chambers’ seventh album features funky rhythms, incendiary blues runs, and just the right touch of Jimi Hendrix fuzz and mania, all of which will delight fans of the late Vaughan, without pilfering from Vaughan’s legacy.
Chambers is an accomplished solo artist who is probably best known for his time backing the legendary Hubert Sumlin, Sumlin himself best known for backing the legendary Howlin’ Wolf. Chambers also grew up a huge Hendrix fan. So it’s not surprising he has a Vaughan sound. He comes from a similar musical stew of classic blues and Hendrix spice. What’s great about Welcome to My Blues is that it’s much looser and more free-wheeling than Trouble and Whiskey, Chambers’ 2017 Billboard-charting album.
Chambers has a serviceable voice that works for the songs, but his guitar playing is what’s going to grab your attention. And not just his soloing. He’s got a beautiful tone, with a big sound and a little more distortion than you might expect from a blues artist. You notice the tone on “Boxcar Willie,” which has a funky groove like Vaughan’s cover of The Beatles’ “Tax Man.” But the distortion gives the track a rock edge. And the solo, as is every solo on the album, is intense, heart-felt, and technically impressive.
The album features more traditional blues, too. “Keep Movin On,” a Chambers original, is a slow blues featuring a cleaner guitar tone. He gives a very strong vocal performance, perhaps the strongest of the album, but the barely-contained guitar nearly overshadows it. Chambers’ guitar guides the band through the song, periodically pausing to detonate into an explosion of guitar riffs, and then returning to the song. He pulls out all of the stops, from huge bends to speed runs, and never once does he bore the listener—even after repeated listens.
The album concludes with “Riviera Blue,” a Chambers co-write with John Ginty, his keyboardist. It’s gentle piano jazz a bit reminiscent of Vaughan’s similarly titled “Riviera Paradise,” although Chambers sticks to bluesy licks over the low-key, pretty piano. It’s a very sweet homage. Vaughan had a not-so-secret love of jazz, and while Chambers doesn’t seem to share that love, he makes it work with a blues music vocabulary.
The songs and performances on Welcome to My Blues are all strong, but producer Ben Elliott deserves a lot of credit for making everything sound so good. The guitar pops out of the mix in a fairly perfect manner. But of course Chambers deserves the lion’s share of the credit for keeping the songs tight enough that they hold together, but loose enough that you feel the spontaneity and energy of the album. Chambers shares Vaughan’s sound, but also has his own voice, and it comes through powerfully across all eleven tracks.
(Steven Ovadia / Blues Rock Review)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Welcome to My Blues - 4:50
2. Black Eyed Susie - 4:07
3. Cherry Red Wine - 4:33
4. Boxcar Willie - 3:56
5. Cry on Me - 3:23
6. One More Night to Ride - 3:17
7. Red Hot Mama - 3:43
8. You Keep Me Satisfied - 3:35
9. Keep Movin On - 5:40
10. All Night Long - 4:54
11. Riviera Blue - 4:15

Art-Nr.: 9720
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Childers, Tyler - country squire [2019]
Der aus dem U.S.-Bundesstaat Kentucky stammende Tyler Childers ist nach seinem viel beachteten 2017er Debut "Purgatory" so etwas wie das zur Zeit "heißeste Eisen" unter den Countryfans und -experten, sowohl was die Mainstream Country-Fraktion, als auch die Liebhaber des Alternate Country oder Indie Country betrifft. Völlig zu Recht, wie wir finden, denn Childers grandioses Songmaterial ist vor allem eins: Pur Country durch und durch. Oder wie die Amerikaner sagen: "Country Music to it's core"! Für den Mainstream ist das so etwas wie die immer mal wieder beschworene "Rettung der Countrymusic", für die Vertreter des Alternate Country ist diese Musik trotz aller wunderbaren Melodien immer noch rau, kantig und erdig genug, niemals überproduziert. Dafür sorgt vor allem auch das hervorragende Produzenten-Team, bestehend aus Sturgill Simpson und David Ferguson. Outlaw Country, purer Honky Tonk, grassiger Country, angerockter Country, folkiger Country - alles wird geboten, und zwar auf höchstem, musikalischen Niveau. Keine Frage, Tyler Childers ist aktuell einer der spannendsten und talentiertesten Countrykünstler überhaupt. Ein vortreffliches, erstklassiges, wohltuend aus dem die Charts überflutenden "Einheitsbrei" herausragendes Album!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Tyler Childers is the greatest artist in country music at the moment, mainstream or independent, on the radio off, major label or otherwise. And soon, if there is any justice in this ragged old life, the rest of the world will know this to be true as well. Tyler’s new album Country Squire should be a breakthrough achievement, and is everything you hoped and wanted from his major label debut, despite the worry that washed over many faces due to the early songs released from the record, and noisy naysayers who are always quick to turn coat against anything that becomes popular.
Country Squire is country music to its core. Country Squire is a collection of songs worthy of critical acclaim. Country Squire may be the high water for the career of Tyler Childers thus far, only fair to question due to the quality of his last record Purgatory and his previous releases as well. Country Squire feels like an achievement and a victory for independent country fans. But whatever you do, don’t call it Americana.
In some ways the release of Country Squire presented a trap for Tyler Childers and his long time fans. When expectations range so high like they did for this record, letdown becomes a very real possibility regardless of the quality of the eventual release, if it’s not outright inevitable. If you consume everything “Tyler Childers” you can get your hands on, including fan videos from recent concerts, then you’ve probably already heard or seen most or all of the songs from Country Squire before, and may have fallen in love with those earlier versions, raw and in the live context. Since Tyler Childers became a headliner so quickly and has been touring so hard, he dipped into his new material pretty deep ahead of this release.
Then of course you have the diehards and purists who allow their opinions to putrefy on anything that emanates from a major label or can be construed as “popular.” Those people can kiss off of course, but their opinion sharing can additionally cloud the public’s judgement on and impending release. And none of this delves into the two songs released ahead of Country Squire—the energetic, but simple and straightforward “House Fire” where Tyler’s vocals sounded a little too down in the mix, and the highly questionable production all the way around of “All Your’n.” Even some of the psychedelic and drug imagery preceding the release was off putting to some, swinging their opinions on this record from highly anticipated, to expecting to be let down.
Five seconds into Country Squire, and not only are all your worries resolved, all is right in the country music world. The raw Kentucky sound and songwriting fills your ear canals like supple graces of angelic manna. The authenticity drips from the tracks. The instrumentation is adept, but steeped in that raw, mountain music sound that is true to Tyler Childers. This record is even more Kentucky than Tyler’s previous record Purgatory, if that’s possible.
That’s not to say Country Squire is without imagination and inventiveness though, or is unwilling to take a few risks. The record presents itself as a “song cycle,” meaning it’s meant to be heard as a cohesive unit, cover to cover, and in the order the tracks are presented to stimulate the synchronous and immersive experience its creators intended. With Sturgill Simpson as producer along with David Ferguson, you shouldn’t be surprised at this outcome. Of course anyone can run track times together and employ some instrumental interludes between songs. It takes mastery and imagination to pull it off well. Country Squire is graced with that enviable attribute, making it hard to not lose yourself in this record.
Everyone who was drawing negative conclusions from the first couple of songs released—despite the warnings by Saving Country Music and others—should be happy to admit their trepidation was presumptive. Nobody in the record business these days seems to know how to pick the best songs from albums for pre-release. Sure, taken autonomously, “All Your’n” still feels like somewhat of an anomaly , and along with “House Fire,” they might present the two weakest tracks on the entire record. But in the context of the album itself, both are more forgivable, or understandable, or maybe even advantageous because they help build some texture into an otherwise very country record.
The scratchy, distressed production of Country Squire will still turn some off, and audiophiles will probably find something to complain about in the mix and mastering phase of this effort as they always do. But the approach also fits the raw and live aspect of the Tyler Childers sound. You don’t just hear these songs, you feel them, you smell them. They’re dripping in goat’s blood, brought down from the holler in a stolen station wagon, were stored away in the crawlspace under a singewide where the methheads can’t find them until they were ready to be revealed. They come from Tyler’s “country squire” … humble, but proud, and riddled with character like buckshot to the back of a rural stop sign.
But it all comes down to the songs. That is why we’re here talking about Tyler Childers. Not Sturgill Simpson nor anyone else could ruin these songs even if they wanted to, any anyone who allows names they don’t like to get in the way of music they should is failing as a music fan. True authenticity is a myth in modern country music … until you hear Tyler Childers. If you don’t like this record, you don’t like country music.
The era of bellyaching about the inequity that independent-minded artists face in country music is not over just yet, but it continues to be significantly compromised due to the success of artists like Tyler Childers. No longer can their contributions be scoffed at as inconsequential when they’re selling out tours and topping album charts, often testing and even besting the sales impact of many mainstream Music Row upstarts to the point that when the major labels do come calling, your favorite independent country artists can sign a deal on their own terms, keeping their creative license, and walking away with a handsome stack of cash.
Placing the burden of “country music savior” on the shoulders of anyone is presumptive an unfair. It was unfair and presumptive when some assigned that to Sturgill Simpson. But unquestionably, Tyler Childers and an album like Country Squire go a long way in the effort to help save country music. (Trigger Coroneos / SavingCountryMusic.com)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Country Squire - 3:21
2. Bus Route - 3:07
3. Creeker - 5:01
4. Gemini - 2:32
5. House Fire - 3:53
6. Ever Lovin' Hand - 4:38
7. Peace of Mind - 4:42
8. All Your'n - 3:38
9. Matthew - 4:13

Art-Nr.: 9858
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Civil Wars, The - same [2013]
Sehnlichst erwartetes Follow-Up des grandiosen Americana-/Singer-Songwriter-/Alternative Country-/Folk Rock-Duos Joy Williams und John Paul White zu dem mit 3 Grammys dekorierten, frenetisch gefeierten Debut "Barton hollow". The Civil Wars machen genau da weiter, wo sie mit ihrem Vorgänger aufgehört haben. Songmaterial und Performance sind exzellent!

Kurze Original-Produktinfo:
The Civil Wars' highly anticipated sophomore self-titled album is the follow up to the three-time Grammy Award-winning duo's acclaimed debut, Barton Hollow.
The Civil Wars was recorded in Nashville between August 2012 and January 2013. Charlie Peacock was once again at the helm as producer for the album. Additionally, Rick Rubin produced the duo's performance for the track "I Had Me a Girl" in August of 2011. Peacock later completed the track by producing the instrumentation and mix.

Exklusives "Track by Track"-Review zu allen Stücken des Albums von Joy Williams:

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

This song pays homage to regret. Nearly everybody I've come across has somebody in their life that they wonder what life would be like if they'd never met that person. It's that sliding-door moment -- in the blink of an eye everything could change. Either for the positive or the negative.
John Paul and I wrote this song in the screened-in porch of my and Nate's new home. I remember warm breezes blowing, a mild day. I had recently had my son, Miles, who happened to be asleep with Nate in the living room, right next to the porch. I remember asking John Paul to play quietly so he didn't wake up the baby.

I HAD ME A GIRL

This song always conjures up an image of a glass of whiskey and a lit cigarette. It's a little brooding. A little dangerous. It smolders. It has swagger and grit. It's full of innuendo and Southern Gothic tones. I love the feel of this track, and the way this song came together on the record. "I Had Me a Girl" is one of those musical moments that makes me wish I knew how to play electric guitar. Or any guitar, for that matter.

SAME OLD SAME OLD

This song, to me, represents the ache of monogamy. This isn't an "I'm leaving you" song. It's a vulnerable confession of "I don't want to leave. I want to work on this -- with you." Having said that, someone once told me a story about long-term relationships: to think of them as a continent to explore. I could spend a lifetime backpacking through Africa, and I would still never know all there is to know about that continent. To stay the course, to stay intentional, to stay curious and connected -- that's the heart of it. But it's so easy to lose track of the trail, to get tired, to want to give up, or to want a new adventure. It can be so easy to lose sight of the goodness and mystery within the person sitting right in front of you. That continent idea inspires me, and makes the ache when it comes hurt a little less. To know that it happens to all of us. What I'm realizing now is that sometimes the "same old same old" can actually be rich, worthwhile and a great adventure.

DUST TO DUST

This song is an anthem for the lonely. Sometimes you come across somebody who thinks they are hiding their pain, but if we are all honest, nobody is very good at it. "You're like a mirror, reflecting me. Takes one to know one, so take it from me.” When John Paul and I wrote this late one night in Birmingham, England, we decided to change the pronoun at the end of the song. We wanted to represent that we all experience loneliness in our lives.

EAVESDROP

We brought in our producer, Charlie Peacock, on this song. He helped with arrangements and really helped take the song to a totally different place. Sometimes as an artist, you can't see what needs re-arranging when you're so "in it." Charlie brought perspective. Almost like an eavesdrop within an "Eavesdrop."
Strangely enough, this song always reminds me that my voice has changed since the last album. I have my son to thank for that, truly. When I was first pregnant and performing on the road, I thought something was wrong with my voice. I was having a hard time hitting high notes, while my low notes kept getting deeper and deeper. I did some research with the help of a vocal coach, and learned that hormone levels affect a female singing range. Having a boy, naturally, upped my testosterone levels, making low notes easier to hit and higher notes harder to reach. But the great thing? After having Miles, I regained my high range AND have kept my low range. Pregnancy literally changed the makeup of my vocal cords. There's a different timbre to it now, and I love that I can hear the story of my son in my singing.

DEVIL'S BACKBONE

This song is our take on an Americana murder ballad. It's dark, prickly, anxious. It was fun writing because we just imagined some dust-bowl scenario, a broke-down town, and a man awaiting being hung for something he did in the name of trying to provide for his family. The woman who loves him is watching him standing there on the gallows.
This song always reminds me of when the melody first came to mind. I was doing my makeup in the tiled bathroom upstairs, with my newborn Miles in a yellow rocking bassinet next to me. I started singing, and turned on the voice memo app on my iPhone so I wouldn't forget it. As I sang, Miles started cooing along with me. Not on pitch, mind you, but I'd move a note, and he'd move a note. I'm never deleting that voice memo. It's become one of my favorites.

FROM THIS VALLEY

That's our Grand Ole Opry song. A new spiritual. It's actually the oldest song written on the album. We wrote it before Barton Hollow came out. Even though we didn't have our own recording of it, we started performing it live and it became a fan favorite. It made sense to finally put it on an album. One of my favorite moments on stage every night was singing the a cappella part together.

TELL MAMA

We recorded the performance at Fame studio in Muscle Shoals, a place we'd written a few songs before that made it onto Barton Hollow. I always felt the musical ghosts in that studio, one of whom was the great Etta James. We're a band that's known for covering songs live in our own way, and we thought it would be fun to take a stab at "Tell Mama." I found out later that where we recorded was the same room she recorded her version. That might explain why I kept getting goosebumps.

OH HENRY

We wrote it one week before Barton Hollow, in the mountains of Salt Lake City during our first Sundance Festival. We conjured up a story about a woman who was married to a philandering man. She is begging her man to level with her, and letting him know she can only take so much, a la "it's gonna kill me or it's gonna kill you."

DISARM

Again, we're the band who loves to do covers. Both John Paul and I have always been huge Smashing Pumpkins fans. Nate mentioned it might be a cool cover, and we actually wound up working it out the same day that we wrote "Oh Henry" up in Salt Lake City for Sundance. It turned into another on-stage staple that people asked for every night. We found out later from his then-manager that Billy dug it.

SACRED HEART

We wrote this song in a flat in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in full view on a cold night. Tall windows, Victorian furniture, and somehow the atmosphere of all of that seeped into the song. Nate and our friends were there in the room as we wrote, all of us drinking wine together. I also loved getting to try out my flawed French. I wrote what words I knew in French, and then had a Parisian friend named Renata Pepper (yes, that's her real name) look it over later and help me translate. When we recorded the song for the album, I called in a French professor from Vanderbilt named Becky Peterson, who has now become a good friend.

D'ARLINE

We wrote this song in the studio behind my house in Nashville, on a warm summer day, with the windows and doors open. This song is a sweet lament, of loss and the belief that you'll never be able to love anybody else again. I stumbled across "Letters of Note" on Twitter, and was struck by the title of a letter written by a famous physicist named Richard Feynman: "I love my wife. My wife is dead." A little over a year after her death, he wrote his wife a love letter and sealed it. It was written in 1946, and wasn't opened until after his death in 1988. He ended his note to his long-lost wife with "Please excuse my not mailing this -- but I don't know your new address."
Another aside to this song: While we were recording the song together, John Paul and I could hear crows cawing in the background that I've since named Edgar, Allen and Poe. This recording and performance of the song is the first and only in existence, a work tape recorded simply on my iPhone.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The One That Got Away - 3.32
2. I Had Me a Girl - 3.45
3. Same Old Same Old - 3.48
4. Dust to Dust - 3.49
5. Eavesdrop - 3.35
6. Devil's Backbone - 2.29
7. From This Valley - 3.33
8. Tell Mama - 3.48
9. Oh Henry - 3.32
10. Disarm - 4.42
11. Sacred Heart - 3.19
12. D'Arline - 3.06

Art-Nr.: 8264
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock; Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Combs, Luke - what you see is what you get [2019]
Luke Combs hat sich innerhalb kürzester Zeit ganz oben in der Spitze der jungen Countrygarde Nashville's festgesetzt. Mit seinem vor zwei Jahren erschienenen Debutalbum "This one's for you" startete er sofort zu einem schier unaufhaltsamen Siegeszug. Fast ein ganzes Jahr lang Platz 1 in den Billboard Album-Charts waren die Folge (aktuell, in den Charts zum 16.11.2019, also rund 2 1/2 Jahre nach seiner Debut-Veröffentlichung, rangiert das Werk immer noch auf einem unglaublichen Platz 2), sowie etliche Number One und Top Five Single-Hits und jede Menge Awards. Das war ein richtiger Paukenschlag, dem der aus Charlotte, North Carolina stammende Sänger und Songwriter nun mit "What you see is what you get" das nächste "Killer"-Werk folgen lässt. Leute, das ist ein Paradewerk moderner, ohne große Effekthascherei gespielter, echter Countrymusic - und der Beweis dafür, dass man immer noch (oder wieder) ohne aufgesetzten "Pop-Firlefanz" zu ganz großen Country Charts-Ehren kommen kann. Gut so! Das Album enthält satte 17 Tracks - einer besser, als der andere. Die ersten 5 Songs sind die der vor einem halben Jahr, allerdings nur zum Download, erschienenen Vorab-EP "The prequel", plus 12 weitere brandneue Stücke. Luke Combs, der sich mit großer Qualität in allen Bereichen des Country tummelt, von flotten, manchmal richtig kraftvollen Countryrockern, über Songs mit Outlaw- und Southern-Feeling, bis hin zu gut gelaunten "drinkin' songs" (herrlich hier das zusammen mit Brooks & Dunn eingespielte "1,2 many") und auch der ein oder anderen wunderbaren Ballade, kommt, wie gesagt, voll und ganz ohne Country-fremde Strömungen aus und besticht mit einer wirklich herausragenden "Pure Country"-Stimme, warm und kraftvoll zugleich. Mit seinem grandiosen Gesang trifft er auf jeden Fall das Herz der Liebhaber traditioneller Countryklänge, aber zweifellos auch das der Countryrocker. Damit bedient er gleichermaßen die Klientel solch unterschiedlicher Kollegen wie beispielsweise Brooks & Dunn, Eric Church (ist hier Gast bei dem starken "Does to me"), Jon Pardi, Justin Moore, Montgomery Gentry und Aaron Lewis, bis hin zu dem ein oder andere Alan Jackson-Fan. Das ist sicher einer der Indikatoren für seinen riesigen Erfolg. Ein weiters Plus aller Songs sind die großartigen Melodien. Es passt eben alles! Luke Comns' zweites Album ist erneut ein absoluter Volltreffer. Sein immenser Erfolg wird sich, verdientermaßen, fortsetzen und es wird weiter Hits hageln. "That's true modern Country", durch und durch authentisch - und trotzdem werden die Charts "gerockt". Toll! Dieser Luke Combs tut Nashville verdammt gut.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Beer Never Broke My Heart - 3:06
2. Refrigerator Door - 3:24
3. Even Though I'm Leaving - 3:45
4. Lovin' On You - 3:15
5. Moon Over Mexico - 3:24
6. 1, 2 Many (feat. Brooks & Dunn) - 3:00
7. Blue Collar Boys - 3:41
8. New Every Day - 3:19
9. Reasons - 3:44
10. Every Little Bit Helps - 4:08
11. Dear Today - 3:39
12. What You See Is What You Get - 2:52
13. Does To Me (feat. Eric Church) - 3:43
14. Angels Workin' Overtime - 4:13
15. All Over Again - 3:30
16. Nothing Like You - 3:16
17. Better Together - 3:37

Art-Nr.: 9941
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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