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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!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

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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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: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 6,90

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Brothers Osborne - port saint joe [2018]
Präsentierten sie schon vor rund 2 Jahren mit "Pawn shop" ein genauso von den Kritikern und Experten, wie auch von den Fans gleichermaßen als außergewöhnlich stark bewertetes, fantastisches Debut, so legen die Brothers Osborne aus dem U. S. Bundesstaat Maryland nun mit "Port Saint Joe" auf einem fast noch höheren Level nach. Welch eine famose Vorstellung von T. J. Osborne (großartiger Lead Gesang, akustische Gitarre) und seinem Bruder John Osborne (guitars, mandolin, pedal steel, harp). Die Beiden imponieren durch überragende Musikalität und bestechendes Songwriting und präsentieren sich dabei, geschickt zwischen Country-Tradition und Moderne hin und her balancierend, ungemein variabel. Exzellent produziert von Jay Joyce (u.a. Eric Church und Little Big Town) hören wir 10 neue, bärenstarke Tracks ohne jeden Ausfall. Die Bandbreite geht von überaus "hippen", zeitgemäss modernen Countryrock-Knallern ala Big & Rich (das über 6-minütige "Shoot me straight" mit famosen Tanz-Grooves und irre starkem E-Gitarren-Solo), über wunderschöne New Country-Balladen (z. B. das herrliche "I don't remember me"), rootsigen, schön bluesigen, rauen, durchaus ein wenig an Chris Stapleton erinnernden Outlaw-Country ("Weed, Whiskey and Willie" - abermals kerniges, packendes E-Gitarrenspiel), Manolinen-getränkten, ein gewisses Zac Brown Band-Flair ausstrahlenden, lockeren, lupenreinen Country ("Tequila again"), traumhafte Retro-Countryrocker im Stil der Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ("Pushing Up Daisies"), bis hin zu dem entspannten, akustisch gehaltenen Finaltrack "While you still can". Was die Burschen auch anpacken - es funktioniert nicht nur, es "kickt" regelrecht, es packt einen einfach. Die Brothers Osborne gehören mit Recht zu den viel beachtetsten und gefeiertsten Newcomern in Nashville. Da ist, in Einklang mit hoher musikalischer Kompetenz und Qualität, eine große Karriere zu erwaten. Ein geniales, zweites Album der Brothers Osborne!

Hier noch ein Original U.S.-Review:

Reigning ACM Duo of the Year’s sophomore album showcases their depth of artistry and growth since the release of debut “Pawn Shop” three years ago.
It’d be easy to expect Brothers Osborne (John and TJ Osborne) to keep releasing songs which continue what they started on their critically and commercially acclaimed debut Pawn Shop but instead, they’ve taken that album and built upon it with Port Saint Joe.
Recorded at producer Jay Joyce’s home on the coast of Florida, the album showcases the next step in their evolution by blending country, rock and blues into the intoxicating stew that is Port Saint Joe. First single “Shoot Me Straight” rocks much like their last single “It Ain’t My Fault” did and served as the perfect bridge single from album to album. The other nine songs — all co-written by John and/or TJ expand from the extended boogie that is “Shoot Me Straight” and we instead get honest musings on life, love and everything in between, whether it’s the evocative “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” or the blues-soaked “Weed, Whiskey And Willie.” There’s the mandolin-laced “Tequilla Again,” a song which talks about the voodoo-like power the Mexican spirit has on us every time we go too far with the tasty (yet potent) drink (and also serves as an allegory for a bad romantic relationship).
“A Couple Wrongs Makin’ It Right” is a funky song where it feels like a melding of the band Cake and The Band as if filtered through a twangy jangle. “A Little Bit Of Trouble” is just downright straight out of a Stax Record while the lovely romantic “Pushing Up Daisies” and gentle, acoustic closer “While You Still Can” offer the kind of wisdom and honesty that grounds Brothers Osborne in country music.
There’s not another band doing what Brothers Osborne does in country music (or really any other genre) and their deft blend of their influences and sharp songwriting make Port Saint Joe a wonderfully layered album worthy of repeated trips to the record player to listen to over and over again.
(Matt Bjorke/Roughstock)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Slow Your Roll - 2:59
2. Shoot Me Straight - 6:24
3. I Don't Remember Me (Before You) - 3:12
4. Weed, Whiskey And Willie - 4:20
5. Tequila Again - 3:31
6. A Couple Wrongs Makin' It Alright - 2:54
7. Pushing Up Daisies (Love Alive) - 3:39
8. Drank Like Hank - 3:09
9. A Little Bit Trouble - 4:04
10. While You Still Can - 3:44

Art-Nr.: 9618
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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Castro, Tommy & The Painkillers - stompin' ground [2017]
Bluesman Tommy Castro und seine großartigen Painkillers mit einem prächtigen, neuen Album! "Stompin' ground" bringt uns wunderbaren, klassischen soulful Bluesrock, Rockin' Blues und Soul-Blues, dessen Wurzeln im Grenzgebiet von Kalifornien und Mexiko, genauer gesagt in San Jose, wo Castro zu dieser Zeit lebte, in der Ära der Hippie-Kultur der späten Sechziger und Siebziger Jahre liegen. Es war der "soulful" Sound der "Mexican Americans". Wir hören packende Songs, hinreissende Grooves, tolle Melodien, sowie exzellentes Gitarrenspiel und großartigen Gesang von Castro, der sich mit seinen Painkillers in absoluter Top-Form präsentiert. Und dieser herrliche Soul in den Stücken - eine Wonne! Tracks wie das nostalgisch, dynamisch rockende "Blues all around me", die begnadet groovende, balladeske traumhaft melodische Soul-Nummer "My old neighborhood", der dreckige, fast schon ein wenig Richtung ZZ Top daher kommende, einen tollen Drive aufbauende Rockin' Blues-Boogie "Enough is enough", der kochende Hi-Energy-Shuffle "Rock bottom" (Gast ist hier Gitarrenhexer Mike Zito, der sich zusammen mit Castro prächtige Lead Gitarren-Duelle liefert, dazu starkes, hintergründiges Piano-Geklimper), die dynamische Retro Soul-Nummer "Soul shake" im Duett mit Danielle Nicole (ex Trampled Under Foot), sowie das brodelnde "Them changes" sind nur einige stellvertretende Beispiele für ein bestechend starkes Album von Tommy Castro und seinen Painkillers. Hier lodert das Blues- und Soul-Feuer lichterloh. Beeindruckend stark!

Hier ein U.S.-Statement zu diesem Album im Original-Wortlaut:

Swaggering, razor-wire gospel-tinged soul, simmering deep blues and hard-grooving house rockers (AllMusic. com). Gritty, funky, rocking and original (Boston Globe). Blazing soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro’s musical roots run deep. As he unleashes his high-energy music to fans all over the world, Castro is inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Castro’s home turf – his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counter-culture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes – the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy’s own sound was born. He honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge on the city’s competitive bar scene, where he learned how to capture an audience with his intensely passionate vocals, stellar musicianship and dynamic performances. Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop and Taj Mahal toured through the area, and Castro was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ’s, where he often jammed, dreaming of one day busting out. Over the course of his career, Tommy Castro’s San Jose DNA has always inspired his music, whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or the funkiest soul grooves. He and The Painkillers – bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown – have played hundreds of shows to thousands of music lovers, always leaving his audiences screaming for more. All of his albums are filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each song showing a slightly different side of Castro’s multifaceted musical personality. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.” On his new album, Stompin’ Ground, Tommy Castro opens windows both into his past and his always-evolving musical future. Produced by Castro and guitar wunderkind Kid Andersen and recorded at Andersen’s soon-to-be legendary Greaseland Studio in San Jose, Stompin’ Ground finds Castro letting loose on a set of 12 tracks featuring six originals and new versions of songs he learned and played as a young up-and-comer. He is simultaneously looking back with autobiographical originals and cover songs that inspired him, while forging a forward trail with modern lyrics atop blistering blues-rock. With The Painkillers firing on all cylinders behind him, Castro lays it all on the line from the opening notes of Nonchalant to the final, introspective Live Every Day. From the autobiographical My Old Neighborhood to the socially aware Enough Is Enough and Fear is The Enemy to versions of Elvin Bishop’s Rock Bottom and Taj Majal’s Further On Down The Road (two of his favorite songs from his earliest heroes), Stompin’ Ground is pure musical pleasure. “As soon as we started cutting,” Castro says, “we knew we were onto something.” In addition to the The Painkillers, Castro’s friends Charlie Musselwhite (harp and vocals on Live Every Day), Mike Zito (guitar and vocals on Rock Bottom), Danielle Nicole (vocals on Soul Shake) and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo (guitar and vocals on Them Changes) add their talents to Stompin’ Ground. “I heard each one of my friends’ contributions on these songs in my head as I was working on them. Happily, when I reached out and actually asked, everyone said yes.”

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Nonchalant - 3:55
2. Blues All Around Me - 3:42
3. Fear Is The Enemy - 3:34
4. My Old Neighborhood - 5:42
5. Enough Is Enough - 3:52
6. Love Is - 4:40
7. Rock Bottom - 4:30
8. Soul Shake - 3:59
9. Further On Down The Road - 4:17
10. Them Changes - 4:47
11.Sticks And Stones - 3:07
12. Live Every Day - 4:28

Art-Nr.: 9518
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 16,90

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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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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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Hoge, Will - never give in [2013]
Will Hoge erneut in bestechender Form! Der in Nashville beheimatete Singer/Songwriter scheint sich in kreativer Hinsicht auf einem absoluten Höhenflug zu befinden. Verweilte er noch vor nicht allzu langer Zeit mit seiner EP "Modern American Protest Music" mit eigens konzipierten Protestsongs auf den Spuren von einem seiner großen Vorbilder, Bob Dylan, holt er jetzt mit seinem neuen, fantastischen Album "Never Give In" zu einem weiteren ganz großen Wurf aus. Der Titel, wie auch das damit verbundene Titelstück (tolle Melodie, klasse Gitarrenarbeit inkl. würzigem Slide/ E-Solo), stehen auch so ein bisschen für Hoges Stehauf-Mentalität (er hat ja schon so einiges in Sachen Band-/Labelwechsel bis hin zu seinem furchtbaren Unfall, bei dem er schwer verletzt nur hauchdünn am Tod vorbeigeschrammt ist, mitgemacht), ein Mann der nie auf-/nachgegeben hat und sich heute musikalisch stärker denn je präsentiert. "It encompasses a lot of things. The song is really based on a relationship between a man and a woman that has weathered hard times and fought to grow. There's some truth in that with my wife which I really appreciate. On a larger note, it's about the mentality of this whole organization. The roller coaster ride I've been through musically, emotionally, professionally, and physically with labels and without labels changing bands and managers, we're here. We started our own label and we're having more success than ever. That's all due to the fact we've never stopped and we never give in." so Will selbst in einem Interview zum zentralen Thema/Lied seines neuen Werkes. Und In der Tat, läuft es für Hoge in letzter Zeit wie am "Schnürchen". Hatte vor geraumer Zeit die Eli Young Band mit dem von ihm gecoverten "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" einen Nr. 1-Hit erzielt (auch das hier enthaltene, herrlich melodische "Goodbye Ain’t Always Gone" wäre wieder wie für sie prädestiniert), so dürfte Will auch mit der abschließenden starken, voller Pathos steckenden Americana-/Countryhymne "Strong" (wie der Titel es schon andeutet), der als Begleitmusik für die Chevrolet Silverado Truck-Werbung ausgewählt wurde, weitere enorme nationale Aufmerksamkeit auf sich ziehen. Auch der Rest der Scheibe bietet typischen Hoge-Stoff (variabel, sehr melodisch, zwischen Country- und knackigem, zuweilen zünftigem, erdigem Roots-/Americana-Rock pendelnd, garniert mit einigen kraftvollen Heartland-RockEinlagen, in allen Tempi, mit intelligenten, immer ein wenig nach innen gekehrten Texten) auf absolutem Spitzenniveau. Selbstredend, dass hier natürlich auch Topmusiker wie Kenny Greenberg, Tom Bukovac (beide wieder mit exzellenter Saitenarbeit), Tony Harrell, Adam Beard, Nick Buda, John Deaderick, und einige starke Backsinger wie die wunderbare Ashley Monroe, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, Maureen Murphy, oder Harmonie Reddick zur Einspielung mit von der Partie waren. Die beiden letztgenannten Sängerinnen liefern beispielsweise furiose Backs beim flotten Opener, dem knackigen, zündenden, schön angerauten Rootsrocker "A Different Man". Der Silberling enthält natürlich auch wieder viele Querverweise zu musikalischen Größen, deren Glanz aber im Vergleich mit Will mittlerweile fast schon zu verblassen droht. Das bereits erwähnte Titelstück mit seinem frappierenden "Into The Great Wide Open"-Flair, erinnert unweigerlich an Tom Pettys Parade-Zeiten, die grandios bluesig/dezent gospelig gesungene Ballade "This Time Around" lässt sogar fast einen Otis Redding wieder aufleben. Ein Hammersong! Das schön gewählte Wortspiel bei dem famosen "Home Is Where The Heart Breaks" ist der Aufhänger für ein herrlich rockendes Stück in der Tradition von Bob Seger (hat ein wenig was von "Rock’n‘ Roll Never Forgets"), "Pale September" macht John Mellencamp alle Ehre und das ebenfalls straight rockende "Bad Old Days" beinhaltet einige Reminiszenzen in die Zeit, als Will noch mit seinem alten Kumpel Dan Baird musizierte (durchaus auch Georgia Satellites-tauglich). Kurz vor Ende begibt sich Hoge in seiner eigenwilligen Art mit dem schön erzählten "Damn Spotlight (Julias Song)" samt eines Hauchs von "The Boxer" sogar in Simon & Garfunkel-ähnliche Gefilde (allerdings gänzlich ohne deren Schmachtfaktor), bevor der bereits oben angeführte Track "Strong" (als Bonustrack) den glänzenden Abschluss eines immens starken Longplayers abgibt. " I never really saw a dividing line between rock and country" teilte Hoge kürzlich in einem Statement mit, und genaus das präsentiert er hier eindrucksvoll. Es gibt keine Trennung zwischen Rock und Country, sondern eine geradezu untrennbare Verbindung in seiner wunderbaren Musik. In einem U.S.-Review heisst es dazu treffend: Hoges music is a compelling mix of classic rock riffs, a Springsteen-styled way with charismatic storytelling and some rowdy roadhouse country twang". Perfekt ausgedrückt, zusätzlich zu erwähnen sind eben nur noch diese hinreissenden Melodien. Will Hoge präsentiert sich mit "Never Give In" abermals in absolut blendender (auch stimmlich) Verfassung. Er zählt mittlerweile zu den wohl maßgebendsten Singer/Songwritern des Country-/Americana-/Rootsrock-Genres der Neuzeit. Die starken Texte zu seinen Tracks sind natürlich im eingesteckten Booklet des DigiPaks nachzulesen. Was für ein Pracht-Album! Wir werden nicht nachgeben, diesen begabten Songwriter/Musiker zu lieben und anzupreisen! Er hat es definitiv verdient! Einfach klasse dieser Mann! (Daniel Daus)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. A Different Man - 3:15
2. Goodbye Ain't Always Gone - 3:12
3. Never Give In - 3:00
4. This Time Around - 3:41
5. Still Got You On My Mind - 3:08
6. Home is Where the Heart Breaks - 3:24
7. Daddy Was a Gambling Man - 2:57
8. Pale September - 3:31
9. Bad Old Days - 3:18
10. Damn Spotlight (Julia's Song) - 3:16
11. Strong - 3:24

Art-Nr.: 8353
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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A different man
Never give in
Still got you on my mind
Home is where the heart breaks
Pale September
Bad old days

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Lady Antebellum - heart break [2017]
Nach rund 3-jähriger Auszeit mit Solo-Alben von Hillary Scott und Charles Kelley meldet sich Nashville's Mega-Trio Lady Antebellum mit einem neuen Album zurück. Gespickt mit 13 neuen, großartigen Songs gelingt ihnen abermals ein New Country-/Countrypop-Album, das aufgrund der bestechenden Performance den außergewöhnlichen Status der Band in Nashville untermauert. Lady Antebellum sind einfach eine Klasse für sich.

Aus der offiziellen Produktbeschreibung:

Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott had a new mission setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical endeavors with no distractions. They rented a house in Florida, living and working under the same roof, and when the creative process proved successful, the trio set up a second retreat in southern California.
When we started working on this record, the goal was to give ourselves some space from the day to day, said Scott. Surrounding ourselves in a new environment with sunny beaches and warm weather really helped free our minds to focus solely on our art. We took some of our favorite writers and other writers we hadn t worked with before to a new inspiring backdrop, where we were able to just write and soak up the journey. And it was on our first trip in Florida when we wrote Heart Break that we felt it all click.
Alongside producer busbee, their desire to shake things was made evident by their current Top 20 single You Look Good, complete with a funky horn arrangement. Elsewhere, HEART BREAK ranges from the sweet melancholy of Somebody Else s Heart to the dramatic, surging ballad Hurt, which is a powerful vehicle for Scott s voice as she soars over a spare rhythm section and classic string arrangement. With the clever extended metaphor of its lyrics and percolating groove, Army has a feel that s a throwback to 70s pop, while the bright, breezy lift-off of Think About You, with an R&B-style guitar bouncing off of a banjo lick, is entirely of the moment.
Being together every day, living in a house together, that was the special ingredient this time, continued Haywood, And then in the studio, busbee added a whole new layer. He s such an integral part of this new chapter for us.
The trio had a hand in writing eleven songs on HEART BREAK, resulting in their most intimate and heartfelt work to date. As Lady A gears up to get back on the road, the group is excited to add this new range of sounds and colors into a set already packed with a familiar arsenal of hits. This record is really our story, adds Kelley. They have a universal feel to them, but there s a lot of our personal stories here.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Heart Break - 3:08
2. You Look Good - 3:01
3. Somebody Else's Heart - 3:31
4. This City - 3:04
5. Hurt - 3:46
6. Army - 3:17
7. Good Time To Be Alive - 3:11
8. Think About You - 3:09
9. Big Love In A Small Town - 3:46
10. The Stars - 3:22
11. Teenage Heart - 3:40
12. Home - 2:57
13. Famous - 3:52

Art-Nr.: 9461
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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LoCash - the fighters [2016]
Klasse Album des Duos Locash, das sind Preston Brust und Chris Lucas, die in der Vergangenheit schon als Locash Cowboys auf sich aufmwerksam machten. "The fighters" bezeichnen manche Experten schon als eines der besten Countryalben des Jahres (zum Beispiel das höchst anerkannte Fanzine "Roughstck" - siehe Original-Review im Anschluß). In der Tat gelingt den beiden eine dynamische, schmissige Kombination aus Tradition und modernem "Feel Good"-Country/Countryrock der jungen, wilden Nashville-Generation. Die Songs gehen bestens in Ohr und stecken voller Hit-Potential, wie ihre erste Nummer 1, das starke "I love this life". Die Burschen kommen rüber wie eine Mischung aus modernen Montgomery Gentry, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line und Luke Bryan. Macht richtig Laune!

Review von "Roughstock" im Original-Wortlaut:

Duo’s Reviver Records debut is the culmination of a lot of hard work and each track on the album represents the band well.
Life is all about the moments where you have a choice to make. Do I keep going or do I move on. For LOCASH’s Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, there is no other choice but to keep going. Much like their good friend Chris Janson, LOCASH’s hard work paid off earlier this year when “I Love This Life” became their first #1 hit (and recently RIAA Gold-certified) and serves as the lead-off hitter for The Fighters. The ear worm is still one of country radio’s most-played songs and is backed up by the hit “I Know Somebody,” a song which hit the Top 30 just this week. That song is one of three outside written tunes, joining “Ring On Every Finger” and the album closing title track “The Fighters.”
This album found the duo working with friend and frequent co-writer Lindsay Rimes serving as their producer and it’s a match made in hillbilly heaven. His production techniques blend the best of modern country music with the traditional sounds of the past into a cohesive blend of vibe-y feel good songs, every one of ‘em a potential radio hit.
“Ring On Every Finger,” from Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure and Josh Kear is the kind of song that could easily be a massive hit. The lyrics are sweet in the way a man goes about proposing to the love of his life and there are some clever lyrical moments to go with the jovial melody. “Shipwrecked” is still a powerful ballad that deserves to be heard on the radio and streaming playlists. It’s emotive the production of the record helps it feel grand and epic, as the lyrics demand. “Moonwalkin” and “All Day” feel like LOCASH songs while “God Loves Me More” may on the surface feel like it isn’t a love song but that’s exactly what it is and it’s told in a unique lyrical way.
I actually didn’t think that LOCASH would be able to top the impactful “Shipwrecked” as a song that should be their third single but they did just that with “The Fighters,” a song the band recorded at the end of the album process after asking some songwriting friends to send them one of their best. The song, written by Tom Douglas, Rodney Clawson and Matt Dragstrem is definitely great. There’s a pulsating lyrical grove of stick-to-it’dness in the song and that suits LOCASH perfectly as if there were a song that described the journey to country music stardom for LOCASH, it definitely would be “The Fighters,” a song that anyone who has overcome something in their life will absolutely relate to.
A cohesive album from track one to eleven, LOCASH’s The Fighters is a record which has the duo poised for stardom they seemed destined to achieve from the moment they started recording together all those years ago. This one is definitely one for The Fighters and clearly deserves consideration as one of 2016’s best country album releases. (Matt Bjorke)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. I Love This Life - 3:28
2. Ring on Every Finger - 3:32
3. I Know Somebody - 3:17
4. Shipwrecked - 2:53
5. Moonwalkin - 2:31
6. Drunk Drunk - 2:55
7. All Day - 3:14
8. God Loves Me More - 2:59
9. Till the Wheels Fall Off - 3:04
10. Ain't Startin Tonight - 2:50
11. The Fighters - 3:40

Art-Nr.: 9194
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 14,90

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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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Robinson, Rich - flux [2016]
Ex The Black Crowes Lead Gitarrist Rich Robinson, der zusammen mit seinem Bruder Chris Robinson (Chris Robinson Brotherhoodd" das zentrale Gerippe der "Krähen" bildete, kommt mit einem neuen, enorm starken Solo-Album, von dem er selbst sagt, es sei sein bislang "rundestes" und vollendedstes. In der Tat ist Rich in famoser Verfassung. "Flux" bringt uns eine knapp 60-minütige Reise durch die Landschaften des bluesigen, Gitarren-orientierten Rootsrocks, Southern Rocks, klassischen American Rocks, mit einem Hauch von Americana, Psychedelic und wunderbaren, jammigen Momenten. Erdig, schön "gritty" und ausgetattet mit bestens strukturiertem, erstklassigem Songmaterial liegt diese Musik näher an der der guten alten The Black Crowes, als je zuvor. Und das kommt einfach klasse. Vor allem der stetig zu spürende Southern-Esprit ist einfach großartig. Zudem war Rich Robinson gesanglich nie besser, ganz zu schweigen von seinem blendenden Gitarrenspiel. Gleich der erste Song, "The upstairs land" ist eine "Killer"-Nummer. Was wir hören, ist ein toller, ganz dezent swampig angehauchter, leicht schwüler, dennoch durchaus lockerer, einen unmittelbar gefangen nehmenden Groove, dazu exzellente Gitarren, eine prächtige Orgel-Untermalung und, bei einem überaus kraftvollen Refrain, ein ordentlich "heavy" in Szene gesetztes, psychedelisches Gitarrensolo in der Mitte. Die Nummer bleibt klasse hängen. Toller Song und gleichzeitig der Auftakt für 13 vielseitige, ganz großartige Stücke, die, jedes für sich, ihren ganz eigenen Reiz ausüben. Wie zum Beispiel der erdige, flockige, hinreissend melodische, von Rich gesanglich hervorragend vorgetragene und mit herrlichen Lead Gitarren (die zweite Lead Gitarre spielt hier im übrigen Blackberry Smoke's Charlie Starr) gespickte, astreine Southern Rocker "Music that will lift me", das schön funky groovende (klasse E-Piano, feurige Wah Wah-Gitarren) und mit einem tollen, wieder leicht psychedelisch wirkenden (Wah Wah)-Solo aufwartende, kernige "Eclipse the night", das mit lockerem Pianospiel und feinen Gitarren inszenierte, Americana-mässige, dabei wieder voller Southern-Flair steckende, sehr auch an die Musik seines Bruders Chris und die späten BlackCrowes erinnernde "Time to leave", das wunderbar psychedelische "Astral", der von mächtigen Basslines und glühender E-Gitarre durchzogene Bluesrocker "Which way your wind blows" oder das mit seinen wuchtigen Riffs gar an Led Zeppelin erinnernde, einen prächtigen Album-Abschluß bildente, fette "Sleepwalker". Von vorn bis hinten ist das ein super Album! Ganz klar: Rich Robinson ist an einem neuen Höhepunkt seiner "after Black Crowes"-Karriere angelangt. "Great"!

Die Original-Produktbeschreibung:

With Flux, Rich Robinson presents his most accomplished solo album to date--13 new, original songs that draw deeply on his diverse roots. A blues-rock odyssey straight from Robinson's soul, the guitarist returned to Applehead Studios in Saugerties, NY, the recording facility that has become his creative hub. Nestled away within Woodstock's famed artist enclave, Robinson's work at the studio has yielded Woodstock Sessions, The Ceaseless Sight and now Flux. The entire writing and recording process, explains Robinson, is the driving force for his creativity. I love being in the recording studio, states Robinson simply. It fuels the desire to create within me. I enjoy watching it unfold. Each development fires another idea and in the end you have this organically created song that seeming came out of nowhere. It brings me such joy and peace. It never ceases to amaze me.
Flux showcases a rich variety of tempos, tones and guitar tunings, ranging from the vibrant swagger Robinson first popularized with the Black Crowes to the rich, evocative allure evident in songs such as Sleepwalker and Ides Of Nowhere. Those were great examples of songs transforming from little ideas I originally had. Both just came alive when I had the band with me in the studio. They weren't anything like what I had first envisioned. It was exciting to experience that process.
Robinson's creative process within the recording studio shaped such standout Flux tracks as Music That Will Lift Me, the album's first single. I am always excited by the creation itself, Robinson explains. I used the studio to specifically write that song. I had these parts written but it started to unfold once I got to Applehead Studios. I later wrote the lyrics in Nashville and it had really evolved into something special. Brimming with redemptive spirit, Robinson's vocal and guitar work shine throughout. Joining him on the track is Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke who lends guitar alongside Robinson's own.
Backed by musicians Matt Slocum (keys), Marco Benevento (keys), Danny Mitchell (keys) Zak Gabbard (bass), Joe Magistro (drums / percussion), and vocalists John Hogg and Danielia Cotton, Robinson transports the listener with a powerful collection of music. From the groove-laden feel of opener The Upstairs Land, the kick of funk via Shipwreck, and the gospel swell of Everything's Alright, to the emotional build-up of Life and the hearty stomp of closing track Sleepwalker, Flux ebbs and flows through moods, delivering a varied listener experience.

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The Upstairs Land - 3:15
2. Shipwreck - 3:57
3. Music That Will Lift Me - 4:00
4. Everything's Alright - 5:49
5. Eclipse The Night - 3:27
6. Life - 4:42
7. Ides Of Nowhere - 4:03
8. Time To Leave - 4:58
9. Astral - 4:51
10. For To Give - 4:15
11. Which Way Your Wind Blows - 6:20
12. Surrender - 4:25
13. Sleepwalker - 5:25

Art-Nr.: 9203
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 13,90

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Thomas Rhett - where we started [2022]
Vor etwa einem Jahr hat Thomas Rhett, Sohn des bekannten Achtziger/Neunziger Jahre-Interpreten und noch immer höchst präsenten und geschätzten Songwriters Rhett Akins und mega-erfolgreicher Supertsar der jungen Countrygeneration Nashville's, sein wunderbares Album "Country again - Side 1" herausgebracht, dem eigentlich nun mit "Side 2" der zweite Teil folgen sollte. Thomas Rhett hat dafür schon eine dreistellige Anzahl von Songs in der größeren Auswahl, doch er hat das Projekt erst einmal für "Where I started" hinten angestellt. "Where I started" ist nicht nur der Albumtitel, sondern auch ein Song, den er im Duett zusammen mit Pop-Ikone Katy Perry eingespielt hat. Diese Nummer im sehr melodischen, poppigen Countrystyle (hier treffen Synthies und elektronische Grooves auf Rhett's klasse Countrysimme), und die Zusammenarbeit mit Miss Perry an sich haben ihn so "geflasht", dass er nun zunächst ein komplettes Album, das thematisch und musikalisch zu dieser Nummer passt, einspielen und seinen unzähligen Fans präsentieren wollte. Es ist ein sehr abwechslungsreiches, modernes Werk geworden, dass für jeden etwas bereit hält - richtig poppige Sachen, flockige Countryhits für den Sommer (wie etwa das herrlich melodische, luftige "Slow down summer"), aber auch lupenreinen, echten, traditionellen Country (zum Beispiel das lockere, flotte, Steelguitar-getränkte, durchaus auch in das Beuteschema eines Alan Jackson passende "Half of me" - ein tolles Duett mit Riley Green). Da werden für Thomas Rhett wieder etliche, große Hits anfallen. Und seine Fans werden mit dem Album hundertprozentig zufrieden sein. Top!

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. The Hill - 2:45
2. Church Boots - 2:57
3. Bass Pro Hat - 2:56
4. Anything Cold - 2:46
5. Angels - 3:34
6. Half Of Me (feat. Riley Green) - 3:03
7. Bring The Bar - 3:29
8. Paradise - 3:08
9. Death Row (feat. Tyler Hubbard & Russell Dickerson) - 3:51
10. Mama’s Front Door - 2:42
11. Slow Down Summer - 3:37
12. Simple As A Song - 3:21
13. Us Someday - 2:23
14. Somebody Like Me - 2:49
15. Where We Started (feat. Katy Perry) - 3:02

Art-Nr.: 10578
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Neuheit || Typ: CD || Preis: € 15,90

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Trucks Band, Derek - already free [2009]
"Some music feels like home on the very first spin: welcoming, familiar, easy to slip into". Dieser Einleitungssatz der im Booklet nachzulesenden Liner-Notes zum wunderbaren, neuen Derek Trucks Band-Album bringt dessen musikalischen Inhalt in kurzen Worten auf den Punkt. Das ist die wirkliche Identität der Derek Trucks Band! Das, was wir auf "Already free" hören, ist ihre musikalische Heimat! Das sind ihre Roots, ihre Gene: Vertrauter, ungemein willkommener, sofort hängen bleibender, bluesiger Southern-/Soul-/Jam-Rock "in the vein of The Allman Brothers Band" und "Verwandten". Herrlich! Keine Frage, schon die vergangenen Werke der Derek Trucks Band waren, jedes auf seine ganz eigene Art und Weise, kleine Meisterwerke. Doch "Already free" ist noch einen Tick besser! Das ist die stärkste Derek Trucks Band, die wir je gehört haben - eben weil sie hier nicht auf dem "World-Trip" sind, sondern sich schlicht und ohne Schnörkel auf ihre Wurzeln konzentrieren. Das ist ihre Natur! Und sie aalen sich regelrecht darin. Es kommt wunderbar rüber, wie wohl sie sich in ihrer Haut fühlen. Das ist der Stoff, den die Allmans-, Mule-, Southern-, Blues,- Jam-Gemeinde von ihnen erwartet: Einen von traumhafter Musikalität, exzellentem Zusammenspiel und großer Songqualität geprägten, grandios groovenden, brodelnden, voller Herz und Seele steckenden, von feinen Blues- und Gospel-Strömungen durchzogenen, geradezu eingängigen, natürlich und zwanglos sprudelnden, genauso virtuos wie melodisch vorgetragenen 1A Southern Rock! Derek Trucks besticht durch die gewohnt fantastischen Gitarrenläufe (es scheint, er kann immer noch zulegen), doch auch die sind trotz des oft spürbaren Jam-Feelings voller hervorragend hängen bleibender Strukturen. Nie begibt er sich mit "überkanditelten" Soli oder "überdrehten" Spielereien ins Rampenlicht. Nein, das hat er nicht nötig. Trucks stellt sein außergewöhliches Können stets in den Dienst der Band. Er ist einer von ihnen, er ist der Gitarrist der Derek Trucks Band, einer gleichberechtigten Truppe von begnadeten Musikern, die ein hinreißendes Output vollbracht haben. Unter den ausnahmslos starken Songs befinden sich ein paar geschickt ausgewählte und in einem prächtigen, neuen Gewand präsentierte Coverversionen (beispielsweise Bob Dylan's "Down in the flood", aus dem sie einen dichten, schwülen, voller Gospel-Flair steckenden, Blues-getränkten, mit toller Percussion und feurigen Slide-Läufen versehenen, mächtig groovenden Swamp./Southern-Rocker machen, oder der unverwüstliche Spooner Oldham/Dan Penn-Evergreen "Sweet inspiration", -u.a. von den Platters, den Supremes, Rita Coolidge und Delaney Bramlett interpretiert-, der runter geht wie Öl - eine Slide-getränkte wunderschöne Fassung - Mike Mattison singt grandios), sowie jede Menge Eigenkompositionen von Trucks und Mattison (auch Doyle Bramhall II und Warren Haynes fungieren mal als Co-Writer). Stellvertretend sei hier das dezent funky, knackig und schön bluesig intonierte "Maybe this time" (tolles, schön weich gespieltes, seeliges Slide-Solo von Trucks) erwähnt, einem von 2 Tracks , bei denen Gast Doyle Bramhall II den Lead-Gesang übernahm, ebenso wie der schwerblütig groovende, in bester Gov't Mule-Tradition daher kommende, fett kochende Swamp-/BLues-/Southern Rocker "Don't miss me" mit seiner Dynamik und dem melodischen Refrain (starke Percussion, tierische Riffs, tolles, tief im Süden verwurzeltes, raues Gitarrensolo), der sehr an die Allmans erinnernde Southern Rocker "Down don't bother me", oder die semi-akustische, von Trucks' Gattin Susan Tedeschi wunderbar vorgetragene, herrliche, bluesige Southern-Ballade "Back where I started" (in bester Bonnie Raitt-Manier). Eine bemerkenswerte 55-minütige Standortbestimmung der Derek Trucks Band! Da kann man nur gratulieren! Ein super Teil! Kommt in einem feinen 3-fach aufklappbaren Digipack mit 16-seitigem Booklet!

Die komplette Tracklist:

1 Down in the Flood - 5:02   
2 Something to Make You Happy - 5:01   
3 Maybe This Time - 5:03   
4 Sweet Inspiration - 4:38   
5 Don't Miss Me - 4:16   
6 Get What You Deserve - 3:36   
7 Our Love - 5:18   
8 Down Don't Bother Me - 5:07   
9 Days Is Almost Gone - 5:13   
10 Back Where I Started - 4:20   
11 I Know - 4:45   
12 Already Free - 2:46

Art-Nr.: 6153
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Rock
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 8,90

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Various Artists - Sing me back home: the music of merle haggard ~ live [2020]
2 CDs & 1 DVD-Set! Es ist der 6. April 2017! An diesem Tag wäre der exakt ein Jahr zuvor, am 6. April 2016 an den Folgen einer Lungenentzündung verstorbene Merle Haggard, einer der größten und einflußreichsten Countrymusiker aller Zeiten, 80 Jahre alt geworden. Und genau an diesem Tag versammeln sich Familie, Freunde, einstige Wegbegleiter und eine immense Schar hochkarätiger Musikerkollegen der Rock-, Roots-, Americana- und natürlich auch der Countryszene in der Bridgestone Arena von Nashville/Tennessee, um sich zusammen mit 15.000 Fans mit einem fantastischen Konzert vor Merle Haggard zu verneigen. Was sich an diesem Abend in der Bridgestone Arena abspielte, war schlicht außergewöhnlich. Die Interpretatitonen der Haggard-Klassiker von solchen Leuten wie beispielsweise Ben Haggard & Aaron Lewis ("Heaven was a drink of wine"), Tanya Tucker (The farmer's daughter"), John Anderson ("Big city"), Lucinda Williams ("Going where the lonely go"), Jamey Johnson ("Kern river"), Alabama ("Silver wings"), Loretta Lynn ("Today I started loving you again"), Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Honky Tonk night time man"), John Mellencamp ("White line fever"), Ronnie Dunn ("It's all in the movies"), ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons & Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes ("Workin' Man Blues"), Miranda Lambert ("Misery and gin"), Rolling Stones-Gitarrist Keith Richards ("Sing me back home"), Toby Keith & Willie Nelson ("Ramblin' fever") und viele mehr, waren schlicht ergreifend und fantastisch. In der All-Star Band spielten u.a. Audley Freed, Buddy Miller, Ben Haggard, Don Was, Kenny Aronoff, Matt Rollings, Mickey Raphael, Mark Mullins, Norm Hamlett, Russ Pahl, Sam Bush, und weitere. Es war ein ganz großer Abend. Ein einmaliges, einzigartiges, historisches Event, exzellent festgehalten auf 2 CDs und einer DVD in allerbestem Sound und allerbester FIlm-/Bildqualität! Welch ein Live-Fest!

Die komplette Setlist:

CD 1:
1. What Am I Gonna Do (With The Rest Of My Life) - Ben Haggard - 4:54
2. Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine - Ben Haggard & Aaron Lewis - 4:04
3. The Farmer's Daughter - Tanya Tucker - 2:55
4. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive - Bobby Bare - 3:30
5. That's The Way Love Goes - Connie Smith - 3:00
6. Big City - John Anderson - 3:05
7. Carolyn/Daddy Frank - Toby Keith - 4:10
8. Don't Give Up On Me - Buddy Miller - 3:10
9. Footlights - Jake Owen & Chris Janson - 4:26
10. Going Where The Lonely Go - Lucinda Williams - 3:39
11. Kern River - Jamey Johnson - 4:46
12. Silver Wings - Alabama - 1:52
13. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink - Hank Williams, Jr. - 2:18
14.. Today I Started Loving You Again - Loretta Lynn - 2:32
15. Honky Tonk Night Time Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd - 4:18

CD 2:
1. Mama Tried - The Avett Brothers - 3:02
2. White Line Fever - John Mellencamp - 4:53
3. Rainbow Stew - Kacey Musgraves - 2:28
4. It's All In The Movies - Ronnie Dunn - 3:19
5. The Bottle Let Me Down - Billy Gibbons - 2:50
6. Workin' Man Blues - Billy Gibbons & Warren Haynes - 6:04
7. If We Make It Through December - Dierks Bentley - 2:35
8. Natural High - Sheryl Crow - 3:32
9. Misery And Gin - Miranda Lambert - 3:01
10. Pancho And Lefty - Willie Nelson & Kenny Chesney - 4:38
11. Sing Me Back Home - Keith Richards - 5:14
12. Reasons To Quit - Keith Richards & Willie Nelson - 3:45
13. Ramblin' Fever - Willie Nelson & Toby Keith - 2:57
14. Okie From Muskogee - Full Ensemble - 1:35

1. What Am I Gonna Do (With The Rest Of My Life) - Ben Haggard
2. Heaven Was A Drink Of Wine - Ben Haggard & Aaron Lewis
3. The Farmer's Daughter - Tanya Tucker
4. I'm A Lonesome Fugitive - Bobby Bare
5. That's The Way Love Goes - Connie Smith
6. Big City - John Anderson
7. Carolyn/Daddy Frank - Toby Keith
8. Don't Give Up On Me - Buddy Miller
9. Footlights - Jake Owen & Chris Janson
10. Going Where The Lonely Go - Lucinda Williams
11. You Don't Have Very Far To Go - Rodney Crowell
12. Kern River - Jamey Johnson
13. Silver Wings - Alabama
14. I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink - Hank Williams, Jr.
15.. Today I Started Loving You Again - Loretta Lynn
16. Honky Tonk Night Time Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
17. Mama Tried - The Avett Brothers
18. White Line Fever - John Mellencamp
19. Rainbow Stew - Kacey Musgraves
20. It's All In The Movies - Ronnie Dunn
21. The Bottle Let Me Down - Billy Gibbons
22. Workin' Man Blues - Billy Gibbons & Warren Haynes
23. If We Make It Through December - Dierks Bentley
24. Natural High - Sheryl Crow
25. Misery And Gin - Miranda Lambert
26. Pancho And Lefty - Willie Nelson & Kenny Chesney
27. Sing Me Back Home - Keith Richards
28. Reasons To Quit - Keith Richards & Willie Nelson
29. Ramblin' Fever - Willie Nelson & Toby Keith -
30. Okie From Muskogee - Full Ensemble

Art-Nr.: 10222
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Programm || Typ: CD || Preis: € 22,90

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Watson & his Lone Stars, Dale - the ruckin' sessions [1998]
Hier ein Original U.S.-Review:

Once upon a time, a long time ago, on a faraway planet similar to, yet very different from our own, existed a genre of music called Country Music. Within that genre was a subgenre know as Truck Driving Music, a subgenre mostly populated by big men with deep rumbling voices that sounded of too many cigarettes and too much coffee consumed at 3 AM at truck stops and diners around the country. This subgenre was populated by legendary singers such as Dick Curless, Del Reeves, Red Simpson, and Red Sovine. The king of the genre, the man so loved by truck drivers that the Teamsters Union awarded him a gold membership card, was Dave Dudley.
Meanwhile back on our own planet, the genre of Truck Driving Music barely exists at all, at least to judge from what is played by radio and CMT. What we have instead is songs about ruttish young males with their pickup trucks searching for scantily-clad females. Most of it is garbage and almost none of it is memorable.
That the genre of Truck Driving Music exists at all is largely due to the efforts of one brave man, Dale Watson, who has issued three complete albums of Truck Driving Music, starting with The Truckin’ Sessions, issued in 1993. With this album Watson brings the feel of classic Truck Driving Music front and center for the first time in at least a decade and a half , or since the decline of the CB era.
Dale Watson wrote all fourteen of the songs on The Truckin’ Sessions, and while it might have been interesting to hear Dale’s take on some of the old classics of the genre, the product presented here is more than satisfactory , and is a worthy successor to the tunes of Dave Dudley, Red Simpson, et al.
Most of the songs on the album are taken at an up-tempo reminiscent of Dave Dudley’s “Six Days On The Road” or “There Ain’t No Easy Rides”; however, the overall feel of the album owes more to the ‘Bakersfield Sound’ of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Speedy West and Red Simpson, than to anything produced in Nashville.
“Good Luck ‘n’ Good Truckin’ Tonite” opens the album with one of those up-tempo songs referenced above. This track is followed by “Big Wheels Keep Rollin’ ” a song which reminds me of the Merle Haggard classic “White Line Fever”

    Big wheels keep rollin’
    Feel the rumble ‘neath my feet
    Big wheels keep rollin’
    The feelin’s a part of me

This is followed by “Heaven In Baltimore” an upbeat number about the girl waitin for him in Baltimore. The arrangement is similar to the ‘freight train’ sound that Buck Owens used during the 1960s.

    Heaven in Baltimore
    Heaven in Baltimore
    Put the pedal to the metal
    She’s waitin’ by the door
    My Heaven in Baltimore

“Have You Got It On” is a mid-tempo ballad featuring some really nice steel guitar work by band member Ricky (C-Note) Davis. In fact, Davis shines through the album.

    I see you roving up by tough look side
    You got a six foot Shakespeare stickin’ in the sky
    You’re smiling at me from your side view mirror
    We might be closer than we appear

    Babe, have you got it on?
    Babe, have you got it on?
    Come on, come on, come back
    Babe, have you got it on?

“Makin’ Up Time” picks up the tempo as does “Flat Tire”, a song about a trucker stranded by a flat. The arrangement on this song would fit nicely onto many of Dave Dudley’s efforts.
“Drag Along and Tag Along” is a bluesy ballad in which Davis runs some steel guitar runs that remind one of Speedy West.
“Exit 109″ finds our hero being seduced by a female on the CB radio for a tryst, whereas ” Help Me Joe” tells the tale of a trucker far away from home who is fueled by coffee in his efforts to survive
“Everyday Knuckleclutchin’ Gearjammin’ Supertruckin’ Loose Nut Behind The Wheel” is a trucker’s self-description of himself and his life.

    Stopped to grab a cup of Pick-Me-Up
    At the Pink Poodle Coffee Shop
    I had a pow-wow with a couple of pals
    I said I’d meet there on the flip flop
    We started tradin’ stories with a little added glory
    You’d think we were made of steel
    Just your everyday knuckleclutchin’ gearjammin’ …

“You’ve Got A Long Way To Go” is an older truckers words of advice to a young driver.
“Longhorn Suburban” is a mid-tempo ballad extolling the joys of the open road.
The up-tempo arrangement, reminiscent of Del Reeves’ “Looking At The World Through A Windshield”, belies the sad lyrics of “I’m Fixin’ To Have Me A Breakdown”, a tale of a truck driver whose girl has left him.
Despite the solitary nature of the job, most truck drivers are family men and the reason why they persevere is exemplified by “I Gotta Get Home To My Baby”. It’s a topic that has been dealt with many times, and Dale does it as well as anyone.

    That big eyed smile and a long hard hug
    That’s what I got waitin’ for me
    Move out of my way
    I gotta get there today
    She’s got her heart countin’ on me

I really liked this album and the full and tight sound Dale’s band achieves with only four musicians. Because Dale plays his own lead guitar, he seems to let the steel guitar carry more of the melody lines than might otherwise be the case. Preston Rumbaugh plays bass and Brian Ferriby plays the percussion as it should be played – strictly to keep the rhythm.

Grade: an easy A+
(Paul W. Dennis / My Kind of Country)

Das komplette Tracklisting:

1. Good Luck 'N' Good Truckin' Tonite - 2:18
2. Big Wheels Keep Rollin' - 3:39
3. Heaven in Baltimore - 1:33
4. Have You Got It On - 3:02
5. Makin' up Time - 2:22
6. Flat Tire - 2:23
7. Drag Along & Tag Along - 2:55
8. Exit 109 - 3:01
9. Help Me Joe - 2:28
10. …loose Nut Behind the Wheel - 3:16
11. You've Got a Long Way to Go - 2:14
12. Longhorn Suburban - 2:35
13. I'm Fixin' to Have Me a Breakdown - 2:03
14. I Gotta Get Home to My Baby - 2:30

Art-Nr.: 9748
Gruppe: Musik || Sparte: Country
Status: Angebot || Typ: CD || Preis: € 7,90

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