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NewTown – Harlan Road 

One of the best Bluegrass releases of the year so far is the new Harlan Road by the Lexington, Kentucky-based band NewTown. Solid vocal and instrumental work, combined with the songs of some great Southern writers, exemplify what this genre is all about on a collection of 11 wisely-chosen tunes.
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Leslie Cours Mather – We Are America

As we celebrate America’s 240th birthday, there are some people out there who don’t understand the meaning of, or the reason for, American patriotism. Leslie Cours Mather wants to make sure everybody knows this is still the greatest country on earth, and she gets the message across in a big way with her new single, “We Are America.”
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Big Gerry Rules on the Hammered Dulcimer

Is this a great country or what? There’s room for every type of music in America, from steampunk and Motown to bluegrass and avant-garde. And there’s even room for a guy like Legendary Big Gerry. Legendary Big Gerry is an artist who performs Irish, Celtic, Americana and Christmas music, and American classics like “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Dixie,” with an occasional…
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Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels

Jeff Slate of Esquire magazine recently pronounced Bob Dylan The Greatest American Singer Of All Time. A subjective opinion, obviously, like asking who was the real Allman Brothers natural virtuoso, Duane or Dickey (Dickey of course). But no matter what you think of Dylan’s voice, it’s back again on his second album of Sinatra covers in as many years, Fallen Angels. And it’s wonderful.
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NewTown – Harlan Road

They’ve been around for the past seven years or so, but Bluegrass band NewTown, with some new members and a new producer (Union Station’s Barry Bales), is sounding tighter and better than ever on their new single, “Harlan Road.” NewTown features two principal singers, Kati Penn (also an award-winning fiddle player) and her banjo-wielding husband…
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Introducing NewTown

NewTown is one of the hottest Bluegrass acts going these days, and their new album, Harlan Road, finds the band sounding better than ever. With three new members, the group’s lineup now includes founders Kati Penn (vocals and fiddle) and her husband, Jr. Williams (vocals and banjo), with Hayes Griffin on guitar and vocals, Travis Anderson on bass and vocals, and Mitchell Cannon on mandolin.
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Introducing Southern Halo

Seldom does a performer or group actually have the ability to fulfill the promise of the hype surrounding them. Country vocal trio Southern Halo is one of those rare acts, though, that not only has the goods, but delivers them, and has the Nashville music industry paying serious attention. Comprised of teenage sisters Natalia (just turned 19), Christina (17), and Hannah Morris (16), Southern …
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Pat Metheny Returns with Two New Projects

If there’s one thing that jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny can always be expected to do, it’s the unexpected. On two new excellent (as always) releases, Metheny continues to never be satisfied with what he did last year or the year before, always stretching the boundaries of recorded art in general and jazz in particular. On The Unity Sessions, Metheny and his Unity Band play…
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Southern Halo – Self-Titled

“Little White Dress,” the opening track of the self-titled debut album by Southern Halo, begins with 16 seconds of a cappella singing, establishing right off the bat what this group is all about – great vocals. This trio of teenage sisters – lead singer Natalia Morris and her harmonizing younger sisters, Christina and Hannah – conjures instant comparisons to SHeDAISY or the Dixie Chicks. Add in…
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Callie Twisselman – Party Lights

It’s summertime again, and California country-pop singer Callie Twisselman has a song ready-made for those barbecues and guitar pulls in the back yard. With “Party Lights,” the single from her EP of the same name, Twisselman has written a fun and flirty sing-along number about playing music and singing with her friends over a few cold ones that a…
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Southern Halo – Rewind

One of the feel-good Country singles of 2016 is going to be “Rewind” by Southern Halo, the trio of teenage sisters whose remarkable harmonies put them in the company of Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town. Written by Catt Gravitt (Jana Kramer), Gerald O’Brien (Martina McBride), and rising country artist Chancie Neal, “Rewind” is a perfectly-crafted Country-Pop song that rivals anything…
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Josh Goodlett – I Don’t Usually Do This

With an instantly-recognizable tenor that merges a Northern Kentucky twang with the gritty tone of a Southern Rock star, Country artist Josh Goodlett sounds like he’s lived what he’s singing on his poignant new single, “I Don’t Usually Do This.” In telling a woman that he normally doesn’t let anyone touch his heart, he puts a new twist on an old cliché with both passion and…
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Lydia Brownfield & The Jagged Hearts – Ghosts & Lovers

A year and a half ago I wrote about Lydia Brownfield’s album Wanting’s for Sinners, which was a fine album. But it pales in comparison to her new release, Ghosts & Lovers. While her last album saw her projecting Tori Amos or Aimee Mann (at least a little bit), this new album finds her in territory that suits her much better. Imagine a grown-up Exene Cervenka meeting an edgier and…
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Introducing Pete Scobell  

Most of us are fortunate to find success at one calling in life, let alone three. Then there’s Pete Scobell. Scobell served honorably for nearly two decades as a Navy SEAL, facing life-and-death situations most of us can’t even imagine. After retiring from that life he took his family to the mountains of Colorado to return to one of his first loves, snow skiing, as a competitive…
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David G. Smith – First Love

On First Love, his sixth CD in as many years, David G. Smith reinforces why it’s a good thing there’s an “Americana” designation in the music industry. Because, like any number of artists from Joni Mitchell to Tom Waits, Smith doesn’t really fit a format. It’s hard to compare him to people like James Taylor, Steve Stills, Amos Lee, and other acoustic singer…
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Leslie Cours Mather – That Was The Whiskey

Country songs about drinking hard and making a spectacle of oneself are usually performed by male artists. Sure, Gretchen Wilson and Shelly West may have sung about throwin’ a few back, but the guys are the ones who normally sing about getting embarrassingly hammered. Leslie Cours Mather, though, is ringing in 2016 with “That Was The Whiskey,” a tune about alcohol-fueled barroom…
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Mia Rose Lynne: From Follow Me Moon to Chicago

Being likened vocally, instrumentally and compositionally – and justifiably – to artists like Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin is one thing, and a hard comparison to live up to. But when the recipient of such praise actually makes part of her living in musical theatre, it’s pretty obvious that a formidable new talent is on the rise. new talent is on the rise. Nashville transplant Mia Rose…
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Pete Scobell – Walkin A Wire

Not many people just walk into Nashville and record an album good enough to deserve an immediate spot on the charts. Vocalist/guitarist Pete Scobell has done just that, though, with Walkin A Wire. Though he’s been playing music for his entire life, it wasn’t until he hooked up with Wynonna Judd and her husband Cactus Moser that Scobell found…
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Leslie Cours Mather – Santa Baby (You’ll Be Mine)

After releasing two fine singles this year – the country-rocker “Countrified” and the take-no-prisoners “Hell Hath No Fury” – Leslie Cours Mather is lightening things up a little this holiday season with her original Christmas song “Santa Baby (You’ll Be Mine).” It’s a fun and flirtatious mid-tempo ditty that takes a look at Santa’s better half – or rather, at her…
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Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson – Loved and Free

From the almost-Celtic road anthem “18 Going 75,” to the Southern-rock icon paean “Charlie Daniels,” Zack Shelton and 64 to Grayson’s new album Loved and Free mixes influences of traditional and alternative country with a little bluegrass and a touch of the Irish feel that came into Appalachia in the 1930s. But this band also makes no bones about its loyalty to Jesus Christ and America, with…
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