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The Pfeiffer Twins – Nobody’s Puppet

Wow. I don’t know if I have ever started a review off with simply one word before. However, in the case of the Pfeiffer Twins, it applies. I will forewarn you. This is one of those reviews where I gush. There’s no flaws about this record. The vocals, the writing, the instrumentation – it’s all ‘through the roof’ good – whatever that means. Comprised of sisters Lindsay and Carrie, this album is chock-full of air tight harmonies…
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Robby Hecht – Self Titled

Sometimes, the words don’t flow for me as easily as you might think. I’ve been doing this in one form or another for close to twenty-five years, and some albums are a little easier to describe than others. That being said, I’ve actually sat on this one for a little bit. I don’t think things have to be put in a 4+4 box to be relatable, but it just kind of stumped me musically. Or, maybe I just wasn’t ready to fully listen something that…
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Marianne Allison – Till It Breaks My Heart

Based in Mississippi, Marianne Allison turned a lot of ears and heads earlier this year with the release of “Till It Breaks My Heart.” Reminiscent of what Norah Jones might have sounded like as a traditional based female vocalist in the 1980s. The song showcased a very powerful and moody vocal, and garnered the songstress some well-deserved attention. Now, with a full album, there is evidence that there…
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Sammy Kershaw – Do You Know Me (A Tribute To George Jones)

The first time Sammy Kershaw came into contact with George Jones, he was fourteen years old. The year was 1970. The singer remembers watching “The Possum” stroll in backstage of the venue wearing one of the most captivating pair of blue cowboy boots he had ever seen. However, the shoes didn’t make the man. What left a lasting impact with Kershaw – and what still affects him the most forty-four years later was…
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Mikaela Davis – Fortune Teller

Some people are just naturals at what they do. Brett Favre knew he wanted to play football from an early age. Same with Michael Jordan at basketball. For New York native Mikaela Davis, the fire began very early as well. At the age of eight, she began to study the harp with Grace Wong, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. So, you know that her musical talent has always been there. But, this is a…
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Girls, Guns and Glory – Good Luck

When you listen to “All The Way Up To Heaven,” the opening cut from this disc, the last place you would think that Girls, Guns, and Glory might be from is Boston. The track has such an old school Country sound that it just doesn’t mesh with the land of clam chowder. But, as are many things about this band, appearances can be misleading. And, so can first impressions. The group segues quite effectively into…
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The Hello Strangers – Self Titled

Music has changed a lot to my ears over the years. When I was growing up, the lines between genres were very decided and kind of easy to decipher. Nowadays. it’s not that simple. What was “Country,” back in 1988 might still be Country, but it might also be known as Americana. That’s where you have The Hello Strangers. Hailing from Pennsylvania, the sister duo of Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn certainly wouldn’t have been…
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Joey+Rory – Country Classics

OK. The publicists were right. (As every PR rep in town picks their chin off the floor!) For a long time, the duo of Joey+Rory confused me a little. Not talent-wise – they are two of the finest singer-songwriters in the business. Not from a personal level, as you would be hard pressed to find any act who is more genuine and real than either one of them. But the name. I would get the email after a story posted saying “There is no space…
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Flatt Lonesome – Too

I found myself smiling within the first thirty seconds of the new CD from sibling group Flatt Lonesome. What makes that fact all the more interesting is the song is not one that you would normally break out into laughter about – a true breakup song. But, what reels you in and hooks you is the incredible harmonies possessed by this very talented family named Robinson. Sister Charli’s soaring lead vocals take precedence
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Dallas Smith – Tippin’ Point

After fronting the popular Rock group Default for many years, Dallas Smith has made somewhat of a musical shift – taking his music in a modern Country direction. For this move, he surrounded himself with one of the top producers in the business in Joey Moi – who has taken the careers of Florida Georgia Line and Jake Owen to new heights. That fresh and current sound is very much evident on this disc, with “A Girl Like You” being the…
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The Henry Girls – Louder Than Words

Get ready to listen, folks, because this is something special. And, no – that has nothing to do with the writer. Every now and then, you run across something so uniquely different that you just have to shout it from the mountaintops. The Henry Girls are one of those musical acts that you just want to tell people about – as many as you can. Natives of Ireland, their style has been described as a mixture of Folk and Americana. I will buy…
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Dan Cohen – Bluebird

Veteran sideman / musician Dan Cohen has already achieved plenty of milestones in his career. He has played the stage of the heralded Ryman Auditorium, played behind some of the biggest acts in the business, and written with many of the most talented songwriters in Music City. So, with all that, you might expect his latest disc to be a great Country disc. Well, you’d be wrong. For all of his ties to Nashville artists and…
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Lucy Hale – Road Between

Known as “Aria” on the hit TV series Pretty Little Liars, Lucy Hale has already made a name for herself in the world of entertainment. That being said, the Memphis native wanted a chance to show her talent in her first love – music. It’s something of an understatement, but she makes her mark – and then some. Hale possesses a vocal range and a musical maturity that extends far beyond her twenty-five years. That…
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The Loudermilks – Self Titled

If you are a student of music history, you might know that the Louvin Brothers’ real last name was Loudermilk. This five-piece band, based in North Carolina, is very familiar with that fact, and took their name as a tribute to the tight and pristine harmonies from Ira and Charlie. On their album, you will find plenty of the same – though the music is very much different – a little more rock-influences at some spots, with even a hint…
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Annalise Emerick – Field Notes

Not a lot of artists that we profile on Music News Nashville actually are from here. That makes Annalise Emerick a little unique. But, seriously, all you have to do is take one listen to this woman and her talent, and you will come away with a deep appreciation for all that she brings to the table as an artist – whether she’s from Plano, TX or Savanna, IL, she’s just plain good. But – as a music reviewer, I am pained with a…
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Colt Ford – Thanks For Listening

One of Colt Ford’s early radio singles, “Mr. Goodtime,” is one of the descriptions I would use when describing the Georgia native’s unique style of music. At the end of the day, the question of whether it is Country, Rock, Rap – or a little bit of all styles – isn’t as important as is the question of whether one had a good time listening to his music. He knows how to entertain his audience, and knows what they want – valuing each…
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Mitch Goudy – Ain’t My Fault

Iowa native Mitch Goudy counts music among his earliest memories growing up. For the lead single from his upcoming sophomore disc, Goudy showcases his growing vocal range on this infectious up-tempo number about how that special someone always has way of getting to him. The production on this is very hip and rock-infused, but at the center of the track is Goudy’s impressive vocal approach – which only continues…
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Jim Lauderdale – I’m A Song

Since the late 1980s, the vocal and writing style of one Jim Lauderdale has been one that is one of the most identifiable sounds in Country or Americana music. Simply put, when you hear him sing – or hear one of his songs recorded by another artist – you know exactly who it is. Lauderdale’s compositions have been recorded by names like Strait, Loveless, Jones, and Womack – as well as himself! For his latest album, the…
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Sasha Mercedes – Painful Part Of Love

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Minnesota native Sasha Mercedes definitely qualifies as a vocalist. Her vocal style is one that is very much capable of captivating you and moving you emotionally at the same time. That was the case with her last project, and she continues to only get stronger with this – her latest release. This five-cut EP begins with the rolling and rollicking “Turn It Loose,” which gives her a chance to show just what she can do with a tempo…
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V. Rose – Forever After

Admittedly, EDM isn’t one of my strong suits. But, when I put the latest CD from V. Rose into the system, two things became apparent rather quickly. There’s quite a bit of attention paid to vocals, as the songstress shows a great deal of range and personality. It’s not all about the technical bells and whistles, and the songwriting here is nothing short of first-rate. These lyrics are snappy, to the point, memorable…
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