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Rod Picott – Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail

Be forewarned – The music of Rod Picott is not for the faint of heart or mind. That is simply a way of saying that if you put in this CD and are just going to attempt to listen on a casual level, not investing into the lyrics – you probably aren’t going to “get” this disc. He’s a little too deep and thoughtful for that. But, if you choose to take time…
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Erica Hoyt – Love Me For Me

Just like the Lone Star state where she’s from, newcomer Erica Hoyt has a wide open sound and vocal range, to boot. Take one listen to “Lovin’ A Wild Thing,” and you will see what I mean. She has a vocal style that is very much refined and polished. In fact, the song is the definition of the term “Radio Friendly,” with a ton of vocal…
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New Single From Johnny Orr Band Shines Light On Autism

At its’ central core, music is about touching people’s hearts with lyrics the listener can relate to. “We’ll Get By (The Autism Song),” the latest release from the Johnny Orr Band,is definitely one such song. “A friend of mine asked me to write the song in 2012,” Orr told MNN. “Candi Spitz and I became friends on Facebook, and she has twin sons – Brendan and Jaden – who are autistic. She had just spoke out about some of the songs that I had done, and thought that I might be…
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The Oak Ridge Boys – Boys’ Night Out

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of an Oak Ridge Boys show. However, the legendary quartet has never released an album documenting that experience – until now. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the line-up of Golden, Allen, Sterban, and Bonsall that we all know and love, the group has chosen fourteen of their biggest hits to give the live treatment to. As is the case with live albums, you tend to know what…
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Nick Verzosa & The Noble Union – Love In Principle

Over the past decade and a half or so, the Texas Music world has given us some very talented singer-songwriters. One act that looks to be quickly making a name for themselves on that list is Nick Verzosa and the Noble Union. But, don’t necessairily think this is the same old Texas music that you hear time in and time out. Seriously, there’s more to life – even in the Lone Star state than drinking, armadillos, and proclaiming…
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Various Artists: Working Man’s Poet – A Tribute To Merle Haggard

As evidenced by his recent win of the Crystal Milestone Award from the Academy of Country Music, Merle Haggard’s music has made – and continues to make an impact on newer generations of artists and fans to this day. You might not hear it on the radio, as much of what is played on the airwaves these days is far removed from….
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PawnShop Kings – Self Titled

Listening to the music of brother act The PawnShop Boys will take you back in time a little bit. Their sibling harmonies are very much influenced by the sounds of Don & Phil Everly – as are so many duets that have come down the pike since then. That being said, that is just a comparison of their vocal stylings, as there is nothing dated…
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Deer Lodge – George Jones

Tribute records are nothing new in Country Music, but this set – which pays homage to the ‘Possum’ is one of the most musically diverse and interesting sets that you will hear this year – 0r any other. Deer Lodge is an independent label based in Portland, OR. It’s owned by Bert Sperling and Ezra Meredith, who are both huge Jones fans. OK, everybody says that. But, the two prove their admiration for Jones via the track selection…
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Sarah Davidson – Self Titled

Audiences have warmed up to Georgia native Sarah Davidson for her participation in the TNT series “Private Lives Of Nashville Wives” this spring. That being said, there’s a lot more to the stunning songstress than just that TV show or her former marriage to Nashville songwriter Dallas Davidson. Sarah possesses a warm and tender voice that is sure to find a devoted fan following. The set’s first single, “Drink You Up,” is very warm…
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Don Williams – Reflections

The music of Don Williams is just like an old pair of shoes that has been sitting in the corner for quite a while. You know exactly what you’re getting. There isn’t going to be a lot of fancy frills or wild guitar licks with lyrics about tailgates or Betty Lou. It’s as comfortable of a fit as an old friend. For Williams’ second disc for Sugar Hill…
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Martina McBride – Everlasting

Martina McBride knows the power of a great song about as well as anyone. Her 2005 set Timeless gave newer Country Music fans a history lesson in the greats, and oh, yeah, she’s had a pretty spectacular run of her own since releasing “The Time Has Come” in 1992. For her latest set -and first on Vinyl, her own imprint – she tips her hat to many of the great Pop songs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s that inspired her. Whether it be…
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Ray Price – Beauty Is…

Usually, the final album from an artist tends to be received in a little bit of sentimental thoughts. After all, are you reacting to the passing of an artist, or the music that is there? In the case of this final project from the legendary Ray Price, there’s no need for sentiment. It’s very evident that he closed out his recording career the same way that it endured six decades. Just as he was in 1956, 1970, or 2000, Ray Price went out being a singer’s singer. And, that’s the ultimate…
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Stacey Randol – Fables

Spend any amount of time with the latest disc from Stacey Randol, and you just might be transported back in time to the the music of Roy Orbison. At least, that’s what Fables sounds like to me. Does the album sound straight out of a Monument Records session with Fred Foster behind the glass circa 1964? Not exactly, but Randol seems to have that melancholy sadness that Orbison excelled in so…
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The Charlie Daniels Band: Off The Grid

Back in 1969, Charlie Daniels was one of the session musicians on Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline disc. His guitar playing impressed the legendary singer-songwriter so much that he ended up working on two more Dylan projects. Though the styles of Daniels and Dylan might not be compared by many, both men…
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Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood Home

Ben Harper’s musical career definitely qualifies as one of the most varied in the music business. He’s enjoyed success with rock, blues, and folk, among other styles. For his latest project, he teams up with the one person who likely knows him better than anyone else- his mother, Ellen. However, that being said…
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Hannah Aldridge – Razor Wire

What is the definition of Americana Music? In all my years of being in this business, I can’t tell you a specific clear cut answer to that question. There are a lot of different styles that comprise the genre, but some of the best examples of “Americana” are sounds that you might have heard on Country Radio in a bygone…
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The Soul Circus Cowboys – A Natural Progression

Billy McKnight had been to Music City to try his hand at a solo career, and returned home to his native Tampa. Not knowing what would be the next step of his musical journey, he tells Music News Nashville that what happened next – the formation of the Soul Circus Cowboys – was a natural progression. “I was working with several diferent songwriters, and we had started performing,” he said, admitting that he didn’t have any plans of…
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Ronnie Dunn – Peace Love And Country Music

.I started in the business in the spring of 1991. Around that time, I remember a new voice that hit the airwaves – Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn. There was something about that sound that just made you know you were in for something special. Since then, time has proven me right. “Neon Moon”…”She’s Not The Cheatin’ Kind”….”My Maria”….”Believe”….and even “Play Something Country.” In the hands of a lesser…
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Wink Keziah – Cowbilly

I’m going to start this review off in maybe the strangest way I have ever done – Wink Keziah is not the world’s greatest singer you will ever hear. There’s not a lot of polish to this project, and I doubt that Keziah has ever been called “evocative/” But, in his case, neither of these things are actually bad things. Nobody ever talked about…
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Michael W. Smith – Hymns

For well over three decades now, Michael W. Smith has been one of the dominant singer-songwriters in Gospel Music. On his latest project, the veteran performer teams up with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a collection of some the greatest Gospel hymns ever recorded. A collection of fifteen time-honored classics, each of…
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