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Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White – Hearts Like Ours

In the 1980s, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White were the Traditional Country equivalent of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Since their music ran in the same circles, it only seemed natural that the two would record together. However, it’s been somewhat of a rare occurrence. Granted, Skaggs performed on many a Whites album and vice versa, but it wasn’t until the 1987 CMA Award-winning “Love Can’t Get Better…
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Lee Ann Womack – The Way I’m Livin’

OK, first things first. It would do me no good in starting off this review by saying that I am going to be very objective in this one. Since her single of “Never Again, Again” crossed my desk at WDKN Radio back in 1997, I have been totally smitten with the artist known as Lee Ann Womack. She’s one of few vocalists that take the Air Conditioning section of the phone book and make it sound like it came straight from Dolly or Tammy. Moments…
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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – Saturday Night & Sunday Morning

I was born in February of 1974. So, by virtue of that fact, I never got to witness the synergy of Buck Owens, Don Rich, Doyle Holly, Tom Brumley, and Willie Cantu as the most legendary set of Buckaroos from 1964-1967. That sad fact aside, I will tell you what comes as close it gets to that type of sonic and live perfection – seeing a show from Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Just like with The Buckaroos, any of…
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Joy Styles – Unbreakable

Joy Styles has enjoyed a diverse musical career so far. Whether it be in Philadelphia, New York or Nashville, the stunning songstress has made her presence known wherever she’s been. However, a few years ago, Styles re-connected with her Carolina roots and began to sharpen her musical focus on what she does best – Country Music. Her long-awaited EP is a perfect showcase…
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The Roys – The View

Over the past few years, Lee and Elaine Roy have carved out a reputation as one of the hardest working acts in the business. Whether it be on stage, on television, or on record, the brother / sister duo continue to do what they do – and they do it so right. Their latest Rural Rhythm disc proves that they are only getting better with each passing disc. The harmonies of these two have never sounded tighter or more…
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Dustin Lynch – Where It’s At

It’s hard to believe that it will almost be three years since Dustin Lynch first released his debut single, “Cowboys And Angels.” Since then, the Broken Bow recording artist has carved out quite the reputation as one of the most-respected new artists in the business. His self-titled debut disc topped the Billboard Country Albums chart – and also spawned a pair of top-40 hits in “She Cranks My Tractor” and “Wild In Your…
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Deana Martin – Destination Moon

With a name like Deana Martin, I know you’re wondering. That sounds very close to….Dean Martin! You would be correct in that assumption, as Deana is Dean’s very talented daughter – who has carved out a very successful career in her own right. At the same time, the songstress isn’t running from her heritage. Rather, she stands as the keeper of the flame when it comes to the music and legacy of one of entertainment’s true…
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Dual Drive – The Memphis Project

Guitarist Garry Goin and Saxophonist Pat Register are two of the most well-known and respected musicians in Memphis these days, so you would think that the two combining their talents would be nothing short of an amazing listening experience. You would think exactly right. Kicking off with the urban groove of “Take Me To The River,” you can almost smell the barbecue and the tamales cooking down on Beale. It’s got that…
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Sarah Borges – Radio Sweetheart

Every now and then, you hear an album that just makes you want to stand up, fist pump in the air, and say “Hell Yeah” to the rafters. This is how I am feeling about now. Sarah Borges has developed quite the following over the past few years, and for good reason. Along with Grace Potter, she’s as close as we’ve got right now to the ultimate female rock and roll bad ass. She’s got talent, swagger, and charisma – and isn’t…
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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Open Carefully Message Inside

Some things are – and always will be timeless. The music of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is one such thing. He has done his kind of music for so long that one moght think that is is effortless – but thank God that Lawson is still out there putting forth the effort. This set kicks off with the time-honored chestnut “Coming Soon,” on which the band gives a spirited performance. But, what would you expect from a Doyle Lawson…
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Don Campbell – The Dust Never Settles

Vince Gill. Celtic Music. Stephen King. Those are three diverse entities that you don’t typically think of together. But, in the case of Don Campbell, somehow it all comes together. This disc has the phrase sheer musicianship written all over it. These songs just have a way of flowing off of the speakers, making you tap your feet – to just make you feel good in the process. Songs like “Honeymoon Strong” just….
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Various Artists – Classic African American Songsters from Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways has demonstrated a love and respect for the deep musical traditions that have been created in America over the years. So much, in fact, that they have released 22 volumes in their successful “Classic” series. For the 23rd installment, they shine the spotlight on the “Songster.” What, you ask, is a songster? According to album co-producer Barry Lee Pearson, a songster is “both a keeper of tradition, disseminating…
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Haeley Vaughn – Hoot ‘n’ Holler

If one phrase could be used to describe the music of Haeley Vaughn, it would definitely have to be “High Energy.” This music is absolutely made for the dance floor. “Lasso,” which kicks off this disc loops you in and keeps your attention with all of its pyrotechnics. Of course, the song wouldn’t work if Vaughn didn’t have the vocal chops to keep your attention, and Vaughn assuredly does that. She also commands…
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Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class

Angaleena Presley – best known (so far) for her being a part of the Pistol Annies – is from the same part of Kentucky that her heroes Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless are. And, just like those two legendary ladies, she grew up a “Coal Miners’ Daughter.” That upbringing – and her being a part of the Country supertrio along with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe – lends itself towards saying Presley is a very…
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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper – On Down The Line

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper have a certain flair that they perform with. If you need any proof of that statement, just take a listen to “Too Late For Goodbyes,” the lead-off cut from their new disc. Whether it be his lead vocals on the cut or the plucking banjo of one Glenn Gibson, there’s just a certain amount of pizazz that the band operates with. And, it only gets better from there. Cleveland’s fiddle work on “Fiddlin’ Joe” will leave…
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Danika Portz – Set This World On Fire

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Iowa native Danika Portz sounds like nobody you’ve heard of lately. And, to be honest with you, when I heard her debut single, “Greatest Show On Earth,” it did make me do a little bit of a double take. She is That different. So, I listened again, and again. And, by the forty-first listen, I was not only hooked – but also a fan. The single has a very different feel, and Portz’s vocal – while it might take a little getting used to – will absolutely
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Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Earlier this year, I had a conversation with Ketch Secor. One of the subjects we discussed was their 2013 induction into the Grand Ole Opry. Citing that moment as the career highlight of the band, he said now that they were there – they felt even more of a need to prove their worthiness of the distinction. Well, on this – the band’s first set since Marty Stuart extended the olive branch of Opry membership, I would dare say OCMS is…
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Jeffrey Halford & The Healers – Rainmaker

Sometimes, when you hear a Blues artist, you wonder if they really feel the lyrics of what they are singing – just how deep do the emotions run. Well, when you hear Jeffrey Halford on “Second Chance,’ you just….know. These are words that he has actually lived – and actually felt. On the latest project from this California resident – by way of the Lone Star State, you get a lot more songs just like it – all about the struggles that…
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Jen Chapin – Reckoning

Until I read the description of Jen Chapin’s bio of her music as “Urban Folk Soul,” I have to admit that I had never heard those words all strung together in that form before. However, the terminology definitely applies – as her musical style is all of those terms – and a whole lot more. Music is something that is entrenched deep into her soul – and she comes by it naturally as the daughter of the legendary singer-songwriter…
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Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder

Trying to figure out a place where Cory Branan belongs musically is kind of tough. At times, he’s a little bit on the Country side, but then again, he also has a definite rock and roll swagger that is mixed somewhat with a little bit of Punk sounds. His music doesn’t stay in one style long enough to be labeled any one specific genre, so there lies the challenge. Just how do you label the Mississippi native? The answer,,,
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