CD Reviews

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The Rosellys - The Granary Sessions

An eleven-track release from a young, five-piece UK band fronted by quality vocals from Rebecca Rosellys and her partner Simon Rosellys, with tasteful, tender pedal-steel and resonator work from Allan Kelly, The Granary Sessions is an album of sweet-sounding modern Americana from England. All titles are written by the band and reflect their love of the USA and its...
 
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Wily Bo Walker & E D Brayshaw - Stone Cold Beautiful

This is a six-track EP from a decidedly powerful and strong Scottish singer-songwriter, Wily Bo Walker. Now London-based, Walker is noted for his swaggering stage performance and the diversity of musical styles he covers. With this album he teams up with guitarist Brayshaw, to present the second of a planned three-disc set with all tracks penned...
 
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Brent Cates - Remnants

It’s been six long years since Brent Cates’ stellar debut record “Wasted Words,” but good things are worth waiting for. “Remnants” is the 12-song sophomore effort by this North Carolina progressive rocker with a voice that oozes southern soul. Solo-penned, self-produced and recorded in Charlotte, it’s got a full band sound by this one-man band...
 
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Grand Pavilion - Foreign Escapes

Everyone says they hate Mondays. It’s become such an arbitrary statement it’s as relevant as exclaiming that it’s cold in winter or that cat memes are hilarious. But there is some truth in it, after a well earned weekend, dragging your ass out of bed on a Monday morning is just a little more difficult than we wish it would be. What we need...
 
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Erica Nicole – I’m Making Mine

On her new single “I’m Making Mine,” Erica Nicole sings about the relationship choices we all invariably have to confront, and there’s no ambivalence here. She makes it clear to her cheating lover which side of the fence she’s on before she drives away with her stuff in the back seat. While he’s begging her to stay, her delivery is...
 
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Music Films Celebrate Living Legends

Affecting tributes to the artistry of Glen Campbell, George Strait and Simon and Garfunkel, as well as a recent concert film from Aerosmith celebrate seminal artists. Artist: Glen Campbell. Title: Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me (Virgil Films). You might like if you enjoy: Glen Campbell, Dawes. Tell me more: When "Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me" was aired on...
 
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Daryle Singletary - There's Still A Little Country Left

It’s been more than two decades since I first saw Daryle Singletary, singing for tips at The Broken Spoke Saloon in Nashville. In fact, I became aware of this aspiring country star by way of other country stars. We had just gotten back to the Longhorn restaurant from Doug Supernaw's GOLD record party. Toby Keith and Mark...
 
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Little Horn - Stranger Eons

He might be twenty years dead, but Kurt Cobain is still working his very fertile loins. Sydney-siders Little Horn are the next band to emerge from the steamy Amazonian marshes somewhat southwest from Seattle. Little Horn come to us bearing a gift: their new EP, Stranger Eons. Swirling in a mystical mist Little Horn envelops with a landslide of...
 
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Leslie Cours Mather – Hell Hath No Fury

Leslie Cours Mather is a schooled, classically-trained vocalist. But when she opens her mouth to sing it’s obvious that country music is where her heart is, and she proves it on her new single “Hell Hath No Fury,” a song about the consequences of rejecting a woman. When Mather sings There will be fire that comes from her eyes/her tongue will cut...
 
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Anna Cordell - These Walls

Trust me when I tell you that Melbourne songstress Anna Cordell will melt your heart. Maker of endearingly honest melancholic folk-pop, her debut EP These Wallsis an endless well of introspection that you will fall deeper and deeper into listen after listen. Singer-songwriter, storyteller and mother of four, Anna...
 
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Rick Monroe – Great Minds Drink Alike

Rick Monroe has played all over the world and has opened for some of the male heavyweights of the country industry, and it’s easy to see why with one listen to his new single “Great Minds Drink Alike.” He’s got as much in common on this track with Joe Diffie (because he can really sing) or Lynyrd Skynyrd as he does with Luke Bryan or Eric Church, and...
 
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New Releases and Re-Issues Rock Out the Record Store Racks

Terrific reissues of the Textones' first two albums, the first-ever DVD release from Black Veil Brides, an early 1978 concert featuring Boomtown Rats, the latest EP from von Grey, as well as a 40th anniversary collection celebrating Robert Cray are all worth exploring. Artist: The Textones. Titles: Midnight Mission, Cedar Creek (Omnivore Recordings). You might like...
 
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Denny Strickland – How Far You Wanna Go

He’s one of the few modern country acts to wear a cowboy hat, but Denny Strickland rides the same train as Randy Houser and Eric Church, and he’s got a hot new single with “How Far You Wanna Go.” Written by hit Nashville songwriters Brian White, Steve Pasch and Joel Shewmake, this song shows that Strickland can give...
 
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Wide Range of Artists Shine on New Releases

New releases enhance the legacy of The Stray Cats and the Vince Guaraldi Trio, while Irish troupe Pugwash will surely win a growing American following thanks to a new masterwork. Artist: Pugwash. Title: Play This Intimately (as if among friends) (Omnivore Recordings). You might like if you enjoy: ELO, XTC, The Beatles
 
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Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus is Shakespeare’s first attempt at tragically bloody and violent revenge plays. Often labeled as Shakespeare’s most gruesome play, featuring rampant violence and gore; today it still holds its place in history as a true classic. On the other hand Punk/Indie rock group Titus Andronicus out of Glen...
 
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