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Various Artists – God Didn’t Choose Sides

The sesquecentennial observance of the War Between the States has sparked renewed interest in the battles fought by brother against brother on American soil from 1861-1865. Among the events and tributes is a special album project released on Lincoln’s birthday this year by Rural Rhythm Records, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People, Volume I.”
 
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LeAnn Rimes - Spitfire

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been seventeen years since LeAnn Rimes first dazzled us with her magnificent vocal range on the Bill Mack-written “Blue.” Since then, Rimes has undergone many personal and career changes over the years. And, to be truthful, why wouldn’t she? After all, she was just thirteen when she made her debut in front of the public eye, and has lived her life in front of the tabloids ever since. How would you have held up if...
 
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New Releases Profile Welcome Returns From Favorite Veterans by Robert Kinsler

After surviving two weekends of Coachella and another weekend at Stagecoach, now might be the perfect time to relax and take in some great musical performances at home. AlanisMorisette2Artist: Alanis Morissette. Title: Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: Paula Cole, Garbage. Tell me more: Last week marked the release of singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette’s first live release in a decade. “Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux” (available on DVD, Blu-ray and audio CD) was filmed in high definition in summer 2012 and features ...
 
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Steve Martin & Edie Brickell – Love Has Come From You

Thanks to his award-winning collaborations with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin’s skills as a musician have been in the limelight as much as his acting over the past few years. While his banjo prowess on such songs as “King Tut” have been a part of his act for years, make no mistake – he’s not acting on these records. Musically, he is the real deal. If he wasn’t, these cuts would not have received the attention they have gotten. He’s back...
 
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Growing Americana Music Movement Celebrated

Dawes and Phosphorescent have returned with exceptional follow-ups to their last efforts (2011's "Nothing Is Wrong" and 2010's "Here's to Taking It Easy" respectively) while the legacy of blues harmonica pioneer Little Walter is celebrated by a fistful of today's best-known blues masters on a fine new collection. Artist: Dawes. Title: Stories Don't End (HUB Records). You might be interested if you like: Jackson Browne, Neil Young, The Eagles. Tell me more: Dawes' "Stories Don't End" is only the...
 
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Sights and Sounds: R.E.M., Barenaked Ladies

R.E.M.'s 'Green' to be issued as deluxe 25th anniversary edition on May 14. When R.E.M. went to Memphis, Tennessee's famed Ardent Studios in 1988 to record their major label debut for Warner Bros Records, singer Michael Stipe, legend has it, tasked his band mates, Bill Berry, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills, with a singular mission: to "not write any more R.E.M.-type songs." Emboldened by this charge, the band ventured into the previously unexplored realm of bubblegum pop ("Pop Song '89," "Stand"), freely swapped instruments amongst themselves, and even went so far...
 
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Mark Newton & Steve Thomas – Reborn

Collectively, the duet of Mark Newton and Steve Thomas have played behind some of the top performers in music – such as Lee Ann Womack, Tony Rice, the Osborne Brothers, and Kenny Chesney. With a musical career like that, it’s no wonder that the two have put together quite a musical collection – one that takes from Traditional Country as well as Classic Bluegrass, but also represents their own sound. The two start off...
 
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Jesus, Firm Foundation: Hymns of Faith - Various Artists

Today's Christian music is a far cry from what many Christians, especially ones that belong to a particular denomination, came up singing. "Rock of Ages" and "Bringing in the Sheaves" probably won't be heard anytime soon on whatever "Fish" station is in your neighborhood. But it's nice to know that many of today's artists haven't forgotten where the concept of praise and worship music came from in the first place, even if they don't record a lot of it. On Jesus, Firm Foundation, some of today's hottest contemporary...
 
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Music Worth Buying: Favorite Music Movies With The Beatles & Motown

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week on Music Worth Buying it's favorite Music Movie Documentaries as we look at Beatles Stories (a film wherein the famous recount their encounters with the fab four) and Standing in the Shadow of Motown (A film about the unsung Motown records house band (The Funk Brothers) and how they played on every Motown classic.
 
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Jason Boland & The Stragglers - Dark & Dirty Mile

Trying to define the term "Red Dirt Music" can be as confusing and puzzling as trying to write the definition of Americana Music. One man's progressive sounds might very well be someone else's traditional slant. The same could be said for Jason Boland & The Stragglers. Listening to their music, I personally am taken back in time to the great Country sounds coming off of stations like WSM-AM in the early 1980s. The first two cuts - the title and...
 
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Joey Sontz – “Chasing The Dream”

Joey Sontz’s resume is rife with acting parts as extras in major motion pictures, such as “Julie & Julia” and “As Good As It Gets,” and beloved New York-based TV series like “Sex and the City” and Law & Order.” Chances are if you’ve watched the big or small screen in the last 15 years, you’ve seen his face. Now for the first time, his singing voice is being heard, on his debut album “Chasing the Dream.” This native Albany, New Yorker has recorded ten covers...
 
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The Rankin Twins - Moonshine & Maybes

To say that twin sisters Amy & April Rankin have the vocal synergy together would be putting it mildly. At times, it seems they complement each other so well that it would be tough to tell where one ends and the other begins. But, that's a very good thing, as this set qualifies as one of the top independent albums I have heard all year so far. On cuts like "Jezebel" and "Wake Up," the sisters exude personality and charisma...
 
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Lonestar - Life As We Know It

For well over a decade, Lonestar was one of the hottest bands in Country Music. Then, in 2008, longtime lead singer Richie McDonald felt the itch to go solo. While he released a fine solo effort, and the band continued to record with new lead singer Cody Collins, there was no mistake that there was magic between the two entities. So, five years later, the band is "Together Again," and sounding possibly better than ever. More than...
 
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Clinton Gregory - The Roots of My Raising

Bluegrass Music defines a genre of music as truthful as the words in RED in the Good Book. This is why country artist Clinton Gregory and his first “release” as a Bluegrass artist fits this music like and a hand and a glove. Clinton, has lived life full circle; from records and albums on the chart with success in the early ’90s, (including one of my favorite songs “If It Weren’t For Country Music I’d Go Crazy”) to tours and sold out shows. Then his life went 180 degrees into a painful divorce, addiction and loss...
 
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New Releases Profile Welcome Returns From Favorite Veterans

After surviving two weekends of Coachella and another weekend at Stagecoach, now might be the perfect time to relax and take in some great musical performances at home. Artist: Alanis Morissette. Title: Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux (Eagle Rock Entertainment). You might like if you enjoy: Paula Cole, Garbage. Tell me more: Last week marked the release of singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette’s first live release in a decade. “Alanis Morissette – Live at Montreux” (available on DVD, Blu-ray and...
 
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