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Jetset Getset - Saturday Night

Twenty-three years ago, two sisters and their friend formed what would become a ground-breaking country trio. The Dixie Chicks made it to the top of the country charts with pop cross-over appeal, and made a name for themselves with their edgy songs and phenomenal harmonies. Jetset Getset, made up of Indiana teenagers Sadie Loveland (15), Avery Eliason (14), and Tori Little (15) have the potential to be the next Dixie Chicks if their debut album, Saturday Night, is any example of what they can do. I do want to clarify that comment up...
 
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Billy Dean – A Man Of Good Fortune

I have had the blessing of hearing Billy Dean’s music in a variety of settings, from stadium shows with acts such as Kenny Rogers or Reba, to intimate acoustic settings in the backwoods of Bacon County, Georgia. It doesn’t matter where he’s playing, or to how many. It’s always amazing to see a man with so much talent. He showcases it once again for his new album, a collection of heartfelt ballads and uptempo numbers done as nobody...
 
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Legendary Veterans Shine On Recent Collections

Monkees singer-drummer Micky Dolenz, singer-songwriter Steve Forbert, singer-guitarist Gary Moore and blues queen Shemekia Copeland shine on new releases. Artist: Micky Dolenz. Album: Remember (Robo Records). You might be interested in buying this if you like: The Monkees, Paul Williams, Neil Diamond. Tell me more: On the welcome return of Micky Dolenz, the Monkees singer-guitarist-drummer dips into his own past to offer up remarkable reworkings of some of his favorite songs. From a flamenco-tinged take on the Beatles’ “Good Morning Good Morning” and a wistful version of the old Carole King classic “Sometime in the Morning” he first ...
 
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Joanna Smith – Be What It Wants To Be

Joanna Smith is a COUNTRY singer. I capitalized that because it bears stressing. Hailing from southern Georgia, she has one of those voices that you just fall in love with immediately upon hearing it. If you love traditional sounds, you are going to like what you hear here. She’s got one of those Lee Ann Womack / Patty Loveless type sounds that will leave you with a little bit of hope that the “real” stuff is alive and well. The first cut, “We Can’t Be Friends,” is...
 
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Music Worth Buying - Dead Can Dance and Synthetica

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week we review Anastasis the first new album by Dead Can Dance in over 10 years and Metric by Synthetica. Music News Nashville streams the reviews for our readers.
 
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Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Wreck & Ruin

There are some things that I have to admit that I don’t understand. One of those things is the Americana format. Trust me, that isn’t a knock. I know that the umbrella of what Americana is can be a wide one. But, it’s interesting that, in the case of several artists, the music is actually more Country than....oops, not going there. Chambers and Nicholson – who are also married - have comprised an album that is chock full of masterful lyrics and old school sounds. You can hear that immediately on “Til’ Death Do Us Part.” Immediately...
 
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Josh Doyle – Self Titled

As frontman for the UK act the Dumdums, Josh Doyle enjoyed several hits on the overseas level, such as “Everything” and “Army Of Two.” They headlined in England, and also sold out halls in Germany and Japan. However, as often happens, the band split up, leaving Doyle to embark on a different career path. He moved to Nashville, and tried to stay away from the music business. However, requests from his fans brought him back to his true calling, and he has recorded and released several well-received discs since then. He entered and won a competition sponsored by Guitar Center, and won an opportunity to work with highly-regarded producer John Shanks, known for his work with...
 
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Iris DeMent – Sing The Delta

Iris DeMent is one of the most respected vocalists that the music business has ever seen. Critics have praised her unique vocal approach for years. Alas, it has been sixteen years since the vocalist has released an album of original material. She more than makes up for lost time with this excursion into the music of the Delta – henceforth the title of the album. It does have that Mississippi feel, but she also sprinkles in a bit of Americana...
 
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Sunny Crownover – Right Here Right Now

Like they say, everything’s bigger in Texas and the bluesy vocals of songstress Sunny Crownover are no exception. On her latest release, Right Here Right Now, Sunny belts out the tunes with a strength that shows this girl was clearly formed from one of God’s music molds. Starting out with the mid-tempo “Oh Yes I Will,” the CD is filled with tempo-driven songs penned by some of the industry’s top writers including five of the tracks by hitmaster Gary Nicholson, whose songs have been recorded by such diverse artists...
 
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Mike Cullison & The Regulars - Barstool Monologues

I have got to tell you that this - a concept album featuring many of the stories of people who come together in a bar - is something that is more than a little different. Cullison - one of Nashville's most respected tunesmiths, wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, and each track is introduced by the "bartender," Hollis (who also is Mike, if you are keeping score). While some of the vocal performances are better than others on the album, each song...
 
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Lindi Ortega – Cigarettes and Truckstops

If you’ve never heard Janis Joplin channeling Hank Williams Sr. with Johnny Cash looking over her shoulder, then you haven’t listened to Lindi Ortega’s new album, Cigarettes and Truckstops. With her latest album, Ortega sets Americana Country on its ear and says “hear me roar.” This album is full of twangy steel guitars, shuffle drum beats and down-home lyrics that are well-defined and equally at home in a back woods hillbilly bar as they are on the stage of the Ryman in Nashville. Ortega’s Joplinesque...
 
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Tyrus Morgan – Straight Line

t used to be that when I heard the words “Christian music,” I though “Oh, great... another Jesus song.” After all, the genre wasn’t the most musically appealing one at the time, with many artists and songs sounding the same. However, in the last five to ten years, Christian music has evolved into a more mainstream sound, whether rock and roll, heavy metal, pop or country. In Straight Line, Tyrus Morgan sets a good bar for upbeat, faith-filled pop songs that are not overly religious in tone or proselytizing in nature. Simply put, the CD is filled with good songs that just happen to have a Christian theme to them.
 
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Reid – Self-Titled

Emily Reid, or REID as she’s now known, is a singer/songwriter with music in her soul. Originally from Canada, she arrived in Music City via Japan, attending Belmont College and performing in the local venues before taking the step to come out with her debut self-titled album. When I popped the CD in and “The River” led off, my first thought was “this girl definitely has an interesting voice.” Comparisons have been made by others to indie pop artist Ingrid Michaelson, something Reid herself can definitely appreciate as she...
 
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Jerrod Niemann – Free The Music

Jerrod Niemann is, without a doubt, one of the sharpest minds in Country Music today. He can recite you book, chapter, and verse on the greatest music made in our format from the 1920s all the way through the modern day. Being a student of the music, he decided to roll the dice on his latest album from a creative level. Niemann’s second project for Sony takes as many musical chances as any album I have heard coming from Nashville in...
 
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Music Worth Buying - Susanna Hoffs and Shoes

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week Robert and TJ check out the latest release by "Someday" By Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) and the return of 80's Power pop band Shoes with their latest "Ignition".
 
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