CD Reviews

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Dustin Lynch - Self Titled

One of the biggest success stories on Country Radio in 2012 has been the rise of Broken Bow’s Dustin Lynch. A native of Tullahoma, TN, the singer has scaled the upper echelon of Billboard’s Country Songs chart with his debut single, “Cowboys & Angels.” Since the release of his first single, many in the industry have hailed Lynch as one of the rising stars of our format. When you listen to him, it’s easy to tell why. He’s got as much confidence and swagger as anyone on the scene today. That’s apparent from listening to such high-octane tracks...
 
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Jill King – Somebody New

I remember it was the winter months of 2003. Regina Raleigh, one of the top radio promoters in the business had told me about a new artist I was going to be hearing a lot about. Knowing that I had a weakness for women with a heavy “Twang Factor,” she assumed that I would fall like a domino for Jill King – a full throttled female singer from Arab – Alabama, that is! All of these years later, I’ve got to say she’s right. Out of all of the singers I have...
 
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7Horse, Maia Sharp and The American Wake Thrill on New Releases

Artist: 7Horse. Title: Let the 7Horse Run (Los Gatos Records). You might be interested in this if you like: Dada, Radiohead, The Doors, The Beatles’ “White Album”. Tell me more: Although “Let the 7Horse Run” is the Los Angeles-based duo’s official debut, the members of 7Horse are no strangers to crafting cutting edge rock. Singer-drummer Phil Leavitt and singer-guitarist-bassist Joie Calio are both long-time...
 
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The Time Jumpers - Self Titled

They are one of Nashville’s best-loved bands, and with good reason. The lineup of the Time Jumpers consists of some of the greatest singers and musicians that have ever played on a record coming out of Nashville. They do what they do, and they do it very well. So, what exactly are “The Time Jumpers?” Well, one could call them Western Swing. That’s one description that could work. On cuts such as the opening “Texoma Bound,” and “,Nothing But The Blues,” there is a little bit of that sound. They do it very well. Joe Spivey, Larry Franklin, and Music City treasure ...
 
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Bedhed and Blondy – Down South

Over the past several months, we’ve had some really cool indie albums come to us that are genre defying, or – perhaps more appropriately – genre defineing. Such is the case with Bedhed and Blondy’s new project, Down South. It’s what I would call Eclectic Country Folk with a pinch of alt-pop and a couple good dashes of blues thrown in for flavor. One really positive aspect of being an indie-pendent artist is that you can create projects that don’t fall into the defined boxes that major record labels create, which has a consequence ...
 
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Bonnie Bishop – Free

Texas native Bonnie Bishop is one of those artists that you will no doubt remember the first time you heard her. I know I will. She’s got a little bit of Raitt, Judd, and Nicks all combined in her style, but she is very much her own artist. She exudes confidence all over this album, especially on the opening “Keep Using Me,” where she gets to demonstrate her vocal prowess. It’s too bad that pop radio doesn’t embrace such a blues-oriented sound, because...
 
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Little Big Town - Tornado

Little Big Town has been doing what they do -and doing it well - for a decade now. Though they have charted many hits at Country Radio, it's been their current single, "Pontoon" that have finally lifted them to the apex of the Billboard Country Songs Chart. Have they suddenly got better, and became worthy of the attention? The answer to that is no, they have been as close to sonically perfect as it gets since their debut single, "Don't Waste My Time" was...
 
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The Rolling Stones - GRRR! A Greatest Hits Collection

The Rolling Stones, ABKCO Music & Records and Universal Music Group are pleased to announce the release of GRRR! by The Rolling Stones on the 12th of November 2012 for the World Excluding North America and on the 13th of November 2012 in North America. Available in various different formats – including a three-CD 50 track version featuring 50 tracks, and a four-CD Super-Deluxe version gathering a whopping 80 tracks – the collection tells the fascinating ongoing story of the Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band ...
 
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Innovative Multi-Format Releases Celebrate Groundbreaking Artists

Forget about summertime blues. The Zombies, Staind, Incubus, and Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones (with the help of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells) have all released winningcollections celebrating their original material. Artist: The Zombies. Title: Live In Concert at Metropolis Studios (Convexe Entertainment/Conveyor Inc.) You might be interested in buying this if you like: The Beatles, The Doors. Tell me more: Few bands to emerge in the early 1960s proved to be as talented as The Zombies. Formed in 1961, the band has lost,,,
 
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Sunnie Haeger - Pieces In The Dark

Several years ago, my ex-wife said she was jealous because I tended to "fall in love with chick singers." If that is the case, then I'm ready to settle down for a long-term relationship with California-based Sunnie Haegar after listening to her new CD, Pieces In The Dark. From the opening track through to the 12th song on the CD, I am enjoying the music of Sunnie. What I find interesting is the blending of styles on the album. Normally, I see that...
 
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Cody McCarver – I Just Might Live Forever

Cody McCarver is an artist that his lived the lyrics of his songs over the years. When he sings it, you know he’s lived it. After making quite a bit of impact with his Peace, Love, and Coondogs album, the former Confederate Railroad member is back with a heaping helping of songs that will entertain you to no end, and maybe make you think just a little bit before the album is done. The title cut is one of those type of songs. It’s about a man who has seen...
 
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Simon McBride - Crossing The Line

OK, so I'm not sure if this is an official genre or not, but I'm going to call Simon McBride's new CD, ​Crossing The Line​, a Southern Blues Power Rock package chock full of really phenomenal songs. Some of the tunes have a Blues flavor, some are straight Rock and Roll, a couple have a Southern Rock feel and some have a combination of all three. But what this CD definitely has over all is a lot of power! Hailing from Ireland, McBride has been called "the natural heir to Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore," and more...
 
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Jimmy Fortune – Lessons

There is no doubt in my mind that Jimmy Fortune is one of the best pure singers that has ever been in Country Music. As a longtime member of the Statler Brothers, he crafted and sang lead on some of the groups’ biggest hits. For the past decade, he has been on his own, releasing some very excellent material as a solo artist. This album, his fifth project, is a little bit different. Oh, it’s .just as satisfying on the ears as anything he has cut, and if Jimmy Fortune...
 
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Josh Turner - Live Across America

Since he burst upon the scene almost a decade with “Long Black Train,” Josh Turner has become one of the most dependable acts in Country Music. Along the way, Uncle Herschel and the good folks at Cracker Barrel have picked up on this fact, teaming up with the singer for a live disc a few years back, as well as sponsoring his recent tour. The two have partnered up for another exclusive release, and this one will no doubt entertain Turner’s...
 
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Cloverdayle – 9 Miles Down A 10 Mile Road

In this day and age, an act better be prepared to show that they can be a lot of different things musically. Husband and wife Chad and Rachel Hamar make this their mission on their debut album, and they succeed with flying colors. The couple manage to seamlessly shift from style to style and they do it with relative ease. They aim for the gusto from the start on the full-throttle “Sometimes,” but then drive straight into the crisp traditional...