CD Reviews

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Various Artists - Fly Like an Eagle: An All-Star Tribute to Steve Miller Band

I really never got Steve Miller. I couldn't understand how such a good guitar player could go the innocuous pop route he did. Wisely, he didn't listen to my opinion. Now Billy Sherwood, late of Yes and obviously very wired in with classic/prog rock label Cleopatra, has gotten a couple dozen of his friends to contribute to this new Steve Miller tribute album. With Sherwood producing playing nearly all the instruments on nearly every track, guest stars like John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia), Fee Waybill (the...
 
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The Courtyard Hounds - Amelita

I will go on record as saying that one of the most talented acts in Country Music will always be the Dixie Chicks. That - despite how some in the business want to make it so - is not a political statement. They simply stood head and shoulders over just about everyone else in the format. And, though (when she sings) there isn't a more captivating or unique voice than Natalie Maines, it was never all about her. She was very fortunate to...
 
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David Shelby - Rust Belt Cowboy

With his new CD, RUST BELT COWBOY, David Shelby proves that good country music can originate north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Shelby brings some hardscrabble grit from Motor City to Music City with a sound he describes as “Rust Belt Country”. The new album, slated for national release August 6, 2013 via major retail Internet outlets, leaps from the speakers with the rocking, uptempo boot-scooter lead-off track, “Kick A Little Dirt Around” that is also the debut...
 
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Erin Enderlin - I Let Her Talk

A native of Arkansas, Erin Enderlin has had success as a writer, penning songs for Lee Ann Womack, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, and Randy Travis - among others. At the same time, Enderlin is a very powerful vocalist - as proven by her new EP. Producer Alex Kline gives Enderlin free rein on this disc to show her traditional roots to great effect - especially on songs like "Get That At Home." What I really...
 
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Blue Sky Riders - Finally Home

“As soon as the three of us sat down to write, all the nerves went out the window. The singing was second nature…it was effortless,” says singer/songwriter Georgia Middleman in a recent interview, speaking about the birth of the new dream-team trio of herself, Kenny Loggins and Gary Burr, now collectively known as Blue Sky Riders. Separately, these band members have carved out a respectable place in the annals of music: Loggins – the legendary recording artist; Burr – Nashville Songwriters...
 
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Matt Brock - From the Land of Shadows

It seems like an album by another contemporary Christian artist is released every day, and while they mostly seem sincere and worshipful they just don't seem to have a lot of spark anymore. But the new album from Matt Brock, From the Land of Shadows, is an exciting exception. Obviously not a big-budget recording, the album didn't need to be big-budget to carry the enthusiasm and talent of a young artist who deserves that major break. Writing or co-writing all the material, and playing many...
 
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Legendary And New Artists Sparkle On New Collections

Otis Redding, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Delbert & Glen and Anny Celsi are all the focus on outstanding new collections. Artist: Otis Redding. Title: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection (Shout! Factory). You might like if you enjoy: Vintage Trouble, Al Green, Mayer Hawthorne. Tell me more: The modern day neo-soul movement personified by Vintage Trouble, Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings owes much to the late Otis Redding. Those who only know...
 
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Alberta Hunter - My Castle’s Rockin’

“She likes to communicate. She’s a teacher, as well as a preacher, as well as a singer. This is an indomitable woman who stretched every limit there could be for a performer,” says legendary talent scout and record producer John Hammond in the recently released 25th anniversary collector’s edition of the award-winning PBS film, “Alberta Hunter: My Castle’s Rockin’.” The sassy octogenarian is the focus of this hour-long documentary, which tells of her remarkable, near five decade-long career...
 
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The Oak Ridge Boys - 40th Anniversary : Celebrating Faith, Family, & Freedom

2013 marks four decades since Joe Bonsall first walked onto a stage with Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, and William Lee Golden as the Oak Ridge Boys. That seems like a pretty good reason to celebrate, and the Oaks do so by releasing a compilation CD that shines the spotlight on the music for which they are best known. Of course, before their record-setting Country career, the Oaks were among ...
 
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Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby - Live: Cluck Ol' Hen

Though some might consider a recording partnership unlikely, Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby have made some great music together on occasion. Their 2007 disc for Sony remains a highlight - who can forget their take on Rick James' "Superfreak?" For their encore, they have released an album that is very much steeped in the Bluegrass sound that influenced Skaggs growing up - albeit with a few musical wrinkles that you...
 
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Glen Campbell - See You There

The story of Glen Campbell has been well documented - particularly the past few years, and his courageous battle with Alzheimer's' Disease. But, from an artistic level, the singer has not lost any of his bite, releasing a pair of excellent studio albums - and now a collection that takes many of his past hits and puts them in a different musical frame. While re-doing your older catalog is a risk - after all, Da Vinci never tried to...
 
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Steve Hillage - Live In England 1979

He was never as progressive as Steve Howe or as pretty as Peter Frampton, but Steve Hillage is an interesting British guitar player who has never gotten the attention or due he deserves. Associated most frequently with England's "Canterbury Scene," a group of musicians somewhat on the periphery of what the scores of other British musicians, from Yes to Humble Pie, were doing, Hillage was his own man and never enjoyed the success, especially on American radio, that so many of his ...
 
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Robbie Fulks - Gone Away Backward

I understand the term "Americana," but at the same time I have to say that I don't quite get it. I know it refers to a musical style that is outside of the mainstream - but over the years, the music of one Robbie Fulks has always struck me as very much Country. Now, there are times that he might use a word here or there that radio would shoot down in a heartbeat, but Fulks has always been more "Country" than most of what falls under...
 
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Danielle Bloom - Meet Me In The Middle

Danielle Bloom is an in-your-face rock star. You can tell this by looking at her. She sizzles with a swagger that could stop traffic on the Brickyard 500. She radiates confidence. But, so many times you see an act that catches your eye, and they don't do the same for your ears. Trust me, Danielle Bloom's vocal talent runs as deep as any other part of her. Though Hard Rock music doesn't get the attention that Pop or Dance do these days, she...
 
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Travis Tritt - The Calm After

A few years ago, Travis Tritt released a CD titled The Storm. Though it was one of his finest and most musically diverse works, the masses really didn't get a chance to hear it. The label was embroiled in a legal battle, and the disc pretty much disappeared from view. Here we are a few years later, and Tritt has acquired the rights to the music, choosing to release it on his brand new Post Oak label. What set the original album apart...