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Sarah Borges – Radio Sweetheart

Every now and then, you hear an album that just makes you want to stand up, fist pump in the air, and say “Hell Yeah” to the rafters. This is how I am feeling about now. Sarah Borges has developed quite the following over the past few years, and for good reason. Along with Grace Potter, she’s as close as we’ve got right now to the ultimate female rock and roll bad ass. She’s got talent, swagger, and charisma – and isn’t…
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Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class

Angaleena Presley – best known (so far) for her being a part of the Pistol Annies – is from the same part of Kentucky that her heroes Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless are. And, just like those two legendary ladies, she grew up a “Coal Miners’ Daughter.” That upbringing – and her being a part of the Country supertrio along with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe – lends itself towards saying Presley is a very…
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Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Earlier this year, I had a conversation with Ketch Secor. One of the subjects we discussed was their 2013 induction into the Grand Ole Opry. Citing that moment as the career highlight of the band, he said now that they were there – they felt even more of a need to prove their worthiness of the distinction. Well, on this – the band’s first set since Marty Stuart extended the olive branch of Opry membership, I would dare say OCMS is…
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Jacob Thomas, Jr – Original Sin

Louisiana native Jacob Thomas, Jr. had a musical upbringing not too much unlike a lot of artists growing up in the heart of Cajun country. There was a lot of playing – musical and otherwise – at the clubs around home, as well as performing at Church on Sunday morning. However, for his debut album, the singer-songwriter takes more of a laid back and intimate approach, as evidenced as his performance on such sparse…
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Shooter Jennings – Don’t Wait Up (For George)

One thing that is very much apparent whenever you talk to Shooter Jennings – he is definitely a “Music Man.” And, it truly doesn’t matter if the genre is Country, Rock, Folk, or Pop. He appreciates and loves it all. At the same time, his latest release is more than just a musical offering – it’s a way to remember someone who was very much family – George Jones. Of course, Jones and Shooter’s parents – Waylon and Jessi…
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Gann Brewer – Peddlers & Ghosts

Somewhere along the Delta region of Mississippi today, there’s a singer on the back porch who is simply strumming their guitar to the sound of their latest composition. Gann Brewer is one such artist. There’s a laid back and inviting feel to this album that reminds you of such an afternoon in the south. ‘Dancin’ In Memphis,” where the title of the album comes from, offers proof of this. It’s simply modern day Folk Music – something Brewer…
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Kelsey Waldon – The Gold Mine

Upon first listen to Kelsey Waldon, you might be prone to think “What a great Retro Country Album.” While she would appreciate the compliment, that’s not the way the talented singer / songwriter looks at it. This is simply Country Music to her – the kind she listened to growing up in Western Kentucky. And, she does it very well. Kicking off with “Town Clown,” you know that you are in for something special. Featuring Brett Resnick on…
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Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins – Traditional Duets

Sometimes, things are exactly as they appear to be. In the case of Lynda Dawson and Pattie Hopkins, that turns out to be the case. The name of the album is Traditional Duets. And, from beginning to end, that’s exactly what you get. These songs have been part of the American consciousness for years, and the talented duo wisely sees no need to try to reinvent the wheel. Songs like “Long Time Gone” and…
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Amy LaVere – Runaway’s Diary

Michigan native Amy LaVere has quickly became one of the most critically acclaimed artists on the musical landscape as of late – and with good reason. She sings and she writes from a place that is very much real – drawing on her own experiences for inspiration. In fact, several of these songs were drawn from the singer’s past, where she and a friend rode a bus from Detroit to Chicago. You can hear some…
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John Hiatt – Terms Of My Surrender

Question – What do Kenny Rogers, Rosanne Cash, Paula Abdul, and B.B. King have in common? The answer is they have each recorded a song from the ever-flowing well of John Hiatt. The Indiana native’s talent has touched many over the years – as both a tunesmith and as a performer. Hiatt returns with a new album that is sure to leave his fan base satisfied, and could also serve as an introduction as to…
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Marianne Allison – Till It Breaks My Heart

Based in Mississippi, Marianne Allison turned a lot of ears and heads earlier this year with the release of “Till It Breaks My Heart.” Reminiscent of what Norah Jones might have sounded like as a traditional based female vocalist in the 1980s. The song showcased a very powerful and moody vocal, and garnered the songstress some well-deserved attention. Now, with a full album, there is evidence that there…
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Girls, Guns and Glory – Good Luck

When you listen to “All The Way Up To Heaven,” the opening cut from this disc, the last place you would think that Girls, Guns, and Glory might be from is Boston. The track has such an old school Country sound that it just doesn’t mesh with the land of clam chowder. But, as are many things about this band, appearances can be misleading. And, so can first impressions. The group segues quite effectively into…
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The Hello Strangers – Self Titled

Music has changed a lot to my ears over the years. When I was growing up, the lines between genres were very decided and kind of easy to decipher. Nowadays. it’s not that simple. What was “Country,” back in 1988 might still be Country, but it might also be known as Americana. That’s where you have The Hello Strangers. Hailing from Pennsylvania, the sister duo of Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn certainly wouldn’t have been…
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The Henry Girls – Louder Than Words

Get ready to listen, folks, because this is something special. And, no – that has nothing to do with the writer. Every now and then, you run across something so uniquely different that you just have to shout it from the mountaintops. The Henry Girls are one of those musical acts that you just want to tell people about – as many as you can. Natives of Ireland, their style has been described as a mixture of Folk and Americana. I will buy…
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Dan Cohen – Bluebird

Veteran sideman / musician Dan Cohen has already achieved plenty of milestones in his career. He has played the stage of the heralded Ryman Auditorium, played behind some of the biggest acts in the business, and written with many of the most talented songwriters in Music City. So, with all that, you might expect his latest disc to be a great Country disc. Well, you’d be wrong. For all of his ties to Nashville artists and…
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The Loudermilks – Self Titled

If you are a student of music history, you might know that the Louvin Brothers’ real last name was Loudermilk. This five-piece band, based in North Carolina, is very familiar with that fact, and took their name as a tribute to the tight and pristine harmonies from Ira and Charlie. On their album, you will find plenty of the same – though the music is very much different – a little more rock-influences at some spots, with even a hint…
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Annalise Emerick – Field Notes

Not a lot of artists that we profile on Music News Nashville actually are from here. That makes Annalise Emerick a little unique. But, seriously, all you have to do is take one listen to this woman and her talent, and you will come away with a deep appreciation for all that she brings to the table as an artist – whether she’s from Plano, TX or Savanna, IL, she’s just plain good. But – as a music reviewer, I am pained with a…
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Jim Lauderdale – I’m A Song

Since the late 1980s, the vocal and writing style of one Jim Lauderdale has been one that is one of the most identifiable sounds in Country or Americana music. Simply put, when you hear him sing – or hear one of his songs recorded by another artist – you know exactly who it is. Lauderdale’s compositions have been recorded by names like Strait, Loveless, Jones, and Womack – as well as himself! For his latest album, the…
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Sasha Mercedes – Painful Part Of Love

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Minnesota native Sasha Mercedes definitely qualifies as a vocalist. Her vocal style is one that is very much capable of captivating you and moving you emotionally at the same time. That was the case with her last project, and she continues to only get stronger with this – her latest release. This five-cut EP begins with the rolling and rollicking “Turn It Loose,” which gives her a chance to show just what she can do with a tempo…
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Brian Keane – Coming Home

Born in the heart and soul of Gamecocks country, Brian Keane lets his southern pride shine brightly all over his current release. When he talks about the town slowing down to a crawl during his youth on Football Friday nights – and the slow but sure death of the small-town America that he grew up with in the lyrics of the wistful “You Can’t Go Home,” he evokes a Springsteen-type Rock and Roll spirit that most people will be able to identify with.
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