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Rod Picott – Hang Your Hopes On A Crooked Nail

Be forewarned – The music of Rod Picott is not for the faint of heart or mind. That is simply a way of saying that if you put in this CD and are just going to attempt to listen on a casual level, not investing into the lyrics – you probably aren’t going to “get” this disc. He’s a little too deep and thoughtful for that. But, if you choose to take time…
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Nick Verzosa & The Noble Union – Love In Principle

Over the past decade and a half or so, the Texas Music world has given us some very talented singer-songwriters. One act that looks to be quickly making a name for themselves on that list is Nick Verzosa and the Noble Union. But, don’t necessairily think this is the same old Texas music that you hear time in and time out. Seriously, there’s more to life – even in the Lone Star state than drinking, armadillos, and proclaiming…
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PawnShop Kings – Self Titled

Listening to the music of brother act The PawnShop Boys will take you back in time a little bit. Their sibling harmonies are very much influenced by the sounds of Don & Phil Everly – as are so many duets that have come down the pike since then. That being said, that is just a comparison of their vocal stylings, as there is nothing dated…
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Deer Lodge – George Jones

Tribute records are nothing new in Country Music, but this set – which pays homage to the ‘Possum’ is one of the most musically diverse and interesting sets that you will hear this year – 0r any other. Deer Lodge is an independent label based in Portland, OR. It’s owned by Bert Sperling and Ezra Meredith, who are both huge Jones fans. OK, everybody says that. But, the two prove their admiration for Jones via the track selection…
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Don Williams – Reflections

The music of Don Williams is just like an old pair of shoes that has been sitting in the corner for quite a while. You know exactly what you’re getting. There isn’t going to be a lot of fancy frills or wild guitar licks with lyrics about tailgates or Betty Lou. It’s as comfortable of a fit as an old friend. For Williams’ second disc for Sugar Hill…
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Stacey Randol – Fables

Spend any amount of time with the latest disc from Stacey Randol, and you just might be transported back in time to the the music of Roy Orbison. At least, that’s what Fables sounds like to me. Does the album sound straight out of a Monument Records session with Fred Foster behind the glass circa 1964? Not exactly, but Randol seems to have that melancholy sadness that Orbison excelled in so…
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Americana Music Association Announces Australia Advisory Group

The Americana Music Association announced today the formation of the Australia Americana Advisory Group in keeping with the not-for-profit group’s commitment to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The group is comprised of Brian …
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Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood Home

Ben Harper’s musical career definitely qualifies as one of the most varied in the music business. He’s enjoyed success with rock, blues, and folk, among other styles. For his latest project, he teams up with the one person who likely knows him better than anyone else- his mother, Ellen. However, that being said…
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Hannah Aldridge – Razor Wire

What is the definition of Americana Music? In all my years of being in this business, I can’t tell you a specific clear cut answer to that question. There are a lot of different styles that comprise the genre, but some of the best examples of “Americana” are sounds that you might have heard on Country Radio in a bygone…
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The Iveys – Jenna’s Song

There’s something special about family harmony, and that is nowhere more evident on the stunning new album from Arlen, Jessica, and Jillian Ivey. The term “synergy” might get used a lot, but in the context of these three, it definitely applies – and then some. They seem to know what each other is going to vocally seconds before…
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Tinsley Ellis – Midnight Blue

Atlanta-born Tinsley Ellis comes by his Southern Blues sound honestly. He was playing the guitar before the age of ten, and found his initial exposure to the sound through British acts such as the Rolling Stones and Cream. However, that love became a passion when he discovered the music of B.B. King. It’s an influence that can still be heard in Ellis’s music some four decades later. Put in this CD, and you can tell…
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Will Kimbrough – Sideshow Love

In the notes that accompany his latest disc, Will Kimbrough is referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of Songwriting” due to his observant nature that he takes with his songs. For his latest disc, that streak is as much alive as always. But, just as evident on this album is Kimbrough’s innate ability to shift from one style to another while keeping this album as cohesive as anything he’s ever done. The album kicks off with…
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Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

In the history of Country Music, I don’t know if there has ever been a singer-songwriter who has managed to walk the fine line between introspective and sexy any more than Rosanne Cash. Going back to her early hits like “Seven Year Ache” or even the jazzy “I Wonder,” there was such a passion to her Columbia records – one that was balanced by some of the best songwriting from that era. Simply put, you had to think about what…
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Suzy Bogguss – Lucky

Ask Suzy Bogguss about her new album, and she will tell you quickly that it’s not exactly a tribute album to Merle Haggard the singer. Sure, the album is a collection of Haggard standards, but she didn’t exactly paint by the numbers and do the classics the same way “The Hag” did. She did do a few things differently, as far as the artist perspective goes.But, as a songwriter, Bogguss does tip the hat the the “Poet Of The…
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The Apostle Paul Martin – Kentucky Jukebox, Volume 1: The Country Sessions

A true sign of a great project is that you are somewhat bummed when it’s over. That’s how I feel listening to this project from Paul Martin – who dazzles fans and viewers alike with his musical skills as a member of the Fabulous Superlatives on the Marty Stuart Show, where he has been dubbed by Stuart as “The Apostle.” Of course, Martin’s…
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Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II – Side By Side

Hank Williams, Jr. might sing about family traditions in Country Music, but make no mistake about it – the world of Bluegrass is full of historic lore when it comes to families, as well. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Stanley family tree. Of course, the Stanley name became known due to the groundbreaking recordings by Carter and Ralph Stanley. But since the former’s passing in 1966, his younger sibling has more than done…
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Mindy Smith – Snowed In

Mindy Smith has long been one of Americana Music’s brightest shining lights – as well as a critical darling, so it’s no surprise that her Yuletide EP is a little bit deeper than most. There’s not any “Jingle Bells” or “Here Comes Santa Claus” recordings here, but this collection of three standards and two new tracks dazzles with its’ amazing simplicity. “Tomorrow Is Christmas Day” has such a sweet innocence…
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Americana Music Assoc. Announces 2014 Board of Directors

The Americana Music Association has announced the outcome of their annual Board of Directors election. The results include both the member voted and board appointed Directors, for terms to start in January 2014. The results reflect the rising influence and …
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Julie Roberts – Good Wine & Bad Decisions

I will start out this review with a statement that some might find to be very dramatic – this might very well be the sexiest Country record that has ever been released. OK, so how is that for dramatic? But, one listen to this album, and if the South Carolina native doesn’t have you under her spell – check your pulse. That being said, don’t get the wrong idea. This album is not Julie Roberts turning into Madonna or anything like…
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Darin & Brooke Aldridge – Flying

Darin & Brooke Aldridge have made quite the name for themselves in Bluegrass Music over the past few years, and when you hear the opening notes of “Maybe Just A Little,” the first cut on this disc, you will likely think nothing much has changed with their style. But then, around the time of the chorus – you hear it. The drums! OMG, the purists are not going to like this one bit! I say that completely in jest…
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