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Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White – Hearts Like Ours

In the 1980s, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White were the Traditional Country equivalent of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Since their music ran in the same circles, it only seemed natural that the two would record together. However, it’s been somewhat of a rare occurrence. Granted, Skaggs performed on many a Whites album and vice versa, but it wasn’t until the 1987 CMA Award-winning “Love Can’t Get Better…
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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives – Saturday Night & Sunday Morning

I was born in February of 1974. So, by virtue of that fact, I never got to witness the synergy of Buck Owens, Don Rich, Doyle Holly, Tom Brumley, and Willie Cantu as the most legendary set of Buckaroos from 1964-1967. That sad fact aside, I will tell you what comes as close it gets to that type of sonic and live perfection – seeing a show from Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Just like with The Buckaroos, any of…
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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Open Carefully Message Inside

Some things are – and always will be timeless. The music of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver is one such thing. He has done his kind of music for so long that one moght think that is is effortless – but thank God that Lawson is still out there putting forth the effort. This set kicks off with the time-honored chestnut “Coming Soon,” on which the band gives a spirited performance. But, what would you expect from a Doyle Lawson…
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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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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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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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Flatt Lonesome – Too

I found myself smiling within the first thirty seconds of the new CD from sibling group Flatt Lonesome. What makes that fact all the more interesting is the song is not one that you would normally break out into laughter about – a true breakup song. But, what reels you in and hooks you is the incredible harmonies possessed by this very talented family named Robinson. Sister Charli’s soaring lead vocals take precedence
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Charlsey Etheridge – Memories Of Mine

As a music fan, I have to tell you that the more old school the better – as far as I am concerned. That saying that, I know it’s not always the easy way to get exposure for your art or airplay, but I love an artist that isn’t afraid to show their twangier side – one that hearkens back to the traditional sounds. Georgia-born Charlsey Etheridge is one such artist. She has assembled a collection of songs that have been done time and again, but knows that a great song is always just that…..a great song. She doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel on standards…
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Balsam Range – Five

When Buddy Melton of Balsam Range gets cooking on an uptempo track, as he does on the thrilling “Moon Over Memphis,” there’s a definite sense of swagger about his vocal that brings to mind that confidence that John Cowan exuded as lead singer of New Grass Revival back in the 1980s. Melton leaves nothing to chance vocally, and you know at once you are dealing with a force of nature. But, it’s not all uptempo…
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The Sea The Sea – Love We Are We Love

There’s an old saying that “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.” Take a listen to this CD from Chuck e. Costa and Mira Stanley, and you will agree. With the cover art – and the unique name – I had this album pegged in my head as Alternative Pop. I have never been more wrong. Granted, the music isn’t exactly easy to classify. There’s some Bluegrass harmonies and instrumentation involved here, yet also some folk sensibilities…
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Darren Nicholson – Things Left Undone

If you study his resume, Darren Nicholson has enjoyed quite the career thus far. He has shared the stage with names like Vince Gill, George Jones, and Merle Haggard. He has won IBMA trophies and been nominated for a Grammy, and has played the stage of the legendary Grand Ole Opry. So, it’s a safe bet that if you love Traditional Country or Bluegrass, you’re going to love Darren Nicholson. The reason for that…
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The Trinity River Band – Better Than Blue

Sometime last year, I had the privilege of doing a review on an album titled Today Don’t Look Like Rain, the debut CD from a new family Bluegrass act from Florida called The Trinity River Band. One could not help[ but be mesmerized by their glowing talents and vocal range – as well as how the Harris family spread the vocals around. One year later, they are back with an album that showcases their vocal and…
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Osborne Brothers – Nashville

One of the most respected and revered acts in the history of Bluegrass is Bobby and Sonny Osborne. Born in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the brothers made the first pilgrimage to Nashville in the 1950s, finding favor with a series of releases for MGM – including the classic “Once More.” Signing with Decca in the 1960s, the duo earned a reputation for pure tenor singing as good as it ever gets (with Bobby’s classic…
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Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives- The Gospel Music Of

There is something downright mystical about watching RFD’s The Marty Stuart Show each week. From the variety of his guests to their set list, Stuart and his ace band of Harry Stinson, Kenny Vaughan, and Paul Martin are nothing short of a visual and a sonic treat each and every week. For me, the highlight each week is when the guys get together for their Gospel number each week. It’s a magical mix…
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The Grascals – When I Get My Pay

There’s a little bit different of a sound on the latest disc from Bluegrass supergroup The Grascals. That can be heard on the opening title cut. It’s a little more gritty than what you might have expected from the band in the past. Jamie Johnson offers one of his most spirited vocal performances on the cut. However, that being said, they haven’t forgotten their laid-back style. “Two Boys On A Dirt Road” will be a little bit more in line with what you might expect from the …
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Michael W. Smith – Hymns

For well over three decades now, Michael W. Smith has been one of the dominant singer-songwriters in Gospel Music. On his latest project, the veteran performer teams up with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for a collection of some the greatest Gospel hymns ever recorded. A collection of fifteen time-honored classics, each of…
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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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Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Lonely Comes Easy

He’s a singer, a songwriter, and a guitarist – and by listening to his show on Sirius / XM – Chris Jones is one of the most widely heard voices in Bluegrass Music. His latest CD with his group, The Night Drivers, shows this to be a fact. Bass player Jon Weisberger, banjoist Ned Luberecki, and mandolin ace Mark Stoffel combine their talents once again to create a disc that shows what has been great about Bluegrass, and…
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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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Donna Ulisse – Showin’ My Roots

Donna Ulisse has always struck me as having the voice of an angel. That was long before her recent success in the Bluegrass field. As an artist with Atlantic back in the early 1990s, she totally won me over with a single called “Trouble At The Door,” which showcased her stunning vocal approach. Over the past few years, the singer has had success with a more acoustic approach, as well as with the breathtaking holiday…
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