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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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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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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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Stryper – No More Hell To Pay

Stryper has been doing what they do – blending Metal and Christian sounds for quite some time. They also do it well, with a flair that rivals any mainstream Rock band in the business. For their eighth studio record together, they don’t stray from the sound or the message that brought them to the dance. Released to kick off their thirtieth anniversary together next year, this album rocks hard – and doesn’t filter their long-standing…
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Gary Chapman – The Truth

Contemporary Christian singer Gary Chapman has long been one of the most respected singer-songwriters in Nashville. He has enjoyed a successful singing career in the Gospel field, and has written hit singles for acts such as Kenny Rogers and TG Sheppard in the Country realm. Fans might also remember Chapman for his…
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The Blind Boys Of Alabama – I’ll Find A Way

There’s a saying in our business about an entertainer having “It.” What that ingredient is isn’t really defined, but they say that you know “it” when you hear “it.” If that is true, and I believe it is – the Blind Boys Of Alabama most definitely have “it.” Led by the incomparable Jimmy Carter, the Blind Boys deliver an album full of soul-stirring performances. From the opening strains of the standard “God Put A Rainbow In The…
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Brad Davis – Walk On Faith

While one of Brad Davis’s biggest claims to fame might very well be his “Double-Down-Up” guitar technique, there are two other things to note about Davis – he is not only a great picker, but quite the singer and songwriter. The Bluegrass Valley recording artist proves that on this exceptional disc that stands as one of the top Bluegrass Gospel albums I have heard in quite some time. The disc start off with the old-school…
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Gino Matteo – Sweet Revival

Every now and then, you get a CD that is, well, tough to categorize. Gino Matteo is one such artist. He’s simply put, hard to classify. At the end of the day, the best thing you can say about him is that he’s just plain good. On this, his second full-length disc, he mixes a lot of different kinds of styles, but does so in a way that comes out all his own. There’s some blues to his music, there’s a tinge of Country at places, and there’s some…
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Lisa Lambert – Come On Home

A resident of the beautiful state of Mississippi, Lisa Lambert is a throwback to a bygone era in Country Music. She takes you back to a time when people still sat on the porch during the afternoons in the summer, when a trip to the lake for a fishing experience was a bigger deal than the new video game on Xbox or PS3. There’s a lot of fiddle and steel here, and it’s played beautifully by session masters Joe Spivey and Steve…
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Love & The Outcome – Self Titled

The life and career of Canada natives Love & The Outcome definitely qualifies as a faith-based story. How else do you explain leaving your native country to move to the United States to try your hand at the crazy world of the music business. Vocalist Jodi King and her husband, bass player Chris Rademaker had to have faith in their musical abilities, but to make such a move proves what faith you have in a higher…
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Aaron & Amanda Crabb – Mercy

The Crabb family has long been one of Gospel Music’s first families. That goes without saying. Joining that hallowed family tradition is Aaron and his beautiful wife Amanda – who make some very nice musical chemistry together. The one thing that jumps out at you very quickly is the harmonies between the two. You can tall that on the opener, “If I’m Guilty.” First of all, the opening riffs on the acoustic guitar give this…
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Joey+Rory – Inspired

If you are a fan of husband and wife duo Joey+Rory, you know that they have an old school approach to doing their music. Even on a song like their breakout “Cheater, Cheater,” which definitely has a little bit of spice and sauce to it, the instrumentation is decidedly traditional. With that sound, as well as the values the duo sing about in their music, it was only a matter of time before the couple recorded their…
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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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Valerie June – Pushin’ Against A Stone

Every now and then, you hear an artist that makes the word special seem like such an understatement. West Tennessee native Valerie June is such an artist. There’s really nobody to compare her to, because I have never heard an artist who can do what she does and do it so effortless. Blues? Check. R&B? Check. Country? Yes, check. June even flirts with a mountain vibe on several of the cuts here, and can at one time bring…
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OBB – Self Titled

Nashville is known as “Music City, USA,” and that nickname is indicative of the, many different musical styles that come from the city. Of course, Country Music is the pre-dominant genre that fans think of regarding Nashville, but there is also a huge Rock scene in the city. But, the Christian music industry also is centered around the Middle Tennessee area, as well. One musical act that is definitely getting some attention in the Christian music…
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Meredith Andrews – Worth It All

With a New Year comes a time of new beginnings, and nothing says it any better than this refreshing and re-invigorating album from Christian star Meredith Andrews. For her fourth disc, she continues to show immeasurable growth as a vocalist. The Dove Award winner dazzles on her new collection, one that is designed to give hope to many during such an unsure time. While the entire album is a highlight within itself, there are some moments…
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Jason Castro – Only A Mountain

Over the past few years, Texas native Jason Castro has managed to carve out a very successful career in the world of Contemporary Christian music. For his new album, he adheres to the time honored creed of “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It.” His new album takes the warmth and honesty displayed in his past music, and takes it up a notch – which many of his fans might be somewhat surprised by. After all…
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Join the House Concert Movement

“House Concert” is a new buzzword in Independent Music. The concept is simple; fans open up their homes for private performances by their favorite musicians. While salon shows have taken place for centuries, Independent musicians are now viewing House Concerts as a viable revenue stream. Thousands are taking place each year. Even the big industry conferences like SXSW and The Independent Music Conference are now featuring panels on the importance of House Concerts. The House Concert movement has also…
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Music Startups Aren’t Dead – They’re Just Changing

Rumors of the death of the digital music industry are greatly exaggerated, says former Last.fm executive Matthew Hawn. While there may not be much room for profiting from recorded music any more, an entire generation of companies are building a different, more exciting future. For those of us who work in digital music, this week has delivered a nasty one-two punch to the gut. First David Pakman (eMusic, N2K, MyPlay) posted the text of his testimony during US Congressional hearings on his blog. It focused on how…
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New York Rock Exchange Introduces Song Investing For Superfans

The New York Rock Exchange may at first appear to be a new form of investing in songs. Though that is a key element of the Exchange, owning shares seems more akin to joining an artist fan club and adding ownership to one of the perks afforded superfans. A campaign for Leslie Craig’s “Rockstar” illustrates their approach. Introducing New York Rock Exchange. The New York Rock Exchange recently …
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