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Willie Nelson – Band Of Brothers

It’s a testament to the never-ending popularity of Willie Nelson that this disc has already made a little bit of musical history this week – with its’ debut atop the Billboard Country Albums chart, marking the first time Nelson has been at the top of the list since 1986. Nelson has always been an artist that you absolutely love – or one that drives you crazy with his unique phrasing. And, that’s not a bad thing. It’s a mark of his…
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Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – Just Between You And Me

It is one of the great debates in Country Music history. Who is the greatest male / female duet in the history of the format? Invariably, the argument is usually narrowed down to three duos – George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, and Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. In a brand new lavish six-CD set from Bear Family, a comprehensive look is taken at the latter of these three. First – a little bit of…
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Various Artists: Working Man’s Poet – A Tribute To Merle Haggard

As evidenced by his recent win of the Crystal Milestone Award from the Academy of Country Music, Merle Haggard’s music has made – and continues to make an impact on newer generations of artists and fans to this day. You might not hear it on the radio, as much of what is played on the airwaves these days is far removed from….
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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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Ray Price – Beauty Is…

Usually, the final album from an artist tends to be received in a little bit of sentimental thoughts. After all, are you reacting to the passing of an artist, or the music that is there? In the case of this final project from the legendary Ray Price, there’s no need for sentiment. It’s very evident that he closed out his recording career the same way that it endured six decades. Just as he was in 1956, 1970, or 2000, Ray Price went out being a singer’s singer. And, that’s the ultimate…
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Frankie Ballard Becomes Honorary Friends and Family Member of Country Music HOF

Guitarist-singer Frankie Ballard was recently invited to become an honorary “Friends and Family” member of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Last Thursday (3/6), he stopped by to meet the staff and take a tour of the revered …
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Bill Anderson – Life!

Bill Anderson is definitely one of Country Music’s most enduring success stories. Beginning in the late 1950s with Ray Price’s “City Lights,” Anderson has long been a part of our culture as a songwriter, singer, radio personality, and even a game show host (Who, after all, didn’t want to be a contestant on Fandango back in the 1980s?). And, that success story continues today – with two wins over the past decade for Song of the Year (“Whiskey Lullaby” and “Give It Away”). So, the artist continues…
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Willie Nelson – To All The Girls

Starting in 1962 with a song called “Willingly,” Willie Nelson has recorded with more duet partners than just about any other artist. His first duet was with a woman named Shirley Collie, then-wife of Biff Collie, one of Country’s greatest disc jockeys of all time. Since then, just about every major Country (or otherwise) act in the business has cut at least one duet with Willie Nelson. His latest project pairs him with some of the top female voices of music, and the results are pretty much impeccable…
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Kenny Rogers – You Can’t Make Old Friends

Kenny Rogers has been at the top of his game for well over five decades, but it wasn’t until he signed with Reprise in 1967 as a member of the First Edition that his career truly began to take flight. Though his solo career took him to United Artists, Liberty, and RCA – among others, he has returned to the company where his career really began to soar into the stratosphere. As an artist that has kept himself viable over…
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Alabama – Alabama & Friends

With well over thirty number one singles on the Billboard charts, Alabama has definitely made an impact on the Country Music world. Though the band called it a day following their farewell tour a decade ago, retirements in the music business only tend to last for a while sometimes. And, that is a good thing. The band returns with a new project – but with a twist. Randy, Teddy, and Jeff have re-cut several of their biggest…
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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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Vince Gill & Paul Franklin – Bakersfield

First of all, let me say that words – mine, or any other record reviewer or writer – can’t begin to do this one justice. I believe this might be one of the best albums I have ever heard. Now, of course, this is what is known in the industry as a “Passion Project.” (Truthfully, I don’t think that term exists, but go with me.) The fan who this album was made for is going to absolutely love it – just like me. The premise of the disc is you take arguably…
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Bill Anderson – The Atlanta Sessions

The years 1982-1992 could be called the “Lost Years” of Bill Anderson’s musical career. His long run with MCA Records had just came to an end, and he was still a decade away from Steve Wariner’s successful cover of “The Tips Of My Fingers,” which re-launched Anderson’s songwriting career – which continues to blossom to this day. The veteran Grand Ole Opry performer was still performing, but also devoting…
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George Jones – United Artists Rarities

2013 promises to be a big one in the career of George Jones. For starters, the legendary singer will embark on his final “Grand Tour,” and Omnivore Recordings will be releasing all of his singles for United Artists Records on one disc. To give fans a preview of that disc, the label has issued a six-cut vinyl release of some rare studio recordings by Jones as part of their Record Store Day series. The cuts are all unused alternate takes from some…
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Brent Cobb Becomes Honorary Friends and Family Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame

Carnival Music’s singer-songwriter Brent Cobb was invited to become an honor
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Merle Haggard – Capitol Rarities

There is something that – after all these years, and the technological advances we have made in the business, gets to me about the sound of music on vinyl. Apparently, I am not alone in this. The folks at Omnivore Recordings have just released four new projects on vinyl that will be of great interest to historians and fans alike. Yesterday, we took a look at a new Buck Owens project where he covered the Eagles. Today, one of Buck’s former…
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Buck Owens – Buck Sings Eagles

A few years ago, I wrote an article for another site where I discussed some of the biggest tragedies in Country Music. One of those on my list was the July 1974 motorcycle accident that claimed the life of Don Rich – the leader of Buck Owens’ Buckaroos. In the article, I speculated what might have happened had Rich survived. I said that I thought Owens might incorporate some of the Country-Rock sounds into his music that groups like the…
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Donna Ulisse Guests On Bill Cody’s Christmas Radio Show at Country Music Hall of Fame

Donna Ulisse and her band, the Poor Mountain Boys, will perform selections from her new album, All The Way To Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 7, at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame starting at 7 a. m. Ulisse’s performance is part of …
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Willie Nelson – Heroes

Even if you are not the biggest fan of his music or not, one has to admire Willie Nelson and his creative spirit. Even as he nears 80 years old, the ‘Red Headed Stranger’ is still out there each year performing and creating. That being said, I think might very well be his best all-around project since 2002’s The Great Divide, which I think is one of his most underrated efforts. This disc is basically a creative effort with son Lukas, who appears on eight tracks…
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Merle Haggard – The Troubadour

Merle Haggard’s years with Capitol Records resulted in some of the greatest Country Music that has ever been recorded. But, by 1976, the singer had become frustrated with the label, and sought to record elsewhere. MCA Records was the winner in the bidding war, as Haggard signed a deal with the label that would place him there until the early 1980s. To compare his MCA years with…
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