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Haeley Vaughn – Hoot ‘n’ Holler

If one phrase could be used to describe the music of Haeley Vaughn, it would definitely have to be “High Energy.” This music is absolutely made for the dance floor. “Lasso,” which kicks off this disc loops you in and keeps your attention with all of its pyrotechnics. Of course, the song wouldn’t work if Vaughn didn’t have the vocal chops to keep your attention, and Vaughn assuredly does that. She also commands…
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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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Danika Portz – Set This World On Fire

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Iowa native Danika Portz sounds like nobody you’ve heard of lately. And, to be honest with you, when I heard her debut single, “Greatest Show On Earth,” it did make me do a little bit of a double take. She is That different. So, I listened again, and again. And, by the forty-first listen, I was not only hooked – but also a fan. The single has a very different feel, and Portz’s vocal – while it might take a little getting used to – will absolutely
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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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Cody Bryan Band – Wreck Me

Upon first listen – and additional research, one might just want to label the Cody Bryan Band a “Texas Music Act” and be done with it. But, while Bryan definitely is proud to hail from the Lone Stat State, there’s a lot more to his sound than just those parameters. You can hear that on the wide-open title cut,which he sends into the rafters with some impressive guitar work but also some first-rate harmonies from his fellow…
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Sunny Sweeney – Provoked

With her natural Texas twang, her breathtaking good looks, and her quirky and irreverent personality, Sunny Sweeney has developed quite a fan base – thanks to her hit singles “From A Table Away” and “Stayin’s Worse Than Leavin.” After a record label change, and a topsy turvy past few years in her personal life – with a divorce, a swearing off of marriage, and (naturally!) a new marriage, Sweeney is ready to tell her updated…
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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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MacLear & Waters – Self Titled

There are a ton of talented new acts out there, which kind of makes it frustrating because you know there’s not a slot for everybody. That being said, I would definitely clear a place at the table for this very talented duo comprised of Tom MacLear and Heather Waters. They possess a harmony blend that definitely has a little bit of a Pop / Rock edge, but make no mistake, this is definitely Contemporary Country, as…
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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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Dale Watson – The Truckin’ Sessions

Dale Watson is one of those singers that is identifiable from the moment you first hear him sing. His music is for that audience that feels that Country Music has changed. In fact, if you were to ask Watson, he doesn’t even label himself as a “Country” performer anymore. Rather, he calls the style of music he does “Ameripolitan.” For his current project, Watson has assembled two of his previous discs -The Truckin…
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Carissa Leigh – The Blackbird EP

Spend any amount of time with newcomer Carissa Leigh, and you will come away enchanted with her playful personality, stunning good looks – and her vocal talent. The Canadian has been making waves as of late with her seductive single “Bad Boy,” which definitely alludes to that playful side. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg to this woman’s amazing charisma and vocal talent. The rest of this EP – recorded at John…
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The Pfeiffer Twins – Nobody’s Puppet

Wow. I don’t know if I have ever started a review off with simply one word before. However, in the case of the Pfeiffer Twins, it applies. I will forewarn you. This is one of those reviews where I gush. There’s no flaws about this record. The vocals, the writing, the instrumentation – it’s all ‘through the roof’ good – whatever that means. Comprised of sisters Lindsay and Carrie, this album is chock-full of air tight harmonies…
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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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Huey Lewis Spreads the News about Barham

Tyler Barham, named one of Billboard’s Country Artists to Watch, was Pop music icon Huey Lewis’ special guest for the Rhythm & Blues For a New ICU Benefit on July 6.  The event, spearheaded by Lewis and Montana based event …
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Celebrity Fight Night Goes To Italy – Andrea Bocelli Along With Special Invited Guests Muhammad Ali, and more

Andrea Bocelli will bring one of the most successful charity events in the world to Italy, when Celebrity Fight Night leaves its hometown of Phoenix, AZ for the first time ever next September.  Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded annual …
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Word Entertainment’s About A Mile Releases Self-Titled Debut Album Today Amidst Acclaim

Three brothers hailing from the working class town of Butler, PA, collectively About A Mile, make their anticipated, self-titled debut today from Word Entertainment.  About A Mile, whose name originates from the belief that Jesus carried his cross “about a mile,” may …
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Cowboy Jack Clement’s Swan Song – In Stores Now

Cowboy Jack Clement’s last musical work—titled For Once and For All and produced by longtime cohort Dave “Fergie” Ferguson and Matt Sweeney with T Bone Burnett as executive producer—is the debut release on John Grady’s new I.R.S. Records Nashville label and available …
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