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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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Garth Brooks Announces Opening City, Date and Ticket Price

Garth Brooks is set to kick off his world tour and the first stop is Chicago. It will be the first time Garth has played Chicago in 17 years. The concert will be Thursday, September 4th, 7:30 PM at the Allstate Arena …
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Game Theory catalog receives expanded reissue by Omnivore Recordings; ‘Blaze of Glory’ out Sept. 2nd.

Even before the world lost musician Scott Miller last year, the work he did with his band Game Theory had been unavailable for decades.Omnivore Recordings will remedy the lack of Game Theory recordings as it launches a series of expanded reissues featuring …
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Pork Chop Willie Back in the Studio for New Album

Just six weeks after their national debut CD ‘Love is the Devil’ released—to critical acclaim and the embrace of radio around the world—New York’s blues-roots band Pork Chop Willie, featuring Bill Hammer on guitar and vocals and Melissa Tong on …
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Colt Ford and Country Outfitter Exclusive Retailer Launch Colt Ford Boots by Rebel

Country music star Colt Ford, together with Country Outfitter Exclusive Retailer, announce the launch of Ford’s first-ever line of boots today, July 15, 2014. Colt Ford Boots by Rebel will be available exclusively at CountryOutfitter.com through fall 2014, and then available at …
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LouFest Single-Day Tickets On Sale Now, Performance Schedule Released

Less than two months are left before LouFest hits Forest Park for it’s 5th year. The festival is expanding to include four stages and 40 top-notch artists including Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Grouplove, Matt & Kim, The 1975, Portugal. The Man, …
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SoCal Experimental Rockers CHRYSALIS Release Tour Update Video Blogs

SoCal experimental group CHRYSALIS have released two brand new tour blogs chronicling their current U.S. tour with openersLose Control, which kicked off on July 5th in San Diego. The band is currently traveling through the great state of Texas, but made sure to …
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Jolley Visits Detroit’s Oldest Exclusive Hatter

Country recording artist Jay Jolley recently made a visit to Detroit’s exclusive and oldest hat shop.  Henry the Hatter has been recognized by the Historical Society of Michigan and has been in business since 1893. Jolley’s new video “High and …
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LA Duo Vow Streaming New Song “Charm” on SoundCloud

LA duo Vow are premiering their latest song, “Charm”, on Soundcloud. Wondering Sound calls the track, “…a slow-smolder torch song, a blue valentine where expressions of devotion are delivered with dramatic intensity — it’s love, but it sounds like longing. At times, “Charm” sounds …
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