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Jeff Allen – Self Titled

The energetic stage show of Jeff Allen has made him one of Nashville’s most talked about new artists as of late. Having had a chance to see him in concert before I heard the record, I wondered would I come away disappointed? After all, communicating the energy of a live show to a recorded disc can be a little bit tough. Ace Nashville musicians Odie Blackmon and Kenny Greenburg, who serve as producers of this disc, succeed wholeheartedly in keeping Allen’s talent front and center. That, along with the…
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The Carter Brothers – The Road To Roosky

The music of the Carter Brothers has been described by some as “Appalachian Folk Rock funked-up Bluegrass gypsy Blues music.” While someone might have to had worked a little bit of overtime to come up with those words, they fit – really well. Descendants of the legendary Carter Family from Country Music’s earliest days, they mix those above-mentioned styles of music in what almost seems effortless. Even so, the results are still very enjoyable, as you can tell that Tim and Danny have a huge respect for what…
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Martina McBride – Eleven

For close to two decades, Martina McBride has been one of the brightest stars of the RCA label roster. However, sometimes a shake-up on the label side of things can give a career a shot in the arm, and the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is no different. Her debut for Scott Borchetta and the folks at Republic Nashville has several cuts that fall right in line with the best of what she’s done in the past, such as the power ballad “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” and the touching “Long Distance Lullaby.” But, there’s…
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Rodney Atkins – Take A Back Road

Over the past five years or so, I can’t think of an artist who has been able to pick songs that his or her core audience any better than Rodney Atkins. It’s all about being real – whether as a father, husband, son, or family member. His latest Curb release is another fine example of Atkins knowing his listeners. The title track – a recent chart topper – is all about the thrill of being able to leave the work behind and just get lost in doing absolutely nothing more than just taking it easy. He also brims…
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Montgomery Gentry – Rebels On The Run

Hard to believe it, but Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery have been making some great music for a dozen years now since “Hillbilly Shoes” launched their career back in 1999. The past year has seen some major changes with the guys. Eddie has undergone a bout (a successful one!) with cancer and divorce, and their longtime recording agreement with Sony came to an end. Enter in to the picture Tom Baldrica, who is now at Average Joe’s Entertainment. He was with the duo at Sony during some of their biggest…
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LeAnn Rimes – Lady & Gentlemen

Over the years, it has seemed that the personal life of LeAnn Rimes has often taken precedence over her music – which is a shame, because vocally, there are few in the genre that can touch her. At her best, she’s as good as Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack or anyone in the business. She also brings a certain degree of sultriness and sensuality to her adult recordings that has the potential…
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K.K. Miller – I’m OK With Me

West Virginia native K.K. Miller has been singing since she was a youngster – starting to perfect her craft at age eight. Armed with a voice and music degree, she came to Nashville, ready and willing to give the music business a whirl. In 2011, she’s still standing, and that’s half the battle. She’s released a very strong project for her second album – one that features a mixture of covers and new songs that are guaranteed to leave you with a great impression. Some of the highlights on the disc include “Let It Ride,” the radio-ready “Younger Every Day” and the powerful “I Wish He’s Been Drinking Whiskey,” which could be her breakout vocal…
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Joel Warren – Straight Up Country

There are quite a few newcomers making some noise in the business right now, and Texan Joel Warren is close to the front of the list. One listen to the first few bars of the Darryl Worley / Kim Williams / Lee Williams –written “She Don’t Miss Me Anymore,” and you can tell that he is nothing but the real deal. This is old school Country, as traditional as it gets. Ace Nashville fiddler Rob Hajacos and Michael Douchette (steel) lay some nice licks on the song. It is one of those cuts that just needs to be heard…
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Mike Aiken – A Way To Give Back!

Mike Aiken has been fortunate to enjoy some success in the music business. The popular entertainer has found a way to give back a little with his 6th Annual Smithfield Music’s Aiken & Friends Fest, which takes place in Smithfield, VA September 30 – October 1. It’s an event that is near and dear to the singer’s heart. He shared with MNN about the beginnings of the event. “My idea to start this festival happened when I was sailing from the Bahamas to the Chesapeake Bay,” he…
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Johnny Hiland – All Fired Up

There is nothing glamorous about the upbringing of Johnny Hiland. Diagnosed with nystagmus, a medical condition causing involuntary eye movement and rendering him legally blind, Hiland nevertheless fell oin love with music, taking up the guitar at age eight. In the years since, that love of music has taken him to Music City from his native state of Maine, where he has recorded with artists ranging from Ricky Skaggs…
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Arty Hill – Another Lost Highway

Many people feel that the Country Music that one hears on the radio is a little different from how it used to be. I guess you could call that an understatement. If you like your music the way that it was back in, this Baltimore native might be well worth your time. You will hear an album that is laced with some old-school traditional lyrics, themes, and instrumentation. “Mae Dawn” is such a song. It glistens with…
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Sunny Sweeney – A Year To Remember!

Sunny Sweeney says that if you see her after a show, or at Walmart for that matter, it’s ok. Come on up an say hi! It’s why she does what she does. “I would be upset if nobody asked me to do any of this,” she told MusicNewsNashville. “This is what any of us want when we start out. You want people to come to the shows, I want promoters to bring me to their shows. I want to sign things for fans are that are at my shows, so I’m completely – without sounding like a drama queen…
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Adam Hood – The Shape Of Things

Every now and then, you run across an album that, for lack of better words, is just good. What I’m trying to say is there are no major statements to make like “X artist just made the album of his / her career,” or anything like that. This album is just a delight to listen to from start to finish. His debut for Carnival Music, The Shape Of Things is the perfect showcase for what has made Hood a favorite of so many in Nashville – his voice. Hood is very emotional and energetic with his vocals, but…
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Annie Kennedy – Highway Songs

Illinois native Annie Kennedy has been dreaming of stardom since she was ten years old. She took out a phone book, and started calling around for a manager. Well, it’s a few years later, and Kennedy is at the point in her life and career where she sounds as if that manager might just come in handy. For her debut disc, the singer has picked out a collection of songs that showcase what her voice has to…
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Chris Cook – Remembering

North Carolina native Chris Cook definitely has a little something for everyone in his approach to music. I have not heard an album in a while where the artist experiements with so many different styles, yet makes them all work as a cohesive project.The most interesting thing about this album is that he doesn’t try to mix the individual tracks up stylistically. What is Country is Country, and what isn’t , is still…
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Carolyn Wonderland – Peace Meal

I got the press release on this one, and it compared the singer to Janis Joplin – so naturally I was intrigued. When this CD landed in the mailbox, I immediately decided to give it a spin. To say I was impressed would only be putting it mildly. Of course, just saying that her talent compares to the tortured Joplin is only part of the story. The Houston native definitely was influenced by her, but there’s so much more. She’s definitely not trying to mimic anybody. On the opener, “What Good Can Drinkin…
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Tom Hambridge – Boom!

There’s one thing for sure. After you listen to this album, I double dawg dare you not to smile. It can’t be done. Nashville tunesmith Tom Hambridge enjoys what he does, and it shows very well on this collection. In some cases, Hambridge is an out-and-out Southern Rocker, as shown on potent cuts like “Two Thumbs Up,” “The Pistol,” and “Things I Miss The Most,” which have that bad-boy attitude down pat – even though the latter is a straight ahead tear jerker about what one misses on the…
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Drake Jensen – On My Way To Finding You

Nova Scotia-born Drake Jensen looks and sounds like a Country singer should. He’s tall, got the beard, the cowboy hat. And, then, there’s the voice. You can tell that Jensen spent plenty of time listening to Country Music growing up. There a traditional side that comes through, mixed with a singer-songwriter style that is very much akin to that of Garth Brooks. Vocally, he has a soulful and assured approach, which comes to view on cuts like the spectacular “I Found Me,” as well as “Where You Goin With That?” He also …
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Michael Z. Cummings – Storyteller

Listening to this album is like a conversation with an old friend. You might not agree with every point of view expressed, but you respect it. And, just maybe – to quote Bill Cosby from the intro to the 70s cartoon Fat Albert, “If you’re not careful, you might just learn something before you’re done.” Cummings grew up in Boston, enthralled with the Blues that his brother was listening to. Over the years, he would add acts such as Bob Dylan and Earl Scruggs to his influence…
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Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band – Don’t Wait For The Hearse To Take You To Church

Back in the 1960s, the Dillards carved out a piece of fame with their work as the “Darling Family” on the Andy Griffith Show. Though the characters and their lack of words were an act, there was nothing put upon about their musical expertise, as the Dillards have released several great albums before and since. Rodney and Co. have just issued this set, which should bring a musical blessing…
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