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Carpenter, Turner top releases

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 – Marty Chapin Carpenter and Josh Turner lead the list of new CDs out today.

Turner is out with his fifth disc, "Punching Bag," which contains his current single Time Is Love. Turner continues opting for a more traditional country sound. Marty Stuart guests on Pallbearer with Iris Dement on backing vocals. Turner co-wrote 8 of the 11 tracks. Ricky Skaggs (For The Love of God) and Turner's wife and children (Jennifer, Hampton, Colby and Marion Turner) also contribute on Find Me A Baby.

Carpenter recorded "Ashes and Roses" in Nashville and produced the 13-song disc along with Matt Rollings. The backing band was Rollings (piano), Russ Kunkel (drums), Duke Levine (guitar) and Glenn Worf (bass), with whom she has worked with in the past. James Taylor duets with Carpenter on Soul Companion.

Arkansas trio Edens Edge release their self-titled debut on Big Machine Records. The current single is Too Good To Be True. Hannah Blaylock, Cherrill Green and Dean Berner comprise Edens Edge. The disc contains 13 songs in a deluxe edition, containing 3 extra songs.

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Live Across America CD review - Live Across America
Josh Turner's relationship with Cracker Barrel stretches far beyond a love of chicken & dumplings and sweet tea. The country store/restaurant sponsored his 2012 tour and previously has released a live concert recorded at the Ryman Auditorium. Turner's latest release for Cracker Barrel features songs from his latest tour, recorded at 12 different stops along the way. While live releases seldom compare well to studio albums, Turner has a crack band that can match the abilities of the »»»
Punching Bag CD review - Punching Bag
Josh's Turner's fifth album for MCA Nashville, "Punching Bag" can be interpreted quite literally. It starts off with a hokey Vince McMahon ring introduction, citing Turner's height, weight and a moniker, "The Tornado of Testosterone." It is fitting for one of music's most distinct baritones. He spent two years building a writer's cottage for inspiration. Ironically, the Top 15 single Time Is Love is 1 of the 12 tracks that he did not have a hand in writing. »»»
Haywire CD review - Haywire
There are two versions of Josh Turner's fourth CD - standard and deluxe. The deluxe has the same 11 tracks as the standard, plus (among other goodies) live versions of previously released songs Long Black Train and Your Man . But don't spend more money than you have to; if it's redundancy you're looking for, there's plenty to be had on the standard version. Turner has a compelling baritone, but the songs on here feel like they followed the standard 2010 country CD checklist. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest Opening Night Showcases Both New and Familiar Artists – Long running North Carolina roots music festival MerleFest is a family friendly affair that has proven to have appeal to different generations. The lineup for Thursday's opening night, then, could be seen as a mirror to that audience as it contained artists ranging from multiple-year veterans of the festival down to first-year rookies.... »»»
Concert Review: No joke, The Wacos return – The Clash may have ended their run decades ago, but one couldn't blame Joe Strummer - if able to listen from the grave - that his band is alive and well. Only now he'd have to think they were reincarnated as The Waco Brothers. And Strummer needn't worry about whether the long running Chicago band is up to snuff either.... »»»
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