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CD review - Carter Girl Carlene Carter It might have been easier, and certainly less emotionally taxing, had Carlene Carter just recorded a batch of Carter Family songs using vocal muscle memory alone. However, as soon as you hear Carter describing the losses of loved ones during "Lonesome Valley," you realize right away this is not just some sort of capitalization on a revered family name. It's a personal testimony. »»»
CD review - Turn It Up Josh Thompson Josh Thompson's sophomore release, Turn It Up is his first on Toby Keith's Show Dog label. It seems to be a good match because both artists are cut from the same cloth. Thompson is also known as a champion of the everyman. Turns out they both have the same tendency to go over the top. Thompson excessively showcases the blue collar lifestyle the way Keith champions patriotism. »»»
CD review - High Noon Jerrod Niemann Jerrod Niemann's new High Noon album is better than the annoying single, "Drink to That All Night," might lead you to believe. Fortunately, the album is not completely a Luke Bryan sound-alike. Even so, there are moments where Niemann sometimes sounds a little too much like his musical contemporaries. »»»
CD review - Out Among the Stars Johnny Cash One would think that with all the archival music, reissues and postmortem tributes released on Johnny Cash's behalf, the vaults would have been scraped pretty clean by now, with only scraps left for dedicated completists to feast upon. So it comes as no small surprise to find that the Cash archivists actually uncovered some entire sessions that haven't been unearthed until now. »»»
CD review - Summer Number Seventeen Ronnie Milsap Quick, what guy compiled 40 number one country singles, recorded with everybody from Ray Charles to Elvis, but has yet to be enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame? Yes, it's Ronnie Milsap, now in his 70s, just like Merle Haggard (who was inducted 20 years ago). Clearly, the ornery outlaws get more attention than the nice guy romantics. And it doesn't help that Milsap has always been interested in many different flavors of music »»»
Concert Review: 19 years later, Harris returns with "Wrecking Ball" – At one point, Emmylou Harris told the crowd that she could not believe it had been 19 years since she released "Wrecking Ball." That was most understandable because based on this concert tour devoted towards playing the left of center atmospheric disc, the song bird has hardly missed a beat. Harris' label, Nonesuch, just released a... »»»
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Gerry House comes out (from behind the mic) – Country music feature - Gerry House comes out (from behind the mic) For 25 years, Gerry House spent every weekday morning in people's living rooms. As the host of the much-loved and much-acclaimed morning show, Gerry House and the House Foundation, House reigned on the airwaves on Nashville's WSIX-FM from 1983-2010, taking a brief hiatus to work for WSM-AM in Nashville and for KLAC in Los Angeles. »»»
Once a Carter Girl, always a Carter Girl – Country music feature - Once a Carter Girl, always a Carter Girl Expectations of being a "Carter Girl" - the way Carlene Carter refers to herself with her latest album title - must be extremely daunting at times. "It's as difficult as you want to make it," Carter explains. "I've always just embraced the fact that I was born into this family and very proud to be part of it." However, much like her mother, June Carter Cash, Carlene has always been a free spirit and fiercely individualistic. »»»
Loveless goes "Somewhere Else" – Country music feature - Loveless goes "Somewhere Else" To take a page from Judy Collins' notebook, Lydia Loveless has seen life from both sides now. After a childhood in tiny Coshocton, Ohio, a move to Columbus and a gig playing bass in her family's new wave/rock band as a teenager, Loveless set out on her own musical path at the age of 17. In 2010, the 20-year-old Loveless released her debut album, "The Only Man," which was critically acclaimed but just barely heard by the general public. »»»
Carpenter strings her crowd along – Country music feature - Carpenter strings her crowd along Mary Chapin Carpenter's songs have always transcended the mundane, whether through the introspective songs about life and death on albums like "The Age of Miracles" or "The Calling" or in the humorous ways she laughs at fate in songs such as I Feel Lucky or The Bug in order to show the chinks in our mortal facades. Her music has often helped us get beyond ourselves to see the places where real meaning lies, whether we decide to embrace such meaning or not. »»»
Vincent goes both ways – Country music feature - Vincent goes both ways It's the Voice. Rhonda Vincent has been wrapping her soaring, golden-throated vocals around bluegrass tunes for a couple of decades now. The International Bluegrass Association named her Female Vocalist of the Year seven years running (2000-2006), and named her IBMA Entertained of the Year in 2001. From 2002-2006, Vincent carried home the Entertainer of the Year award from The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass (SPBGMA). Early in her career, Vincent also recorded a couple of country albums, before returning to bluegrass. Yet, it was always her voice that gave every project its power, beauty, and character. »»»
With "Three Chords and the Truth," King covers it – Country music feature - With "Three Chords and the Truth," King covers it James King has been plowing the furrows of the bluegrass fields for more than 20 years now. He's a gifted storyteller whose emotionally expressive voice can make you cry on the sad songs and laugh at the tall tales some of the songs tell. His straight ahead guitar provides the rhythmic foundation on which he builds his stories of heartache, sacrifice, and joy. On his new album, "Three Chords and the Truth," King renders his own versions of classic country song »»»
Over the Rhine's adventures take them to the "Edge of the World" – Country music feature - Over the Rhine's adventures take them to the "Edge of the World" Husband and wife duo Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist have been creating intricate sonic sculptures with their musical brain trust Over the Rhine for the past two and a half decades and aren't any closer to being pinned to a specific genre than when they started out in Cincinnati in 1989. »»»