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Musgraves, Carpenter release new albums

Friday, March 30, 2018 – Kacey Musgraves and Mary Chapin Carpenter lead the list of new releases today.

Musgraves is out with "Slow Burn," which takes a different turn from previous efforts where Musgraves cut her teeth on being pretty much a traditional country singer. She adds a bit of disc and electronica on a few tracks and generally steers clear of anything overtly traditional. Musgraves proves to be more expressive on the 13-track album.

Carpenter's "Sometimes Just The Sky" takes a look back and forward. The disc contains reworked songs from throughout Carpenter's career with the title track being the lone new track of the 13. "Heroes and Heroines," which first appeared on 1987's "Hometown Girl," is the first single. Vince Mendoza produced the disc.

Newcomer Ashley McBryde releases "Girl Going Nowhere," her debut at the age of 34. The first single is "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega." McBryde bears a strong resemblance to Brandy Clark and Mary Chapin Carpenter vocally.

Kim Richey returns with her first album in five years, "Edgeland," on Yep Roc. Richey has enjoyed a long career, spanning 23 years and has put out 8 albums in that time. Recorded in Nashville, "Edgeland" is Richey's eighth studio album was produced by Brad Jones (Over the Rhine, Hayes Carll, Josh Rouse).

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Sometimes it's not about what you play, but the way you play it, and with "A Very Kacey Christmas," Kacey Musgraves sacrifices a little surprise for a relatively pleasantly predictable holiday offering. For instance, Musgraves' duet with Willie Nelson plays on (surprise surprise) the iconic singer's propensity to smoke weed when they wish the world "A Willie Nice Christmas." Although there are some sad country songs, like "Christmas Makes Me Cry" and »»»
Pageant Material CD review - Pageant Material
Kacey Musgraves is a welcome throwback in these bro and modern country times. That means you're going to hear sharp lyrics with more than a touch of humor, story songs and even instrumentation that recalls traditional country, like pedal steel, mandolin and a Johnny Cash drumbeat. Musgraves' tour de force is her uncanny ability to turn a phrase. She does employ fellow producers Luke Laird and Shane McAnally plus Brandy Clark and Josh Osborne, among others, for lyrical help. »»»
Same Trailer Different Park CD review - Same Trailer Different Park
Kacey Musgraves sounds so much like Miranda Lambert on her single, Merry Go 'Round, you'd almost assume they were sisters. With the album "Same Trailer Different Park," we learn Musgraves, who helped write Lambert's current hit Mama's Broken Heart, also shares lyrical spunk with Lambert, as songs are packed with plenty of humor and down home wisdom. Coincidently, cigarettes also show up a lot as they do on some of Lambert's recordings. Blowin' Smoke, for »»»
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: Lake Street Dive ends the year in style – Lake Street Dive may have been looking back when it offered that traditional New Year's song "Auld Lang Syne" as the new year rolled in. No matter which way the band looks - forwards or backwards - life is good. For the second time in six weeks, Lake Street Dive was back home (the Brooklyn-based group formed at the local New England... »»»
Concert Review: Who's to say that McKenna has reached her prime? – Before she even started her annual holiday season gig at the venerated club, Lori McKenna told the sold-out crowd she remembered holding a CD release party for her very first album, "Paper Wings and Halo" 18 years ago and was shocked when she found out that, too, was SRO. "I didn't have that big a family," McKenna joked,... »»»
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