Ramsey, McKenna, Punch Brothers drop music
Friday, July 20, 2018
– Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old discovered in a WalMart aisle in his native Illinois, is out with "Famous EP" today. The six-song EP, produced by Joey Moi, is heavy on Hank Williams Sr. songs including "Lovesick Blues," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" and "I Saw the Light." The title track was penned by Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard, Sarah Buxton, Corey Crowder and Canaan Smith.
Lori McKenna has a double-headed threat of a career. She's done exceedingly well as a songwriter, and the Massachusetts resident also has enjoyed her own solo career. Her 11th disc, "The Tree," was the second CD of hers produced by ace producer Dave Cobb. Recorded by Matt Ross-Spang over seven days at Nashville's historic RCA, the 11-song album features McKenna (vocals, acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar, mellotron), Anderson East (electric guitar), Brian Allen (bass), Chris McKenna (mellotron), Chris Powell (drums, percussion) and background vocals from Kristen Rogers, Natalie Hemby and Hillary Lindsey.
Punch Brothers return with "All Ashore," the group's first disc since 2015's "The Phosphorescent Blues." The group consists of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. They self-produced the disc, which deals with how to deal with today's political climate.
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When considering Mason Ramsey, one is reminded of the idea that big things come in small packages. At 11, the Golconda, Ill. native has gained a far bigger audience than the nearby WalMart where a video of him singing and yodeling through Hank Sr. "Lovesick Blues" went viral big time. He parlayed that into a six-song EP with a heavy emphasis on Williams.
Typically decked out in a cowboy hat (that sets him apart right there from most other country acts today), Ramsey sounds about his age. »»»
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