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Friday, March 29, 2019 – George Strait isn't your typical country singer today. That's because on "Honky Tonk Time Machine," he sticks with a traditional country sound. For him, that means honky tonk songs with some Tex-Mex and ballads thrown into the mix. He co-produced the music on his 30th studio album with Charles Ainsley.

Steve Earle pays tribute to the late Texas singer/songwriter extraordinaire Steve Earle on "GUY." Earle previously highlighted another of his musical mentors, Townes Van Zandt on "Townes."

Jake Owen returns with "Greetings from...Jake Owen," his debut for Big Loud Records. The release contains the songs "Down To The Honkytonk," and the number one Platinum-Selling track "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)"

Son Volt, the band led by Jay Farrar, returns with the highly politically-charged "Union." Farrar takes aim at what he perceives are the economic and political ills in the U .S. A portion of the songs was recorded at places associated with two important labor figures in American history - Mary Harris "Mother Jones" and Woody Guthrie. Three songs were tracked at the Mother Jones Museum in Mount Olive, Ill, and four others were recorded at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Eli Young Band has a greatest hits collection, "This is Eli Young Band: Greatest Hits." The disc contains 14 songs including two new songs , the single "Love Ain't" and "Where Were You."

Uncle Walt's Band - Walter Hyatt, David Ball and Champ Hood - were originally from Spartanburg, S.C., but pursued a career in Nashville at the urging of singer/songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey in the early '70s. An attempt at an album with Ramsey at the helm was unsuccessful, so the band headed back to Spartanburg in 1974 to produce their own debut LP, "Blame It on the Bossa Nova." The original self-released vinyl edition -1,000 copies sold through performances and self-promotion - disappeared quickly. The band headed back down to Austin with a reissue of the album, "Uncle Walt's Band." A remastered version of "Uncle Walt's Band" is being issued on Omnivore Recordings. Ball is the lone surviving band member.

Bluegrass band Chris Jones and the Night Drivers are out with "The Changing Road." The band consists of Jones, Jon Weisberger on bass and vocals, Mark Stoffel on mandolin and vocals and Gina Furtado on banjo and vocals,

Tim Bluhm, lead singer of The Mother Hips, is out with a solo country disc, "Sorta Surviving."

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Honky Tonk Time Machine CD review - Honky Tonk Time Machine
At this stage of his nearly four-decades-long career, George Strait sure knows his sweet spot. Take a look at the cover of his 30th studio album, and it's understood that it's the honky tonks that are part and parcel of the tall Texan. Not to mention the title. And that means, Strait is going to be singing about drinking, loving and faith in styles ranging from honky tonk to straight ahead country to Tex-Mex stylings to ballads. You're also going to hear fiddle and pedal steel »»»
Cold Beer Conversation CD review - Cold Beer Conversation
recording front. This surprise release shows an artist now in his early 60s completely capable of being the leading voice for his brand of country music, which is increasingly rare these days. Strait always has enjoyed a voice that resonates and is dexterous depending on the style. And the Texan sticks with the types of styles that brought him to the top - traditional country ("Let It Go," "Goin' Goin' Gone"), Texas swing ("It Takes All Kinds") and Zydeco »»»
The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium CD review - The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium
George Strait has been one of the most dependable country music stars for three decades. In this day and age, the Texan is a certifiable throwback. He's low key, not a self-promoter. All's he has done is churn out hit after hit for decade after decade. He has not been the kind of artist who put his finger up in the air either or trading his cowboy hat for a baseball cap. When looking up the definition of traditional country, George Strait sits at the top. Strait tackles 20 songs on »»»
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: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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