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Larry the Cable Guy, Josh Turner, Levon Helm lead new releases

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 – A comedian and traditional country singer lead the list of releases this week. Larry the Cable Guy gets in the holiday spirit with "Christmas Time in Larryland" (Jack/Warner). Larry, who has enjoyed great success in recent years, recorded the release in the studio.

Josh Turner first received acclaim for the somewhat controversial "Long Black Train." The deep voiced South Carolinian returns with "Everything Is Fine," (MCA Nashville), his fourth album overall and second this year. The first single is "Firecracker," the fastest rising single of Turner's career. Frank Rogers, who also produces Brad Paisley, produced Turner. He has enjoyed much success with his first two albums.

Former member of The Band Levon Helm releases his first solo disc in more than 25 years with "Dirt Farmer" (Vanguard).

The Texas Sapphires - Texas honky tonk band The Texas Sapphires release a set of live originals and covers., "Roadhouse Gems" (Stag). Most of the 19 songs from the sextet were recorded at the Jon T. Floore Country Store in Helotes, Texas.

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Deep South CD review - Deep South
They're called "overtones" or pleasing harmonic notes that neatly accompany a main melody. People gifted with them - Josh Turner, for example - essentially have more than one great singing voice in one body. Outfitted with overtones, a good vocalist - Josh Tuner, for example - can accentuate the emotion of a song, each note an opportunity to go a step higher or lower. It's that rare combination of talents that earned Turner a 2007 invitation to the Grand Ole Opry at the »»»
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. »»»
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: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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