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Travis Tritt, John Rich, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek join Randy Jackson disc

Monday, March 10, 2008 – What do Travis Tritt, John Rich, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey and Paula Abdul have in common?

They are all on American Idol judge Randy Jackson's disc, "Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1" coming out Tuesday through his label Dream Merchant 21 and Concord Music.

Tritt teams with Sambora and Lucy Woodward on "Willing to Try." Jackson produced Travis' last disc, "The Storm," which came out on the troubled Category 5 Records label last year.

Rich of Big & Rich, teams with Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek and Anthony Hamilton on "Home."

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Gravity CD review - Gravity
Was it all their fault? It's been 10 years since Big & Rich injected a modern twist on the country sound on to the charts. The monster hit from their debut record, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", never did reach number 1, but it sure seemed inescapable in 2004. Since then all of the duo's antics that seemed daring then -- from hip hop experimentation to raucous rock shows celebrating a never ending party ethic - these things don't just feel like the fringes of country »»»
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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: Lowe stands the test of time – The enduringly cool and dapper Nick Lowe spelled it out for the fans three songs in. One of music's finest popsters (among a number of other more roots-oriented other genres), Lowe said he and his backing band, Los Straitjackets, would dish out "golden oldies you might want to hear, some deep cut grooves, some covers and a few new ones.... »»»
Concert Review: Rich, Anderson, Denning pull it – Three diverse artists performing under the country rubric, who are trying to gain a foothold in the field, joined forces for a good old-fashioned guitar pull. And that may have been the best way for Tyler Rich, Abby Anderson and Travis Denning to showcase their wares. Rich has enjoyed the most commercial success of the three with his single "The... »»»
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