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Movie soundtrack, Blue Highway offer new CDs

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 – A soundtrack to a well-received movie and an anniversary collection with new tracks from a stellar bluegrass band are the key releases today.

Crazy Heart," the movie starring Jeff Bridges as a down-and-out country singer, has a soundtrack produced by T Bone Burnett, the brains behind the "O Brother" soundtrack. Bridges sings 6 of the 16 songs. Ryan Bingham, the New Mexico- rootsy singer, sings the theme song in the movie, The Weary Kind.

Blue Highway has been around for 15 years and commemorates as much with "Some Day: The Fifteenth Anniversary Collection." The set also contains 3 new songs. The quintet still consists of Tim Stafford (guitar), Wayne Taylor (bass), Shawn Lane (mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro) and Jason Burleson (banjo).

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: Stapleton places trust in power of song – Chris Stapleton's unlikely mainstream country popularity has graduated the scruffy singer/songwriter from large theaters to the hockey stadiums, and one had to wonder how much this audience growth would affect his performing style. If tonight is any indicator, though, it hasn't changed much. His wife Morgane was absent, as she's home... »»»
Concert Review: It's no wonder that 10 String Symphony stays busy – To say that Rachel Baiman has been busy might be an understatement. Last year, she released the very fine "Shame" CD and toured behind that. Just last month, she and musical collaborator Christian Sedelmyer put out their third album, "Generation Frustration," under the moniker 10 String Symphony. The two were on an ultra-short tour... »»»
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