Jackson releases number ones
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 – Alan Jackson had the lone big release this week with "34 Number Ones." Now, the CD does contain the right number of number ones, but there are more than 34 songs on the disc. New songs include Ring of Fire, his take on the Johnny Cash hit, As She's Walking Away with Zac Band Band (and really featuring Jackson as opposed to him being the lead singer) and Look At Me, which was on a movie soundtrack for a Billy Graham biopic.
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Precious Memories Vol. II
There's nothing more pathetic than watching a country performer sweat bullets on television while performing a gospel song, seemingly to try and prove - with all this overt effort - they truly believe what they're singing about. You won't get that impression from Alan Jackson, at least not from his second collection of hymns, "Precious Memories: Vol. II." Even during There Is Power in the Blood, a song that could easily have gotten revved up beyond control, the guitar and »»»
34 Number Ones
34 Number Ones
Alan Jackson has rightfully enjoyed a tremendous amount of artistic and commercial success during his 14-CD career spanning 20 years. None of his albums debuted lower than number four. He captures a segment of country music that, unfortunately, has few imitators. The Georgian is well-steeped, of course, in traditional country music following in the footsteps of folks like George Jones. He also tends to focus on the small town way of life, a humble working »»»
The title indicates traditionalist Alan Jackson is moving forward. While it's not clear how fast Jackson is moving forward, he certainly keeps moving in the right direction. This is pretty much meat and potatoes Jackson. Now, while that may sound to be less than complimentary, in the case of Jackson, there's a lot to be said for that. First off, he has a distinctive, sweet voice. George Jones, of course, continues to be an influence (True Love is a Golden Ring and a fine duet with Lee »»»
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: McGraw has plenty of fight left
Despite the fact that Tim McGraw is five years sober, fit as a triathlete and touring behind a number one album, he is still in an unenviable position. As he approaches 50, McGraw has to stay a step ahead of the current crop of young country hunks with TV shows, cross format radio airplay and wider appeal. But as he proved at First Niagara's... »»»
Concert Review: Steve Earle doesn't rest (on laurels)
If you didn't realize Steve Earle had a new disc out, "The Low Highway," it would have been no problem realizing that quite and quickly.
That was because Earle started the two-hour show with three straight tracks from "The Low Highway," and he would not be done for the night. The title track of was a midtempo effort... »»»
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