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Lady A leads new releases

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 – With Lady Antebellum leading the way, today was a busy day for releases, although mainly by indie artists.

Lady Antebellum has done quite well with the first two discs and already has enjoyed a few hit singles from "Own the Night." Just a Kiss and We Own the Night have been the ht singles among the dozen songs from Charles Kelley Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott. Paul Worley produced the disc with the band.

Brantley Gilbert makes his Valory debut with "Halfway to Heaven deluxe," a reprise of his Average Joes release. That release was remastered with three new songs. The set contains his hit Country Must Be Country Wide.

Kenny Vaughan is best known for his guitar work. He's been a member of Marty Stuart's Superlatives since 2001. He released a self-titled disc today, his solo debut.

The Gourds have been kicking around for years and now release "Old Mad Joy." The Austin band recorded the music with Larry Campbell, guitarist for Levon Helm.

Reckless Kelly is back with "Good Luck & True Love," their first studio recording of new material since "Bulletproof" in 2008. The band is now on its own label on the 10-song set.

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Heart Break CD review - Heart Break
Lady Antebellum may cause you to throw out many of your country music principles. They don't sing and play traditional country music, for starters. They're not cool like more rocking Americana artists. In fact, they're huge mainstream country stars. So, why are some of us still suckers for their sound? And why does the new "Heart Break" sound so good on the ears? Well, it's simple, but complicated. Hillary Scott is simply a wonderfully sincere singer. »»»
747 CD review - 747
Six albums into its career, Lady Antebellum pretty much has the formula down pat. Either Hillary Scott or long and lanky Charles Kelley assumes lead vocals with Dave Haywood also providing vocals plus guitars and mandolin in a bunch of songs easy on the ears with a story often involving a lust for love. The typical song ("Lie With Me," for example) starts with Kelly or Scott taking a stanza, followed by the other with both then tackling the chorus together. This has worked quite well »»»
Golden CD review - Golden
Lady Antebellum probably needed a change in direction after "Own the Night" dropped in 2011. The material was overly geared towards taking dead aim at the radio jugular and not the best material. That isn't the case this time out on the trio's fifth release because most of the songs veer away from being obviously radio fodder (except for the current singleDowntown with its soulful beginning and strong vocals from Hillary Scott), but that also doesn't man that this was the right change. »»»
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: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts – Brandi Carlile, dressed festively with a Santa hat, began her mid-week concert set with Joni Mitchell's "River" and closed with the carol "O Holy Night." In between, she sang about an equal measure of old and new songs. And on this first night of a short acoustic tour, Carlile was both in fine spirits and voice.... »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
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