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Swift sees "Red"

Monday, October 22, 2012 – Taylor Swift is seeing "Red" today. That's because her new disc is finally out with 16 songs. The Swift onslaught started with the release of the first single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. She released other songs leading up to today's release of the music. "Red" is the follow-up to "Speak Now."

While Swift is dominating the release news, Lady Antebellum is out with its first holiday disc, "On This Winter's Night," featuring mainly covers of well-known holiday tunes. The dozen songs include the title track, I'll Be Home For Christmas, All I Want for Christmas is You and Blue Christmas.

Australian husband and wife duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson release their second disc together, "Wreck and Ruin." Chambers has forged a solo career in the U.S.

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Wreck & Ruin CD review - Wreck & Ruin
Throughout her career, Kasey Chambers has never made any clear distinction between the rural environs where she was raised in her native Australia and the musical traditions that govern authentic Americana. The product of a musical family, she absorbed it all, embracing a heritage so diverse that her enthusiasm can barely be contained. It's little wonder than that she recently released two albums practically simultaneously, one, entitled "Storybook" that's all iconic covers (by »»»
Rattlin' Bones CD review - Rattlin' Bones
The most striking element here - well, after Kasey Chambers' thrill of a voice, that is - is the number of different sounds that surface in the turned-down, trad-leaning setting. That Chambers is comfortable with bluegrass, folk and bare-bones country is no surprise; those were all key components of her outback musical upbringing, and all have echoed to varying degrees across her Aus-country solo records. Still, the ease in which Chambers, her multi-instrumentalist (banjo, resonator »»»
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: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin, Gilmore fortunately get together – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock." And now we have the... »»»
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