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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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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