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Lady A, Pistol Annies top busy release day

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – A busy day for releases includes a new disc from Lady Antebellum and Pistol Annies.

"Golden" is the fourth release from Lady A. Downtown was the first single from the release.

The Pistol Annies drop "Annie Up," the second disc from the trio of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. Hush Hush is the first single from the disc, which veers towards the traditional, strong woman songs.

Bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent offer "Brothers of the Highway" (Rounder) Jamie Dailey wrote two of the songs, and they cover from Vince Gill, Wilma Lee Cooper, Bill Monroe and the Louvins.

Georgia native Craig Campbell is out with his second full-length release, "Never Regret" (Bigger Picture). The disc contains a dozen songs.

A second disc of "The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 2" (Big Machine) drops today with more music from Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and the gang.

Ruth Moody, of the Wailing Jennys, is out with her second solo disc, "These Wilder Things" (Red House) Moody wrote all of the songs except her cover of Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark. Mark Knopfler, Jerry Douglas and Aoife O'Donovan help out.

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Annie Up CD review - Annie Up
For those who thought "Hell on Heels" was a one-off side project for Miranda Lambert (along with sidekicks Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe), think again. The Annies, aka "Lonestar Annie" (Lambert), "Hippie Annie" (Monroe), and "Holler Annie" (Presley), are no novelty act. Instead, they tackle material that you just are unlikely to hear on mainstream country radio both in subject matter and sonics. Like the debut, this one also makes it quite clear that »»»
Pistol Annies CD review - Pistol Annies
One might think that given the presence of Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies are some sort of unworthy side, vanity project for Lambert in between discs. They also would be most wrong because this is not just Lambert and a few sidekicks. Nope. This is a full-fledged, hardcore country trio album (Ashley Monroe and Angeleena Presley are Lambert's partners in crime) and an excellent one at that. The disc takes no prisoners to say the least, making that clear from the get go »»»
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: Lots to like about McKenna (when you could hear her) – Lori McKenna had lots of reasons to be in a good mood. First off, the opening band, a pop act called teenender included two of her sons. In two days, her 11th disc, "The Tree" would be released to glowing reviews. So it would seem that this homecoming show was the ideal setting with all five kids, her husband, siblings, cousins, people who... »»»
Concert Review: With Sugarland, the wait was worth it – A few songs into Sugarland's show, Kristian Bush referenced the band's five-year gap between tours saying, "A lot of people think Jennifer and I have been on a five-year vacation. Actually, we've been very busy." Clearly a lot of that time was spent in rehearsal. The duo put on a two-hour high energy gem that started out big... »»»
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