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Alabama, Fulks release new music

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 – A tribute to Alabama and a different side of Robbie Fulks are among the music offerings out today.

"Alabama and Friends" features the band playing with the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Trisha Yearwood. The release includes two new songs by Alabama - That's How I Was Raised and All American.

Fulks takes a low-key, often times bluegrass approach to "Gone Away Backward," his first disc for Bloodshot in 12 years. The Chicago-based Fulks offers a few instrumentals as well, the only songs among the 12 that he didn't write. Fulks often takes a look back at small town life.

Bluegrass ace Chris Jones is out with "Lonely Come Easy" (Rebel), his first album of all new material since 2009.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have been around for 25 years, and they celebrate with "What a Dream It's Been. Big Sandy wrote the songs, which on this CD are reinterpretations of songs previously recorded. The disc marks their debut on the Massachusetts country and roots label Cow Island Music.

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With all the belly aching about country music not staying true to its roots, maybe instead of a new entry into the landscape, it is time for a re-entry. Many hoped that Alabama's latest, "Southern Drawl" would be the cure to what ails the traditionalists. But the iconic band tried to walk a very fine line on its first release since 2001's "When It All Goes South." Back in their Eighties heyday, the group put the country rock sound on the map. »»»
Angels Among Us Hymns & Gospel Favorites CD review - Angels Among Us Hymns & Gospel Favorites
The threads of faith and family are intrinsically woven throughout the fibers of country music, but the results of such albums are not always successful, with some records feeling dry and inspired while others take the bull by the horns and really engage the material. Alabama's latest offering, "Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites," falls into the latter category. That's not to say that Alabama reinvents the wheel here, but, rather, that they tackle the source material »»»
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: X keeps it fresh as an open wound – X did not celebrate its 40th anniversary with much ballyhoo. There were no celebrity special guests. Not much reminiscing. Instead, the band rocked hard, like they've been doing for the past four decades, which was more than party enough. Singer/bassist John Doe mentioned at one point how much this city has changed. Tonight's venue was the... »»»
Concert Review: Combs shows he has something to offer – Luke Combs rode very high into Beantown. After all, he played a show that sold-out a 2,500-person venue super fast. And the North Carolina native appeared during the same week he scored his second consecutive chart topper, "When It Rains It Pours." But Combs didn't rest on his laurels during a satisfying show. Combs may wear a baseball... »»»
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