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Nettles, Cash, Carpenter, Pardi offer music

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 – A solo disc, songs redone orchestra style, a newcomer and a member of country's royal family are out with new discs today.

Jennifer Nettles is one-half of Sugarland, but she's flying solo on "That Girl." Rick Rubin, who has worked with everyone from The Avett Brothers to Red Hot Chili Peppers produced Nettles, who at times is soulful.

Mary Chapin Carpenter utilizes a sixty-something piece orchestra from England for "Songs From the Movie." Carpenter reworks - slightly - 10 songs from her catalogue. None of the songs on the laidback, soft album were radio hits the first time around.

Rosanne Cash returns with "The River & The Thread," her first disc since 2009's "The List." The daughter of Johnny Cash again enlists husband John Leventhal to produce the 14 songs.

Jon Pardi is a newcomer with "Write You a Song" his debut release. The California native sings with a good amount of twang. He has a hit on his hands with "Up All Night." His first single, "Missin' You Crazy," reached the top 30.

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Playing With Fire CD review - Playing With Fire
If you happened to hear Jennifer Nettles' debut solo record, "That Girl," you may have come away thinking that she was a frustrated torch singer. That effort was chock full of emotive ballads, which, while heartfelt, sure was missing a certain element of F-U-N. Problem solved. From the opening sustain of gospel organ, Nettles storms out of the gate in a sensational tour-de-force. Everything about the record screams fearlessness, whether it's in the sweet abandon of the music »»»
That GIrl CD review - That GIrl
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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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