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Bryan, Evans, Williams, Martin/Brickell release new music

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – As sure as it's almost spring, Luke Bryan has a good time, spring break party atmosphere EP out. This time it's "Spring Break 6 - Like We Ain't Ever." Songs include "Are You Leaving With Him," "Good Lookin Girl" and "The Sand I Brought to the Beach."

Sara Evans releases her first album, "Slow Me Down," in almost exactly three years. The release is Evans' seven studio disc overall. Evans helped write three of the 11 tracks and co-produced with Mark Bright. The two previously worked together on "Real Fine Place." The title track is the first single. Gavin DeGraw, Isaac Slade of The Fray and Vince Gill all help out on vocals.

The Gentle Giant aka Don Williams, returns with "Reflections." The Tennessee farmer with a big voice released his first album in 1973. Williams tackles songs written by Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard and Jesse Winchester. The disc contains 10 songs.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell release "Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live," a deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package documenting a show at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Cal. this past fall. The release contains two hours of comedy and music including four previously unreleased tracks: "Pretty Little One, " "Auden's Train," "The Dance at the Wedding" and "Katie Mae."

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You gotta love country music, which still demonizes tobacco just like a Baptist Church Sunday sermon. "Marquee Sign," off Sara Evans' "Word" album begins with the country star announcing, "I wish you were a pack of cigarettes/'Cause you would have come with a warning." Cigarettes, like the tequila she sings about later, are clearly bad for you. Unfortunately, the man in this song didn't come labeled with a skull and cross bones. The album from whence »»»
At Christmas CD review - At Christmas
Sara Evans is straight-up one of the best singers in country music, and when she performs "Go Tell It On The Mountain" backed by a supportive choir on her new holiday offering, "At Christmas," the girl is squarely in her element. She has the kind of strong voice that gives this lyric the spiritual declarative quality it requires. And yet, she can switch to the acoustic guitar-backed "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and sing ever so prettily and quietly. »»»
Slow Me Down CD review - Slow Me Down
Once upon a time, circa 1997, Sara Evans was a dyed in the wool traditional country singer. "Three Chords and the Truth" was the most appropriate title of her debut. But times and styles have changed in the country music world. Seventeen years later, not only is Evans not traditional sounding, she also doesn't particularly heed her own advice from the title. And that means she pretty much maintains a fast, big sounding, pop approach to the 11 songs, three songs which she co-wrote. »»»
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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