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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: 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... »»»
Concert Review: With Tuttle, the music's in good hands – Molly Tuttle, preternaturally talented artist and current reigning IBMA Guitar Player of The Year (2017) lives up to the hype. Her songs are well-crafted and soulfully delivered. Boothbay Harbor Maine is a typical seaside resort town (perhaps slightly more upscale than most), which is somnolent, if not downright dead, 8 1/2 months of the year.... »»»
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