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McBride, Carter offer new sounds

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – Martina McBride and Carlene Carter release new albums today, while Emmylou Harris is going the reissue route.

McBride is out with "Everlasting," a collection of R & B and soul covers. Don Was produced the album. This marks the first disc for McBride as an independent artist. Songs include "Do Right Woman, Do Right Woman," "If You Don't Know Be My Now," "Suspicious Minds" and "Bring It On Home to Me," which she does to Gavin DeGraw.

Carter's disc, "Carter Girl," goes back to her roots. Carter sings songs that were done by the Carter Family of which she is a part, along with several others.

Harris reissues "Wrecking Ball," originally released in 1995 on Elektra as a three-disc set. The release contains a remaster of the original, one with bonus material including unreleased songs and alternate takes and the third, a DVD containing a making-of documentary. Harris collaborated with Daniel Lanois, who at the time was best known for his work with U2. The disc had an atmospheric bent. Songs include "Orphan Girl" by Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams' "Sweet Old World."

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Reckless CD review - Reckless
Stephen King tells us "Talent is cheaper than table salt." And what a shaker-full is contained on Martina McBride's latest. Songwriters? Hillary Lindsey, Sarah Buxton and Liz Rose are amongst the world's finest. For a producer, how about Faith Hill's or Taylor Swift's? And lest we forget - McBride herself possesses the best, hemi-powered soprano of any working singer today. This is gaudy, Dream Team level stuff. So, why isn't it better? It's been »»»
Everlasting CD review - Everlasting
When an established artist is somewhat "in between" albums, a greatest hits package can often bridge that gap. Or a live album. Or perhaps a cringe-worthy Christmas album. If you're Rod Stewart you can create a cottage industry from old standards. But few decide to try to enhance or pay tribute to old soul songs that can almost never be duplicated. However Martina McBride decided to go down that road on her latest offering with acclaimed producer Don Was helping out. »»»
Hits and More CD review - Hits and More
If you've ever heard Martina McBride sing O Holy Night or Over the Rainbow, maybe you've felt the goosebumps with her unmistakable, soaring soprano. In a genre full of splendid singers, McBride's voice stands atop them all. But, as anybody's who's spent more than five minutes around show business can tell you, having the most talent is only a good start. McBride has had trouble filling albums with songs equal to her instrument, and she's locked horns with her record company. »»»
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: Earle does it well all over again – Justin Townes Earle is back. Not that he had gone anywhere too far away. Less than four months ago, he performed a similarly styled solo acoustic show across the river in Boston at the City Winery. So, once again, this was the chance for Earle to showcase his bevy of very good material, leaning heavily towards a bluesy side, with his interest in... »»»
Concert Review: Stuart turns up the honky tonk – Late in the afternoon before heading up to Penn's Peak, news broke that the venue was nominated by The Academy of Country Music as one of the top five small venues for 2018. This foreshadowed a special vibe for Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives on this night, playing for about 1,000 fans. The band, together now for 16 years, bedecked in... »»»
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