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Travis, Motley Crue, Cash tributes out today

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – Randy Travis reaches back to his favorites, while Motley Crue lovers get the chance to hear a bunch of country acts cover their sons in new releases out today.

Travis puts out "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am," a collection of songs that affected his career. Among the songs are "Are the Good Times Really Over," "I'm Movin' On," "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" and "For the Good Times."

Metal band Motley Crue has a friend in Big Machines records head Scott Borchetta, who was keen on the idea of a tribute. "Nashville Outlaws A Tribute to Motley Crue" includes Brantley Gilbert doing "Girls, Girls, Girls." Rascal Flatts on "Kickstart My Heart," The Mavericks on "Dr. Feelgood" and LeAnn Rimes on "Smokin' in the Boys Room."

A Johnny Cash disc, "Bitter Tears," receives a tribute as well with "Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited." Performers include Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Joe Henry produced the disc, which marks the 50th anniversary of the original.

Bluegrass vets J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams team up for a second time on "Standing Tall and Tough" on Mountain Home. They delve into 1950s-60s styled bluegrass. Lawson, normally on mandolin, plays guitar.

Chase Rice has enjoyed tremendous success as a songwriter. Penning "Cruise, " the massive Florida Georgia Line hit, will do that for you. He is out with "Ignite the Night," which includes the hit single "Ready Set Roll."

Newcomer Joel Crouse releases his debut after putting out several singles. "Even the River Runs" includes rock, country and blues from the 22-year-old Massachusetts native.

Cory Branan would not be accused of being prolific. "The No-Hit Wonder' is only the Mississippi native's fourth release in 12 years. His last disc was "Mutt," out in 2012 on Bloodshot.

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Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am CD review - Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am
Not having heard Randy Travis' new material, one could mistakenly think a guest vocalist was taking the first licks of "I'm Movin' On," his new album's opening cut. Is that Hank Snow? No, can't be. Refrain ... still the same voice. Second verse - oh man, that's Randy Travis! Wow, his voice sure has changed. Well, yeah, when you've been singing professionally since the mid-1980s, the ol' pipes can slip a bit. And Travis, 54, has battled serious »»»
Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am CD review - Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am
Randy Travis hasn't had it easy in recent years with abuse, arrests and this past summer, a major health issue of a stroke. But one thing that hasn't changed is the ease with which the North Carolina native, credited with spearheading the Neo Traditionalist movement 25 years ago, tackles traditional material. That's what this disc is about - Travis doing his take on songs that influenced him. From the sounds of it, Travis had a lot of good music kicking around the house, especially Merle Haggard. »»»
Anniversary Celebration CD review - Anniversary Celebration
When Randy Travis released "A Few Ole Country Boys" in 1990, it was plain to see the message of his duet with (and ode to) the legendary George Jones hit close to home. Just a few years removed from his stint as a cook at Music City bar The Nashville Palace, Travis' delivery of lyrics such as "Not too many years ago/When dreams weren't comin' true/I'd reach for inspiration/Sometimes it would be you" carried heavy-hitting meaning by the budding star. »»»
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: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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