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The Mavs, Earle top new releases

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – Veteran musicians including Steve Earle and The Mavericks, were out with new music on Tuesday.

For The Mavericks, "Mono" is the second release from the group since they reformed. Lead singer Raul Malo had a hand in writing all 12 songs. This marks the first disc from The Mavs without bassist Robert Reynolds, who was fired from the band for substance abuse issues. The music continues in the traditional throwback sound of The Mavs.

As for Earle, he goes a different direction with "Terraplane." He gets bluesy on a disc produced by R.S. Field. Earle recorded the 10 songs with his backing band The Dukes.

Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna fame goes in a rootsy vein on "Ain't In No Hurry," his third solo disc on Red House. He covers American roots, blues, rockers and his own material.

Texas musician Aaron Watson returns to action with "The Underdog." He produced the 14 songs with Keith Stegall.

Bluegrass husband and white Darin and Brooke Aldridge put out their sixth release, "Snapshots" on Mountain Home. Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson lend a helping hand.

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Mono CD review - Mono
The Mavericks returned in 2013 with an acclaimed new album and much touring after nearly a decade's absence. Here they are back again in 2015, minus one of their founding members, but with another dynamite new effort. The group announced in December 2014 that it had kicked out bassist Robert Reynolds from the band because he had developed an opiate addiction and was allegedly soliciting money from fans to support his habit. Reynolds is not listed as a contributor in the liner notes for »»»
In Time CD review - In Time
It only takes hearing a few notes of Back In Your Arms Again, the lead track from The Mavericks' first new studio in nearly a decade, to realize that that band has not lost a single step during its extended hiatus. Lead singer and primary songwriter Raul Malo's voice is powerful and velvety smooth throughout the recording, and the other band members complement Malo's distinctive vocals perfectly with a blend of sounds and styles that reflects the band's diverse influences. »»»
Trampoline
The Mavericks jump all over the musical roadmap on their musically diverse fifth album. If looking for a strictly country album, no dice. The disc incorporates a Latin/mambo sound ("Dance the Night Away," "Melbourne Mambo"), blues ("Tell Me Why"), and even a tinge of country ("I Should Know" and "Someone Should Tell Her"). But nothing is straightforward here musically as horns and the Nashville String Machine are incorporated throughout in what may be considered the next step beyond the band's »»»
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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