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McMurtry, Gibsons offer new sounds

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – James McMurtry is back with his first albumin six years, while The Gibson Brothers look to other brotherly duos for inspiration.

McMurtry releases "Complicated Game," The record's lead single, "How'm I Gonna Find You Now." The disc covers a few different styles, including a sort of Americana rap.

The Gibson release "Brothers" on their newe label, Rounder. The release a is a tribute to other brother duos. Eric and Leigh Gibson picked 15 songs from country, bluegrass, and early rock and roll brother acts, including Phil and Don Everly; Charlie and Ira Louvin, Jim and Jesse McReynolds and Carter and Ralph Stanley. The album also features covers of songs recorded by some lesser-known acts, including the Blue Sky Boys, the Church Brothers, and the York Brothers.

Boston area country band Girls, Guns & Glory are out with a tribute disc to Hank Williams, "Girls Guns and Glory Presents: A Tribute to Hank Williams - Live!" The disc was recorded on Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 in the Boston area with 12 songs on the release.

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Complicated Game CD review - Complicated Game
The first album by James McMurtry in six years proves that some simply get better with age. And it opens with a gorgeous, deliberate performance, "Copper Canteen," and a line about cleaning his gun before hunting season comes to a close. From there, McMurtry looks back at his youth and the changing world today "before the pension kicks in." Thankfully, the singer never falters from that high standard he set for himself on the leadoff tune. "You Got To Me" sounds as »»»
Live in Europe CD review - Live in Europe
The only weakness of James McMurtry's "Live In Europe" is its brevity, clocking in at just over 40 minutes. Recorded in The Netherlands and Germany, McMurtry focuses primarily on songs from his excellent 2008 release "Just Us Kids." Amongst the stronger tracks are Just Us Kids, a somewhat fatalistic view on aging ("Not so skinny, not so free/ Not so many as we used to be") and You'd A Thought, which also examines the aging process ("There's so »»»
Just Us Kids CD review - Just Us Kids
Singer-songwriter James McMurtry takes aim at the Bush administration, corporate greed and various societal ills in this self-produced effort. There's no confusing McMurtry's "God Bless America," a scathing indictment of cronyism and war profiteering in Iraq ("Negotiation's just no fun/ It don't serve our interests none/ Gonna turn up the heat till it comes to a boil/ Then we'll go get that Arab oil"), with the sentimental Irving Berlin classic. »»»
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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