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Milk Carton Kids, Ballerini, Pardi release new sounds

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – The Milk Carton Kids are out with "Monterey," consisting of quiet songs recording in such places as churches. Kenny Pattengale and Joey Ryan have an Everly Brothers vibe, but on the low-key side.

Kelsea Ballerini releases her first full length "The First Time." She has had success with the single from her EP, "Love Me Like You Mean It." Ballerini hails from eastern Tennessee.

Jon Pardi has enjoyed some success with his debut CD. Now he is out with "The B-Sides, 2011-2014." The EP consists of six songs, which veer clearly towards traditional country.

Newcomer Logan Mize also has an EP out, "Pawn Shop Guitar - EP." The disc consists of four songs, including Mize's current single "Can't Get way from a Good Time."

Banditos release their debut, self-titled CD for the Bloodshot label. The group, fronted by lead singer Mary Beth Richardson, is from Alabama, but now lives in Nashville.

CD reviews for The Milk Carton Kids

Monterey CD review - Monterey
The Milk Carton Kids may be one of the most unlikely Americana contenders of the past few years. Relying solely on dual acoustic guitars and close-knit harmonies, they look and sound like an introspective folk duo circa the mid '60s - think Simon and Garfunkel, Peter and Gordon, or Chad and Jeremy - while their ability to randomly toss off a wisecrack or a self-deprecating aside just as easily brings the Smothers Brothers to mind. Yet, in the two years since their sophomore set, "The Ash »»»
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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