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Hank Jr. leads new releases

Friday, January 15, 2016 – Hank Jr., a veteran Texas band and a brotherly duo released new music on Friday.

Williams is back with "It's About Time" on the NashIcon label, a division of Big Machine. Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Cheap Trick) produced the dozen-song disc, which contains re-recorded versions of "Mental Revenge" and "Born to Boogie" with Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore and featuring Brad Paisley on guitar, plus new Williams-penned songs "Dress Like an Icon," "Just Call Me Hank" and "It's About Time."

After a stint on MCA Records, Randy Rogers Band goes the indie route with "Nothing Shines Like Neon," a musical diverse-sounding release. The seventh album includes help from Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss and Jerry Jeff Walker.

Brothers Osborne, hail from Maryland originally, have a hit on their hands with "Stay a Little Longer" from their debut, "Pawn Shop." T.J. and John Osborne mine a swampy, Outlaw Country sound on the disc produced by Jay Joyce and Brothers Osborne.

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It's About Time CD review - It's About Time
After 70 million records and 100 charting singles, does Hank Jr. have anything left to prove? Nope, but it is after all, a family tradition - so here he is, at age 66, with his first release on a new label exclusive to Hall of Famer types (Reba, Martina McBride), looking to strike gold one more time. The Bocephus blueprint hasn't changed much since the late '80s. We've come to expect guest stars, loads of songwriters and a dip into the great American music catalog. »»»
Old School, New Rules CD review - Old School, New Rules
Hank Williams Jr. is one of those people who are as famous for their personality as their music. He has never been shy about expressing his particular opinion about anything. Bocephus never lets a chance to flaunt his political ideals pass, and his latest album is his most passionately right wing to date. The irony of the political focus is that Bocephus uses the image of the "working man" to serve as the choir for his sermon, much like Bruce Springsteen's magnificent »»»
127 Rose Avenue
Conjuring his trademark Southern rock and country blues sound, Hank Williams Jr. mines areas familiar to longtime fans. In the process, he delivers an album that boasts characteristic poignancy and drive, but occasionally falls flat. The most disappointing moments occur when the 60-year-old Williams proves too winded to convincingly chant the rapid-fire lyrics of Farm Song. The vigilantism implied in Sounds Like Justice plays out distastefully and his southern rocker about a sexy gold-digger, High »»»
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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