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Miller, Hull, Sellers post new sounds

Friday, January 29, 2016 – A record recorded during a cruise, a veteran bluegrasser at 24 and a newcomer with a lot of pedigree top today's releases.

Buddy Miller wears a lot of hats, and one of them is going on Caribbean cruises in the winter to play music. "Cayamon Sessions At Sea" is billed as Buddy Miller & Friends. He has a lot of them, including Lee Ann Womack ("After the Fire Is Gone"), Kacey Musgraves ("Love's Gonna Live Here"), Lucinda Williams ("Hickory Wind") and Brandi Carlile and The Lone Bellow ("Angel From Montgomery"). The songs were recorded by Miller on the cruise with his equipment, but were not culled from performances on the cruise.

Sierra Hull put out her first disc, "Secrets," at the age of 16. Almost five years ago, the mandolin player offered "Daybreak." Now, she's out with "Weighted Mind," with Bela Fleck producing. Rhiannon Giddens, Alison Krauss, and Abigail Washburn guest on the release.

Aubrie Sellers is out with her first album, "New City Blues." The disc contains country, rock, garagey, swampy sounds and a lot of Sellers' standout vocals. If her voice recalls Lee Ann Womack, it's with good reason. That's Sellers' mother. Sellers' father is Jason Sellers, who once upon a time was a Nashville recording artist as well. Frank Liddell, Womack's husband, produced the 14 songs.

The Swon Brothers, who released their debut in 2014, put out a surprise EP, "Timeless." The duo had said on their social media pages that the EP would be coming soon. The EP contains six songs.

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Weighted Mind CD review - Weighted Mind
It has been nearly five years since Sierra Hull released a record. 2012's "Daybreak" (also on Rounder) featured startling mandolin playing by Hull and a strong, but still tentative, vocal style. "Weighted Mind" doesn't hold back on either score, and it's a beautiful work of contemporary bluegrass music. No one is the same person at 19 as at 24, and Hull is no different. At 11, she played at the Grand Ole Opry with Alison Krauss. Hull was signed to a record »»»
New City Blues CD review - New City Blues
Aubrie Sellers may have the musical genes, but that will go only so far because she has carved her own path on her debut. Just how one would categorize Sellers musically may not be as easy. Oh, she's definitely got a country sound going - "Losing Ground," "Something Special" and the tick tock drums of the slower "Humming Song" - are proof of that. But then there's the garagey, rockabilly, swampy sounds as well (the charging leadoff "Light of Day," »»»
Cayamo Sessions at Sea CD review - Cayamo Sessions at Sea
Buddy Miller has done a lot in the music business. He's been a Nashville session player, a record producer, the musical director for the frothy, but entertaining, "Nashville" TV show. He does a weekly satellite radio with the talented, but dyspeptic, Jim Lauderdale. For the last few years, Miller has been a featured artist on one of a proliferating series of mid-Winter music cruises. Miller goes on the Cayamo cruise, generally in late January. The "Cayamo Sessions At »»»
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: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin, Gilmore fortunately get together – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock." And now we have the... »»»
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