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Nelson, Wacos release new sounds

Friday, February 26, 2016 – Release day today is a busy time for older acts ranging from Willie Nelson covering the Gershwins to the Waco Brothers, who put out their first studio disc in 12 years.

Nelson is out with "Summertime Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin." He developed the idea for the disc of covering 11 songs from George and Ira Gershwin after being named the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song."

The Wacos, led by Jon Langford, are out with "Going Down in History." The band's 10th disc includes 10 songs in 29 minutes and continues its punk meets country ethos.

Gene Watson's title may say it all - "Real. Country. Music." The veteran singer produces a 13-song soulful disc. Among the songs is a gospel reading of "Help Me," which was recorded by Elvis.

Chuck Wicks had a big hit eight years ago with "Stealing Cinderella," but his career then stalled. He returns with "Turning Point," his sophomore release. Wicks helped produce the disc.

Bob Woodruff received much acclaim when he released the traditional country sounding "Dreams & Saturday Nights" back in 1994. "The Year We Tried to Kill the Pain" is his fourth disc and was first released in Europe three years ago.

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Going Down in History CD review - Going Down in History
Everything that Jon Langford does outside The Mekons represents a part of his creative identity that isn't addressed in the group he founded in Leeds, England four decades ago. With the Waco Brothers, Langford and his deliberately motley crew (guitarist Dean Schlabowske, bassist Alan Doughty, mandolinist Tracy Dear and drummer Joe Camarillo) have explored the nexus of punk and country, cross pollinating the qualities they don't have in common and amplifying the things they share. »»»
Waco Express: Live & Kicking at Schubas Tavern CD review - Waco Express: Live & Kicking at Schubas Tavern
Waco Brothers is not The Everly Brothers, and it's certainly not The Mills Brothers. It is, instead, Jon (The Mekons) Langford and what sounds like a band of drunken buddies bashing out cowpunk rave-ups in a club. In this case, that club is Chicago's famous Schuba's Tavern. Songs like "Too Sweet to Die" may remind you of The Clash during its roots-iest moments in the "London Calling" and "Sandanista!" era. This song in particular would fit right »»»
Freedom and Weep CD review - Freedom and Weep
On this seventh release from Chicago's Waco Brothers, the band led by Welshman Jon Langford reprises the "Cash Meets Clash" formula that's made the group one of the most formidable bar bands in America over the past 10 years.Unfortunately, the disc proves to be the weakest release in the band's otherwise excellent catalog. This is largely because Langford turns lead vocal duties over to his bandmates for 8 or the 13 tracks. Most are sung by Dean Schlabowske, whose voice just isn't up to the task »»»
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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