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Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Mary Gauthier release new CDs

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 – Reba McEntire gets together with a bunch of musical heavyweights on her latest, "Duets" (MCA Nashville). The first single is the hit "Because of You," a hit for Kelly Clarkson, who sings with McEntire here. Others on the release are Kenny Chesney, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.

Emmylou Harris gets the retrospective treatment with "Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems" (Rhino), a four CD plus DVD sample of her three-decade career. The release contains previously unreleased material. The music includes work with her Hot Band, Gram Parsons, bluegrass songs and her recent work with Mark Knopfler.

Jim Lauderdale is in the midst of proving just how busy he is once again, starting with "The Bluegrass Diaries" (Yep Roc). His most recent releases were country and bluegrass CDs released at the same time. With this disc, Lauderdale will be releasing three albums in nine months on Yep Roc.

Mary Gauthier releases her fifth disc with "Between Daylight and Dark" (Lost Highway). This is the rootsy singer/songwriter's first since her label debut, "Mercy Now," in 2005. Gauthier was named the 2005 new/emerging artist of the year by the Americana Music Association. The new disc was cut live with few overdubs. Joe Henry, a musician in his own right, produced. Van Dyke Parks and Loudon Wainwright contribute to the release by the Louisiana native.

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My Kind of Christmas (expanded version) CD review - My Kind of Christmas (expanded version)
Reba McEntire's "My Kind of Christmas," is essentially the same album, with the same title, she released a while back through Cracker Barrel. The project is mostly comprised of the country Wonder Woman's strong singing voice, backed by acoustic piano. The new wrinkle in this expanded edition, though, is a bevy of guest vocalists. These guest spots are so good, it's worth the extra bucks to get the full package. Reba is joined by the dynamic husband and wife team, Vince »»»
Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope CD review - Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope
So, you say you don't have enough Reba McEntire spiritual music in your collection, eh? With "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope," you can fill that catalogue hole right quick. At two discs full, this ambitious set will scratch that itch, assuming you have such an itch in need of scratching. This double album is broken down into two distinct sets. The first 10 songs are traditional ones. You almost cannot have a country gospel CD without "I'll Fly Away, " therefore, »»»
My Kind of Christmas CD review - My Kind of Christmas
Upon initial listens, Reba's new Christmas album comes off a little overwhelming. Upon closer inspection, though, it's revealed to be much better. This is because the album is so darn simple. These songs feature only Reba (listed in the credits as the 'girl singer') and a piano accompaniment. Such stripped-down arrangements offer a stark contrast to many of Reba's usual ornately produced non-holiday albums. First and foremost, these basic recordings highlight »»»
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: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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