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Parton tops new releases

Friday, August 19, 2016 – Dolly Parton leads the list of new releases today with "Pure & Simple." The disc is a joint venture between Parton and Sony Music Nashville and marks her first release since "Blue Smoke" in 2014. The release contains 10 songs, focusing on affairs of the heart.

Drake White releases his debut, "Spark," on Dot Records. The dozen-song release has already yielded two singles, "It Feels Good" and "Livin' the Dream." White had a hand in writing all but two of the songs. Jeremy Stover and Ross Cooperman produced the release for the imprint of Big Machine.

Dale Watson went the live route with "Live At The Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday," which was recorded at his own Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwig, Texas. The disc is a mixture of his own material and covers including Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down."

Trio The Stray Birds, who hailed from Lancaster, Pa., release "Magic Fire," a combination of country, bluegrass and Americana sounds. The disc was their first project with an outside producer (Larry Campbell) and their first truly collaborative songwriting effort.

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Pure & Simple CD review - Pure & Simple
Dolly Parton is no stranger to flash. Even before our modern country era, where many of the most successful artists rival contemporary pop stars for high profile image manipulation, Parton had the city girl look down pat (alas, without ever denying her Appalachian roots). However, this master songwriter has simply given us an album about as close to purity as one can get. The incredibly bright Parton is far from simple, however, so the "simple" in this album's title solely refers »»»
Blue Smoke CD review - Blue Smoke
Of all the songs you never expected Dolly Parton to cover, Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands on Me" has got to be near the top of the list. Although by the time Miley Cyrus's godmother gets through personalizing the song there's not enough of the original left to call it a cover - just a word or two here and there and the chorus, which for those of you who have forgotten this masterpiece of 80's hair metal is just the title of the song repeated almost enough times to make a »»»
Better Day CD review - Better Day
If Dolly Parton were to host a summer replacement daytime TV show, her new record album could very well be the soundtrack. It is so totally Dolly - an hour's worth of can-do, I'm-country-gol'-dang-it-but-don't-forget-I'm-Hollywood, yet never abandoning the singer-songwriter that's been her overriding trademark. It gets a little silly, which you expect from Dolly. In fact, the song she co-wrote with Mac Davis, Country Is as Country Does - gets a lot silly. »»»
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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