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Young, Blackberry Smoke release new sounds

Friday, October 14, 2016 – Chris Young releases his first holiday disc today, "It Must Be Christmas." Young recorded 10 songs for the effort, including "The First Noel" with Brad Paisley and "I'll Be Home For Christmas."

Rock/roots/country band Blackberry Smoke returns with "Like An Arrow," which they self-released. Recorded just outside of the band's native Atlanta at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, GA, the 12-track album was self-produced and features special guest Gregg Allman on the album's closing track, "Free On The Wing."

Steve Earle's seminal "Guitar Town" is reissued 30 years later, including a live disc recorded at the Park West in Chicago.

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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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