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Brooks, Dunn drop discs

Friday, November 11, 2016 – Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood go Christmas today with the release of their first holiday release, while Ronnie Dunn is out with a solo disc.

Brooks and Yearwood drop "Christmas Together," an 11-song collection of duets and solo performances. Songs include "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Santa Baby" along with several new songs - "Ugly Christmas Sweater," "Merry Christmas Means I Love You" and "What I'm Thankful For (The Thanksgiving Song)" featuring James Taylor.

Brooks is also out with "Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection," a 10-disc boxed set, which also includes his upcoming studio disc, "Gunslinger" and two songs exclusive to Target. One is an updated 25th anniversary reading of "Friends in Low Places" with special guests George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban on guitar

Dunn, one-half of Brooks & Dunn, releases "Tattooed Heart." The 12-song release includes "Damn Drunk" with Kix Brooks and "Still Feels Like Mexico" with Reba McEntire. Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus produced 10 of t he 12 songs. Dunn produced the title track himself, while Tommy Lee James produced the song with Reba. Dunn had a hand in writing two of the songs.

Emmylou Harris receives a tribute with the release of "The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris." The release, available as a CD and DVD, is taken from a Jan. 10, 2015 concert in Washington, D.C. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Patty Griffin, Chris Hillman, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel Lanois, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, The Milk Carton Kids, Buddy Miller, Conor Oberst, Herb Pedersen, Shovels & Rope, Mavis Staples, John Starling of The Seldom Scene, Trampled by Turtles, Sara Watkins, Holly Williams, Lucinda Williams and Harris played at the show.

On the bluegrass front, Balsam Range is out with "Mountain Voodoo" and Sideline with "Colors & Crossroads." This is Balsam Range's sixth release. Balsam Range is Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Lead Vocals, Baritone and low tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (bass, Dobro, baritone and lead vocals), and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead and baritone vocals). The five original members are all acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina.

Sideline's release is its third for Mountain Home. The sextet consists of Steve Dilling (banjo and guitar), Skip Cherryholms (guitar), Brian Aldridge (mandolin), Nathan Aldridge (fiddle), Brad Hudson (Dobro), and Jason Moore (bass).

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Man Against Machine CD review - Man Against Machine
After releasing his debut album in 1989, Garth Brooks released music almost every year until he announced his retirement in 2000. Since then, he has released repackaged hit collections, new music on "Scarecrow" and "The Lost Sessions" and last year's cover song collection "Blame it All on My Roots." Over the years, there have been live recordings, concert and music video collections. The country songwriter became a pop culture icon, transcending genre to become »»»
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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: No lead singer? No problem for The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester have been in a bind that could have caused other bands to cancel the show. The bluegrass band's lead singer Shawn Camp has suffered from laryngitis for 11 days. What to do? Put the vocals on the cords mainly of acoustic guitarist Jeff White and to a lesser extent Dobro player supreme Jerry Douglas.... »»»
Concert Review: At Newport Folk Festival, discovery rules – One of the enduring highlights of the Newport Folk Festival is the chance of discovery. This is not a festival filled with superstars. Far from it. Yes, there are veterans, who already have made a name for themselves (Brandi Carlile would fill the bill), and there are others who don't even know themselves how they landed in Newport.... »»»
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