McEntire, Rimes release new sounds
Thursday, February 2, 2017
– Reba McEntire returns with a two-disc release of faith, while LeAnn Rimes strays far from her country roots in new releases out today.
McEntire put out "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope," which contains the familiar standards, such as "I'll Fly Away," "Oh Happy Day" and "How Great Thou Art" along with contemporary songs.
Rimes is on a new label for her, Thirty Tigers, for "Remnants." The disc showcases Rimes' vocals, but is more of a pop album than anything resembling country. The disc came out overseas last fall. She leads off with a cover of "The Story" by Brandi Carlile.
Gurf Morlix is back with his ninth solo disc, "The Soul & The Heal." He sings a bluesy type of Americana. Morlix is best known as having produced and played for Lucinda Williams.
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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.
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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
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: Lots to like about McKenna (when you could hear her)
Lori McKenna had lots of reasons to be in a good mood. First off, the opening band, a pop act called teenender included two of her sons. In two days, her 11th disc, "The Tree" would be released to glowing reviews.
So it would seem that this homecoming show was the ideal setting with all five kids, her husband, siblings, cousins, people who... »»»
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A few songs into Sugarland's show, Kristian Bush referenced the band's five-year gap between tours saying, "A lot of people think Jennifer and I have been on a five-year vacation. Actually, we've been very busy."
Clearly a lot of that time was spent in rehearsal. The duo put on a two-hour high energy gem that started out big... »»»
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