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Turner, Stuart, Sweeney release new sounds

Friday, March 10, 2017 – Josh Turner releases "Deep South," his first release since 2012's "Punching Bag. His sixth studio release was produced by Frank Rogers, who also produces Brad Paisley. Turner had a hand in writing 5 of the 11 songs, including four on his own. "Lay Low" was the first single, only reaching 25 on the Country Airplay chart. "Hometown Girl" was out as the second single.

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives head west on "Way Out West," a tribute to the west. Stuart mixes instrumentals amidst the 15 songs. The album was conceived as a love letter by Stuart to California. Produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers),the Fabulous Superlatives are guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs.

Sunny Sweeney once again goes her own way with "Trophy," which she put out on her own label. The Texan, who gained acclaimed a decade ago with "Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame" and later had a hit single with "Drink Myself Single," gets deeply personal on the new release with songs such as "Bottle By My Bed," which explores the desire to have a child. Sweeney, 40, takes more of a Texas country approach on most of the 10 songs.

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Deep South CD review - Deep South
They're called "overtones" or pleasing harmonic notes that neatly accompany a main melody. People gifted with them - Josh Turner, for example - essentially have more than one great singing voice in one body. Outfitted with overtones, a good vocalist - Josh Tuner, for example - can accentuate the emotion of a song, each note an opportunity to go a step higher or lower. It's that rare combination of talents that earned Turner a 2007 invitation to the Grand Ole Opry at the »»»
Live Across America CD review - Live Across America
Josh Turner's relationship with Cracker Barrel stretches far beyond a love of chicken & dumplings and sweet tea. The country store/restaurant sponsored his 2012 tour and previously has released a live concert recorded at the Ryman Auditorium. Turner's latest release for Cracker Barrel features songs from his latest tour, recorded at 12 different stops along the way. While live releases seldom compare well to studio albums, Turner has a crack band that can match the abilities of the »»»
Punching Bag CD review - Punching Bag
Josh's Turner's fifth album for MCA Nashville, "Punching Bag" can be interpreted quite literally. It starts off with a hokey Vince McMahon ring introduction, citing Turner's height, weight and a moniker, "The Tornado of Testosterone." It is fitting for one of music's most distinct baritones. He spent two years building a writer's cottage for inspiration. Ironically, the Top 15 single Time Is Love is 1 of the 12 tracks that he did not have a hand in writing. »»»
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: Stuart turns up the honky tonk – Late in the afternoon before heading up to Penn's Peak, news broke that the venue was nominated by The Academy of Country Music as one of the top five small venues for 2018. This foreshadowed a special vibe for Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives on this night, playing for about 1,000 fans. The band, together now for 16 years, bedecked in... »»»
Concert Review: Trampled by Turtles overcome sad songs – There's light in the darkness of Trampled by Turtles. The latter is in the subject matter of the songs - there's a lot of doom and gloom in these relationships. There doesn't seem to be a lot of happy moments. As if to underscore that, the stage was often saturated in dark hues. So, where's the light? Well, despite the cup... »»»
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