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Morris delxue, Breaking Grass, Moakler release new music

Friday, March 17, 2017 – Maren Morris' "Hero" debut disc gets re-released in a "Deluxe" version today with three new songs - "Bummin' Cigarettes," "Space" and "Company You Keep," all co-written by Morris. The singer has enjoyed hits with "My ChurcH" and "80s Mercedes."

Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass and singer/songwriter Steve Moakler release new albums today in a slow day on the release schedule.

Breaking Grass is out with "Warning Signs," a dozen-song release on Mountain Fever. The band is comprised of Cody Farrar (guitar, lead vocals), Tyler White (fiddle), Britt Sheffield (bass, vocals), Zach Wooten (mandolin, vocals), and Jody Elmore (banjo, vocals). Farrar wrote all of the material on the band's fourth album.

Moakler, a Pittsburgh native, has enjoyed success as a songwriter with Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler recording his material. He is out with his fifth full-length "Steel Town," a dozen-song disc. Luke Laird produced.

CD reviews for Breaking Grass

Warning Signs CD review - Warning Signs
For many bluegrass fans banjo is the centerpiece of the music. Breaking Grass' Jody Elmore falls in line with the great tradition of bluegrass banjo players, providing a clean, percussive attack on his rolls. "Cold Rain" may not speak to mountains and mama, but it's good bluegrass from the Mississippi band. Guitar player Cody Farrar composed all the songs and sometimes using only songs from a band member is less than a blessing because the band loses objectivity when picking their music. »»»
Just As Strong CD review - Just As Strong
The music of the Mississippi-based quintet Breaking Grass is clearly steeped in the bluegrass sound, but there is nothing strictly traditional about the songs on "Just As Strong," the band's first offering on its new label, Mountain Fever Records. The 12 songs here feature all of the instruments (banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin) and the playing chops you expect from a top-notch bluegrass recording, but the difference lies in the song structure. There are more-than-subtle hints »»»
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: Avett Brothers come home – For the 30th anniversary of the "Traditional Plus" MerleFest music festival, there might not be a more appropriate act to anchor the opening night than the Avett Brothers. Born of a desire to bring rock 'n' roll energy to traditional music and formed by devotees to Doc Watson, The Avetts may have outgrown their acoustic roots over... »»»
Concert Review: Turnpike Troubadours leave no doubt – Turnpike Troubadours have not released an album since mid-September 2015. Don't look for any new release hitting the streets any day now either. The last time the Oklahoma-based band played Boston, they were in a pretty, 1,200-seat theatre. So, one could have been outwardly skeptical about the band when it downsized to a venue on the outskirts... »»»
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