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Crowell, Adkins, The Mavs top releases

Friday, March 31, 2017 – Rodney Crowell, Trace Adkins and The Mavericks lead the list of releases today.

Crowell is out with "Closer Ties," his first disc since "Tarpaper Sky." Ex-wife Rosanne Cash helps out on "It Ain't Over Yet" with John Paul White, ex-half of The Civil Wars. Sheryl Crow lends her voice on "I'm Tied To You." The 10-song release was co-produced by Jordan Lehning and Kim Buie.

Adkins returns with "Something's Going On," his debut on the Broken Bow label, Wheelhouse. This is Adkins' 12th disc with "Watered Down" the first single. Adkins' last release was "Love Will..." four years ago.

The Mavs are out with their second release in about six months, "Brand New Day," on their own label. The band merges sounds including country, Cuban, blues, rockabilly and rock. The group released a live album in October 2016.

Banjo man Ned Luberecki does "Take Five," a disc of fiddle and banjo songs. He mixes bluegrass, jazz, the Bakersfield sound and more. Luberecki plays banjo for the Becky Buller Band.

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Close Ties CD review - Close Ties
One song on Rodney Crowell's "Close Ties" album is called "I Don't Care Anymore." It's a song when a person comes to term with aging, where what others think of you simply doesn't really matter much in the grand scheme of things. However, if Crowell truly didn't care about others' opinions, he wouldn't have created such a fine album. He cared enough to give us the very best, to borrow an advertising slogan, and we should especially thankful »»»
Tarpaper Sky CD review - Tarpaper Sky
Working with many of the same musicians who were on his record-breaking and highly influential "Diamonds & Dirt" album from 1988, Rodney Crowell returns with another fantastic solo effort that more than covers any tenure requirements put forth by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. It's incredibly unlikely, of course, this album - named for the badly roofed Houston house Crowell grew up in - will produce five number one singles or recalibrate his life and career like that one »»»
Sex & Gasoline CD review - Sex & Gasoline
Rodney Crowell is in phase three, maybe four depending how you break it down, of his distinguished career. And he seems quite comfortable in his role of elder(ish) statesman, if comfort is represented by having no problem eloquently sharing what's on his mind. This latest introspective outing finds Crowell working with Joe Henry, the singer/songwriter turned in-demand producer who's fresh off similar work with Loudon Wainwright III and Mary Gauthier. As massaged by Henry and constructed »»»
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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