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Combs, Chambers release CDs

Friday, June 2, 2017 – Newcomer Luke Combs and Aussie veteran Kasey Chambers are out with new discs today.

Combs releases his his debut, "This One's For You." Combs, a North Carolina native, had a hand in writing all 12 tracks on the release. The album contains the hit song "Hurricane."Combs , 27, has previously released three EPs.

Chambers is out with her 11th studio release, a double-CD, "Dragonfly," on Essence/MGM. Paul Kelly produced the disc along with Chambers' brother, Nash. Keith Urban is on the track "If We Had a Child." The release is divided into "Sing Sing" and "Foggy Mountain" CDs.

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Dragonfly
Any double album is a project that comes with plenty of obstacles, namely trying to ensure the quality on the first song and the quality on the 20th song (or more) are relatively similar. For Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers, she's decided to work that 2-disc muscle on the 20-track, two-disc "Dragonfly." It's an ambitious idea, and clearly she has something to say. But it's also one with thankfully only a few pitfalls between songs that are easy keepers. »»»
This One's For You CD review - This One's For You
Five years ago, when beer-drinking, truck-driving-in-the-country country songs were en vogue, Luke Combs' full-length debut would have fit right in. In 2017, when pop music rules the country market and male singers are more likely to wear a stylish jacket instead of a flannel shirt, Combs is positively refreshing. "Hurricane," the first single and first top five hit of Combs' career, sounds like a typical Jason Aldean ballad at the onset, but then builds into something more »»»
Bittersweet CD review - Bittersweet
Australian songwriter Kasey Chambers has never managed to gain the profile elsewhere that she has Down Under, despite consistently releasing great albums as a solo artist and as a duo with her ex-husband. Almost a full year after initially releasing "Bittersweet," Chambers is giving the strong album an official U.S. release. Since her debut in 1999, Chambers has always maintained a fiercely independent spirit. Over nine albums, she has explored folk, pop and blues music in addition to »»»
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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