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Lauderdale, Hammertowne drop CDs

Friday, June 30, 2017 – Prolific singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale continues with his heavy release schedule, putting out the dozen-song disc "London Southern" today. Lauderdale recorded the music in England four years ago, but had to wait due to other projects before finding the proper time. The music has a Beatles influence. This is Lauderdale's 29th album.

Bluegrass band Hammertowne is out today with "Hillbilly Heroes." The group is comprised of Chaston Carroll on mandolin, Dave Carroll on guitar, Bryan Russell on bass and Brent Pack on banjo. Scott Tackett sings lead vocals as do both Carrolls and Russell. The group, which is on the Mountain Fever label, is based in eastern Kentucky. Dave Carroll has written songs for other artists, including Lonesome River Band ("The Game Is Over"), Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out ("Old Kentucky Farmers"), Grasstowne ("My Old Guitar and Me"), and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice ("It's Good to See The Homeplace Once Again"),

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Hillbilly Heroes CD review - Hillbilly Heroes
In Hammertowne's own words "Hillbilly Heroes" is "BY FAR the best thing we've done to date," and few could argue with that assessment. Prior releases have been solid, even great, but "Hillbilly Heroes" stands above them all. Over half of the tunes included were written by members of the band including Scott Tackett (guitar), Brent Pack (banjo) and most notably guitarist Dave Carroll, who has long written for other artists such as Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme »»»
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: Womack planned a good night – Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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