Combs, Gilmore/Alvin release new music
Friday, June 1, 2018
– Luke Combs returns with his debut "This One's For You," which first came out June 2, 2017. Now the debut is back with the deluxe version, which contains five new songs. Combs, a North Carolina native, has enjoyed hits with "Hurricane," "When It Rains It Pours" and the current "One That Got Away.
Veteran singers Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin teamed together to record "Downey to Lubbock." The collaboration began last October when the pair hit the road for an acoustic tour. Ten of the 12 songs are covers, including songs of Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Woody Guthrie and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
Thompson Square is out with "Masterpiece," the first full length from husband-and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, in five years. The release includes 11 new tracks. Many of the songs were penned while they welcomed their son in 2016. Emphasizing vocal interplay, Thompson Square also explores R&B, reggae and rock. Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff and Ilya Toshinsky produced.
Michael Ray releases his sophomore effort, "Amos," named after his grandfather. Ray recorded 11 songs, all composed by others, including some members of Old Dominion, Rhett Akins and Josh Osborne. He had top 10 hits with "Kiss You in the Morning" and "Think a Little Less." He also charted with "Real Men Love Jesus." "Get to You" is the first single from the new disc.
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This One's For You Too
Luke Combs has gotten a lot of life out of his album "This One's for You," which includes his breakthrough hit "Hurricane," as well as the popular single "When It Rains It Pours." This deluxe edition includes five new tracks, many of which are just as strong as the original 12.
"Houston, We Got a Problem" includes a smart lyric highlighting specific details about that big Texas city. Even though it has all these famous landmarks, it doesn't have »»»
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 »»»
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: Turnpike Troubadours are winners
The Turnpike Troubadours had a lot of competition when playing Beantown - the Red Sox playoff game first and foremost. No matter though because the country band put on their own winning show.
That was no surprise given the individual abilities of the band, not to mention a plethora of worthy songs to choose from.
It all starts with lead singer Evan Felker.... »»»
Concert Review: The Killer lives on with Low Cut Connie
Jerry Lee Lewis isn't exactly out and about hitting the clubs these days. But if he was searching for someone who was carrying on his torch, he would do well to check out Adam Weiner, the force behind Low Cut Connie.
The Philly band was highly entertaining with Weiner a true force of nature. Think Lewis merged with Springsteen (although The Boss is The Boss).... »»»
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