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Wall, Evans, Allen offer new music

Friday, October 12, 2018 – Canadian country singer Colter Wall is out with his sophomore disc in a career that's on the rise. Aussie Morgan Evans and Jimmie Allen make their debuts with both having hit singles to propel their launches.

Wall has a whiskey-soaked, smoky voice with many songs about his native country on his new release, "Songs of the Plains." Dave Cobb, known for his work with Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell among many others, once again produced. They recorded the disc at the famed RCA Studio A in Nashville. The album features 11 songs including 7 original songs written by Wall, versions of Billy Don Burns' "Wild Dogs" and Wilf Carter's "Calgary Round-Up" plus 2 cowboy traditional songs.

Evans is out with "Things That We Drink To," his first U.S. release. He has previously released music Down Under. Chris DeStefano produced the set. The two wrote every song together along with playing every instrument. Evans, who is married to Kelsea Ballerini, had a hit single with "Kiss Somebody." "Day Drunk" is his second single. Ballerini sings on "Dance With Me."

Allen has had success with "Best Shot," which is on his debut, "Memory Lane." The Delaware native, who moved to Nashville in 2007, mixes R&B and country on the 15 songs. Allen had a hand in writing eight of the songs. Ash Bowers and Eric Torres, who produced a 2017 EP, also were behind the controls for "Memory Lane."

Chandra and Leigh Watson, aka The Watson Twins, are out with their sixth album, "Duo." This marked the first that the Watson co-wrote all of the material and sing all of the songs together. Russ Pollard once again produced the disc, which was recorded in Nashville. The album features guest musicians Carl Broemel and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Vanessa Carlton, Mickey Raphael and The Cactus Blossoms.

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Things That We Drink To CD review - Things That We Drink To
Morgan Evans' U.S. debut a matter of personal preference. It straddles the line between repetitious and tedious. If you like radio friendly, cliched three-minute singles, then this half hour is for you. He is clearly following the formula that powered his international single," Kiss Somebody" to number one in the U.S. 2017 was a busy year for Evans between moving to the U.S. from Australia and marrying Kelsea Ballerini. She serves as his muse on several of the songs, clearly »»»
Morgan Evans CD review - Morgan Evans
There's been a window in Morgan Evans' life where he has had the unusual experience of living in the shadow of his own personal life. If Nashville had a Homecoming Court, Kelsea Ballerini would surely be in it. And Evans must have disappointed legions of men by marrying her in 2017. But while the groom had some buzz as a singer/songwriter in his own right, much of the familiarity with his work stayed on the shores of his native Australia. He finally took the plunge in 2017 to pursue »»»
Colter Wall CD review - Colter Wall
You may not expect the young son of a Canadian premier, the head of government for a province or territory, to also be a gritty singer/songwriter and one of the most promising new voices in folk and country music, but that's exactly what you get in Colter Wall. The 22-year-old troubadour from Saskatchewan, who also happens to be the son of that province's premier, Brad Wall, is turning heads with his eponymous and independently released new album - a collection that pays homage to some »»»
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: No matter what you call it, The Cadillac Three are really good – On the face of it, Kelby Ray's omnipotent pedal steel lines weaving in and out of The Cadillac Three's songs would make you willing to get the family farm the trio was a country music band. In reality, that would be stretching the already hyper-elastic boundaries of what constitutes country these days. Yes, there was a country vibe from the... »»»
Concert Review: Alaina enjoys the difference – Why was this night different from most other nights for Lauren Alaina? For starters, instead of opening in arenas for Blake Shelton, which she's been doing lately, she headlined her own show at a very small, intimate club. That afforded her the chance to stretch out musically and otherwise in a warm, engaging 70-minute set from the country pop singer.... »»»
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