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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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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 »»»
Smoke Fire CD review - Smoke Fire
Nearly two years after the release of their acclaimed collaboration with Jenny Lewis ("Rabbit Fur Coat"), the Watson Twins step out of Lewis' considerable musical shadow with this solid solo release. Leigh and Chandra Watson deliver a set of harmony-rich coffeehouse tunes that is both soulful and sweet. Fire Songs" alternates between mid-tempo strummers (Dig a Little Deeper and Bar Woman Blues) and torchy ballads (How Am I to Be and Fall). The standout track is Sky Open Up, a »»»
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: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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