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Brice, Moore, Stuart lead news releases

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – With Lee Brice, Kip Moore and Marty Stuart leading the way, today is a busy release day.

Brice has enjoyed a career of hits on his own and as a songwriter. His second disc, "Hard to Love," has a hit already with A Woman Like You, which went to number one. His current single is the title track. Brice has penned hits for Tim McGraw (Still) and Garth Brooks (More Than a Memory).

Moore, who has a hit on his hands with Somethin' 'Bout a Truck, releases his debut "Up All Night." Moore is a Georgia native.

Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives are out with the 10-song "Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down." Stuart continues hewing to a more traditional country sound with blues and gospel part of the mix.

Label mates Paul Burch and The Waco Brothers joined forces for "Great Chicago Fire." Both Burch and Jon Langford take lead vocals. The Wacos and Burch also co-produced the music.

Ryan Adams is out with "iTune Sessions." The disc includes eight solo pieces recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, including solo and Whiskeytown material.

A compilation disc, "Mercyland: Hymns For the Rest of Us," was the brainchild of writer and producer Phil Madera. Emmylou Harris, The Civil Wars, Buddy Miller and Carolina Chocolate Drops are among those helping out.

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CD reviews for Lee Brice

Hard to Love CD review - Hard to Love
Lee Brice had a dream run of success with his debut, "Love Like Crazy" - the title track became the most-played song on country radio in 2010. While that set the South Carolina native up for a doozy of a sophomore slump, he sidesteps it with ease. Brice simply has too many weapons - a songwriter's ear, soulful voice and some very able co-writer friends (Rhett Atkins, Eric Church) to veer far off course. A Woman Like You has already topped the country single charts. »»»
Love Like Crazy CD review - Love Like Crazy
What is now Lee Brice's first long-play record once went by the moniker "Picture of Me," and he still refers to it as the "spiritual title." Along with a song by that name, there are slices of life aplenty about growing up smack dab in the center of South Carolina. For those that didn't have the privilege, it sounds like a whole lot of fun. The showpiece is the title track, which lays out the guidelines to make relationships last and life worthwhile - it's 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: 19 years later, Harris returns with "Wrecking Ball" – At one point, Emmylou Harris told the crowd that she could not believe it had been 19 years since she released "Wrecking Ball." That was most understandable because based on this concert tour devoted towards playing the left of center atmospheric disc, the song bird has hardly missed a beat. Harris' label, Nonesuch, just released a... »»»
Concert Review: Hurray for the Riff: more than just a great name – Hurray for the Riff Raff is one well-named group. Not that it signifies all that much musically, but at least it's catchy and makes you want to root for the underdog. With a lot to live up moniker wise, the band in concert - which, in reality, is lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans and her backing mates - more than lived up to the "pressure.... »»»
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Carter Girl CD review - Carter Girl

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Turn It Up CD review - Turn It Up
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