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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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I Don't Dance CD review - I Don't Dance
The cover of "I Don't Dance" features a glam shot of Lee Brice standing in a spotlight, looking more like a pop artist than a country singer. Listeners who prefer their country on the gritty side might be scared off by the pretty cover shot. The music matches the image: pop influenced mainstream country music, in the vein of contemporaries Jake Owen and Kip Moore. The success of his sophomore release emboldened Lee Brice. His first two albums introduced the country scene to his »»»
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: Time makes a difference for Striking Matches – What a difference four months makes. When the duo Striking Matches debuted in Boston in late May, Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis capably showed off their skills, but somehow it felt like a lot of songs fell just a bit short. Davis and Zimmerman tended to cut a lot of songs abruptly, never letting them breath enough or fleshing them out.... »»»
Concert Review: Home Free sings out – Home Free, the Minnesota-based a capella quintet that first caught the nation's attention by winning the fourth season of NBC's reality competition The Sing-Off in 2013, is one of the most talented and unique acts in modern country music. The question has always been whether or not the group and their all-vocal style, which includes the... »»»
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