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Niemann, Shelton lead new discs

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 – Jerrod Niemann and Blake Shelton lead the new releases out today.

Niemann's "Free the Music" includes his single Shinin' On Me. Niemann recorded the disc with his touring band along co-producer Dave Brainard. The soulful Niemann had much success with his previous disc, which included the hit Lover Lover.

Shelton is out with his first holiday disc, "Cheers, It's Christmas." Among those on the disc are Reba McEntire, Michael Bublé and Shelton's mother Dorothy Shackleford. Many of the songs were recorded at the Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with full orchestral accompaniment.

Tift Merritt is out with "Travelin' Alone" on Yep Roc. This is the New York-based singer's third label.

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High Noon CD review - High Noon
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Free The Music
Some artists dance to the beat of a different drummer and on his latest recording, "Free the Music," Jerrod Niemann does just that. Stepping away from more conventional Music Row sounds, Niemann performs a mash-up of genres, showcasing elements of pop, rock, Dixieland jazz and more while still managing to keep his feet squarely in country territory. The title track leads off, finding the artist seemingly channeling fellow artist, Big Kenny, as he throws it all into a pot and stirs, »»»
Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury CD review - Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury
The spoken intro promises "one man, one band on a journey of epic proportions." Jerrod Niemann puts a lot of pressure on himself to deliver, and while not reaching those lofty standards, the Kansas native acquits himself when he sticks to the music. Niemann has achieved success as a songwriter, penning Good Ride Cowboy for Garth Brooks. But Niemann also suffered from being on Category 5 Records, a label that folded amidst turmoil before releasing his debut. Niemann, who mines the »»»
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: Washburn, Fleck give reasons to be happy  – "I sing because I'm happy," sang Abigail Washburn toward the end of her show with fellow banjo picker (not to mention, husband) Bela Fleck in the closing number of the night "His Eye is on the Sparrow." Washburn had a lot of reason to be on this night in a beautiful setting at Harvard University. The two held court over two... »»»
Concert Review: For The Jayhawks, no reissues needed – The Jayhawks have not released any new music since 2011's "Mockingbird Time," but, well actually, there are reasons for one of the key contributors to the alt.-country music. In July, "Sounds of Lies" (1997), "Smile" (2000) and "Rainy Day Music" (2003) saw the light of day again in expanded reissue versions.... »»»
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