Harris/Crowell join together finally, Mavericks return
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
– Long time friends Emmylou Harris finally joined forces to release "Old Yellow Moon," their first ever CD together. Bryan Ahern produced the dozen songs. While this may be the first time that Crowell and Harris have recorded as equals, Crowell was a member of Harri's Hot Band about three decades ago.
The Mavericks are back with "In Time," the band's first disc since reuniting and putting out "The Mavericks" in 2004. The disc contains 14 songs including a Spanish version of "Ven Hacia Mi (Come Unto Me)," sung in Spanish by Raul Malo.
Wayne Hancock goes for "Ride" out today on Bloodshot. He co-produced the music with Lloyd Maines. Hancock first burst onto the scene in 1995 with "Thunderstorms and Neon Signs."
Canadian-born, American-raised singer Jaida Dryer is out with her debut, "I Am Jaida Dreyer," produced by Tim McGraw.
It only takes hearing a few notes of Back In Your Arms Again, the lead track from The Mavericks' first new studio in nearly a decade, to realize that that band has not lost a single step during its extended hiatus. Lead singer and primary songwriter Raul Malo's voice is powerful and velvety smooth throughout the recording, and the other band members complement Malo's distinctive vocals perfectly with a blend of sounds and styles that reflects the band's diverse influences. »»»
Old Yellow Moon
The good news is that Emmylou Harris' voice is as beautiful as always. She coming up on her 66th birthday here in another month, but her mastery of a song is still as soft and supple as a warm summer breeze. So, too, is Rodney Crowell's voice in as fine form as ever.
Hanging Up My Heart is one example of Emmylou in particularly good voice, and there's some nice solo work, to boot. Black Caffeine has a distinct grittiness to it, and Dreaming My Dream is a pretty tune. »»»
The Mavericks jump all over the musical roadmap on their musically diverse fifth album. If looking for a strictly country album, no dice. The disc incorporates a Latin/mambo sound ("Dance the Night Away," "Melbourne Mambo"), blues ("Tell Me Why"), and even a tinge of country ("I Should Know" and "Someone Should Tell Her").
But nothing is straightforward here musically as horns and the Nashville String Machine are incorporated throughout in what may be considered the next step beyond the band's »»»
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. »»»
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Washburn had a lot of reason to be on this night in a beautiful setting at Harvard University. The two held court over two... »»»
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