Jennings, Sisk, Bibey-Benson release new discs
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
– Shooter Jennings and bluegrass artists Junior Sisk, Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson are out with new discs.
Jennings returns with "The Other Life," his first for Entertainment One. Jennings gets help from the likes of Patti Griffin and roots rocker Scott H. Biram.
Sisk and backing band Ramblers Choice are out with "The Story of the Day That I Died," their fourth for Rebel.
Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson are ace mandolin players who teamed together for "Mandolin Chronicles. Bibey recently was in Grasstowne, while Benson has been with iiird tyme out.
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The Other Life
After the first 30 seconds of "The Other Life," listeners may feel like they are in for "Black Ribbons Part 2." The reality is that like all of Jennings' previous albums, this one has a distinctive sound. He has forayed through Southern Rock, outlaw country and most recently released the straightforward country album "Family Man," which most effectively channeled his daddy's musical ghost. The bulk of "The Other Life" was recorded during those »»»
After taking a step away from country music to create the brilliant concept album "Black Ribbons," Shooter Jennings returns to his roots. In fact, this is his most country album to date.
The lead track The Real Me sounds like a lost Waylon song. Union man and guitar legend Tom Morello steps in to add some flavor to the ultra poppy The Long Road Ahead, which is reminiscent of Jennings sole hit 4th of July. Single The Deed and the Dollar is a heartfelt uptempo love ballad with a strong »»»
For a musician, living up to a famous father's legacy can be tough - just ask Hank Junior or even J.C. Cash. It's album number four for Shooter Jennings, and it seems that Waylon's boy done got it right...just forge your own path and let the comparisons be damned.
In the past, Jennings has dealt with the looming presence of Waylon's shadow either by rocking hard or by defiantly picking up the country outlaw torch. Here, Jennings seems to have hit the sweet spot, an artistic middle ground. »»»
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: 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.... »»»
Concert Review: Carolina Chocolate Drops easily weather changes
The personnel in the Carolina Chocolate Drops may have changed drastically over the last few years - two of its three founding members are no longer - but that apparently has not had any impact whatsoever on the group both when it comes to the musical direction and the ability to come through in concert.
Rhiannon Giddens, who plays fiddle... »»»
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