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Earle, Nelson release new CDs

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – Steve Earle and Willie Nelson led the short list of new releases out today.

Earle is out with "The Low Highway," an 11-song amalgam of divergent musical styles. He recorded the disc with The Dukes (and Duchesses)." Earle also co-produced the disc with Ray Kennedy.

Nelson offers his fans "Let's Face the Music and Dance." Buddy Cannon, perhaps best known as Kenny Chesney's producer, had his hands on the dials for these 14 songs.

Kim Richey puts out her seventh disc "Thorn In My Heart" and first with Yep Roc. Recorded at Mr. Lemon's Studio in Nashville, the CD was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Glen Phillips, Matthew Ryan, The Apache Relay) and features 12 original compositions. The follow up to 2010's "Wreck Your Wheels," the album features guest appearances from Jason Isbell, Trisha Yearwood, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and Pat Sansone of Wilco.

Independent artist Amy Speace, who veers a bit more towards the singer/songwriter end, is out with "How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat." Hubbard produced the music.

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Terraplane CD review - Terraplane
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The Warner Bros Years CD review - The Warner Bros Years
On the surface, this five-disc box set appears to be another egregious exercise in major label money-grubbing, a study on how to squeeze every last penny out of those precious (and paid-for) catalogs. After all, what self-respecting fan of Steve Earle doesn't own "Train A' Comin'," "I Feel Alright" and "El Corazon" in at least four or five formats (including the hard-to-find mini-disc version)? That said, it's kind of cool to have all three »»»
The Low Highway CD review - The Low Highway
If you're a forever smitten fan of Steve Earle who's always looking forward to his next record, you'll likely be satisfied with "The Low Highway." It's a 12-song collection of strong songs, all stamped with his signature sound. The title cut is a beautiful, world-weary ballad that narrates a trip along the highways and byways of America. Over a gently rocking beat, Earle crosses paths with empty houses, hungry people and broken factories, a bleak picture that belies »»»
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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