Steve and Edie top new albums
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
– Steve and Edie lead the list of new releases today. Make that Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with "Love Has Come For You." Brickell is best known for her work a few decades ago with Edie & The New Bohemains before embarking on a solo career. Comedian, actor and author Martin continues being the renaissance man with his foray into music.
Lori McKenna plays the hometown card in naming her new disc "Massachusetts." McKenna has enjoyed success as a songwriter, including on Little Big Town's current disc.
Jerry Miller, guitarist for the Eilen Jewell Band, is out with "New Road Under My Wheels" (Signature Sounds).
Eric Brace and Peter Cooper have enjoyed careers as journalists for the Washington Post and The Tennessean respectively. Here, they once again join forces for the presumably jokingly entitled "The Comeback Album."
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Much as the duo of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell are reaching toward each other on their second album's cover, their second pairing bridges musical spectrums. Unfortunately, not entirely successfully.
Acoustic sounding - fresh, uncluttered, and lively - but distinctly pop oriented - less narrative-based than even their last recording "Love Has Come For You" - "So Familiar" expands their sound further afield. Less Americana, more polished, MOR fare. »»»
Love Has Come For You
No,no, not that Steve and Eydie, the husband and wife duo Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme who had a couple minor hits in the pre-rock era and after that were on every telethon or second-rate variety show in the '60s and '70s. The new and improved Steve and Edie features actor, comedian, novelist, playwright and all-around wild and crazy Renaissance guy Steve Martin. He's had a banjo in his act since the arrow-through-the-head days, but nobody knew until his recent work with the »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: In crazy times, a little Williams joy endures
Nearly a week before the inauguration President-elect Donald Trump, Lucinda Williams served notice she's set on counting her blessings (opening her concert with "Blessed"), and determined not to let her joy be stolen by troubled times (closing with "Joy"). With a nearly two-hour set, Williams drew from all points her recording... »»»
Concert Review: Things change for McKenna, but not everything
The more things change - and in the case of Lori McKenna, that's a really good thing - the more they remain the same. Not only is that also a really good thing for McKenna, but also her fans.
This was the annual rite of December for McKenna in coming to her home area of Massachusetts and playing a run of shows at the venerable club where she has... »»»
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