Chesney leads charge of new releases
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
– Kenny Chesney is back out with a new disc, "Life on a a Rock," on a day with a few bluegrass discs and the first album from the Randy Rogers Band since 2010
Chesney adopts a more laidback approach on his disc, which includes the hit single Pirate Flag. Willie Nelson sings with Chesney on Coconut Tree.
Randy Rogers Band is back with "Trouble," the group's first disc since "Burning the Day" in 2010.
Peter Rowan, a veteran bluegrass singer, pays homage to the man who once employed him, Bill Monroe, on "The Old School." Rowan gets help from Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, the Travelling McCourys, JD Crowe and Bryan Sutton.
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen put out "On the Edge," the bad's debut for Compass. This is the D.C. bluegrass band's second album, but first with guitarist Chris Luquette and bass player Danny Booth.
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Life on a Rock
Despite the carefree, cruise-line posture of most Kenny Chesney records, there's always a nagging suspicion that his party-time vibe is about as predictable as a plastic pink flamingo on a Palm Beach patio. Yet Chesney's career-long theme of girls, guitars, beer and beaches (not always in that order) - and the occasional piece of farm machinery - has yet to wear thin. And with summer fast approaching, that's okay.
Chesney's latest is something of a running journal of his »»»
Welcome to the Fishbowl
Kenny Chesney is synonymous with all things summer and good times. "Welcome to the Fishbowl" is a radical departure. If you're going to drink a beer and listen to this album, you may need a Prozac chaser. It is a bit short on fun as Chesney deals with terminal illnesses, loss of privacy and lost love.
It leads off with the catchy Come Over, which is in the same vein as Lady A's Need You Now. On Sing 'Em My Good Friend, a man selling an old guitar full of memories »»»
There are two warring sides to Kenny Chesney's musical personality. There's the part of him that wants to record throwaway, beach bum anthems like Coastal. However, the singer's better half excels at ballads like Where I Grew Up. The latter song contrasts youthful foolish behaviors with events that add quality real world experiences to a life. Drinking beer with high school buddies may have made him feel like a man, but it was a drunk-driving accident that grew him up - but fast. »»»
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: MerleFest Showcases Diversity On Its Second Day
Although primarily thought of as a "roots music" festival, the artists at MerleFest can and do come from a variety of genres and locales. On the first full day of this year's festival that point was underscored with performances from not just bluegrass and string bands but also rock 'n' roll, soul, and international acts... »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest Opening Night Showcases Both New and Familiar Artists
Long running North Carolina roots music festival MerleFest is a family friendly affair that has proven to have appeal to different generations. The lineup for Thursday's opening night, then, could be seen as a mirror to that audience as it contained artists ranging from multiple-year veterans of the festival down to first-year rookies.... »»»
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