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Rimes returns with new CD

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – LeAnn Rimes releases "Spitfire," today, her first disc since "Lady & Gentlemen" in 2011. The new disc features 13 songs.

T Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King collaborated on "Ghost Brothers of Darkland County," a southern gothic supernatural musical story of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge. This collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan. Among the artist who participate are Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Dave and Phil Alvin with Sheryl Crow.

Lonestar returns with its original line-up to put out "Life As We Know It." This comes as the band is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The disc marks the return of original lead singer Richie McDonald. The other members remain the same: Michael Britt lead guitar, backing vocals; Keech Rainwater drums; Dean Sams keyboards, acoustic guitar, backing vocals.

Charlie Robison goes the live route with "Live at Billy Bob's Texas" (Smith Music). The CD consists of 18 songs recorded at the famed Texas music club last August.

Old time music performer Pokey LaFarge of St. Louis, returns with a self-titled disc. LaFarge recorded the disc for Jack White's record label, Third Man/

Americana quintet Joy Kills Sorry offers a seven-song EP, "Wide Awake," (Signature Sounds).

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Spitfire CD review - Spitfire
Say what you will about the vocal chops of today's leading ladies of country - Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill or Martina McBride chief among them - but LeAnn Rimes is hands down, no doubt about it the best female vocalist in country music today. And it will be bordering on a criminal act - thievery of the first order - if she doesn't sweep every award country music has to offer with her latest. For most of the bulk of the new millennium every Rimes album has been a treat. »»»
Lady and Gentlemen
Among female singers in country music, with the possible exception of Martina McBride, no one can touch LeAnn Rimes' voice for purity, grace, power and tone. Nowhere is Rimes' vocal prowess more evident than on her latest record, a 14-song collection of hits not by the women of country, but by a cross-section of all-star male country singers. Perhaps the best thing about this collection is that Rimes puts her own stamp on each song. That's easier said than done, since these are some »»»
Family CD review - Family
As remarkable as LeAnn Rimes's career has been, no one's ever accused 25-year-old elder stateswoman of being earthy and gritty. Until now. Goodbye "Blue," adios "How Do I Live," welcome to Rimes's Bonnie Raitt-esque "Good Friend and a Glass of Wine." Call her 14-song "Family" a coming-out party, a baring of the soul, a declaration of who she is and how she got here. There's a new woman in Nashville, and she's holding nothing back. »»»
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: With Staples, Newport Folk Festival overcomes – The sun finally broke through, appropriately enough, on what had been an off-and-on rainy day at the third and final day of the Newport Folk Festival towards the end of long day with Mavis Staples headlining. And while there were a few dour-type performances (Conor Oberst most prominently), the joy and palpable energy exuded by Staples, the scion of... »»»
Concert Review: Variety rules day one of Newport Folk Festival – Nothing was particularly predictable at the opening day of Newport Folk Festival 2014, except a plethora of really good music that tended not to veer towards the stated title all that much. Of course, the festival has changed gears a lot in recent years with the idea of a pure folk singer a rare sighting throughout the lovely setting with the water... »»»
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