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Guthrie tribute concert out today

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – A Woody Guthrie tribute concert and several key players in the indie end are releasing albums today.

"Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center" (Sony Legacy) is a CD/DVD of an all-star concert staged in Guthrie's honor held last October in Washington, D.C. Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Jimmy Lafave, Ani DiFranco, Donovan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Mellencamp, Tom Morello, Old Crow Medicine Show and Lucinda Williams all participate.

Aiofe O'Donovan, is best known for fronting alt.-bluegrass band Crooked Still and singing on "The Goat Rodeo Sessions." She releases her first full-length solo disc, "Fossils," (Yep Roc). The Massachusetts native opts for a more varied sound.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are out with "Southeastern" (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers), the fifth solo disc for the member Drive-By Truckers member. Isbell wrote 12 songs for the new release.

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In the Magic Hour CD review - In the Magic Hour
Whether Aoife O'Donovan has made the decision to leave her day job with Crooked Still remains to be seen, but based on the results of her second solo album, "In The Magic Hour," she'd clearly fare just fine if she opted to pursue her own career full time. It's not like she hasn't spread her wings far afield already; in recent years she's loaned her talents to a diverse array of musicians that includes Ollabelle, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Darol Anger, Sarah »»»
Fossils CD review - Fossils
Aiofe O'Donovan has been on a roll. As lead singer of the well-regarded alt.-bluegrass band, Crooked Still, O'Donovan helped put the alt. in the bluegrass with her light, sometimes breathy vocals. She also gained attention for singing on two songs on "The Goat Rodeo Sessions." She's now on her own (Crooked Still is on hiatus) for her first full-length disc. O'Donovan shows she is more that up to the task, starting with Lay My Burden Down, which the Massachusetts »»»
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: The Surly Gentlemen prove anything but – For about the past six months, veteran bluegrassers Clay Hess, formerly of Kentucky Thunder, and Tim Shelton of NewFound Road, along with Clay's son Brennan, have collectively been The Surly Gentlemen. The trio's sound is probably best described as stripped down bluegrass meets singer/songwriter. These Surly Gents have been playing small... »»»
Concert Review: Isbell shines – Jason Isbell was in a jubilant mood shortly after taking the stage at the Anaheim House of Blues' recently relocated new location. Now situated in a shopping strip called the GardenWalk, yet still close to the Disney theme parks, Isbell later humorously noted how the area is so clean. He even referred to it as a "tiny Toronto.... »»»
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