Hayes, Del & Glen lead new music releases
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
– Hunter Hayes is back again with Hunter Hayes Encore (deluxe),
which mainly reprises his debut disc of 2011. The disc includes eight features new and re-recorded tracks including the hit single I Want Crazy,
plus Everybody's Got Somebody But Me
(featuring Jason Mraz,) What You Gonna Do'
(duet With Ashley Monroe) and Light Me Up.
Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark team up for their first album in 40 years, "Blind, Crippled & Crazy." They released two albums together in the early '70s. Produced by Gary Nicholson, the new album includes swampy blues, soul and honky tonk.
LoCash Cowboys - Chris Lucas and Preston Brust, natives of Baltimore and Kokomo, Ind. respectively- release its self-titled debut CD after releasing three singles for the defunct R&J Records label. The duo co-wrote Keith Urban's 2011 single You Gonna Fly and Tim McGraw's 2012 single Truck Yeah.
Eddie Spaghetti is better known as lead singer of The Supersuckers, but he's on his own with "The Value of Nothing." This is the Seattle resident's first solo album of all originals.
Texas-based singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves gets personal on 'Still Fighting the War" with such songs as the title track. Inspired by a Pulitzer-winning series of photos of an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, the title track addresses the plight of those returning from war and struggling to readjust to society. The 13 songs were produced by Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Lloyd Maines and Mark Hallman.
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Hunter Hayes rereleased his debut self-titled album with a few additional tracks and three rerecorded ones. In any other genre of music, the new songs would have simply been released as an EP, but for some inexplicable reason, country music seems to be reluctant to embrace that form. The 800,000 fans who already own the original may find it irritating to pay full price for 5 new songs. People who have not warmed up to Hayes maple syrup smooth voice and decidedly pop version of country probably »»»
Hunter Hayes Live
There is one reason why a Hunter Hayes live album is a bad idea. It's not because of his music, which is pop-country with a severe emphasis on "pop," but very catchy. It's not because of his vocals, which are reminiscent of Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox after inhaling helium but pleasant nonetheless. It's because of the audience.
If you love the sound of hundreds of teenage girls screaming in unison, this is a must-buy for you. They scream at the beginning and ending of every song. »»»
Read the album liner notes and you ca,n't help but to be blown away by newcomer Hunter Hayes' credentials. The Louisiana native plays every instrument on his self-titled major-label debut. He's listed as lead or co-writer on every cut. And he co-produces the record with Dann Huff - heady stuff indeed for a 20-year-old on his initial offering.
Yet, that's where Hayes's impressive debut mostly ends. For one so young, there's nothing daring, innovative or even »»»
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: 19 years later, Harris returns with "Wrecking Ball"
At one point, Emmylou Harris told the crowd that she could not believe it had been 19 years since she released "Wrecking Ball." That was most understandable because based on this concert tour devoted towards playing the left of center atmospheric disc, the song bird has hardly missed a beat.
Harris' label, Nonesuch, just released a... »»»
Concert Review: Hurray for the Riff: more than just a great name
Hurray for the Riff Raff is one well-named group. Not that it signifies all that much musically, but at least it's catchy and makes you want to root for the underdog. With a lot to live up moniker wise, the band in concert - which, in reality, is lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra from New Orleans and her backing mates - more than lived up to the "pressure.... »»»
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