Rogers, Nichols, Pope release new music
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
– Kenny Rogers, Joe Nichols and Cassadee Pope lead the list of new releases today.
Rogers is out with "You Can't Make Old Friends." The silver-haired singer has enjoyed a resurgence by being named to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Rogers reunited with Dolly Parton for a duet on the title track.
Nichols' "Crickets" is for a new label for him, Red Bow. He has achieved success with the hit single Sunny And 75, one of 16 songs on the disc which veers between traditional and modern country sounds.
Pope achieved fame for winning The Voice in season three. Her label debut, "Frame By Frame," has 11 song with Wasting All These Tears a hit for Pope. Dann Huff produced the disc with contributions from Nathan Chapman, Max Martin and Shellback.
Canadian singer Lindi Ortega is out with "Tin Star" on a set produced by Dave Cobb in Nashville.
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You Can't Make Old Friends
Kenny Rogers has aged well, perhaps because he was already prematurely grey back when he first entered the country music realm more years ago than he'd probably care to mention. He sings, with the help of old friend Dolly Parton, on this album's title track about how you can't make old friends. And disarmingly honest lines like, "Who's going to tell me the truth?" raise this song above being just another music buddy number. The only trouble with having Parton sing a »»»
The Love of God
There seems to be a theme among country superstars. They work their way onto the scene, burn bright, hopefully keeping the flame alive for some time. Then as their career ebbs and flows and the hits stop coming as steadily as they used to, they find themselves sitting in a studio recording a gospel record. Granted, country and gospel have always been fine bedfellows, but it just seems to be a trend that signifies that one is nearing the end of their career.
"The Gambler" himself, Kenny »»»
Water and Bridges
Kenny Rogers' first studio album in three years finds his gifts undiminished, with his voice resounding distinctively atop Dann Huff's country-tinged adult contemporary productions. The material sticks to the sort of contemplative mid-tempo numbers on which Rogers excels, and though the opening single (the power ballad "I Can't Unlove You") is lyrically pedestrian, there are songwriting riches to be found throughout.
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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: New artists rock on
About half-way through his headlining set at the WKLB-sponsored show of four artists who may be up-and-coming - none have released an album yet - Cole Swindell talked about the people who influenced him.
Swindell, who has penned songs for fellow Georgians Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, went way back to the 1990's saying he had so many reference... »»»
Concert Review: A humble Lovett is in a sharing mood
There are some artists who seem to demand the spotlight and, in fact, crave it. Their live shows are all about them and, while the music may be good, it's not necessarily always the star.
And then there are artists like Lyle Lovett.
Lovett and his Acoustic Group escaped the freezing temperatures surrounding the rest of the country, heading to... »»»
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