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Pickler, Barnett offer new discs

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – Kellie Pickler continues going the more - although not entirely - traditional route on "Woman I Am," the follow-up to "100 Proof." Pickler also is out with her first disc on a new label, Black River.

Mandy Barnett, who has gained more acclaim for playing Patsy Cline on the stage than her own career, releases a tribute disc, "I Can't Stop Loving You - The Songs of Don Gibson." Harold Bradley, Hargus "Pig" Robbins and Charlie McCoy, who also played on some of Gibson's original recordings of these songs, are on Barnett's disc.

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The Woman I Am CD review - The Woman I Am
High quality music found on Kellie Pickler's "The Woman I Am" evidences how the country singer's last album, "100 Proof," was no fluke. The title track, which Pickler co-wrote with husband Kyle Jacobs, explains how this woman will always have a whole lot of traditional country in her blood. "Sometimes I cry at night/Fall to pieces with Patsy Cline." Many of this 12-song album's best material are also ones Pickler helped pen. They include the »»»
100 Proof CD review - 100 Proof
Until now, Kellie Pickler has become known in country circles more for her bubbly, Dolly Parton-esque personality than for her singing. Granted, she has had some strong singles, notably the autobiographical I Wonder, but one could be forgiven for lumping her in the pile of most former American Idol contestants who hover in and around country music, but never really make an impact. Somewhere after the release of her sophomore album, however, she started mentioning in interviews that she was »»»
Kellie Pickler CD review - Kellie Pickler
At this point, it's a law of television that the results of American Idol are not proportional to post-show success. Past winners are without record contracts, and, among the ranks of former sixth place finishers, Kellie Pickler (aka "Pickles") has gone from waitressing to amassing a handful of pop-country hits at only 22 years old. On her second effort, Pickler spreads her wings beyond vocals to songwriting half the 10 songs. Things kick off with the mighty message song, »»»
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: Wishing for more McKenna – Telling friends you just saw a Lori McKenna concert usually draws immediate blank stares. That is until you mention some of the more famous songs she's helped write for stars like Little Big Town and Tim McGraw. What your friends may not realize, though, is there are more great songs where those hits came from. McKenna's set list included a... »»»
Concert Review: Drive-By Truckers finds little to celebrate – While introducing "Guns of Umpqua," off the new "American Band" album, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood wondered out loud - in a profanity-laced observation - why he can never seem to see a flag not at half-mast anymore. "We can do better, people!" he admonished the crowd. In an election year with two of the most... »»»
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