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ZBB, Grohl team up; Keith debuts

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – Zac Brown Band is out with an EP today featuring a famous rock drummer. The daughter of a country star releases her first CD. A country TV soap has another disc out, while a band with a hit single on its label debut drops.

Zac Brown Band and Dave Grohl comes up with the four-song EP "The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1" today. The recording was an outgrowth of appearing together playing Day for the Dead at the CMA Awards show last month. Grohl plays drums on Let It Rain and produced the four songs. ZBB also covers The Wood Brothers' The Muse.

Krystal Keith is out with "Whiskey & Lace." Keith is the daughter of Toby. In fact, she wrote one of the songs, Daddy Dance With Me, which she played for the first time at her 2010 wedding. The disc contains 10 songs with a bit of a bluesy, soulful feel to several songs.

Parmalee releases its Broken Bow debut "Feels Like Carolina." Parmalee is Matt Thomas on acoustic and electric guitars and vocals; Scott Thomas on drums; Barry Knox on bass; and Josh McSwain on electric guitar. The Thomases are brothers, while Knox is a cousin and McSwain a longstanding friend. The band has enjoyed a hit with Carolina. Parmalee previously released three albums on its own.

"Nashville," the TV show about life in Music City, is represented by "The Music Of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1." Two soundtracks were released during the show's first season.

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Jekyll + Hyde CD review - Jekyll + Hyde
Fans looking for the Zac Brown Band of 2005 won't find it in "Jekyll + Hyde" - there's nothing but an aftertaste of the Georgia group's chicken-fried origins. That might be why the album's name is so appropriate. Fans have gotten to know the country-folk band, but a deviant creeps in on all 16 tracks of its fourth album. And, like the classic story, Hyde stands out as more interesting. It hits hard, too. The opener, "Beautiful Drug," has an electric-pop »»»
Uncaged CD review - Uncaged
Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" album opens with Jump Right In, which finds singer/bandleader Brown admonishing, "Let the music pull you in," which might just be Brown's motto. He's all about forgetting the cares of the day and giving in wholeheartedly to the magnetic attraction of good music. Although Brown writes, sings and plays well throughout, there are nevertheless few truly standout tracks or unexpected surprises on "Uncaged." With that said, »»»
You Get What You Give CD review - You Get What You Give
The Zac Brown Band's major label debut, "The Foundation," stormed onto radio waves just a few short years ago, challenging all to embrace the Country Fried and get our Toes in the sand. ZBB's latest builds upon that sound structure, offering up yet more island-flavored jams (Knee Deep, Settle Me Down), some classic country (Cold Hearted, Martin) and some smoky barroom jam sessions (Who Knows). They also bring along a few friends in Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson whose presence »»»
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: Ex-Brooklyn girl MIchaela Anne makes good – Brooklyn may not exactly have been enough of a hotbed of country music for Michaela Anne. Thus, about 1- years ago, she packed up her belongings with her husband (and drummer) Aaron Shafer-Haiss and headed for Nashville. Except, they headed to East Nashville more precisely where the rep is that the cooler country cats are hanging.... »»»
Concert Review: Hard Working Americans more than live up to moniker – Hard Working Americans is a generic enough sounding term, conveying that you're part of the lunch bucket crowd. Part of a faceless pack instead of an individual. In reality, it's something of a misnomer for the sextet of the same name heretofore considered a side project. That's because they or in most cases, their other... »»»
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