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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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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 »»»
Pass The Jar - Zac Brown Band and Friends Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta CD review - Pass The Jar - Zac Brown Band and Friends Live from the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta
Just as there is comfort food, so also is there comfort music. And the Zac Brown Band is unquestionably comfort music. "Pass the Jar" documents a recent benefit concert to rebuild the Georgia Theatre and features an all-star lineup made up of both country and non-country performers. A few of Brown's biggest feel-good hits are naturally performed during this 23-song set, including Whatever It Is, Toes and an especially fine take on Free, which - with the vocal help of Joey + Rory - »»»
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: Long wait ends for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – When you don't show for almost six years - Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are guilty as charged - and barely release any music unless counting one excellent disc out in late March on a British label and something almost unheard in the states in 2011, don't expect the masses to show up either. Predictably, that didn't happen for the family band... »»»
Concert Review: Mellencamp overcomes conundrum – John Mellencamp faces the predicament that artists of his stature must face as they age. Now 63 and still putting out new, quality albums, Mellencamp presumably wants to push his new highly relevant music, while the faithful, long-time supporters thrive on the old stuff. How do you rectify the two? Mellencamp tended to have it both ways before a... »»»
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