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Ramsey, McKenna, Punch Brothers drop music

Friday, July 20, 2018 – Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old discovered in a WalMart aisle in his native Illinois, is out with "Famous EP" today. The six-song EP, produced by Joey Moi, is heavy on Hank Williams Sr. songs including "Lovesick Blues," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" and "I Saw the Light." The title track was penned by Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard, Sarah Buxton, Corey Crowder and Canaan Smith.

Lori McKenna has a double-headed threat of a career. She's done exceedingly well as a songwriter, and the Massachusetts resident also has enjoyed her own solo career. Her 11th disc, "The Tree," was the second CD of hers produced by ace producer Dave Cobb. Recorded by Matt Ross-Spang over seven days at Nashville's historic RCA, the 11-song album features McKenna (vocals, acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar, mellotron), Anderson East (electric guitar), Brian Allen (bass), Chris McKenna (mellotron), Chris Powell (drums, percussion) and background vocals from Kristen Rogers, Natalie Hemby and Hillary Lindsey.

Punch Brothers return with "All Ashore," the group's first disc since 2015's "The Phosphorescent Blues." The group consists of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. They self-produced the disc, which deals with how to deal with today's political climate.

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Famous CD review - Famous
When considering Mason Ramsey, one is reminded of the idea that big things come in small packages. At 11, the Golconda, Ill. native has gained a far bigger audience than the nearby WalMart where a video of him singing and yodeling through Hank Sr. "Lovesick Blues" went viral big time. He parlayed that into a six-song EP with a heavy emphasis on Williams. Typically decked out in a cowboy hat (that sets him apart right there from most other country acts today), Ramsey sounds about his age. »»»
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: We Banjo 3 beaks down the barriers – The joy is palpable when the music is of the Irish variety. And when you combine that with a typically uptempo bluegrass sound - We Banjo 3 labels its style of music Celtgrass - let's say it makes for one fun night. The group, which has been around since 2011, is a quartet from Galway Ireland comprised of two sets of brothers - the cool looking... »»»
Concert Review: Gayle, Orlando provide good old-fashioned entertainment – Although this pairing of country star Crystal Gayle and Tony Orlando may have - on the surface - appeared to be an odd one, tonight's audience demonstratively loved each performer equally. It was an evening of memorable songs, fun and funny stories and just good old-fashioned entertainment. Gayle opened the show with a strong set of country... »»»
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