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Lewis, Fulks, Jennings out with new discs

Friday, August 10, 2018 – A few singers associated with more famous family members are out with new music today.

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis paired up for a new disc today with the aptly named "Wild! Wild! Wild!" Fulks is the long-time country traditionalist from Chicago, while Lewis has a rockabilly slant to her music. That is no surprise given that her brother is Jerry Lee Lewis. She also has recorded with Van Morrison. Fulks wrote most of the songs, while also producing the set.

Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon, veers towards a more traditional country set with "Shooter." Dave Cobb, who seems to be everywhere these days producing people from Chris Stapleton to Lori McKenna, was at the helm for this as well. This was Jennings' first disc for Cobb's Low Country Sound label.

Acoustic outfit Mountain Heart released "Soul Searching" on Compass. The band incorporates bluegrass, Americana and pop influences. Josh Shilling (piano, guitar), Seth Taylor (guitar), Aaron Ramsey (mandolin, bass) and Jeff Partin (Dobro, bass) comprise the band.

Mississippi-born, Texas-based singer and guitarist Jason Eady released "I Travel On" (Old Guitar Records). The album is his first to be recorded with his ace touring band. This is Eady's seventh release.

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Wild! Wild! Wild! CD review - Wild! Wild! Wild!
Throughout her five-decade-plus career, Linda Gail Lewis, younger sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, has shone brightest when collaborating with other artists, whether it be her brother, Van Morrison or her daughters. That formula certainly holds true on her new collaboration with acclaimed songwriter and singer Robbie Fulks. In Fulks, Lewis finds a partner who excels at writing, curating and performing songs that bring out the best in her voice - rock, country and rockabilly tunes either from or »»»
Shooter CD review - Shooter
Shooter Jennings is the latest to link to Dave Cobb for production on the simply titled "Shooter." As one of today's leading outlaw country voices, Jennings is adept at marrying traditional country with fierce rock n' roll. When you're born into musical royalty, the bar is always set remarkably high, but Jennings has been a constant explorer, who has formed his own signature style. This time out, though, Jennings puts aside the eclecticism he is known for, deciding instead »»»
Upland Stories CD review - Upland Stories
Twenty years ago, Robbie Fulks became a beloved alt.-country figure by writing modern honky tonk and country songs that rose above the work of many other contemporary traditionalists thanks to a combination of sharp wit and engaging storytelling. In 2013, Fulks gained critical acclaim for "Gone Away Backward," an album that took a deeper dive into history by embracing the traditional Appalachian folk music that proved to be country music's bedrock. That exploration continues with »»»
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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