Anderson, Maddie & Tae, LaFarge release new CDs
Thursday, April 9, 2020
– John Anderson returns with his new album "Years," on Easy Eye Sounds. Produced by Dan Auerbach and David "Fergie" Ferguson, the album includes 10 new original songs as well as special guest appearance by Blake Shelton on the track "Tuesday I'll Be Gone." Anderson and Auerbach wrote all 10 songs together along with help from Paul Overstreet, Pat McLaughlin, Ferguson, Dee White, Joe Allen, Bobby Wood and Larry Cordle. The connection began when Auerbach called Anderson simply as a fan, but when Anderson, Auerbach and Ferguson later met, they clicked.
Maddie & Tae are out with their second full-length disc , "The Way It Feels," after putting out an EP last fall. The CD is comprised of songs from their two recent EPs plus five brand new tracks all co-written by Maddie & Tae. The 15-song set was produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells. Songs include "Tourist in This Town" and "Lay Here With Me" featuring Dierks Bentley. This is the duo's first album in four years.
Pokey LaFarge makes his debut on New West with "Rock Bottom Rhapsody." LaFarge also left his base of St. Louis and moved to Los Angeles. The disc was produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums). The album was recorded at Reliable Recorders on Chicago's Northwest Side during the polar vortex of 2019 and features the guitarist Joel Paterson, keyboardist Scott Ligon, upright/electric bassist Jimmy Sutton, and drummer Alex Hall.
In just two songs, Maddie & Tae illustrate the two sides of Christmas. The pair's version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" is given a faithful reading and even includes scripture recitation at the end. Next, with "Merry Married Christmas," marital fidelity at Christmastime is celebrated happily. The "We Need Christmas" EP reminds us once again that there are many sides to the holiday season.
The duo's take on "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" ...
Pokey La Farge is best described as a musical archivist in every sense of the term. He and his band were described by one source as "artfully dodgy ambassadors for old-time music, presenting and representing the glories of hot swing, early jazz and ragtime blues" who have "made riverboat chic cool again," and indeed, they live up to that description. They recreate the kind of aural imagery that takes their listeners back in time to an earlier era of decades past when ...
John Anderson has one of the best, and one of the most recognizable singing voices in country music, and he's in top form on "Years." It's expertly produced by Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) and David "Fergie" Ferguson, and Anderson and Auerbach wrote all of the songs, sometimes with the help of noteworthy songwriters like Pat McLaughlin and Larry Cordle. It's a nearly perfect, 10-song album, too.
A few of its songs address aging head-on, opening with ...