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Black returns, while Barrett debuts

Friday, June 19, 2020 – Veteran country singer Clint Black returns to action with "Out of Sane," his first album since 2015's "On Purpose." Black self-produced the disc, his 12th studio album. The lone cover among the 12 songs is a cover of Harry Nillsson's Everybody's Talkin'."

Big-voice Pennsylvania native Gabby Barrett is out with her debut, "Goldmine." The 13-song collection is highlighted by the current hit single, "I Hope." Barrett, 20, came in third on season 16 of American Idol. Barrett had a hand in writing 12 of the songs. Co-produced by Ross Copperman and Zach Kale with additional production by Jimmy Robbins, Sam Martin and Bryan Fowler on select tracks, Barrett wrote with Nashville mainstay songwriters Nicolle Gaylon, Emily Weisband, Jon Nite and Josh Osborne.

Jordan Davis scored three big hits with his debut, "Home State." Now he's back with a self-titled, six-song EP, a prelude to his sophomore disc. "Singles You Up," "Take It From Me" and "Slow Dance In A Parking Lot" were hits on his 2018 debut. Davis once again teamed with "Home State" producer Paul DiGiovanni for the EP.

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On Purpose CD review - On Purpose
Clint Black must sometimes feel like an alien fallen to earth when comparing his music -- such as the many fine new songs found on his latest "On Purpose" album - with what's in vogue on the mainstream country charts. Rather than partying till he pukes, as so many of his younger brethren are doing these days, Black oftentimes waxes philosophical. "Not everything's gonna go my way," he admits during the sometimes funny reflections found in "Better and Worse. »»»
The Long Cool EP CD review - The Long Cool EP
This is a four-song teaser from Clint Black, including a few covers of chestnuts. He countrifies The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman" and maintains a bouncy feel with the vocal chops to pull the classic off. He rocks a bit with a steady drum beat, but with sturdy fiddle playing, the country vibe is apparent. "You Still Get To Me" is another well sung Black duet with wife Lisa Hartman Black. Written by Black with Victoria Shaw, the soulful-oriented song is catchy, but too glossy sounding. »»»
The Love Songs CD review - The Love Songs
Originally, Clint Black may have been truer to his honky tonk roots than anyone in the Class of 1989, but his lengthy career has been highlighted by love songs. That's why it's fitting that Black released a themed, 12-song disc that features some of his best material in that category. Black, recording on his own label, comes through with a different feel to the songs, one with a bluesy touch. There's more focus on the vocals throughout than there was on the original cuts. »»»
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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