Parton, Andress, Cobb offer new sounds
Friday, October 2, 2020
– Dolly Parton goes the holiday route with "A Holly Dolly Christmas." This is Parton's third Christmas album, following 1984's "Once Upon a Christmas" with Kenny Rogers and 1990's "Home for Christmas." Among the guests are Willie Nelson, Michael Bublé, Darren and Rhonda Vincent, and Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Ingrid Andress has enjoyed success with her debut, "Lady Like." Today she goes the deluxe path with the release. The updated release contains three new songs: "Feeling Things," a collaboration with Little Big Town on Andress' number one debut "More Hearts Than Mine" plus a cover of "Boys" which Andress originally co-wrote for Charli XCX.
Brent Cobb is out with "Keep 'Em On They Toes," on his own label, Ol' Buddy Records, via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Brad Cook (Waxahatchie, Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger), "Keep 'Em On They Toes" was created after Cobb moved back to his home state of Georgia after several years between Nashville and Los Angeles. This is Cobb's fourth full-length release.
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A Dolly Parton Christmas album seems like a natural, as Parton oftentimes comes off like a child inside an adult's body. Parton was able to rope both famous Cyruses (Miley and Billy Ray) as well Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson and Michael Bublé to sing with her. Perhaps, best of all, Parton had a hand in writing half of these dozen songs.
Parton sounds great throughout, and into her 70s, her voice has lost none of its power. Sonically, Parton also isn't shy about infusing ...
Dolly Parton is no stranger to flash. Even before our modern country era, where many of the most successful artists rival contemporary pop stars for high profile image manipulation, Parton had the city girl look down pat (alas, without ever denying her Appalachian roots). However, this master songwriter has simply given us an album about as close to purity as one can get.
The incredibly bright Parton is far from simple, however, so the "simple" in this album's title solely refers ...
Of all the songs you never expected Dolly Parton to cover, Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands on Me" has got to be near the top of the list. Although by the time Miley Cyrus's godmother gets through personalizing the song there's not enough of the original left to call it a cover - just a word or two here and there and the chorus, which for those of you who have forgotten this masterpiece of 80's hair metal is just the title of the song repeated almost enough times to make a ...