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Nickel Creek, Thompson finally return

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Nickel Creek leads a busy day of releases with its first - "A Dotted Line" - since 2007. This year, which marks the trio's 25th year together and also will see them back on the road. The disc, which contains 10 songs, is the group's fourth major album release and sixth album overall. Nickel Creek consists of Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (fiddle) and Sean Watkins (guitar) and formed in 1989 in southern California.

Josh Thompson, who enjoyed a few hits way back in 2010-11 with "Beer on the Table" and "Way Out Here," returns with "Turn It Up" on a new label for him, Show Dog-Universal Music. The first single on the 10-song disc was " "Cold Beer with Your Name on It."

Dan + Shay, who have enjoyed success with the song "19 You + Me," release their debut disc today of the same name. The duo is Dan Smyers from the Pittsburgh area and Shay Mooney of Arkansas. The two met in Nashville in December 2012 and started writing the next day. They wrote all 12 songs on the disc, many with co-producer Danny Orton.

The Infamous Stringdusters continue going their own way with "Let It Go," the bluegrass band's sixth release. The band includes Andy Hall, Andy Falco, Chris Pandolfi, Jeremy Garrett and Travis Book.

" Working Man's Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard" contains many leading lights of country including Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley (Pancho and Lefty"), Jason Aldean ("Going Where the Lonely Go" and "Are the Good Times really Over") and Joe Nichols ("Footlights" and "My Favorite Memory"). Dustin Lynch, Thompson Square and Randy Houser also contributed to the 20-song project.

Carrie Newcomer, who mines an area including folk and country, returns with "A Permanent Life." The Michigan native released a dozen songs.

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A Dotted Line CD review - A Dotted Line
Like those annual warnings predicting it's not a matter of if, but rather when a hurricane will strike some part of the U.S., the possibility of a Nickel Creek reunion was never in doubt. After all, when two of the players (Sara and Sean Watkins) are siblings and the third (the ever nimble Chris Thile) maintains an amiable relationship with the pair, a regrouping would seem somewhat inevitable. Happily though, the prospects are far more pleasant than the dire notice served up by the weather forecasters. »»»
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: 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... »»»
Concert Review: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
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