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Shelton, Lady A top new releases

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – With both Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum releasing new music on Tuesday, this was one of the busiest days of the year.

Shelton is out with "Bringing Back the Sunshine." The 12-song collection includes the single "Neon Light." Ashley Monroe helps out on "Lonely Tonight," while RaeLynn is on "Buzzin'."

Lady Antebellum's "747" features the hit single "Bartender." The disc from the trio contains 11 songs. This is the band's fifth album.

Marty Stuart and his backing band, the Fabulous Superlatives, are out with a double CD, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning." As the title suggests, one disc contains religious-themed songs, while the other is about what goes down on Saturday nights.

Lucinda Williams puts out "Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone," also a two-CD set, on her own label. The disc was produced by Tom Overby, Greg Leisz and Williams with 20 songs on the release.

Ricky Skaggs and wife Sharon White get together for their first album together, "Hearts Like Ours." The pair co-produced the 13-song set. Songs include Connie Smith and Marty Stuart's "I Run to You" and "Hearts Like Ours" and "No Doubt About It" from Seth Justman and Peter Wolf of J. Geils.

Hot Rize last released a disc 24 years ago. But the bluegrassers return with "When I'm Free." The band consists of Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien, Bryan Sutton and Pete Wernick.

Ohio bluegrass band Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers release "Another Day From Life," the band's fourth studio release. This is the first to feature guitarist/lead singer Duane Sparks.

Folk/rootsy singer Pieta Brown puts out "Paradise Outlaw" on Red House.

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Fully Loaded: God's Country CD review - Fully Loaded: God's Country
Blake Shelton has been openly critical of the traditional album format. "Fully Loaded: God's Country" is his fourth greatest hits album and third in the "Loaded" series. In an effort to release music more often, he packages five new songs with seven of previously released material that has received considerable airplay and time on the charts. if you're looking for the fresh stuff, this is essentially an EP spearheaded by the Platinum lead single "God's Country. »»»
Texoma Shore CD review - Texoma Shore
Blake Shelton's 11th studio album finds The Voice advisor in a contented, one might even say homey, frame of mind. The opening track and first single "I'll Name the Dogs" sets the tone. It's a rollicking ode to domesticity that manages to make household chore distribution ("You find the spot and I'll find the money / You be the pretty and I'll be the funny") both romantic and amusing. The beat switches to hip-hop on "Money," but the sentiment »»»
Live EP CD review - Live EP
This six-song "Blake Shelton Live EP" seems a little odd. It's not as though Shelton had an especially noteworthy tour to document. Besides, at only six songs long, it's a relatively short document, anyhow. While it may be little more than a post-it note of a project, though, it also packs a powerful punch. You recognize right away the large amount of enthusiasm the act of singing to an audience brings out of Shelton. When compared to the recorded versions of these hits, »»»
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: 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.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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