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Nelson/Hag, Currington release new sounds

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard team up for their first album in decades, "Django & Jimmie." The first single from the veterans is "It's All Going to Pot." Buddy Cannon produced the 14-song set, which is their sixth collaboration. They recorded the album in three days.

Billy Currington is out with "Summer Forever," his sixth release. Dann Huff produced the dozen songs along with help from Jesse Frasure on the title track, penned by Cole Swindell, Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Frasure. Jessie James Decker helps out on "Good Night." The first single was "Don't It."

Bluegrass band The Hillbenders, who are based in Missouri, give an ode to one of the most important albums in rock history, "Tommy" with "Tommy A Bluegrass Opry."

Fellow bluegrassers, Sideline, are out with "Session II" (Mountain Fever). The band features Steve Dilling on banjo, Jason Moore on bass, Skip Cherryholmes on guitar, Brian Aldridge on mandolin and Daniel Aldridge on fiddle.

Roots rock vet Greg Trooper releases "Live at the Rock Room," recorded at an Austin club.

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Django and Jimmie CD review - Django and Jimmie
There's nothing quite so affecting as witnessing the reunion of two old friends. It's been over 20 years since road warriors Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard joined forces for their epic collaboration "Pancho & Lefty" and set the standard for several all-star pairings to come. This time around, the two pay homage to some of the musicians that preceded them - jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the whistling railway man, country musician Jimmie Rogers - as well as old pal, »»»
Pancho & Lefty
After "Always on My Mind," surprisingly, Chip Moman's production isn't nearly as trite on Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's 1983 "Pancho & Lefty." The Townes Van Zandt title hit seems to have been purpose-built for Nelson and Haggard, and though Moman slips in strings, synths and stage cymbals, the earthiness of the vocals and Nelson's gut-string picking carry the day. The bulk of the album contrasts Nelson's unusual meters and Sinatra-like phrasings to Haggard's straight-ahead crooning with Moman »»»
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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