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Underwood becomes the "Storyteller"

Friday, October 23, 2015 – Carrie Underwood leads the release schedule today with "Storyteller," a collection of 13 songs produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright and Zach Crowell. The single "Smoke Break" is the lead song from Underwood's sixth studio disc. She opts for a modern country sound.

The Cox Family is back with their first album in 17 years. Only "Gone Like the Cotton" is not exactly new. The Louisiana bluegrass started recording this album in 1998 with Allison Krauss producing. But their label, Elektra, shelved the disc, which sat in the closet until a few record label heads got together and decided the music should be released.

Ted Hawkins was a street performer in Venice, Cal, a bit on the bluesy side. Now he gets the country treatment in "Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins." Kasey and Bill Chambers, Sunny Sweeney, Mary Gauthier, James McMurtry and Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours all contribute.

Jimmy Fortune was the former tenor singer of The Statler Brothers for 21 years. He's on his own with "Hits & Hymns," which combines religious music and songs that were hits for The Statlers.

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Storyteller CD review - Storyteller
Carrie Underwood's powerful voice has been her calling card throughout her career, and that is no different on her latest. She has always possessed a voice that can be chameleon-like and work with the material at hand. Underwood does that again on these 13 songs, 6 of which she helped pen. Underwood knows a thing or two about writing or finding material that fits her commercial orientation as almost all 13 could conceivably be picked as singles. They are big sounding, big voiced and radio ready. »»»
Greatest Hits: Decade #1 CD review - Greatest Hits: Decade #1
Greatest hits albums are often derided as creative placeholders, or worse yet, contractual obligations. In Carrie Underwood's case, the album subtitled "Decade #1" is a chance to take a somewhat awe inspired look at what a successful career this American Idol alumnus has already had to date. One of its two new songs, the single "Something in the Water," is a wonderfully gutsy move on Underwood's part. Country is one of the rare genres where a Christian can sing of »»»
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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