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Lady A's Kelley, Williams release new sounds

Friday, February 5, 2016 – The first solo CD from a Lady Antebellum member, Lucinda Williams and an old Johnny Cash concert are among the CDs out today.

Charles Kelley of Lady A drops "The Driver," which veers in a slightly different direction than his regular gig. He worked on the disc with Blake Chancey. The title cut, which is the single, was nominated for a Grammy. Kelley's soulful delivery dominates the release, on which he gets help from Stevie Nicks and Miranda Lambert.

Lucinda Williams offers a concept album, "The Ghosts of Highway 20," on her own label. Coming in at 86 minutes, most of the songs were inspired by Williams' connection with Highway 20, which ranges from Georgia to Texas. She lived in some communities along the road.

Johnny Cash ventured to Prague on April 11, 1978 where he recorded "Koncert v Praze (In Prague-Live)." Cash was invited to perform by the Czechoslovakian government, which acted as agents, promoters and managers for the four shows in Prague. Cash and his entourage of 19 secured work permits and set off from Berlin in a small school bus, provided by the Czech government. This marks the first time the disc is available as a single release. Cash performs 11 songs from his catalogue.

The Infamous Stringdusters, a bluegrass-oriented band, returns after last fall's covers EP with "Ladies and Gentlemen" on Compass. The Stringdusters are accompanied by a female singer on each song including Lee Ann Womack, Celia Woodsmith of Della Mae, Sara Watkins and Aoife O'Donovan.

Freakwater, led by Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean, return with "Scheherazade," their first disc in about 10 years.

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Many artists find inspiration from pain or life changing events. Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley got his out of sheer boredom, and it resulted in a Grammy nomination. The title track off of his first solo album, "The Driver," is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. With Lady A on hiatus, Kelley thought, "It's winter." "I'm bored and I want to make some music." He contacted producer Paul Worley to test drive the title track and a few others he »»»
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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