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Gill, Joey + Rory, Wy, Morgan release

Friday, February 12, 2016 – A quartet of veteran acts are out with new CDs today.

Vince Gill released "Down To My Last Habit," which combines hard country, soulful sounds, blues and romantic country ballads. Gill co-produced the set with Justin Niebank. Little Big Town and Cam help Gill out on the disc as did trumpet player Chris Botti.

Joey + Rory put out a religious disc, "Hymns That Are Important to Us." The disc was recorded last summer amidst Joey Feek's continuing battle against cancer. Mainly acoustic based with Rory Feek's guitar, the release includes such standards as "How Great Thou Art," "I'll Fly Away" and "That Old Rugged Cross."

Wynonna & the Big Noise are out with a self-titled disc. Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B Schmit are among the guests on the 12-song release. Judd and band offer a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock.

Lorrie Morgan releases "Letting Go...Slow." This is her first solo disc since 2010's "I Walk Alone" a duo disc with Pam Tillis,"Dos Divas" in 2013. The disc features 12 tracks produced by Richard Landis.

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Down to My Last Bad Habit CD review - Down to My Last Bad Habit
At this point in his career, Vince Gill could just as well have entitled this "Tried and True." He's not chasing trends - pop country or bro country - of chart-geared songs. He's too old for that, and at this point anyway, Gill knows what works for him. And there is quite a lot that works on his first solo album since 2011's "Guitar Slinger." (He did release the excellent "Bakersfield" with Paul Franklin in 2013). Gill prefers a more soulful approach, »»»
Wynonna & the Big Noise CD review - Wynonna & the Big Noise
Once a staple of the country music airwaves, Wynonna has spent much of the last decade working on other projects (acting, writing, compilation albums and "Dancing with the Stars"), not to mention dealing with family emergencies - her husband Cactus Moser was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in 2012. "Wynonna & The Big Noise," her first album since 2009, puts Wynonna back behind the microphone and Moser back behind his drum kit, and it's a welcome return for them both. »»»
Letting Go...Slow CD review - Letting Go...Slow
During her lengthy career Loretta Lynn Morgan has had a lot of hits, though lately she has been in the news more for cutting cake (married six times at press time) than for cutting records. "Letting Go . . . Slow" is her first solo album since 2010's pop-oriented "I Walk Alone" (about which the less said the better), and she seems to be trying to make a country comeback, going mostly with covers on this record. Speaking of covers, for some reason Morgan has gone with a »»»
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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