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Young, Blackberry Smoke release new sounds

Friday, October 14, 2016 – Chris Young releases his first holiday disc today, "It Must Be Christmas." Young recorded 10 songs for the effort, including "The First Noel" with Brad Paisley and "I'll Be Home For Christmas."

Rock/roots/country band Blackberry Smoke returns with "Like An Arrow," which they self-released. Recorded just outside of the band's native Atlanta at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, GA, the 12-track album was self-produced and features special guest Gregg Allman on the album's closing track, "Free On The Wing."

Steve Earle's seminal "Guitar Town" is reissued 30 years later, including a live disc recorded at the Park West in Chicago.

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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