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Crowell, Adkins, The Mavs top releases

Friday, March 31, 2017 – Rodney Crowell, Trace Adkins and The Mavericks lead the list of releases today.

Crowell is out with "Closer Ties," his first disc since "Tarpaper Sky." Ex-wife Rosanne Cash helps out on "It Ain't Over Yet" with John Paul White, ex-half of The Civil Wars. Sheryl Crow lends her voice on "I'm Tied To You." The 10-song release was co-produced by Jordan Lehning and Kim Buie.

Adkins returns with "Something's Going On," his debut on the Broken Bow label, Wheelhouse. This is Adkins' 12th disc with "Watered Down" the first single. Adkins' last release was "Love Will..." four years ago.

The Mavs are out with their second release in about six months, "Brand New Day," on their own label. The band merges sounds including country, Cuban, blues, rockabilly and rock. The group released a live album in October 2016.

Banjo man Ned Luberecki does "Take Five," a disc of fiddle and banjo songs. He mixes bluegrass, jazz, the Bakersfield sound and more. Luberecki plays banjo for the Becky Buller Band.

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Texas CD review - Texas
Rodney Crowell is a rare breed of a country songwriter. Yes, he knows how to write traditional country songs; it's just he's also a deep thinker, which requires extra effort on the part of the listener to appreciate them fully. "Texas" is just as varied as his everything-is-bigger home state. It's also a star-studded affair, which even includes none other than Ringo Starr. "Brown & Root, Brown & Root" includes an historical introduction from Crowell's duet »»»
Christmas Everywhere CD review - Christmas Everywhere
Rodney Crowell's "Christmas Everywhere" is a (mostly) melancholy collection of songs, with Christmas time as its setting. It's a strong set of carefully worded tunes, set to widely varying musical backings. All 12 tracks are originals, so if you're seeking out 'Rodney Crowell performs holiday favorites,' this is certainly not for you. However, if you're a little tired of all the trappings associated with the winter season, you'll find an empathetic soul in Crowell. »»»
Close Ties CD review - Close Ties
One song on Rodney Crowell's "Close Ties" album is called "I Don't Care Anymore." It's a song when a person comes to term with aging, where what others think of you simply doesn't really matter much in the grand scheme of things. However, if Crowell truly didn't care about others' opinions, he wouldn't have created such a fine album. He cared enough to give us the very best, to borrow an advertising slogan, and we should especially thankful »»»
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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