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Josh Abbott Band tops new releases

Friday, August 18, 2017 – Josh Abbott Band has experienced the ups and downs of life this year with the death of his father and the birth of his son two months later. He covers some of these subjects on "Until My Voice Gives Out," a 14-song set from the Texas artist. Abbot enjoyed success last time out with 2015's "Front Row Seat," which detailed dissolution of his marriage.

Dobro ace Jerry Douglas offers "What If" under the Jerry Douglas Band name. This marks the first release for the band. The sound merges jazz with bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul on the 11 tracks.

Sisters Allison Moorer and Shelby Lynne release their first album together "Not Dark Yet." The collection contains 10 songs. Teddy Thompson produced the set, which includes one song penned by Lynne and Moorer, "Is It Dark Yet." The duo covers Nirvana's "Lithium."

Texas singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to action with "Tell The Devil I'm Gettin' There As Fast As I Can." Lucinda Williams offers vocals on the title track.

Kacy & Clayton, who are second cousins, are out with their second release for New West , "The Siren's Song." Jeff Tweedy of Wilco produced the nine songs from the folk rock-flavored duo. Kacy & Clayton released "Strange Country" in 2015. This is the duo's fourth release overall.

Five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley is out with a self-titled disc. She recorded primarily with her band mates Mike Sumner on banjo, Tim Dishman on bass, Scotty Powers on mandolin, Matt Leadbetter on reso-guitar, and Bradley on guitar.

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Catching Fire CD review - Catching Fire
Releasing five albums and two EPs since 2008, the normally prolific Josh Abbott Band returns more to its roots after exploring new, more Nashville-type sound over the last two albums. This self-released effort shows maturity and confidence by remembering who they are and expanding their base at the same time. With the title cut, "Catching Fire," co-written by Abbott, serving as a bridge between their past musical exploration and their rootsy Texas sound, it is his distinctive voice »»»
Until My Voice Goes Out CD review - Until My Voice Goes Out
Josh Abbott Band opens its album "Until My Voice Goes Out" with the title track, which features the unique combination of stately strings along with plucked banjo. In one respect, it's a love song about the desire for a specific woman. Couched within this plea, though, is a sincere wish for a life lived to the fullest. Abbott also sings "Ain't My Daddy's Down" at album's end, which explains the meditative nature of the record's opener. »»»
Front Row Seat CD review - Front Row Seat
Customarily Texas and Red Dirt artists have proudly existed outside of the mainstream, relying more on quality song writing and a defiantly traditional edge to their music, with fiddles and steel guitar prominent. Josh Abbott Band came from this scene and built a faithful fan base. Abbott boldly decided to create a concept album this time around. The disc is divided into five acts, which represent the stages of a relationship from courtship to the aftermath of a breakup, an idea very similar »»»
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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