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There is no harmony like brotherly harmony. Something indelible in the weave of voices and play of sensibilities is stamped into the fraternal DNA and also stems from a lifetime of shared experiences. You can hear it in classic brother acts across the musical spectrum, from the Louvin Brothers to the Everly Brothers and on down the decades through the Wilson brothers (Beach Boys), the Davies brothers (Kinks), the Allman Brothers and even the Brothers Gibb (a.k.a., the Bee Gees). You can clearly hear fraternal magic at work in the songs of Scott and Seth Avett, better known as the Avett Brothers, as well. That magic is abundantly evident on I and Love and You, the Avett Brothers’ big-label debut, produced by Rick Rubin. Its 13 songs are d
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Renaissance man Steve Martin returns to his musical passion – bluegrass – with a new album of all original songs, backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers. Rare Bird Alert is the follow up to 2009′s Grammy® winning The Crow and features precise picking, delightful melodies, and well constructed lyrics, the hallmarks of Martin’s musical pursuits. Special guests, Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks lend their vocal talents, respectively, to “Best Love” and “You”.
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Chris Young is set to release his third album, Neon, on July 12. Young, a 2011 Grammy nominee for best male country vocal performance, co-wrote seven of the album’s 10 tracks, including the hit-lead single, Tomorrow.
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There’s a smart balance of traditional Hawaiiana and contemporary tunes on this CD. There’s heart-tugging warmth along with unexpected chuckles. The end result is a candid, honest reinforcement of his vocal breadth.To gauge the magnitude of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s popularity in his native Hawaii, consider this: following his death in 1997 (at age 38, attributed to his profound obesity), Kamakawiwo’ole’s body lay in state in the state capitol, only the second person to receive such an honor. Kamakawiwo’ole’s appeal lies in his love for prestatehood, precondominium Hawaii and the expressiveness of his gently passionate voice, which can float through higher registers with an ease that brings Johnny Mathis to mind. Several selections (“Ka Pua U
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Outline A few decades ago nearly every country singer had at least one–often more–gospel albums in their catalog. Today, aside from gospel veteran Amy Grant, who balances the sacred and secular, anA few decades ago nearly every country singer had at least one–often more–gospel albums in their catalog. Today, aside from gospel veteran Amy Grant, who balances the sacred and secular, and Randy Travis, that concept has long faded. For Alan Jackson, however, treating the musical past as present has been a way of life, as it is with these 15 timeless hymns from his youth. Recorded with just two acoustic guitars and a piano, it was originally a private Christmas present to his mother. The spare instrumentation is surprisingly robust behind his
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Kenny Chesney has played NFL football stadiums by the dozen, received 4 Country Music Association as well as 4 consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Awards, had nineteen #1 singles, and has sold over 27 million albums and is the only artist in any genre to sell over a million tickets each of the past eight summers. When he made the decision to scale back from touring this year, it was in large part so that he could take the time he wanted to really enjoy the process of making a new studio record. Now, Chesney has released what will perhaps become his most enduring album, Hemingway s Whiskey.
With the lead single “The Boys of Fall,” a song that encapsulates the potency of the high school football experience for any
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Created from writings left behind by country music’s “lovesick blues boy,” The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams premieres the first-ever performances of 12 previously unheard Hank Williams lyric compositions newly set to music by 13 artists whose own sensibilities have been profoundly shaped by Williams.
The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams project began with the idea of finding a well-known artist, one who felt Hank’s inspiration and influence, to record an album’s worth of the unheard songs. After veteran music industry manager/A&R executive Mary Martin approached Bob Dylan, a natural first choice for the endeavor, the project evolved into a multi-artist tribute providing a variety of sympathetic approaches to this rich mysterious ma
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In January 1971, Elvis was well and truly back and on top of his game. During 1970, he chalked up no less than 4 Platinum and 3 Gold album awards and 5 Gold singles. As if this sales achievement wasn’t enough, on January 16, he was given the award as one of the “Top Ten Young Men of The Year” by the United States Jaycees. His new album Elvis Country released that same month received critical acclaim. In an outstanding review for Rolling Stone, biographer Peter Guralnick said: “… Elvis Presley has come out with a record which gives us some of the very finest and most affecting music since he first recorded for Sun almost 17 years ago.”
Elvis Country is, obviously, a return to roots. But it’s the singing, the passion and engagement most
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The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the film Country Strong (described below) includes original songs from the movie performed by Gwyneth Paltrow, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester.
Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Paltrow), the pair embark on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.