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A lot of the early reviews for "American Love Song," Ryan Bingham's latest set of raucous and reflective Americana brilliance, have characterized it as the singer/songwriter's most personal album to date. That hardly seems possible for someone who has written about everything - from his mother's death from alcoholism to his father's suicide - through an intensely personal lens.

Every album has been his most personal, and "American Love Song" may stand as the best within the context of Bingham's stunningly consistent and satisfying catalog. The idea that Bingham's new album is the most representative of his inwardly directed songwriting style is baffling to him as well. `

"Yeah, it always has been personal, from the beginning," says Bingham with a laugh. "For the past couple of years, I've been doing a lot of acoustic shows where I sit down and play the songs solo, and I've started opening up and telling a lot of the stories about the songs and why I wrote them. Maybe... »»»

After having huge success at the get go with "Redneck Woman," Wilson eventually went her own way and took a break. During her "hiatus," Wilson started her own label and was a "120 percent mom" to her teenage daughter.

A lot of people have been wondering where you've been and what you've been up to. Can you tell them?

The last couple years, I've been back at it touring and making music. I signed a new artist, Jessie G, to my label. I've been working a lot with her on her EP and helping write songs. Before that I took a few years off. I had been touring nonstop all year every year for11-12 years, and I just felt like it was time to take a little break. I took three years to stay home and be a full-time 120 percent mom to my daughter. Those are critical years. 14,15, 16 years old. Mama needs to be there all the time. Then she hit 17 and basically said, where's that life you used to have? Do you want me to go get it back for you because you're driving me crazy. So, she put my ass in gear and got me back to work.

Do you think that time away was detrimental to your career given the momentum you had.... »»»

A visit with Hayes Carll finds him taking a rare day off at home, he and girlfriend, Allison Moorer split time between homes in New York City and Nashville, to discuss new album "What It Is."

"This album works around three themes; our relationship (he and Moorer), the world and myself. I try to make the best read I can and tell the story. I am fortunate to at a stage in life to have what I have and be with who I am with and I am doing my best to be present in the relationship. I want to pay attention and be in the moment."

Moorer co-produced the disc with Brad Jones. Asked if the final cut, "I Will Stay" alludes to this, Carll admits, "Yes it does. I wanted to show commitment."

The first single, "None'Ya", a beautiful tune of earnest commitment to a relationship, co-written with Moorer (providing harmony), and Adam Joseph Landry reached number one on Billboard Americana and the Texas Music singles charts. The opening lines, "I asked you where you been and you said... »»»

Dale (The Real Deal) Watson has been releasing hard country albums since 1995 and shows no signs of slowing down on his most recent release, "Call Me Lucky."

This record marks his third effort recorded in Memphis, at Sam Phillips Recording Studio, with Watson's regular touring band, The Lone Stars. Tastefully augmented by Mickey Raphael's unmistakable harmonica on several tunes, it even has a guest appearance by Johnny Cash's long-time drummer, W. C. (Fluke) Holland on the title cut.

As for the title, Watson says, "The same place where most of my songs come from, my fans. There are two girls who never miss a show when we travel through Wisconsin, and they get a picture made at every show, with one on each side of me kissing my cheek. One time they apologized for being such a hassle for me, and I said; "Hey, I'm just lucky," and a song came out of that."

Similar stories are attached to most of the self-penned songs on the album. For instance, Watson says "The Dumb... »»»

The Long Ryders have come a long way since they were initially associated with other Los Angeles relatively retro acts collected under the Paisley Underground umbrella. Even back during the mid to late 80s, though, this multifaceted group stood out from the pack.

Yes, there were psychedelic elements running through the group's first recordings, but there was also a whole lot of country mixed in, too. One also didn't pick up the same Velvet Underground vibe that ran through The Dream Syndicate's aura, nor the fem-Prince-isms inspiring some of The Bangles' bigger songs. Since those hazy but wonderful - days band leader Sid Griffin has delved even deeper into his Kentucky country and bluegrass roots.

It's been a long 30 years since the last Long Ryders album proper. Friend of the band, Larry Chatman, has been pushing the act around that long to get back in the studio. Fortunately, Chatman is now Dr. Dre's personal assistant and arranged a week for the quartet to record in Dr. Dre's Los Angeles studio. The recording sounds terrific, and there's not even a hint of gangsta rap on it.... »»»

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