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Friday, May 24, 2019 – Billy Ray Cyrus is out with his 16th album, "The Snakedoctor Circus." The set consists of nine originals and was released by BMG. Cyrus recorded the disc in Muscle Shoals, Ala. with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Spooner Oldham (piano), Nashville Musician's Hall of Fame member Will McFarlane, as well as David Hood (bass guitar), Kelvin Holly (electric/acoustic/bass guitar), Bekka Bramlett (vocals, tambourine), Shonna Tucker (bass guitar), Larry Byrom (piano), Mick Utley (piano) and Jimmy Nutt (acoustic/electric guitars, tambourine, percussion).

Justin Townes Earle looks to the oppressors and oppressed along with the downtrodden on "The Saint of Lost Causes" (New West) Earle recorded the 12-song set in Nashville and helped produce the disc.

Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters' are out today with a live album, "Live At The Grey Eagle." The CD contains 14 tracks, while a digital version has 21 songs. The recording was a homecoming for Platt, who is based in Asheville, N.C. The group has a country/folk bent to the music. Evolved versions of selected songs from five prior releases, two new originals written by Platt ("18 Wheels" and "Low Road") and a cover of "To Love Somebody" are included.

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The SnakeDoctor Circus CD review - The SnakeDoctor Circus
If one were filling a time capsule with predictions for the future of music some 20-plus years ago at the height of the "Achy Breaky Heart" fame of Billy Ray Cyrus, it's doubtful Cyrus' name would have made the list. Yet building on the success of that line dancing ear worm, Cyrus has carved out quite a career for himself, releasing over 15 albums and garnering acting success through television gigs like "Doc" and "Hannah Montana," not to mention his recent »»»
Thin Line CD review - Thin Line
Originally conceived of as a project to honor his favorite songwriters and artists, Billy Ray Cyrus found his latest outing taking on a life of its own. Infused with plenty of classic country sentiments and songs written and made popular by artists like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings, among many others, the record shimmers with the impact and influence of those same artists as Cyrus showcases the music that he loves while making it his own. Joining Cyrus in this »»»
Change My Mind CD review - Change My Mind
Change My Mind Blue Cadillac Music Reviewed by Jeff Lincoln No one can accuse Billy Ray Cyrus of not working hard enough. He's put out 12 releases (beginning with 1992's massive "Some Gave All"), all while keeping a regular TV acting slate. But he shows no sign of slowing down, and one can definitely sense that tireless quality here. There's a "more is more" philosophy coloring nearly the whole first half of the proceedings. Busy country/rock arrangements »»»
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: Jinks wins over fans, especially new ones – Cody Jinks asked the crowd a bit into his show how many had never seen him before. It seemed like Jinks has made a lot of musical inroads into the public's consciousness because roughly three quarters of the audience raised their hands to show that this was their first time. That probably made Jinks feel pretty darn good about how life has been... »»»
Concert Review: Fogerty lives up to his past – Woodstock 50 may never have happened, but that original monumental event was certainly in the air at John Fogerty's My 50 Year Trip Tour before, during and after. The before and after was in the choice of songs that came over the speakers including everything from Jefferson Airplane's "Don't You Want Somebody to Love" to The... »»»
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