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Chris Cagle, Jim Lauderdale, Allison Moorer, Gary Louris offer new music

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 – Chris Cagle, Jim Lauderdale, Allison Moorer and Gary Louris top the list of new releases this week.

Cagle is out today with "My Life's Been a Country Song" (Capitol Nashville). He has enjoyed hits with "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out," "Laredo" and "Laredo." He may be duplicating that success with his first single, "What Kinda Gone." Scott Hendricks and Cable produced the 11-song disc, his fourth and first in 2 1/2 years.

The ever active Jim Lauderdale releases his second disc since September, Honey Songs" (Yep Roc). Here, there is more of a rock edge to this country record. He gets a helping hand from such stalwarts as James Burton, Al Perkins, Ron Tutt, Glenn Hardin and Garry Tallent of the E Street Band.

Moorer returns with "Mockingbird (New Line), going the covers route. Buddy Miller produced the disc of all female songwriters ranging from Nina Simone to Patti Smith to Cat Power to her sister Shelby Lynne, whose song is unreleased. The title track is the only one written by Moorer.

Gary Louris, the former member of the rootsy band The Jayhawks goes solo with "Vagabonds" (Rykodisc). Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes produced. Louris also is a member of Golden Smog.

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Back in the Saddle CD review - Back in the Saddle
After four years in the on deck circle, Chris Cagle has resurfaced with his aptly titled comeback album, "Back in the Saddle." His debut with Bigger Picture Music Group is aimed at putting him right back into the mainstream. He begins with the raucous radio friendly opener Got My Country On. Now a happily married father of three girls, domesticity provided inspiration for several of the tracks, namely the tender father-daughter ballad Dance Baby Dance, which he co-wrote with »»»
My Life's Been a Country Song CD review - My Life's Been a Country Song
If Chris Cagle's life actually was a country song, the first verse would be about a guy on top of the world - his first two albums went gold, "I Breathe in, I Breathe Out" was a number one single. But, of course, adversity comes knocking in verse two - multiple vocal problems, including a polyp and a lesion, stilled his singing for three months and forced him to bow out of a tour with Rascal Flatts; he lost a lawsuit against a former manager and had to pay $750,000, and his third »»»
Anywhere But Here CD review - Anywhere But Here
Chris Cagle is still trying to find that sense of purpose that served him so well on his debut CD "Play It Loud," and that seemed to elude his grasp on his self-titled sophomore release. Not to read too much of a personal statement into lyrics but on the title song and "When I Get There" (which is almost the same exact song), he admits he has no idea where he's going. So using the scattershot approach, Cagle none-too-convincingly mines Montgomery Gentry territory with "You Might Want to Think »»»
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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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