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DBT, Graham Parker, Jessica Harp lead new releases

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 – The Drive-By Truckers and Graham Parker top the list of new releases this week.

The Truckers do a few things differently this time around on "The Big To-Do." They are on a different label, ATO, after having recorded for New West. They also go for a more rocking sound than more of a countryish, rootsy sound. One thing that stays the same is David Barbe produced. Another is the distinctive art work from Wes Freed.

Parker grew up as a British pub rocker and angry young man, but he now lives in New York and has embraced by the rootsy community. "Invisible Television" contains 11 songs, including Weather Report and It's My Party (But I Won't Cry).

Jessica Harp came out with her swan song, "A Woman Needs" (Warner). Harp, who once was one-half of The Wreckers, said a few weeks ago she was giving up her solo career to concentrate on writing. This solo disc was much delayed.

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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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