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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.

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: Kiah heats up – Amythyst Kiah's music career has seemingly been a slow burn, but that well could be changing. She was part of the quartet that put out the very fine "Songs of Our Native Daughters" earlier this year and is about to launch a tour with CD-mates Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell of Birds of Chicago and Leyla McCalla to bring out songs about... »»»
Concert Review: Sweeney maintains her musical integrity – Sunny Sweeney has gone the big label route and even earned a hit with "From a Table Away," but truth be told, she's better off without the baggage of the bigs, especially given the consistent quality and musical vision that was so clearly and admirably on display on this evening. When the East Texas native started her career, she was... »»»