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Rimes, McCoury lead new releases

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – LeAnn Rimes is the lone major label artist to release a CD today. Rimes gets help from producer Vince Gill on "Lady and Gentlemen," a recording of covers of songs made famous mainly by men. Songs include The Bottle Let Me Down, Help Me Make It Through the Night and a new version of her own hit Blue.

Several bluegrass bands are out with new material today as well. Del McCoury pays tribute to the Father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe with "Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe," available digitally through McCoury Music. McCoury served a life-changing year with Monroe's Blue Grass Boys from 1963-1964.

Bearfoot, perhaps the finest bluegrass band in Alaska, is out with "American Story," the group's second for Compass. The band adds country flavorings to their music.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice return with "The Heart of a Song" (Rebel). Earlier in his career, Sisk wasa member of the Lonesome River Band and Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz.

Southern Culture on the Skids reissued "Zombified" (Kudzu), which first came out as an 8-song EP in 1998. Five new songs were added to the tribute disc to horror and exploitation films of the '60s and '70s.

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Del and Woody CD review - Del and Woody
For two years we've been hearing of this recording, a project where original lyrics from Woody Guthrie were to be reinvented as bluegrass songs by the legendary Del McCoury. Like previous sets from Billy Bragg & Wilco (3 volumes of "Mermaid Avenue" released between 1998-2012), Jay Farrar, et al ("New Multitudes," 2012) and The Klezmatics (a pair of 2006 releases), lyrics stored within the Woody Guthrie Archives were turned over to McCoury to be repurposed. »»»
High, Lonesome and Blue
Perennial IBMA Entertainer of the Year winner Del McCoury has had an impressive run over the last decade or so, and his efforts are a large factor in the ever-widening popularity of bluegrass music. McCoury's growth came at a time when he was recording on Rounder, and this collection on Rounder's Heritage series collects tracks from all of the albums he issued during that period. Though McCoury released an album with Rounder in 1972, this disc skips over that for the more cohesive batch of tunes »»»
Del And The Boys
All hyperbole aside, The Del McCoury Band is the best working bluegrass group in the land right now, and it could be argued that their final resting place in bluegrass history will be alongside Scruggs, Stanley and Grisman, who all had the ability to honor the music's traditions while expanding on its possibilities. McCoury and his group have been solid for a decade now and show no signs of letting up now. All the band members are award-winners on their respective instruments, but there seems »»»
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: The Head and the Heart go beyond the nah nahs – "Nah nah," "la la" and "Wee oh" populated a number of songs from The Head and the Heart. Yes, the Seattle-based band does pen a good amount of sing-along songs that were clearly designed that way. And while that style can certainly engage and energize a crowd, there was more to that from the sextet.... »»»
Concert Review: Underwood leads a night of women in country – Carrie Underwood may have been off the road for three years, during which time she had two boys and did not release an album until "Cry Pretty" 13 months ago, but the most successful American Idol contestant has lost none of her vocal luster to say the least in her Cry Pretty 360 Tour. First and foremost, Underwood remains one tremendous... »»»
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