Swift sees "Red"
Monday, October 22, 2012
– Taylor Swift is seeing "Red" today. That's because her new disc is finally out with 16 songs. The Swift onslaught started with the release of the first single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
She released other songs leading up to today's release of the music. "Red" is the follow-up to "Speak Now."
While Swift is dominating the release news, Lady Antebellum is out with its first holiday disc, "On This Winter's Night," featuring mainly covers of well-known holiday tunes. The dozen songs include the title track, I'll Be Home For Christmas, All I Want for Christmas is You and Blue Christmas.
Australian husband and wife duo Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson release their second disc together, "Wreck and Ruin." Chambers has forged a solo career in the U.S.
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Wreck & Ruin
Throughout her career, Kasey Chambers has never made any clear distinction between the rural environs where she was raised in her native Australia and the musical traditions that govern authentic Americana. The product of a musical family, she absorbed it all, embracing a heritage so diverse that her enthusiasm can barely be contained. It's little wonder than that she recently released two albums practically simultaneously, one, entitled "Storybook" that's all iconic covers (by »»»
The most striking element here - well, after Kasey Chambers' thrill of a voice, that is - is the number of different sounds that surface in the turned-down, trad-leaning setting. That Chambers is comfortable with bluegrass, folk and bare-bones country is no surprise; those were all key components of her outback musical upbringing, and all have echoed to varying degrees across her Aus-country solo records.
Still, the ease in which Chambers, her multi-instrumentalist (banjo, resonator »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man
Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it
Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker.
Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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