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Buffett, Skaggs/Horsnby, Lawrence let out new music

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 – Six new discs are out today, including those of Jimmy Buffett and a tribute to one of the greatest musicians ever.

Buffett takes his second step into country territory with "Songs from St. Somewhere," mixing his pop/island sounds and country.

Buddy Emmons gets the tribute treatment on "The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons." Vince Gill, Duane Eddy, Emmlyou Harris and Rodney Crowell and Little Jimmy Dickens are among those who play. Emmons, 76, is considered one of the greatest ever at his instrument.

Skaggs and Hornsby combined for a live disc of 19 songs mainly recorded in Omaha, Neb. Cluck Ol' Hen is the final song on the disc, which also includes How Mountain Girls Can Love, Bluegrass Breakdown and Horsnby's best known song The Way It Is.

Newcomer Charlie Worsham a Mississippi native, debuts with "Rubberband." Worsham had a hand in writing all 11 songs. Tools of the Trade is a collaboration with Marty Stuart and Vince Gill. Worsham evokes Keith Urban vocally.

The Greencards release its sixth disc,"Sweetheart of the Sun." The group, which plays bluegrass and country, consists of Carol Young, Kym Warner and Carl Miner.

Veteran Tracy Lawrence self-releases "Headlights, Taillights and Radios," his first disc since "The Singer" in 2011. Footprints on the Moon is the current single.

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Songs from St. Somewhere CD review - Songs from St. Somewhere
There is no denying that Jimmy Buffett has been an influence on a lot of modern country artists' music, most notably Zac Brown Band and Kenny Chesney. Buffett kicks off his new album, his first in years, with Somethin' About a Boat, a folky song with reggae rhythms that sounds like it would fit nicely on the next Chesney album. In addition to the island theme that inundates his music, Buffett also peppers his songs with his lighthearted sense of humor. Songs like Einstein Was a Surfer »»»
Take the Weather With You CD review - Take the Weather With You
This really is a "Best Of" collection of Jimmy Buffett with the one small caveat being that all of the material is new. These 14 songs really do represent the best of what this artist can offer the listener, and the result is one of his strongest studio outings in many years. His strongest material has traditionally been the slice of life tunes to which many people can readily identify. Those songs are plentiful including his first single, "Bama Breeze," "the title cut »»»
License to Chill
Inspiration sometimes comes from some mighty unusual places. Jimmy Buffett seems to have found his among the more familiar voices in country music. Not that Buffett and country are recent bedfellows. The journalism graduate had more than a few steel guitar flourishes on his early albums and many country stars have mentioned the Buffett lifestyle by name or open reference over the past few years. So a disc that about half solo Buffett and half collaborative efforts with country superstars not only »»»
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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