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The Mavs, Earle top new releases

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – Veteran musicians including Steve Earle and The Mavericks, were out with new music on Tuesday.

For The Mavericks, "Mono" is the second release from the group since they reformed. Lead singer Raul Malo had a hand in writing all 12 songs. This marks the first disc from The Mavs without bassist Robert Reynolds, who was fired from the band for substance abuse issues. The music continues in the traditional throwback sound of The Mavs.

As for Earle, he goes a different direction with "Terraplane." He gets bluesy on a disc produced by R.S. Field. Earle recorded the 10 songs with his backing band The Dukes.

Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna fame goes in a rootsy vein on "Ain't In No Hurry," his third solo disc on Red House. He covers American roots, blues, rockers and his own material.

Texas musician Aaron Watson returns to action with "The Underdog." He produced the 14 songs with Keith Stegall.

Bluegrass husband and white Darin and Brooke Aldridge put out their sixth release, "Snapshots" on Mountain Home. Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson lend a helping hand.

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Play the Hits CD review - Play the Hits
When The Mavericks call an album "Play The Hits," It really should be qualified as "Play The Selective Hits" because this band has never been especially interested in performing only what's commercially viable. With that said, though, all these 11 songs are familiar to most pop and country music fans. Also, whatever The Mavericks play, they play the maverick. For instance, Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" incorporates a touch of Tex-Mex »»»
Hey! Merry Christmas! CD review - Hey! Merry Christmas!
Sometimes, musicians create holiday albums, and it's obvious to the listener the act is breaking character. Maybe they just want to make a buck off the seasonal experience, so they'll put on ill-fitting red clothes and play the part. With "Hey! Merry Christmas!" by The Mavericks, though, one finds another fine album by the group, which just happens to be comprised of songs that concern Christmas. For example, the title track is a piano-pumping, rockabilly Jerry Lee Lewis throwback. »»»
Mono CD review - Mono
The Mavericks returned in 2013 with an acclaimed new album and much touring after nearly a decade's absence. Here they are back again in 2015, minus one of their founding members, but with another dynamite new effort. The group announced in December 2014 that it had kicked out bassist Robert Reynolds from the band because he had developed an opiate addiction and was allegedly soliciting money from fans to support his habit. Reynolds is not listed as a contributor in the liner notes for »»»
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: 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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