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Ramsey, McKenna, Punch Brothers drop music

Friday, July 20, 2018 – Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old discovered in a WalMart aisle in his native Illinois, is out with "Famous EP" today. The six-song EP, produced by Joey Moi, is heavy on Hank Williams Sr. songs including "Lovesick Blues," "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" and "I Saw the Light." The title track was penned by Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard, Sarah Buxton, Corey Crowder and Canaan Smith.

Lori McKenna has a double-headed threat of a career. She's done exceedingly well as a songwriter, and the Massachusetts resident also has enjoyed her own solo career. Her 11th disc, "The Tree," was the second CD of hers produced by ace producer Dave Cobb. Recorded by Matt Ross-Spang over seven days at Nashville's historic RCA, the 11-song album features McKenna (vocals, acoustic guitar), Cobb (acoustic/electric guitar, mellotron), Anderson East (electric guitar), Brian Allen (bass), Chris McKenna (mellotron), Chris Powell (drums, percussion) and background vocals from Kristen Rogers, Natalie Hemby and Hillary Lindsey.

Punch Brothers return with "All Ashore," the group's first disc since 2015's "The Phosphorescent Blues." The group consists of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. They self-produced the disc, which deals with how to deal with today's political climate.

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Famous CD review - Famous
When considering Mason Ramsey, one is reminded of the idea that big things come in small packages. At 11, the Golconda, Ill. native has gained a far bigger audience than the nearby WalMart where a video of him singing and yodeling through Hank Sr. "Lovesick Blues" went viral big time. He parlayed that into a six-song EP with a heavy emphasis on Williams. Typically decked out in a cowboy hat (that sets him apart right there from most other country acts today), Ramsey sounds about his age. »»»
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 Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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