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Church, Harris offer new sounds

Friday, October 5, 2018 – Eric Church is out with "Desperate Man" today, a mix of a variety of styles. The title track is the lead single. Church's sixth album follows the release of his surprise disc "Mr. Misunderstood." Church had a hand in writing all 11 songs, including three penned by himself. Ray Wylie Hubbard helped write the title track. The lead-off song, "The Snake," has a political bent to it.

Country traditionalist JP Harris is back after a four-year hiatus with "Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing " on Free Dirt Records. Born in Montgomery, Ala., Harris left home at 14 and traveled the country hopping freight trains, working odd jobs and living without electricity or running water for over a decade. Morgan Jahnig (Old Crow Medicine Show) produced Harris' third LP, which features a chunk of pedal steel and Telecaster twang. Sounds include outlaw, honky tonk and classic country.

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Desperate Man CD review - Desperate Man
While Eric Church has set the bar high with his previous studio albums, "Desperate Man" is right up there with his best and may just be his most accomplished effort to date. Church continues to write memorable songs in a wide variety of styles, and even when he's not singing over country musical elements, his lyrical voice is always undeniably a country one. He also knows how to have a little fun, especially with "Hanging Around," a soulful, funky tune mixing together »»»
Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing CD review - Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing
A four-year recording hiatus did nothing to damper J.P. Harris's creativity. In fact, the carpenter, singer, and songwriter has stretched his sound a bit with "Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing," a 10-song offering on which Harris ventures further afield from his honky-tonk roots while still producing a unique brand of country that is at once contemporary and classic. The first few notes make it crystal clear that something different is afoot. "JP's Florida Blues #1" is »»»
Mr. Misunderstood CD review - Mr. Misunderstood
When listeners were introduced to Eric Church on his debut, they heard an artist who could balance strong song writing with a bit of a rebellious edge to the music. The surprise release of his latest continues that tradition, being quietly released to his fan club before even being officially announced. The music, written and recorded over a short period of time with an unheard of fast turnaround, has a raw edge that bridges the gap between radio friendly country music with the more rugged sound »»»
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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