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Brooks & Dunn, Reba top new releases

Friday, April 5, 2019 – Musical heavyweights Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire, who have played Vegas together, both are out with new releases today, leading a heavy release schedule.

Brooks & Dunn go back in time and forward with "Reboot." The disc pairs them with artists ranging from Kacey Musgraves to Brothers Osborne to Kane Brown to Midland on new versions of B&D hits. Dann Huff produced the release, which tends to have a modern sheen.

McEntire has put out what she said is the most traditional country album of her career, "Stronger Than the Truth." McEntire puts a few outright honky tonkers on the release, while also adding several female-centric songs, something she has long been known for.

Ace acoustic guitarist Molly Tuttle is out with "When You're Ready" on Compass. This marks her debut after putting out a successful EP, "Rise." Tuttle, 26, became the first female to win the IBMA Guitarist of the Year honor, which she has won twice. Tuttle started out in a family bluegrass band in California before going to Berklee College of Music in Boston. She moved to Nashville four years ago.

The Infamous Stringdusters are out with "Rise Sun. a 13-song release produced by the quintet and Billy Hume. The band wrote all of the songs.

Amanda Cooke is dropping "After All This Time. Cook, a Florida native, plays traditional and modern bluegrass. The disc is the follow up to 2017's "Deep Water," also on Mountain Fever.

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Reboot CD review - Reboot
Brooks and Dunn return with the duo's first studio album in a dozen years. Sort of. That's because they revisit a dozen of their hits (leaving a bunch behind) with contemporary country singers. "Reboot" is a cross between a tribute album and a redo, and overwhelmingly, the idea works. The general idea is that the guest artist will trade lines with Brooks or Dunn. One could surmise that Brooks & Dunn did this kind of album to introduce these chestnuts in an attempt to expand their fan base. »»»
#1s ... and then some CD review - #1s ... and then some
Brooks & Dunn are the most popular duo in country history racking up lots of hits and awards, but they amicably called it a career with plans to go their separate ways after a farewell 2010 tour. This two-CD set contains 30 songs, but aside from 2 new songs, there's not much reason to buy this set. The quality certainly is there as 20 of the songs reached the top of the chart. The new songs - both were released as singles - were Honky Tonk Stomp, featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Indian Summer. »»»
Cowboy Town CD review - Cowboy Town
If your idea of a cowboy is Cowboy Troy and the guys from Big & Rich, then sure, this new Brooks & Dunn album is named appropriately. For it's the city-bred hat crowd that the majority of these songs are aimed at or at least the women that married them. Their last couple of albums saw them gain some critical acclaim with songs like the stirring "Believe," but there's nothing that immediately memorable here. Instead, we get the fuzzy current events theology of, "God Must Be »»»
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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