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Nelson, Robison/Willis, Millers, Watson, Lauderdale drop new sounds

Friday, June 21, 2019 – It's a busy release day today with releases from the likes of Willie Nelson and a few couples, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis and Buddy and Julie Miller, among others.

Nelson is out with "Ride Me Back Home," an 11-song disc produced by Buddy Cannon. Nelson, 86, wrote three songs with Cannon, who also produces Kenny Chesney. Nelson covers a few Guy Clark songs including "A Picture of You."

Robison and Willis release "Beautiful Lie," a traditionally based country disc from the Texas artists. They cut the disc at Robison's studio.

The Millers are out with their first joint release in 10 years with "Breakdown on 20th Ave. South." It follows "Written in Chalk.' Buddy Miller produced the dozen-song release.

Lauderdale continues being prolific with his 32nd album, "From Another World." The singer/songwriter co-produced with bassist Jay Weaver.

Aaron Watson continues his indie career with "Red Bandana." The 20-song collection, all written solely by Watson who co-produced the project with Jordan Lehning, marks his 20th year in music Watson's last studio album was "Vaquero."

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Ride Me Back Home CD review - Ride Me Back Home
Time may be an enemy to most, but Willie Nelson seems a bit impervious to its ravages - a fact made evident on "Ride Me Back Home," a relaxed affair that showcases Nelson's still-strong voice and his sharp-as-ever songwriting and interpreting abilities. "Ride Me Back Home" is his 13th album for Legacy Recordings since joining the label in 2012 and coincidentally, it is also the 13th collaboration between Nelson and noted producer Buddy Cannon. This partnership, which »»»
My Way CD review - My Way
Not one to rest on his laurels, Willie Nelson's second studio release of the calendar year finds the artist dipping back into the Great American Songbook. Previous collections, including 1978's stellar Stardust, 2009's "American Classic" and 2016's "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin," established Nelson as one of the finest modern interpreters of American standards. So, it is only fitting that he now pays tribute to the man widely recognized as the »»»
Last Man Standing CD review - Last Man Standing
Willie Nelson is 123 years old and this is his 85th album. . No, that's not right, He's 85 and this is something like his 123rd album. At a certain point, the years and the numbers don't mean much any more. The bottom line is Willie Nelson has been around for a long time and made a lot of music. Willie will forever be remembered for the song "Whiskey River," but his voice has mellowed like a fine wine. Time has taken away much of the harshness and the off-flavors, if you will. »»»
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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