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Tucker, Gill, Midland drop new music

Friday, August 23, 2019 – Tanya Tucker releases her first album in 17 years, while Midland releases its second album and veteran Vince Gill is back with a very personal album.

Tucker is out with "While I'm Livin'," an autobiographically-based disc, although she only wrote one song. Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings co-produced the disc with Carlile having a hand in doing much of the writing.

Gill goes back to his roots with "OKIE," his first disc in three years. Gill gets personal throughout the album with thoughts about marriage, faith and sexual abuse included in the mix. He also paid tribute to the late songwriter Guy Clark. "Nothin' Like a Guy Clark Song" and Merle Haggard on "A World Without Haggard." Gill had a hand in writing all 12 songs.

Midland, which has enjoyed hits with "Let It Roll," a 14-song CD. This is the follow-up to the trio's "On the Rocks" from 2017, which yielded the hit "Drinkin' Problem." The group consists of lead singer/guitarist Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist/vocalist Jess Carson and bassist/vocalist Cameron Duddy. Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, co-produced the album.

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While I'm Livin' CD review - While I'm Livin'
It's been 17 years since we've had a new album from Tanya Tucker, so it's a real pleasure to hear her clear throaty vocals deliver these songs with her characteristic raw emotion. Tucker knows how to get into a song and make it her own, and she demonstrates her ability to turn phrases on this set of songs. Every song is a gem, and every song might be describing some aspect of her own life. Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings produced the album, and Jennings played piano almost every »»»
My Turn CD review - My Turn
It took a long time and a lot of spins and even a bit of research to find out what was missing from this new Tanya Tucker album. The project is obviously a heartfelt one and not just designed to cash in on a continuing trend of resurrecting old songs and giving them a new, glossy paint job. Tucker has recorded a dozen songs for this disc that were favorite of her late father Beau. She certainly wasn't afraid to take on the giants. The disc has Hank Williams' (Lovesick Blues ), Buck »»»
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The old growl and attitude is still there, perhaps just a bit less threatening or convincing, but there is a softer, more sensitive side that comes through on Tanya Tucker's new disc. This is the first release in five years for Tucker and her first on her new Tuckertime Records label. "Old Weakness" starts the disc in a manner befitting her chip-on-the-shoulder legacy. But her tone softens almost immediately "Oh What A Love" and continues through much of the rest of the disc for songs like "We »»»
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: With or without band, Isbell satisfies – Usually, when an artist performs without his regular backing band, it becomes about mathematics of subtraction. That artist is armed with far fewer artistic weapons at his/her disposal, after all. In Jason Isbell's case, though, when he performed with just his wife and fiddler Amanda Shires, it was more about substitution than subtraction.... »»»
Concert Review: Grammy nominations aside, Yola, Kiah are the real deal – Grammy nominations do not make the artist, but Yola and opener Amythyst Kiah underscored time and again on this night that the honors were well deserved. In fact, Yola and Kiah's other group, Our Native Daughters, are nominated in the same category - Best American Roots. Yola has three other nominations as well. The clear winners... »»»
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