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Six years later, Hunt is back

Friday, April 3, 2020 – Sam Hunt finally returns to action with a full-length release, "Southside," while Ashley McBryde drops her sophomore album.

Hunt released his debut, "Montevallo," in 2014 and enjoyed major success with hit songs like the massive hit "Beauty Like a Back Road" (2017), "Downtown's Dead" and "Drinkin' Too Much." All appear on "Southside." Now, he returns with this 13-song set produced by Zach Crowell, Luke Laird and Bryce Cain.

McBryde has been kicking around Nashville for about 14 years and gained some traction with her debut from 2018, "Girl Going Nowhere ." She won both the ACM and CMA new artist awards. Her follow-up, "Never Will," contains 11 songs including the single "One Night Standards." The Arkansas native wrote 9 of the 11 songs with Jay Joyce once again producing.

Veteran folk/rootsy singer Eliza Gilkyson is out with "2020." Her son, Cisco Ryder Gilliland, produced the 10-song release, which was recorded in Austin.

Logan Ledger is out with his self-titled debut on Rounder.

Western Centuries is out with its third release, "Call the Captain" (Free Dirt). The Seattle-based band consists of Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton and Jim Miller. Miller co-founded Donna the Buffalo. Morrison has a duo with Eli West, and Lawton has spent time with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. Jim Lauderdale helps out with backing vocals on two tracks.

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Southside CD review - Southside
There are some interesting moments on Sam Hunt's "Southside" album, but interesting doesn't always equal good. The single "Hard To Forget" samples Webb Pierce's "There Stands The Glass," one of country music's best and most enduring drinking songs. It's ironic, though, how Hunt needed to sample an old country song in order to incorporate any hint of actual country music into his album. Interesting, yes, but it may make you reach back for a »»»
Montevallo CD review - Montevallo
It's no secret that the genre of country music has been growing and expanding in definition over the past several years, from the bombastic arena rocking fury of early Garth Brooks to more recent days and acts like Florida Georgia Line, further blurring the lines of country and other genres. Finding traditional country themes and vibes to merge along the rivers of hip-hop, R&B and pop, the picking is ripe for rising artists like Sam Hunt and his debut recording, "Montevallo. »»»
X2C CD review - X2C
Sam Hunt is riding the country charts with "Leave the Night On," a rather surprising occurrence considering that the Georgia native has extremely little to do with what remotely constitutes country music on this four song EP. Hunt has gained some acclaim as a song writer, having penned Kenny Chesney's "Come Over," Keith Urban's "Cop Car" and Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight." Hunt fits in perhaps only because of the crossover sounds »»»
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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