Anderson, Maddie & Tae, LaFarge release new CDs
Thursday, April 9, 2020
– John Anderson returns with his new album "Years," on Easy Eye Sounds. Produced by Dan Auerbach and David "Fergie" Ferguson, the album includes 10 new original songs as well as special guest appearance by Blake Shelton on the track "Tuesday I'll Be Gone." Anderson and Auerbach wrote all 10 songs together along with help from Paul Overstreet, Pat McLaughlin, Ferguson, Dee White, Joe Allen, Bobby Wood and Larry Cordle. The connection began when Auerbach called Anderson simply as a fan, but when Anderson, Auerbach and Ferguson later met, they clicked.
Maddie & Tae are out with their second full-length disc , "The Way It Feels," after putting out an EP last fall. The CD is comprised of songs from their two recent EPs plus five brand new tracks all co-written by Maddie & Tae. The 15-song set was produced by Jimmy Robbins and Derek Wells. Songs include "Tourist in This Town" and "Lay Here With Me" featuring Dierks Bentley. This is the duo's first album in four years.
Pokey LaFarge makes his debut on New West with "Rock Bottom Rhapsody." LaFarge also left his base of St. Louis and moved to Los Angeles. The disc was produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums). The album was recorded at Reliable Recorders on Chicago's Northwest Side during the polar vortex of 2019 and features the guitarist Joel Paterson, keyboardist Scott Ligon, upright/electric bassist Jimmy Sutton, and drummer Alex Hall.
Madison Font and Taylor Kerr, better known as Maddie & Tae, have given the world an album title perfectly fitting for our strange modern times. The only bad part about "Through The Madness," though, is that it's appended with "Vol. 1." Please, heavens above, no more madness! That humorous reservation aside, though, these country girls have created lovely music that just might distract you temporarily from all the world's current craziness.
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A retro feel exists on Pokey LaFarge's "In the Blossom of Their Shade" with its pleasing mix of folk, blues, jazz and country. Composed largely while LaFarge was isolated in Austin when the pandemic hit, the Illinois native endeavored to convey a mostly positive outlook. This is best exemplified in the bluesy "Fine To Me", reminiscent of Tony Joe White's "Polk Salad Annie" and Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q" in which LaFarge credits his mate with ...
In just two songs, Maddie & Tae illustrate the two sides of Christmas. The pair's version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" is given a faithful reading and even includes scripture recitation at the end. Next, with "Merry Married Christmas," marital fidelity at Christmastime is celebrated happily. The "We Need Christmas" EP reminds us once again that there are many sides to the holiday season.
The duo's take on "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" ...