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Williams, Tillis, Rose release new sounds

Friday, April 24, 2020 – Lucinda Williams is out with "Good Souls Better Angels "(Highway 20/Thirty Tigers). The Louisiana native tackles domestic and socio-political issues on the 12-song release, including "Man Without a Soul." Williams, Tom Overby and Ray Kennedy produced the set, which was recorded in Nashville. Kennedy was behind Williams' seminal "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road." Overby doubles as Williams' husband and manager.

Pam Tillis is out with her first non-holiday album in 14 years with the arrival of "Looking for a Feeling." Tillis helped produced the dozen-song release with Jimmy Ritchey, Jos Pisapaia and Matt Spicher in Nashville. Tillis also helped write six of the songs including "Burning Star" with her brother, Mel Tillis Jr. Pam's last two albums were recorded with Lorrie Morgan.

Whitney Rose, who veers towards the traditional, put out "We Still Go to Rodeos." Produced by Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies, Toots & Maytals, Hole and Morphine), the 12-song set was written solely by Rose. She also put out the release on her own label. Rose, who was born in Canada and now lives in Austin, first gained acclaim with the Raul Malo-produced "Heartbreaker of the Year" in 2015.

Chatham County Line is out with its ninth album, "Strange Fascination," on Yep Roc. Produced by the band, the disc was recorded at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium Recordings in Kernersville, N.C. and marks a turning point in their 20-year career. For the first time in the band's recording history, drums are on every track. The band is comprised of Dave Wilson (guitar/vocals/songwriter), John Teer (mandolin/fiddle/vocals), and Greg Readling (bass/pedal steel/piano).

Ana Cristina Cash is out with "Shine," which was produced by her husband John Carter Cash. Ana helped write all 14 songs except for her takes on "Dream" by Roy Orbison and "Seminole Wind" by John Anderson. "Brand New Pair of Shoes" was a co-write between her and her father-in-law, Johnny Cash. She put music to Johnny's lyrics. The album was recorded in Johnny Cash's hand-built cabin known as the Cash Cabin, of Hendersonville, Tenn. Cash built the cabin in the 70s and since, countless country music greats have recorded within its walls including Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Loretta Lynn and of course Johnny and June themselves.

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Good Souls Better Angels CD review - Good Souls Better Angels
"You can't rule me," Lucinda Williams declares on the song of the same name, the defiant lead-off song on her blistering new album "Good Souls Better Angels," her most archly determined effort yet. That says a lot, given the fact that Williams has practically defined the very notion of an insurgent artist since the very beginning. Her swagger and sway often brings to mind a drunken sailor who staggers unsteadily down the street, spitting piss and vinegar at random passerbys. »»»
The Ghosts of Highway 20 CD review - The Ghosts of Highway 20
As impressive as her last album "Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone" was, this much is true about Lucinda Williams: the next album will be as stellar or even more. That's not to say any of her releases are subpar, but the quality (and now consistency) of her output makes her a precious gem. And this record, an album inspired and influenced by I-20, a winding piece of pavement that cuts throughout her home state of Louisiana, is the usual extraordinary affair you'd expect. »»»
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone CD review - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
There's little left to be said when it comes the link between quality songs and Lucinda Williams. From her early days to her commercial breakthrough with 1998's "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road," Williams has always created her own heartfelt nuggets that can be equally haunting and rocking. And this newest release is perhaps her most ambitious effort to date, a 2-disc, 20-track album, starting with the barren "Compassion" that recalls some precious combination of Linda »»»
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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