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Indie acts lead charge of new CDs

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Independent acts rule the roost today when it comes to new releases.

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore may be better known for their solo folk-flavored careers, but they joined forces for "Dear Companion," a CD focused on strip mining in their native Kentucky. Jim James of My Morning Jacket produced the disc.

Joe Pug is out with his first full length CD, "Messenger," (Lightning Rod). Pug who is touring with Justin Townes Earle, left the University of North Carolina for a music career and is now based in Chicago.

Memphis singer Nancy Apple is out with "Shine" (Ringo) with odes to Wanda Jackson among others. The disc was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis.

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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