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McCready, Summerton Road debut new discs

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – Mindy McCready is back...again. This time, "I'm Still Here" is the name of her new CD, out today. McCready has had a long litany of issues both from the personal to the legal and did time in jail. The 13 songs include updated versions of her two biggest hits Guys Do It All the Time andTen Thousand Angels.

Bluegrass band Summerton Road is out with their self-titled debut on Rounder. Fiddle player John Rigsby (Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Melvin Goins) and Jack Hicks (Bill Monroe, The Whites, Jim & Jesse, Lester Flatt) on banjo are joined by singer Bo Isaac, who started off his career at age five at the Kentucky Opry, then toured with Dave Evans and eventually performed as a solo artist. Rounding out the quartet is bassist Randy Thomas (The Peach Mountain Boys, Dave Evans).

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Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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