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Big & Rich, Yoakam, Corbin out with new CDs

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 – A few artists are back after extended absences, including Big & Rich and Dwight Yoakam.

Big & Rich are out with "Hillbilly Jedi," and make it clear from the opening Born Again that the duo is back. Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich released solo discs since Big & Rich put out since B&R's "Greatest Hits" in 2009. The 12-song new disc includes the hit That's Why I Pray.

Yoakam, who has not had a disc of new material in seven years, returns with "3 Pears." The 12-track release, his 26th, is produced by Yoakam, along with two songs co-produced with Beck: A Heart Like Mine and Missing Heart.

Easton Corbin has enjoyed several hits from his debut and returns with "All Over the Road," which contains the hit Lovin' You Is Fun. Corbin, who recalls George Strait, had chart toppers on his debut with "A Little More Country Than That and Roll With It.

Janis Martin was known as the Female Elvis. She passed away in 2007, but recorded "The Blanco Sessions" in April of that year. Due to the efforts of Rosie Flores, the music is now out with 11 songs.

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Gravity CD review - Gravity
Was it all their fault? It's been 10 years since Big & Rich injected a modern twist on the country sound on to the charts. The monster hit from their debut record, "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", never did reach number 1, but it sure seemed inescapable in 2004. Since then all of the duo's antics that seemed daring then -- from hip hop experimentation to raucous rock shows celebrating a never ending party ethic - these things don't just feel like the fringes of country »»»
Hillbilly Jedi CD review - Hillbilly Jedi
Big & Rich, last heard from with 2009's "Greatest Hits," is a duo that vacillates between musical extremes. Either they're partying like there's no tomorrow, as happens during Cowboyz, or they are the preacher's pets, exemplified by That's Why I Pray. But can these lustful 'Cause I Play Guitar guys, be the same ones that singer tender ballads like Last Words? Apparently so. It's the whole Saturday night vs. Sunday morning paradox, one supposes. »»»
Greatest Hits CD review - Greatest Hits
Thoroughly unafraid to lead the freak parade for the better part of this decade, Big Kenny and John Rich have repeatedly demonstrated their range in each of their three studio albums, giving voice to tender ballads alongside their over-the-top party hits. That range is well-showcased here. As is often the case with hits collections, the way you feel about this album will be directly related to how you feel about Big and Rich, a duo that has served to divide the country community between those »»»