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Bryan, Evans, Williams, Martin/Brickell release new music

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – As sure as it's almost spring, Luke Bryan has a good time, spring break party atmosphere EP out. This time it's "Spring Break 6 - Like We Ain't Ever." Songs include "Are You Leaving With Him," "Good Lookin Girl" and "The Sand I Brought to the Beach."

Sara Evans releases her first album, "Slow Me Down," in almost exactly three years. The release is Evans' seven studio disc overall. Evans helped write three of the 11 tracks and co-produced with Mark Bright. The two previously worked together on "Real Fine Place." The title track is the first single. Gavin DeGraw, Isaac Slade of The Fray and Vince Gill all help out on vocals.

The Gentle Giant aka Don Williams, returns with "Reflections." The Tennessee farmer with a big voice released his first album in 1973. Williams tackles songs written by Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard and Jesse Winchester. The disc contains 10 songs.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell release "Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live," a deluxe two-disc CD/DVD package documenting a show at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, Cal. this past fall. The release contains two hours of comedy and music including four previously unreleased tracks: "Pretty Little One, " "Auden's Train," "The Dance at the Wedding" and "Katie Mae."

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CD reviews

Copy That CD review - Copy That
Nine songs in, Sara Evans finally unleashes a country song that she wanted to cover. And it's one of the most copied songs at that - Hank's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." The cut is a decided left turn from the rest of "Copy That," songs that Evans adored "plain and simple." Overcovered though it may be, Evans' version resonates. Let's face it, her vocals remain a powerful thing of beauty, power and emotion. And it helps that she is backed by »»»
Words
You gotta love country music, which still demonizes tobacco just like a Baptist Church Sunday sermon. "Marquee Sign," off Sara Evans' "Word" album begins with the country star announcing, "I wish you were a pack of cigarettes/'Cause you would have come with a warning." Cigarettes, like the tequila she sings about later, are clearly bad for you. Unfortunately, the man in this song didn't come labeled with a skull and cross bones. The album from whence »»»
At Christmas CD review - At Christmas
Sara Evans is straight-up one of the best singers in country music, and when she performs "Go Tell It On The Mountain" backed by a supportive choir on her new holiday offering, "At Christmas," the girl is squarely in her element. She has the kind of strong voice that gives this lyric the spiritual declarative quality it requires. And yet, she can switch to the acoustic guitar-backed "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and sing ever so prettily and quietly. »»»