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Shaver, Sweeney, Jennings release today

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Billy Joe Shaver returns to action with his first album in seven years. Sunny Sweeney goes the indie route with her latest, while Shooter Jennings offers a tribute to George Jones.

Shaver's "Long in the Tooth" contains 10 songs on the Lightning Rod Records label. He starts with "Hard to Be an Outlaw" with Willie Nelson helping out on vocals. Ray Kennedy and Gary Nicholson produced, while. Leon Russell, Pig Robbins and Tony Joe White helped out. This is the 74-year-old Shaver's release since "Everybody's Brother" in 2007.

Sweeney is out with "Provoked," after being on Big Machine and Republic Records for a few releases. She started as a traditional country singer from Texas although grew more commercial when on the major labels.

Jennings is out with "Don't Wait Up (For George), a five-song release. Jennings knew Jones because of the late singer's friendship with Waylon Jennings, Shooter's father. Of the five songs, two are originals - "Don't Wait Up (I'm Playin' Possum)" and "Living In A Minor Key."

Bluegrass veteran Larry Sparks puts out "Lonesome and Then Some" on Rebel. Sparks and his mentor, Ralph Stanley, reprise their duet on Carter Stanley's "Loving You Too Well." Curly Seckler, at 94, adds his tenor to the classic "Dim Lights Thick Smoke" from Flatt & Scruggs.

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Long in the Tooth CD review - Long in the Tooth
Billy Joe Shaver does a lot of looking back on life and the travails of love on his first release since 2008's "Everybody's Brother." That's understandable given the rough-and-tumble life of Shaver, who lived up to the outlaw country moniker of his music. Shaver continues in the long line of ace Texas singer/songwriter types like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Shaver puts his cards on the table on the opening "Hard to Be an Outlaw." With help from Willie »»»
Live at Billy Bob's Texas CD review - Live at Billy Bob's Texas
Waylon and Willie and Johnny and Kris may have lit the fire of public awareness, but those in the know will likely attest to the fact that when the so-called outlaw country movement first took flight, it was Billy Joe Shaver who helped lead the charge. His album "Old Five and Dimers" remains an undisputed classic of the genre, the perfect prototype when it comes to hard-bitten narratives with a rowdy, rambunctious appeal. Likewise, no one questioned his credibility when he unabashedly »»»
Everybody's Brother CD review - Everybody's Brother
There's often a fine line between sin and salvation and, like most outlaws, Billy Joe Shaver has one foot in the honky tonk and one in the church pew. Shaver has long expressed the desire to record a "gospel" album and it's fitting...the same weathered voice that speaks convincingly of barrooms and broken hearts is also perfectly suited for singing the praises of Jesus. And it's not like religion is a little-traveled path for Shaver; he has typically included a spiritual »»»
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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