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Chesney, Womack lead busy week

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – Kenny Chesney is back in action with a new CD, and Lee Ann Womack has her first disc out in seven years.

Chesney's "The Big Revival" continues his long relationship with producer Buddy Cannon. This is Chesney's 17th album with the lead single being the hit "American Kids." Chesney helped write 4 of the 11 songs.

Womack was last heard from in 2007 with "Call Me Crazy" on MCA Nashville. "The Way I'm Livin'" finds her on indie label Sugar Hill. Womack keeps a traditional country bent on a chunk of the songs. Husband Frank Liddell once again produced. Bruce Robison and Julie Miller, who previously have contributed to Womack's catalogue, had their songs covered by her here.

Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May goes "Tribal" on her latest. That's the lead off track on the dozen-song CD.

Big & Rich are out with "Gravity," the first CD on their own label, Big & Rich Records. The duo previously were on Warner.

Texas band Josh Abbott Band is out with "Tuesday Night EP," their debut for Atlantic. The release includes five songs from the band, which started in 2008.

Songwriter Lori McKenna released "Numbered Doors." She has enjoyed much success as a writer, having recently had songs covered by Little Big Town. She has continued releasing and touring behind her own releases as well.

JP Harris and the Tough Choices are a traditional country band from Alabama. "Home Is Where the Hurt Is" is their second release for Massachusetts-based Cow Island. The release contains 10 songs. His debut disc, "I'll Keep Calling," came out in 2012 and received much praise.

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Kenny Chesney's "Live in No Shoes Nation" accurately recreates an experience of seeing the diminutive party animal live. Chesney has found an extremely lucrative niche as country music's Jimmy Buffett (although much of Buffett's island-y pop music appeals to many of today's non-discerning country music listeners). Also, with songs like "Pirate Flag," Chesney has even borrowed a few of Buffett's sea-related lyrical themes. This live CD could have been »»»
Cosmic Hallelujah CD review - Cosmic Hallelujah
The gospel, per Kenny Chesney's pseudo-spiritually-titled album, "Cosmic Hallelujah," is that the world is too crazy to make any sense of, and the only logical response is to drink more alcohol. (So, don't be surprised if there are more arrests for public intoxication at the performer's upcoming concert dates). Nearly every song includes lines about drinking alcohol - and not merely for the taste. This content will please many of his hard-partying fans. »»»
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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
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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