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Florida Georgia Line tops new releases

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Florida Georgia Line is out with its second-full length CD, "Anything Goes," which follows the similar line of subject matter as its mega-selling debut, "Here's to the Good Times," with songs about girls and drinking. The first single, "Dirt," was a bit more country sounding than the duo's usual fare.

Angaleena Presley, one-third of Pistol Annies, makes her debut with "American Middle C lass." The title track is the first single from the 12-song disc. Presley, who is Holler Annie in Pistol Annies, which also includes Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, was the sole writer of five of the 12 tracks and co-writer of the remaining seven. Presley co-produced with husband, Jordan Powell. Vocalists include Patty Loveless, Chris Stapleton, Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) and her father, Jimmy Presley, who opens the title track with a personal narrative.

The Swon Brothers, who hail from Oklahoma, are out with their self-titled debut. In 2013, Zach Swon and Colton Swon finished in third place on the fourth season of NBC's The Voice. This is their first major label release after two independent albums. The release contains 11 songs, including the top 15 single, "Later On." Mark Bright produced with the Swons.

Danish pedal steel player Maggie Bjorklund returns with "Shaken," her second release for Bloodshot. Bjorklund has toured with Jack White (and performed on his latest "Lazaretto"), X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka and Howe Gelb. Players on the new disc include John Convertino of Calexico, Jim Barr (Portishead) on bass, John Parish (noted for his work as a singer/songwriter with PJ Harvey and Sparklehorse) on guitars/electric bass and production and a featured guest vocal by Kurt Wagner (Lambchop).

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Dig Your Roots CD review - Dig Your Roots
From the ribbits and Dobro on "Smooth," the lead-off song, one might think that Florida Georgia Line is eschewing its rap rock meets country past for something completely different. While at times that is true - "Smooth" has a swampy beat - Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard haven't veered so far from what brought them to the dance. That is evident with the title track where the thwack of drum programming from long-time producer Joey Moi meets the soulful, somewhat shiny vocals. »»»
Anything Goes CD review - Anything Goes
The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying. That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/ Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. »»»
Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll CD review - Here's to the Good Times This is How We Roll
Perhaps a few fans didn't get enough of Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times," which came out in December 2012. That release contained all five songs of the duo's second EP "It'z Just What We Do" from May 2012. Not to mention the super uber mega-hit Cruise and fellow number ones Get Your Shine On, Round Here and Stay. With "This is How We Roll," Tyler Hubbard (he's the one with the longer hair) and Brian Kelly follow the »»»
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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