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The Mavs, Earle top new releases

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – Veteran musicians including Steve Earle and The Mavericks, were out with new music on Tuesday.

For The Mavericks, "Mono" is the second release from the group since they reformed. Lead singer Raul Malo had a hand in writing all 12 songs. This marks the first disc from The Mavs without bassist Robert Reynolds, who was fired from the band for substance abuse issues. The music continues in the traditional throwback sound of The Mavs.

As for Earle, he goes a different direction with "Terraplane." He gets bluesy on a disc produced by R.S. Field. Earle recorded the 10 songs with his backing band The Dukes.

Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna fame goes in a rootsy vein on "Ain't In No Hurry," his third solo disc on Red House. He covers American roots, blues, rockers and his own material.

Texas musician Aaron Watson returns to action with "The Underdog." He produced the 14 songs with Keith Stegall.

Bluegrass husband and white Darin and Brooke Aldridge put out their sixth release, "Snapshots" on Mountain Home. Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson lend a helping hand.

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Play the Hits CD review - Play the Hits
When The Mavericks call an album "Play The Hits," It really should be qualified as "Play The Selective Hits" because this band has never been especially interested in performing only what's commercially viable. With that said, though, all these 11 songs are familiar to most pop and country music fans. Also, whatever The Mavericks play, they play the maverick. For instance, Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" incorporates a touch of Tex-Mex »»»
Hey! Merry Christmas! CD review - Hey! Merry Christmas!
Sometimes, musicians create holiday albums, and it's obvious to the listener the act is breaking character. Maybe they just want to make a buck off the seasonal experience, so they'll put on ill-fitting red clothes and play the part. With "Hey! Merry Christmas!" by The Mavericks, though, one finds another fine album by the group, which just happens to be comprised of songs that concern Christmas. For example, the title track is a piano-pumping, rockabilly Jerry Lee Lewis throwback. »»»
Mono CD review - Mono
The Mavericks returned in 2013 with an acclaimed new album and much touring after nearly a decade's absence. Here they are back again in 2015, minus one of their founding members, but with another dynamite new effort. The group announced in December 2014 that it had kicked out bassist Robert Reynolds from the band because he had developed an opiate addiction and was allegedly soliciting money from fans to support his habit. Reynolds is not listed as a contributor in the liner notes for »»»
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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