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Evans signs with Sugar Hill

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Sara Evans signed a record deal with Sugar Hill Records.

Evans will soon head into the studio to begin work on her debut project for the label. The project will be her eighth studio album overall and is slated for release in early 2017.

Evans said on her web site that she "was courted by a number of labels after parting with longtime label home RCA Nashville." Signing with Sugar Hill "was her first choice."

Evans said on her web site, she "hasn't yet chosen a producer for the project, though she says she is considering a young rising talent from outside the country genre. Currently, her focus is on publisher meetings and writing appointments for the new project, which she said would offer a wider range of musical influences than her previous albums.

"First of all, I love (Rounder Label Group VP, A&R) Tracy Gershon, and I've known her for years," Evans told MusicRow. "I've always been a fan of Rounder and Sugar Hill, the artists they put out and produce, especially Alison Krauss. I've been a huge Alison Krauss fan for years. They are all about the art, the artist, the song and really making compelling, authentic music. That's what I want to do, and I want to be able to make the kind of music that I want, without the constraints of 'Well, is this commercial enough?' I just want to make a beautiful record."

"It doesn't have to be in any specific genre and that's what I'm excited about," said Evans. "I can sing really country and mountainy bluegrass, mostly because that's what I was raised on, and how I first loved to sing. I definitely do have that. However, I can sing pop, country, blues and anything as long as it is a song that moves me. It's kind of funny in the pitch meetings because people might pitch a song and say, 'Well, it's not really country, it's more on the pop side,' and I'm like, 'I don't care about all of that. All I want is a great song.'"

"On all of my albums, I've covered a broad range of songs but I think I'm most excited to give them another look at Sara Evans. I'm not becoming a different artist, I'm just excited to show my fans even more of me."

Evans' last disc was "At Christmas" from 2014.

Evans is the second country artist to sign with Sugar Hill in recent weeks. Dwight Yoakam will have a bluegrass album out on the label in September.

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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 »»»
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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. »»»
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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