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Turner, Stuart, Sweeney release new sounds

Friday, March 10, 2017 – Josh Turner releases "Deep South," his first release since 2012's "Punching Bag. His sixth studio release was produced by Frank Rogers, who also produces Brad Paisley. Turner had a hand in writing 5 of the 11 songs, including four on his own. "Lay Low" was the first single, only reaching 25 on the Country Airplay chart. "Hometown Girl" was out as the second single.

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives head west on "Way Out West," a tribute to the west. Stuart mixes instrumentals amidst the 15 songs. The album was conceived as a love letter by Stuart to California. Produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers),the Fabulous Superlatives are guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs.

Sunny Sweeney once again goes her own way with "Trophy," which she put out on her own label. The Texan, who gained acclaimed a decade ago with "Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame" and later had a hit single with "Drink Myself Single," gets deeply personal on the new release with songs such as "Bottle By My Bed," which explores the desire to have a child. Sweeney, 40, takes more of a Texas country approach on most of the 10 songs.

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When Josh Turner reaches down to sing "swing low" during "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," he has the sort of deep voice that can do this chorus's low notes justice. Turner isn't shy about his Christian faith, which makes all of these "I Serve A Savior" songs ring true. Then with this title track, Turner pours on the traditional country joy with a pedal steel beauty. The latter makes the honky tonk feel like a church or vice versa. It's just the kind of line »»»
Deep South CD review - Deep South
They're called "overtones" or pleasing harmonic notes that neatly accompany a main melody. People gifted with them - Josh Turner, for example - essentially have more than one great singing voice in one body. Outfitted with overtones, a good vocalist - Josh Tuner, for example - can accentuate the emotion of a song, each note an opportunity to go a step higher or lower. It's that rare combination of talents that earned Turner a 2007 invitation to the Grand Ole Opry at the »»»
Live Across America CD review - Live Across America
Josh Turner's relationship with Cracker Barrel stretches far beyond a love of chicken & dumplings and sweet tea. The country store/restaurant sponsored his 2012 tour and previously has released a live concert recorded at the Ryman Auditorium. Turner's latest release for Cracker Barrel features songs from his latest tour, recorded at 12 different stops along the way. While live releases seldom compare well to studio albums, Turner has a crack band that can match the abilities of 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: 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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