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Outlaw shows his "Tenderheart"; Bryan debuts

Friday, April 14, 2017 – Indie traditional country singer Sam Outlaw is out with "Tenderheart," following on the acclaim he received for "Angeleno." Outlaw produced the 13-song set with Martin Pradler. Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes helps out on "Diamond Ring." Outlaw, a North Dakota native living in Los Angeles, wrote all of the songs.

Bailey Bryan, 19, releases a five-song EP, "So Far," today on 300 Entertainment/Warner Music Nashville. Dennis Matkosky produced, while Bryan co-wrote each of the songs, including the lead single "Own It." Bryan, who grew up in Sequim, Wash., cites everyone from Dixie Chicks to Drake to Red Hot Chili Peppers as influences.

CD reviews

So Far
Thanks to Taylor Swift, talented teen females now have a career track that's way more fulfilling than folding sweaters at The Gap. Guidance counselors everywhere have updated their brochures to include a choice of "Move to Nashville and Become a Singer/Songwriter." If you're Bailey Bryan, now 19, you did this when you were a high school sophomore. And with her debut EP, she's officially putting Robbie Knievel on notice: his status as Sequim, Wash.'s biggest celebrity is in play. »»»
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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