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Lady A, Campbell, Janson out with new music

Friday, June 9, 2017 – Lady Antebellum returns to action with a CD today after several members went off on side projects. Glenn Campbell, who is suffering from Alzheimer Disease, released what is said to be his final album, "Adios." Others releasing new music today include Chris Janson and The Secret Sisters.

Lady A is out with "Heart Break," a 13-song set. During down time, members Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley had released albums with Scott opting for a faith album with her family. The new Lady A disc, the seventh from Lady A, contains 13 songs and is the first since 2014's "747." Busbee, who produced Maren Morris' "Hero," produced the music, which was recorded in Florida and Los Angeles.

Campbell's "Adios" stemmed from his last tour. "Adi"s" was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Campbell's "Goodbye Tour" which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As Campbell's wife of 34 years, Kim Campbell, said in the album's liner notes, "Glen's abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011. A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio once again to capture what magic was left. It was now or never." Carl Jackson produced the 12-track collection, which features songs that Campbell always loved but never got a chance to record, including several from Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like "Wichita Lineman" "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," and "Galveston." In addition to the bittersweet title track, "Adi"s," first popularized by Linda Ronstadt, Campbell also sings Webb's love song "Just Like Always" and country weeper "It Won't Bring Her Back." He revisits "Postcard From Paris" with his sons Cal and Shannon and daughter Ashley singing.

Chris Janson, who had success with the single "Buy Me a Boat," drops a five-song EP, "Fix a Drink," which is the lead single.

The Secret Sisters are out with "You Don't Own Me Anymore," the duo's debut for New West. Lydia and Laura Rogers previously albums for MCA. The 12-song set was produced by Brandi Carlile and her twin collaborators Tim and Phil Hanserot, who play in her band. An open audition in Nashville in 2009 lead The Secret Sisters to a major label deal and a well-received debut album produced by T Bone Burnett and Dave Cobb. Followed by a tour with Levon Helm and Ray LaMontagne, the sisters also toured with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Paul Simon and issued a single produced by Jack White and released by his Third Man Records. The Secret Sisters released a second album with Burnett at the helm, "Put Your Needle Down," in 2014. But the label dropped them, forcing them to eventually think about quitting music.

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Ocean CD review - Ocean
Lady Antebellum may lean a little too closely to pop music for many tastes, but it's hard to argue with the trio's song choices. And its latest collection is filled with many memorable songs. The single "What If I Never Get Over You," poses a rarely asked pop song question. Humans have come to believe the cliché, 'Time heals all wounds,' as if it were some sort of scientific fact. But what if it's just that, a well-worn cliché, with no actual »»»
Heart Break CD review - Heart Break
Lady Antebellum may cause you to throw out many of your country music principles. They don't sing and play traditional country music, for starters. They're not cool like more rocking Americana artists. In fact, they're huge mainstream country stars. So, why are some of us still suckers for their sound? And why does the new "Heart Break" sound so good on the ears? Well, it's simple, but complicated. Hillary Scott is simply a wonderfully sincere singer. »»»
747 CD review - 747
Six albums into its career, Lady Antebellum pretty much has the formula down pat. Either Hillary Scott or long and lanky Charles Kelley assumes lead vocals with Dave Haywood also providing vocals plus guitars and mandolin in a bunch of songs easy on the ears with a story often involving a lust for love. The typical song ("Lie With Me," for example) starts with Kelly or Scott taking a stanza, followed by the other with both then tackling the chorus together. This has worked quite well »»»
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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