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Earl Scruggs

Just a few quick facts about the mighty Earl Scruggs; 1) Earl Scruggs was born in Shelby, North Carolina in Cleveland County. 2) Earl began pickin’ on the banjo at age four and by the age of ten he had developed the infamous “Scruggs style” (amongst other names) banjo picking style. 3) Ol’ Earl can […]

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Levon Helm “Dirt Farmer” Vanguard Records

Lindsey Oechsle “Ramble On: Levon Helm has yet to dance his Last Waltz” Sometimes even the strongest soldier falls, but folk rock legend Levon Helm is still peacefully battling on. His latest victory—overcoming throat cancer, which he was diagnosed with in 1996—inspires the 2007 release of Grammy Award-winning Dirt Farmer. Unlike several musical counterparts of […]

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Robbie Fulks “Revenge” Yep Roc

Kyle McCraw “Sweet! Cheap! Live!” reads the cover of Robbie Fulks’ new double disc live album; Fulks even calls live albums rip-offs during the acoustic set. It’s a bit of the self-effacing humor that fans of the alt-country/neo-traditionalist country/roots rock artist should find familiar, and it’s certain that Fulks wants his live album to be […]

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Hayes Carll “Trouble in Mind” Lost Highway

Kyle McCraw Houston singer/songwriter, Hayes Carll plays country music. Or, maybe you want to call it roots rock or Americana. If you need a specific comparison, Steve Earle’s not too far off. Whatever you call it, Carll delivers a solid set of songs on his first album for Lost Highway. His songs are about whiskey, […]

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Randy Travis “Around the Bend” Warner Bros.

Kyle McCraw Randy Travis has spent the last nine years recording only gospel music, and “Around the Bend” marks his return to country. Fans should be happy, as this is a solid album throughout. And despite the overly slick production, Travis sounds relaxed, having fun with the material, including on his cover of Dylan’s “Don’t […]

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Ryan Adams “Easy Tiger” Lost Highway

Jesse Hill Imagine the prettiest damn banjo picking you ever heard. And an angelic, toughly vulnerable voice sings: Blue eyes for miles, pretty as a peach Glorious, kind and always on time, never far out of reach Tomorrow’s on its way, there’s always new songs to sing Glorious, kind and always on time, pearls on […]

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Jason Aldean "Relentless" Broken Bow Records

Jody Mason Over a year after Jason Aldean’s “Relentless” album was released (May 29, 2007), new singles are relentlessly hitting the airwaves an revealing an emotionally responsive performer. Sure, there are still the tough lyrics we associate with Aldean, such as “Johnny Cash,” wherein he “flipped off the boss, took my name off the payroll,” […]

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Luke Bryan "I'll Stay Me" Capitol

Lisa Kiser Luke Bryan will stay true to himself, and that’ll be just fine to his fans. This enormously talented vocalist hit it out of the park with “I’ll Stay Me”. His charming, twangy sound is paired with catchy beats and relatable lyrics. In fact, the only topper to this smokin’ album may just be […]

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