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Slimfit "Make It Worse" Don't You Hate Pants? Music

By Brad Tucker The debut from Lancaster, PA’s Slimtfit, Make It Worse, is not without its bright spots, even if it sounds like something we’ve heard before. If this album were on shuffle, the first song on could make one think Slimfit was rooted in late-90s punk, or it could be a straight-ahead country rollick. […]

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Jordan Tice “Long Story” Patuxent Music

by Joseph Scott How can this guy be twenty years old? That’s the first question that pops to mind when listening to guitarist Jordan Tice’s new Patuxent Music release, Long Story. Not just because of the picking, in this day and age there is many a twenty year old that can pick. It comes in […]

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Renfro Valley

by Meagan Lawson Hundreds of people are piling out of busses and cramped cars on Saturday afternoon, many leaning on canes or clutching grandbabies as they step onto the hot asphalt. Though Renfro Valley’s lodge, campgrounds, cabins, and restaurant are full, today is no special occasion. Each year, thousands of visitors sift in and out […]

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Hank III “Damn Right, Rebel Proud” Sidewalk Records

by Miles Price Shelton Hank Williams, III, the rambunctious grandson of country royalty, released his fourth self-produced record late last month. Damn Right, Rebel Proud is a hellbilly bender of smoking train beats and testimonials of losing control…and loving it. Just as tight and energetic as Shelton’s last album, Straight to Hell, I think Damn […]

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Ashton Shepherd "Sounds So Good" Universal

With her twangy rhythm and sassy style, Ashton Shepherd is definitely one to watch. As a writer, I’m all about a good word or two, and I was admittedly intrigued at first by the thoughts and sounds triggered by the lyrics about a “cooler slushing.” It’s a cool phrase that conjures up pleasant memories of […]

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Sugarland "Love On The Inside" Mercury Records

by Lisa Kiser So I thought it’d be a sweet idea to check out Sugarland in depth, so I consulted the unofficial captain of their lower Michigan fan base (who also conveniently doubles as my best friend Steve) to borrow the CD and give y’all the scoop. I must say, although I’ve already promised to […]

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Darius Rucker "Learn To Live" Capitol/EMI

by Brad Tucker Hearing that Darius Rucker turned to country for his second solo full-length is probably not terribly shocking; his band, Hootie & the Blowfish, were rooted in sounds both rootsy and country. Rather, it is the headlong dive into contemporary pop-country that is a little unnerving. From the opening seconds of Live to […]

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The Wood Brothers “Loaded” Blue Note

by Kyle McCraw Every so often, you stumble upon an album that is immediately indispensable. Such was my experience first hearing The Wood Brothers’ debut, “Ways Not to Lose,” and I was worried that their follow-up, “Loaded” would not live up to my high expectations. In a sense, it didn’t because this feels less like […]

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