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New Folk Music: Dulcie Taylor — ‘Only Worn One Time’

dulcieCDDulcie Taylor – Only Worn One Time
*** (out of 4 stars)
Label: Mesa/Bluemoon Records

Singer-songwriter Dulcie Taylor creates unforgettable atmospheres with her music. She brings life to characters and let’s us in on their points of view. It is storytelling at its most enthralling. Her new album, Only Worn One Time, is full of hypnotic songs that pull you in with every perfectly chosen lyric. This is an album that you’ll return to time and again, falling in love with the way it just plain makes you feel. It’s an abundance of heartfelt realizations, set to just the right grooves.

Only Worn One Time is a collection of 11 tracks produced by George Nauful and Tyson Leonard, and mixed by Keith Olsen. Taylor is supported by a stellar group of talented musicians, including Timo Beckwith, Scott Breadman, Dom Camardella, Bill Flores, Tom Lackner, Tyson Leonard, George Nauful, Tim Pierce, Tony Recupido, Randy Tico, Cam West. They are an impressive group, to be sure, and their contributions are heard, not so much by standing out, but by making a fluid cohesive experience.

She has a voice that is deceptively easy-going; there’s clearly more power in the instrument than she finds necessary to use. But when she needs to make a forceful impression, she lets loose with a strength that matches her emotion.

There’s also a timeless quality to her delivery — an approach to the material that speaks of trust in the material that is rare. But then again, why wouldn’t she? She knows how good the songs are. If you are looking for alluring songs that draw you in with their magnetic musical truisms, Only Worn One Time is an album you just might wear out.

Essential Downloads: “Take a Chance,” “Can’t Even Pray,” “Dug a Hole.”

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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GEORGE STRAIT TO RELEASE ‘THE COWBOY RIDES AWAY’ LIVE ALBUM SEPT. 16

GS_TCRA_cover_3c4a_300rgbGeorge Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away Two-Hour Concert Special Airs August 29 Exclusively on CMT

George Strait is the undeniable “King of Country Music.” His music career spans more than 30 years; includes 60 No. 1 singles, more than any other artist in any genre; and boasts 33 platinum or multi-platinum-selling albums, more than any country artist and third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every single year for over three decades. In 2013, Strait set out on the The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, selling over 1,000,000 tickets to the record-breaking, two-year, cross-country final concert tour. Strait shattered the North American indoor concert attendance record by drawing 104,793 concert-goers to his June 7, 2014 tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. If you weren’t lucky enough to be there, you’re in luck now — the concert will be released as a live album!

Country icon George Strait is offering fans a 20-track live album recorded at his momentous The Cowboy Rides Away Tour finale at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. The album commemorates a night of celebration for one of the most influential figures in country music. Due in stores Sep. 16, the MCA Nashville release contains hits from throughout Strait’s remarkable 30+ year career, features special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride, and introduces George “Bubba” Strait, Jr.

The undisputed “King of Country Music” and reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year performed for over 1 million fans during his two-year, record-breaking, final U.S. tour. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium epitomizes the energy and shared emotion largely thanks to a Texas-sized crowd of nearly 105,000. Equally prevalent on the album is Strait’s sentimentality and immense gratitude for his legion of fans.

As previously announced, Strait fans have an opportunity to relive the June 7, 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dallas date with a two-hour “George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away” concert special airing Aug. 29 exclusively on CMT (check local listings).

The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium Track Listing:
1. Check Yes Or No
2. The Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
3. Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
4. Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
5. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
6. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
7. Marina Del Rey
8. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
9. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
10. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
11. A Showman’s Life (with Faith Hill)
12. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
13. The Chair
14. Give It All We Got Tonight
15. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
16. I’ll Always Remember You
17. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
18. Troubadour
19. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow,
Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
20. The Cowboy Rides Away

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Chase Rice’s ‘Ignite The Night’ Album Hits Shelves August 19

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Chase Rice set to kick off release week Monday, August 18 with live show at the Bowery Ballroom benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night” fundraising campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 15, 2014) – Fans across the country are anxiously awaiting the release of country music maverick Chase Rice’s new studio album Ignite the Night, which hits stores and online retailers on Tuesday, August 19. The 15-track compilation, which was produced by Nashville-based hit-maker Chris DeStefano, will be released on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records and includes the Gold-certified, Top 15-and-climbing lead single “Ready Set Roll.” Pre-orders for the album have already pushed Ignite the Night to the top of the iTunes Country Albums chart and it remains high heading into release week.

To pre-order Ignite the Night, go to http://smarturl.it/IgniteTheNight.

Ignite The Night Album Track Listing (* denotes release on physical edition only):

Standard Edition:
1. “Ready Set Roll” (Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano, Chase Rice)
2. “Do It Like This” (Dallas Davidson, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley)
3. “Beach Town” (Chris DeStefano, Jon Nite, Chase Rice)
4. “MMM Girl” (Rodney Clawson, Lynn Hutton, Chase Rice)
5. “Beer With The Boys” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice)
6. “Carolina Can” (Scooter Carusoe, Chase Rice)
7. “We Goin’ Out” (Chris DeStefano, Shane Minor, Chase Rice)
8. “Gonna Wanna Tonight” (Shane McAnally, Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins)
9. “Look At My Truck” (Chase Rice, Cole Taylor)
10. “U Turn” (Zach Crowell, Shane Minor, Chase Rice)
11. “50 Shades Of Crazy” (Chris DeStefano, Jon Nite, Chase Rice)
12. “What’s Your Name” (Zach Crowell, Nicolle Galyon, Matt Jenkins)
13. “How She Rolls” (Brian Kelley, Chase Rice)
14. “Jack Daniels & Jesus” (Amanda Flynn, Brian Kelley, Chase Rice)
15. “Whoa” (Russell Dickerson, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Jesse Rice, Chase Rice)(Produced by Scott Cooke)*

iTunes Party Edition:
15. “Party Up” (Featuring Colt Ford) (Ross Copperman, Blair Daly, Colt Ford, Chase Rice)
16. “Country In Ya” (Adam Sanders, Chase Rice)
17. “Best Beers Of Our Lives” (Chris DeStefano, Shane Minor, Chase Rice)
18. “Ride” (Joseph Somers-Morales, Cody Tarpley)

On Monday, August 18 Rice will take the stage at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom for a celebratory concert benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light The Night” fundraising campaign. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the non-profit organization in honor of Rice’s late father, whose birthday also coincides with the album’s August 19 release date.

“I wanted Ignite the Night to be about more than just an album release, although I’m pumped to get to share new music with my fans,” said Rice. “When I heard about LLS and the ‘Light The Night’ walks they do all over the country, it just seemed like a cool way to tie in a great cause that helps people struggling with cancer – which I can relate to some since my dad had melanoma – and my music, which I hope makes people happy and makes them want to enjoy life and appreciate the good times a little bit more.”

Also in conjunction with the album launch, Rice has teamed up with Townsquare Media to give fans the chance to win a 1986 Chevy Silverado – up-fitted to resemble Rice’s own prized ride – through a contest currently running on Taste of Country and The Boot. The $20,000 truck will be presented to one lucky winner after the contest closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, August 25.

To find out more and how to enter, click here.

Rice continues to perform headlining dates across the country and will kick off his Ignite the Night Tour on Sept. 5 in Denver, Colo. The opening act for the tour’s inaugural date will be selected from a pool of final contestants in Snagajob’s The Hourly Gig contest, with which Rice partnered earlier this summer to give aspiring musicians the chance to perform in front of a sold-out crowd. Special guests Old Dominion and Michael Ray will also join Rice on select dates throughout the Ignite the Night Tour.

For more information and the latest updates, visit www.ChaseRice.com or connect on Twitter and Facebook @ChaseRiceMusic.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

About Snagajob:
Snagajob, America’s largest hourly employment network for job seekers and employers, is the only company solely dedicated to providing recruitment and hiring solutions to the hourly industry. With more than 50 million registered job seekers and the leading hourly-focused talent management system, Snagajob has been serving hourly workers and those who employ them since 2000. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Snagajob has been named to both Fortune Magazine’s Great Place to Work® Best Small & Medium Workplaces list and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 for the past five years. To find out more, visit www.snagajob.com and www.snagajob.com/employer-solutions.

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David Olney – ‘When the Deal Goes Down’

david-olney-CDDavid Olney – When the Deal Goes Down
*** (out of 4 stars)
Label: Deadbeet Records

Endlessly creative songs, straight from the source. It doesn’t get much better than that, and that’s just what you get with David Olney’s new album, When the Deal Goes Down. This collection of songs allow Olney to burst out in rock, roots, blues, jazz, swing, folk and rhythmic poetry set to the perfect chords. With Olney, it’s not as much about the vocal notes as it is the narrative. There’s an authenticity to his voice that is unmatched.

David Olney arrived in Nashville in 1973 and has been telling stories through song ever since. When the Deal Goes Down, co-produced by Olney and bluesman Mark Robinson, offers a variety of styles that allow Olney’s penchant for allowing content to define the form. It’s no surprise that the album features the talents of some of Nashville’s most talented instrumentalists, including guitarist Sergio Webb.

David Olney may be a veteran singer/songwriter known for other artists’ covers of his material more than his own recordings — with songs recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Lonnie Brooks, and Steve Young, among many others — but his album, a blend of humor and insight, allows us to discover the man behind the music, and the truest meanings of it all.

Essential Downloads: “When the Deal Goes Down,” “Servant, Job,” “Soldier of Misfortune.”

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

David Olney Tour Dates:
08/20/14 @ The 5 Spot, Nashville TN
08/27/14 @ The 5 Spot, Nashville TN
09/03/14 @ The 5 Spot, Nashville TN
09/09/14 @ Public Library Concerts (w/ Marshall Chapman & RB Morris), Nashville TN
09/10/14 @ The 5 Spot, Nashville TN
09/17/14 @ Idaho Songwriters Assoc/Sapphire Room (w/Sergio Webb), Boise ID
09/20/14 @ Challis Arts Council Presents (w/Sergio Webb), Challis ID
10/25/14 @ Huntington Hill Concert Series (w/Sergio Webb), Rochester NY
10/26/14 @ East Village House Concert Series (w/Sergio Webb), New York NY
11/01/14 @ Balsam Mountain Inn (w/ RB Morris & Brennen Leigh), Balsam NC
12/12/14 @ Pinetop Mystics Presents (w/Sergio Webb), Nacogdoches TX
12/13/14 @ Red Dragon Concert Series, Baton Rouge LA

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The ‘PopSocks’ Tennis Doubles Dream Team Maintains Their Perfect Record

1American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil achieved yet another victory as a doubles team on Tuesday. It was their eleventh win, out of eleven matches played, so far. Not a bad percentage, especially for a team that had never played together previous to their championship-achieving win at Wimbledon last month. After Wimbledon, they went on to compete in, and win, the Atlanta Open doubles championship, propelling them into a top-10 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking (they are currently No. 9).

This time it was a 7-5, 6-2 doubles against Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

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Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil face the fifth-seeded team of Radek Stepanek (CZE) and Leander Paes (IND) in round two of the doubles draw on Wednesday. That’s a team the Western Hemisphere duo defeated in the semi-finals on their way to the Wimbledon championship, so there’s a realistically good chance they will only add to their perfect record.

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Another Must-Have Album: The Secret Sisters’ ‘Put Your Needle Down’

cdThe Secret Sisters — Put Your Needle Down
***½ (out of 4 stars)
Label: Republic Records

You can thank me as soon as you hear the first harmony. It’s that good.

Sometimes it’s a pleasure to sift through CD after CD, looking for a little good news to share. I am happy to inform you that The Secret Sisters’ new album is a whole lot of good news. As if that weren’t reason enough to smile, the deluxe edition of the CD is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. What more do you want?

Produced by T Bone Burnett, Put Your Needle Down is a collection of fourteen uncluttered songs framed in arrangements and instrumentations just spare enough to keep the focus on the essential quality of the material. And what material it is…

The Secret Sisters wrote or co-wrote all but three of the songs on the album. They have mastered the art of giving voice to what the most innermost of thoughts must be. It’s a gift that ensures that this is collection of concise narratives, full of lingering truths.

With their spiraling harmonies growing between them, it would be easy to call them the female counterpart to the Everly Brothers. But that would impose a retro lens on them they do not deserve, simply because their sound is comparable to one of the greatest harmonizing duos of all-time. What is truer is that Laura and Lydia Rogers are not afraid to bring easy, graceful story-songs back into the contemporary music scene. They are gutsy, brave and as modern as anything playing at any club this weekend.

Style. Substance. Subtlety. Apparently everything old is new again, with the Secret Sisters. They deftly handle an impressive variety of musical styles with a gentle, natural touch. Their music encourages the idea that some of the greatest music we will ever hear is still ahead of us.

Essential Downloads: “Black and Blue,” “I Cannot Find A Way,” “If I Don’t.”

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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New Americana: Michael Ann — ‘Heavy Load’

MichaelAnn_CDMichael Ann — Heavy Load
*** (out of 4 stars)
Label: MondoTunes

The first thing you notice is the voice. How could you not? It sings with the authority of a bonafide movie star from a classic film and it fills each note with emotion and meaning. It’s the kind of powerful voice (at times she seems to sing from the Earth she’s standing on) that any decent songwriter would love to have sing their songs. It’s a storytelling instrument that has an appealing quality to it that always leaves you wanting more.

Michael Ann is one of the best-kept secrets in Americana/country/bluegrass/folk music. Her latest album, Heavy Load, is a collection of her own songs (with one exception) and she sings them with the conviction of a musical auteur. They are colorful songs that are full of clarity: not a note is wasted, not a word is unnecessary.

Essential Downloads: “Hard To Breathe,” “Nevermind,” “I Would.”

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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New Folk Music: Gann Brewer’s ‘Peddlers & Ghosts’

gann-brewer-peddleersGann Brewer – Peddlers & Ghosts
**½ (out of 4 stars)

Gann Brewer is an old school troubadour and Peddlers & Ghosts, his second full-length studio album, is a fine example of contemporary folk music infused with tradition and wit. Unfortunately, a little of it goes a short way.

Gann Brewer performs the lead vocals, assisting with acoustic guitar and harmonica. On occasion, he is supported by some fine musicians, including Richard Ford (pedal steel guitar), David Michael Lee (keyboards and bass guitar), Lisa Kelly (mandolin) and Jeremiah Tucker (shakers).

The repetitive, laid-back simplicity of the songs offered here don’t do much to impress, but the insightful lyrics they showcase make up for any compositional deficiency.

Comparisons to John Prine will be made, of course, but that is a bar that is set very high for any artist. Better for Gann Brewer’s listeners to discover him on his own terms. If so, audiences will meet a musical storyteller who knows how to tell them with honesty and observant humor.

Essential Downloads: “Moanin’ Santa Rosa Jail Blues.”

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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Must-Have Country Music: The Cadillac Three’s “Party Like You”

1The Cadillac Three – “Party Like You” (single)
Label: Big Machine Records

The Cadillac Three is Jaren Johnston (on guitar and lead vocals), along with drummer Neil Mason and steel player Kelby Ray. They are just about the most country thing around — they are Tennessee boys who aren’t afraid that rocking hard will damage their CMA cred. Which means that their music is more exciting than anything you’ll hear in the strictly rock or corporate country genres. Their latest single, “Party Like You,” oozes mid-summer yearning and confidence, and it’s just about the perfect song to load onto your playlist as we head into a hot August. The song (co-written by Jaren Johnston, Jon Nite and Jimmy Robbins) plays up The Cadillac Three’s more playful side, with a grimy-yet-attractively-honest lyric that matches the sexiness of the rapid-fire chorus and the about-to-explode-at-any-moment instrumentals.

The song is the follow-up to “The South,” the band’s impressive collaboration with Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Mike Eli (of Eli Young Band). With “Party Like You,” the sound is purely The Cadillac Three… which is always a gritty southern rock good time.

To preview or purchase this song on iTunes, click here.

The Cadillac Three are currently on tour, making a lot of people feel like it’s a Saturday night. For a list of their upcoming tour dates, click here.

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CMA AND ITUNES JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE “CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY’S NIGHT TO ROCK”

1The Country Music Association and iTunes will join forces to promote “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.” The three-hour primetime concert special airs Tuesday, Aug. 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“CMA is thrilled to partner with iTunes on this multi-platform promotional program that not only supports tune-in efforts for our TV special, but also airplay and sales for the stellar lineup of artists featured in the show,” said Damon Whiteside, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. “We have created a powerful, integrated model to bring television, social media, digital radio, and retail together for the advancement of the Country Music industry.”

Beginning this week, songs by CMA Music Festival performers will be featured on a dedicated CMA Music Festival station on iTunes Radio featuring artists from the CMA Music Festival TV special. In addition to the specially created iTunes Radio station, CMA Music Festival content and tune-in messaging will be featured throughout the iTunes store as well as messaging on the company’s Facebook page (facebook.com/itunes) and Twitter account (@iTunesMusic).

Throughout the broadcast of “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” viewers will be invited to visit a specially created CMA Music Festival store at iTunes.com/CMAFestival to purchase music from the artists appearing on the ABC special.

“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” first aired in 2004. This is the 10th time ABC will broadcast the special – which invites the whole country to America’s largest Country Music celebration. The annual special will air on ABC through 2021.

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