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New Notable Country: Aaron Watson’s ‘The Underdog’

Aaron Watson — The Underdog **** (out of 4 stars) What a pleasure to discover The Underdog — the new album from the (finally!) hottest country star around — Aaron Watson. For those of us who have loved the consistently … read more »

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New Bluegrass: The Gibson Brothers’ ‘Brotherhood’

The Gibson Brothers — Brotherhood Label: Rounder Records Brotherhood, the new release from The Gibson Brothers, is an album that pays tribute to brotherly harmony. These are songs from brother acts, including: The Everly Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, The Monroe … read more »

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Much-Anticipated Striking Matches Debut Album To Be Released 3/24/15

Hungry for the next great thing in country music? Well, hang in there — the best gritty, organic, honest, innovative, guitar-centered and groove-oriented music you haven’t heard yet is on its way. By far the most anticipated new country music … read more »

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Eric & Katherine Church Add Another Son To The Family

There just might be a song or two about fatherhood on the next Eric Church album. He and his wife and son have added another member and are now a family of four. Eric Church first hinted that Katherine was … read more »

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Recent Classic Country: Rodney Atkins’ ‘Greatest Hits’

Rodney Atkins – Greatest Hits Label: Curb Records If you grew up loving country music, you may just wonder when the golden age of country ended. The songs that are included in Rodney Atkins’ first greatest hits collection include his … read more »

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ParcBench’s (2015) Grammy Predictions

Grammy Awards will be handed out tonight in 83 categories. That’s right — even though they axed the “Best Polka” category in 2009, there are still way too many Grammys given out. Here’s a look at some of the top … read more »

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Nominations Announced For The 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards

Nominations have been announced for the 50th ACADEMY OF Country Music Awards, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, the ACM Awards will be broadcast LIVE on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at … read more »

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New Soul/Blues: Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers— ‘Living By The Minute’

Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers — ‘Living By The Minute’ Label: Silver Street Records ‘Living By The Minute’ is the new release by Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers, an R&B/Soul band from Lincoln, Nebraska. The 10 song album — an … read more »

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New Blues-Rock: Eric Sardinas and Big Motor – ‘Boomerang’

Eric Sardinas and Big Motor – ‘Boomerang’ Label: Jazzhaus Records Thank you, Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, for reminding me just how good blues rock can be. (I’ve been listening to too much bluegrass this week and this album was … read more »

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New Folk: Emma Hill’s ‘Denali’

Emma Hill – ‘Denali’ Ready for some honey-voiced, lonesome pedal steel introspection? Take a lyrical folk voyage like none you’ve ever been on before. Emma Hill arrives onto the music scene’s radar just when it seemed originality and uniqueness might … read more »

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