I usually don’t get any vinyl to review, so when the vinyl copy of The Captain & The Outlaw by the country group Dakota came in the mail, I knew I need to put this on my turntable and check it out. This great band featuring Hank Cramer who I have reviewed some of his solo releases, Bill Paschall (pedal steel, mandolin) and Robert Thran (lead guitar, bass, vocals). was released on the Front Range Records label in 1982. This hard to find vinyl release features such great tracks as the title track The Captain & The Outlaw, Josie, Greenback Dollar, Louisiana Saturday Night, Melissa Blue and so much more. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. If you can find a copy of this album somewhere, you will be glad to own it.
The Sequel is a January 31, 2015, album by Mark Stone And The Dirty Country Band released on the Doiturself Records label. This is my second review for this band which was recorded in Austin, Texas and features such country/country rock tracks as My Neck Of The Woods, Mudder Trucker, Whiskey Talkin’, She Likes Dixie and much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded. This release is available for purchase from Amazon, CD baby and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Reloaded is the 11th studio album and the first album in 20 years by Grammy, CMA, and ACM winning band Shenandoah to be released March 16, 2018, on the BMG Records label. This live album featuring performances on tour in 2017 includes such hits as The Church On Cumberland Road, If Bubba Can Dance, Sunday In The South, Two Dozen Roses and much more as well as three new songs, Noise, That’s Where I Grew Up, and Little Bit Of Lovin. Marty Raybon’s vocals are still as strong as ever. I enjoyed listening to these new tracks as well as their hits and was impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. Don’t forget, you can pick up this album on March 16, 2018, from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Ballads of Captivity And Freedom is the debut album by country singer/songwriter George St. Clair due for release on March 2, 2018, on his own record label. This 12 track album has a great country/country rock sound that is heard in such songs as Tularosa, The Places Where They Prayed, Up To Fail, Lie To Them, Pedro Paramo and much more. George drew his influences from the western country tradition, Mexican folk, and 70’s Texas balladry. This album was well written, performed and recorded. On the March 2nd release date, this album will be available for purchase from Amazon. Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
The Merry Jaynz is the 2015 self-titled album by the Knoxville, Tennessee underground swamp rock band The Merry Jaynz. This release features such styles as Rock, Blues, and Country as found in such tracks as Piggy Boy, Whatever Happened To My Money, The End Is Near, Let It and much more as well as two songs fitting for someone’s birthday Happy Birthday and Not Your Birthday. This album features great vocals and instrumentation as well as it being well written, performed, recorded and produced. It is available for purchase from Itunes, Bandcamp and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
I Am Changed is the fifth review I have written for Chere’ Pepper, a prolific songwriter, and a Grammy Considered Nashville Recording Artist. This album was released in 1999 and showcases her great voice and songwriting talents. This eleven track album features such great songs as Never Felt Love, Different World, the title track I Am Changed, Solid Ground and so much more. I was impressed on well this album was written, performed, and recorded. You can hear her great voice on Facebook Live when she gives her mini-concerts. You can purchase this album on her website https://cherepepper.com.
For my 666th and 667th reviews, I am reviewing a great find. Greatest Hits Volume One and Two by The Eagles. Both of these volumes on vinyl is in a special two-LP set in one box. This special set was released July 21, 2017, by the Elektra Catalog Group. The tracks on this set is the same as it was when these two compilations were released separately. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) which was originally released on February 17, 1976, has such great tracks as Take It Easy, Desperado, Take It To The Limit and much more. Eagles Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 , originally released November 13, 1982, covers the years 1975 to 1980 with such tracks as Hotel California, Heartache Tonight, Life In The Fast Lane, The Long Run, New Kid In Town, I Can’t Tell You Why and so much more. Both albums were well written, performed, recorded and produced. This collection is a great bargain for anyone that is a major Eagles fan.
Enjoy The Ride is a 2003 release by Chere’ Pepper, a great country/Christian artist. This album is labeled Contemporary Christian but features a lot of different styles such as Country, Blues, Island and more as found in such tracks as the title track Enjoy The Ride, Somebody, Smile, Carry Me, Dear World and so much more. This album was well written, recorded and performed. You can listen to this great artist on Facebook Live and purchase this album on her website https://store.cherepepper.com.
For my 660th review, I am proud to announce More Than Just Getting By, a February 19, 2010, album by Tammy Vice on GodsChild Records. This twelve track album features such great tracks as Just Getting By, A Real Hard Place To Fall, Take My Heart, Small Things, I’ve Found A Place and so much more. I was impressed with her voice, the harmonies, and how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist. I recommend you take a listen to this album Spotify and purchase this album from Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Trifecta is the April 1, 2017, three song EP by Mark Stone And The Dirty Country Band on the Doiturself Records label. This EP is a mixture of country and Rock. This Ep kicks off with the track Kickin’ Up Dust and goes to a song which the beginning sounds a lot like Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys called Never Drinkin Again and then on to my favorite track Settlin Down. I was impressed with how well this EP was performed, recorded. I recommend you give this a listen. If you like it, you can purchase it from ITunes, Amazon and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.