For Stories by Mark Stone And The Dirty Country Band

For Stories is my third review and latest release for Mark Stone And The Dirty Country Band.  This four track EP focuses on good ol’ country rock with hard guitar riffs and powerful beats which such songs as Until Someone Remembers My Name, When Love Goes To War, Faster Than They Fall and Before You’re Gone.  This EP was well written, recorded and performed plus is available for purchase from Itunes, the bands website http://www.markstonemn.com and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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True Grass by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

True Grass is the new single by Pinecastle recording artists Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. The song will be featured on the band’s upcoming album dropping later this year and is a mixture of country and bluegrass.  The song also features well-known bluegrass favorites like Junior Sisk and Danny Paisley. Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in bluegrass, Lorraine has fronted Carolina Road for over 15 years. The band’s distinct sound and old-time flair can be attributed to the bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and bandleader for Carolina Road, Lorraine Jordan’s showmanship and chemistry with the audience make the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today.  I expect to see this song hit the top ten on the country charts.  This song was well written, performed, recorded and produced.

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Next New Heartbreak by Brad Hudson

Next New Heartbreak is the debut album by North Carolina singer and multi-instrumentalist Brad Hudson released November 3, 2017, on the Pinecastle Records label. Brad Hudson has spent years working for the Parton family at Dollywood and has also done a stint at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN.  I was impressed with his voice and his songwriting ability as shown with such tracks as Ramblers Song, the title track Next New Heartbreak, Truckers Blues, Smokey Mountain Strong, and much more as well as Appalachian Memories, a duet with Dolly Parton which she also co-wrote with Brad.  This album is well written (all tracks were written or co-written by Brad Hudson), performed, recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this album to your bluegrass library and can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, Pinecastle Records and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Revamp: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin and Restoration: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John and Bernie Taupin by Various Artists

Revamp: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin and Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin are two tribute albums to English performer Elton John and his frequent songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Both released on 6 April 2018, Revamp was described as John’s project and features covers of the duo’s back catalogue by pop, rock and R&B artists with such tracks as Bennie And The Jets with Elton John and Pink, Candle In The Wind by Ed Sheeran, Daniel by Sam Smith, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Miley Cyrus and much more whereas Restoration was seen as Taupin’s project and features covers by country music artists with such tracks as Rocket Man by Little Big Town, Border Song by Willie Nelson, Sacrifice by Don Henley and  Vince Gill, I Want Love by Chris Stapleton and much more. Revamp was released via Island Records and Restoration by Universal Music Group Nashville both to coincide with Elton John’s 2018–2021 Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.  Both releases were well performed, recorded and produced.  Both of these releases are great additions to your Elton John collection and can be purchased at Amazon, Walmart, Target and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

Other Desert Cities by Bay Station

Bay Station finds California-based songwriter/musicians Kwame Copeland and Deborah Crooks combining their talents and enlisting the help of several musical compadres to create a diverse form of Americana and rock music in the forthcoming album Other Desert Cities, inspired by the strange, poetic and distinctly American stories of desert denizens with a great country sound as heard in such great tracks as Sleeping Hard Waking Slow, Everybody’s Business, Clean Up (which reminds me so much of the Johnny Cash style), Trickster Moon and much more.  This amazing album was well written, recorded, performed and produced.  This release will be available on April 27, 2017, from Amazon, and places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold

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Bold by Alisha Mae

Virginia native Alisha Mae is set to release her highly anticipated new single “BOLD” on April 20, 2018.  This song showcases her wide vocal range and her great country style.  This is a release that will do very well on country radio.  This song was well written, recorded and is produced by Nashville legend Kent Wells who is long-time musical director and producer for Dolly Parton.  I highly recommend this single and will be available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else where digital downloads are sold.

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17th Avenue Revival by The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys are back with a brand new Lightning Rods Records project 17th Avenue Revival, produced by Dave Cobb, which will be released on March 16. One of the longest-running groups in country music, The Oak Ridge Boys started life as a gospel quartet before gradually modernizing their style and moving into secular country-pop. Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Jamey Johnson, and Brandy Clark all penned tracks on the new album, recorded at Studio A on 17th Avenue in Nashville.  This 32nd studio  album with powerful vocals and harmonies by Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban shows how strong this quartet still is after 52 years as shown in such tracks as Brand New Star, There Will Be Light, I’d Rather Have Jesus, If I Die and so much more.  This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Botanical Gardens by Don McLean

On March 23rd, 2018 a new chapter starts as Don McLean releases his new album Botanical Gardens on the BMG  Records label.  This iconic artist that has brought you such great classics as American Pie, Vincent, Crying and much more releases his 18th studio album and his first in 8 years.  Don with his voice still as strong as ever shows many styles on this album such as blues, country, pop and many others on this album with such great tracks as the title track Botanical Gardens, The Lucky Guy, You’re All I Ever Had, Rock N Roll Your Baby, The King Of Fools and so much more.  I was very impressed with how well this album was written, recorded, produced and performed. After listening to this CD copy, I know I must get my hands on a Vinyl copy of this album.   This album will be available for purchase on March 23rd from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else where CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.

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Armor Of God by Chere Pepper

Armor Of God is a feel good, positive CD will encourage and leave you ready to face the world. From Country to Rock album released by Chere Pepper and is the 7th review I have done for this great artist. The opening track Jesus Jesus was up for a Grammy Nomination for Contemporary Song of the Year. Also on this great album are tracks such as Wonders, Stand In Faith, Picture Of Jesus, I’ll See You Again and much more.  This album was well written, performed and recorded  Armor of God was released Jun 30, 2013, on the Cd Baby label and is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and through her website.  Also be sure to watch her concerts on Facebook live.

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Contributor by Les Kerr

Contributor is a February 1, 2015 release and my fourth review for Les Kerr, a songwriter, recording artist, and performer who brings blues, New Orleans music, Zydeco, rock, and bluegrass together to create his “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock & Roll.” A Nashville resident since 1987, Kerr was born in Louisiana and raised in Mississippi.  Contributor was released on the O.N.U. label and shows a different style for this amazing artist as shown with such tracks as the title track Contributor which was inspired by Nashville’s street newspaper, The Blue And White, The Gail, Ready For A Train, St. Louis Blues and so much more.  This great album was well written, performed, recorded and produced and is available for purchase from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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