Showing posts from January, 2010

Review: Gary Bonnett "Red Dirt Songs"

The title track of Gary Bonnett's "Red Dirt Songs" is a foot-stompin' tribute to the masters of Texas country like Pat Green, Wade Bowen and Robert Earl Keen. But along the way, Bonnett gives us ample proof that other up-and-coming Red Dirt stars might be singing his name in the not too distant future. As a veteran of the Air Force, Bonnett served his country, and now he's displaying his songwriting talent for the folks back home with 14 songs he wrote. The biggest surprise on the album is the terrific Texas country and bluegrass infused gem "December Snow." Bonnett offers intense vocals with superb instrumentation on a track that produces infectious toe-tapping. "December Snow" should be on the desks of program managers as a radio single in September 2010 and be Top 10 chart hit by December. Another standout is a similar combination of bluegrass and Red Dirt titled "Now That You're Gone." Gary Bonnett has a real opportunity

Lonestar Unleashes "Party Heard Around The World"

We received a copy of Lonestar's new album, "Party Heard Around The World," which drops at the end of March. The CD (pictured below) arrived in a sparkling, hand-addressed silver envelope (like an invitation to a party). Hats off to the publicity whiz who came up with this idea. From the press materials, Lonestar appears to be reinventing themselves in a new and exciting way. After 18 years, Lonestar is still going strong. We haven't listened to the album yet in the Country Chart office, but we are excited about hearing it later today. Watch for the full review of Lonestar's "Party Heard Around The World" on Track listing: 1) 'Beat (I Can Feel Your Heart)' 2) 'Live Laugh And Love' 3) 'She Wants What She Wants' 4) You're The Reason Why 5) 'Y.O.U.' 6) 'Making Memories' 7) 'Let Me Love You' 8) 'Goodbye Is Goodbye' 9) 'The Future' 10) 'Party Heard Around The World