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Review: Great American Taxi "Reckless Habits"

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Fans of blues-infused Americana have reason to celebrate. Great American Taxi is back with "Reckless Habits," and this project will charm, enchant and inspire even the most hardened soul. Indeed, "Reckless Habits" is a feast for the ears that will be eaten up faster than peach cobbler at a church picnic.
The album begins with the superb "One Of These Days." Frontman Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) offers a laid-back and confident vocal performance chock full of country goodness with a little New Orleans swagger. "New Millennium Blues" picks up the pace with a unique alt-country sensibility.

The biggest chance for a huge radio hit is "Get No Better." Concertgoers will be singing along at every appearance, and radio should take notice of this simple, but sparkling cut. A similarly infectious tune is the upbeat "Fuzzy Little Hippy Girl." It's impossible not to sing along with this track, and that's why Great American T…

Review: Eleven Hundred Springs "This Crazy Life" (Smith Music)

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Eleven Hundred Springs set the country music world on fire with "Country Jam." Since then, the traditional country band has been working hard on "This Crazy Life," which delivers on all levels. Yes, Eleven Hundred Springs is back, and the band is better than ever.
The album begins with the title track "This Crazy Life," which is a surprisingly reflective and laid-back tune with superb lyrics about life on the open highway along with Eleven Hundred Springs usual top-notch production. "Great American Trainwreck" offers a timely analysis of the reality stars and D-list celebrities that are being enriched by their out-of-control behavior.

The best song on the album is the terrific "There's A Place For You." In a world filled with foreclosures and layoffs, "There's A Place For You" offers hope and happiness for the future. The traditional country "I'll Get On To Getting Over You Tomorrow" takes listeners bac…

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Single Review: Dave Roberts "Fire Away"

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As a Marine, Dave Roberts defended the USA, so "Fire Away" is an especially fitting title for one of Dallas/Fort Worth's most promising new Texas country vocalists. Radio program directors and DJs should take notice of this passionate and interesting new talent.

"Fire Away" is a bold, Red Dirt anthem with a comfortable, laid-back vocal performance that belies Dave Roberts' newcomer status. His extensive musical education at the University Of North Texas is also on full display on "Fire Away." Indeed, this educated military man is a superb songwriter. Watch for the complete album review of Dave Roberts "Rule #1" coming soon in Country Chart magazine.

Just back from Afghanistan where he entertained the troops and appeared on Armed Forces Radio, Dave Roberts is ready to conquer Texas and beyond with his new single "Fire Away." With a growing fan base and a rockin' new single, the world may soon watch the career of Dave Rober…

Review: Tom Gillam "Had Enough"

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Tom Gillam may not have always been a resident of Austin, but "Had Enough" proves that the move to Texas suits him just fine. In fact, the newly clean and sober Tom Gillam has never sounded better.
The album starts off strong with the anthemic "Real Thing." Tom Gillam is known as a master of Americana music, and "Real Thing" shows his skill in mixing Americana with Red Dirt. The reflective "Ready To Begin" seems to echo the feelings Gillam must have been having after a health issue briefly sidetracked him in 2005. These songs are deep and personal, and the lyrics are sung with conviction.

"Weary Game" has a cool Tom Petty meets Chris Knight vibe, and "Tear In The Rain" has an alt-country sound. But the best song on the album is "(When You) Come Around." The sincerity of the performance and penetrating lyrics make this track stand above all others. Plus the chorus is memorable and heart-wrenchingly intense.

The blue…

Review: Michael Martin Murphey "Buckaroo Blue Grass II - Riding Song"

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Michael Martin Murphey's hit album "Cowboy Songs" redefined cowboy country. Twenty years later, 2010's "Buckaroo Blue Grass II: Riding Song" proves that this cowboy's music is as relevant and vital as any country music album released in the last year.
Coming off a recent Grammy nomination (Bluegrass Album Of The Year) for "Buckaroo Blue Grass," Murphey's second volume has even surpassed the high standard of excellence set by the first. The album begins with the terrific title track "Blue Sky Riding Song" which is an ambitious amalgamation of bluegrass, cowboy country and traditional country that works on all levels.

"Running Gun," "Medicine Man" and "Rollin' Nowhere" continue the excellent bluegrass sound. Likewise, Murphey's traditional country roots shine on the laid-back "Backslider's Wine" which has a unique alt-country meets traditional country vibe reminiscent of the best…