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Album Review: Circe Link And Her Discount Candy Family Band "California Kid"

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The talent of Circe Link bursts to the surface on her new album "California Kid." The album is brimming over with vibrant energy and engaging lyrics, and the artist and her Discount Candy Family Band make a bold impression on all 11 tracks.
The album begins with "Salvation," which showcases Circe Link as an artist who sounds like she could be the love child of Miranda Lambert and Steve Earle. (Don't laugh, because it's truly a high compliment.) The next track "Random Act Of Kindness" offers the softer side of Circe Link with great artistic flourish.

Circe Link used to describe her music as "cowboy jazz," but even she recognizes that this moniker is too simplistic. The Los Angeles, California resident is obviously heavily influenced by the flourishing California music scene, and it shows on "Getting High (On Your Own Supply)." The intimate title track "California Kid" is also a winner.

The softer side of the artist is…

Album Review: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band "Legacy"

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The trailblazing bluegrass legend Peter Rowan is back under the careful supervision of mega-producer Alison Brown. "Legacy" harkens back to the style Peter Rowan learned as an apprentice of Bill Monroe more than 45 years ago. As you might expect, Rowan and his Bluegrass Band deliver in spades.
The album begins with the intensely memorable cut "Jailer, Jailer" and is followed by the piercing lyrics of "The Family Demon." The instrumentation and vocal performance are faultless. However, the album really comes into its own with the understated and beautiful "Father, Mother."

The album's biggest surprise is the Americana country track "So Good," which could easily find radio chart success in multiple formats. The country lullaby "The Night Prayer" has much of the same charm and could win over even the most skeptical critic of bluegrass music.

The gospel tinged "Let Me Walk Lord By Your Side" is a traditional bluegr…

Album Review: Tommy Alverson "Texas One More Time"

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Tommy Alverson has a golden country voice that is the perfect compliment to a cold beer. That's high praise in Texas. Indeed, "Texas One More Time" continues the fine musical tradition of the Texas country music legend. Not that we would expect anything less.
The album begins with the outlaw country title cut "Texas 1 More Time" and is followed by the beautiful "Don't Mind If I Do" and the radio-ready musical gem "Broken Hearted People."

Tommy Alverson never cheats his fans, and "Texas One More Time" offers a jam-packed 14 songs, including the traditional country gem "Sweet Love." However, the best track and biggest surprise on the album is the new Tex-Mex classic "Move To Texas."

The elder statesmen of the indie Texas music scene proves he knows lots about his love for beer on the self-penned track "I Wish I Didn't Love You." Likewise, the blues-infused vocal performance on "All Of These…

Album Review: No Justice "2nd Avenue"

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There's a good reason that Stillwater, Oklahoma's No Justice is at the top of the Red Dirt heap, and "2nd Avenue" proves it one more time. Plain and simple, "2nd Avenue" shows these country boys are as good at rocking the speakers of your pick-up as they are at pumping the country crowds during sold-out shows.
The album begins with the upbeat "Goin' Nowhere" which offers a memorable melody. However, the second track is the album's biggest surprise. "WW II" is hard-driving Red Dirt rock track that could find success with both Southern rock and Red Dirt fans alike.

The intense title cut "2nd Avenue" is a radio-ready country hit. But the best song on the album is the powerful "5 More Minutes." It offers a stellar vocal performance and deserves to be a radio chart hit in multiple formats. Program directors should give this OAR meets the Randy Rogers Band cut a spin on their playlists.

The musical excellence conti…

Album Review: Long Woodson "Robyville"

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Contemporary Texas country has found a new hero in Long Woodson and his brand new CD "Robyville." Woodson's comfortable vocals and outlaw country attitude make for compelling listening that will leave listenters wanting more.
The album begins with "Jimi" which has a retro-cool vibe reminiscent of Hayes Carll. Woodson's vocal perfomance is confident without feeling forced. At first listen, "Jimi" would not seem to have country chart potential, but on repeated listens the cut has indelible charm and a memorable chorus.

"Creole Man" showcases Long Woodson's obviously mixed love affair of classic rock and classic country. The lyrics are the star of the show. The third track "Nikki" shows Woodson's technical skills as a vocalist and could be enjoyed in both coffee houses and saloons. Likewise, the title track "Robyville" is an eclectic musical treat.

The biggest surprise is the country bar crowd anthem "Horny…