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ALBUM REVIEW: Paul Thorn "What The Hell Is Goin' On?"

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Wisconsin born and Mississippi-raised Paul Thorn has a decidedly unique voice that offers the perfect blend of earthy blues and gravelly southern rock. The artist is currently riding a wave of success following his highest Billboard charting album - 2010's "Pimps And Preachers." However, his new album will be no less controversial as the cover to "What The Hell Is Goin' On?" is easily one of the most interesting and provocative album covers of 2012. Nevertheless, it's the music that matters most, and this album is an barnstorming, hell-raising, unqualified success.
The fun begins with the soulful and upbeat "Don't Let Me Down Again," which is performed with a comfortable ease that any musician would envy, but the album really sparks with the insanely memorable "Snake Farm." Radio program managers should take notice of this killer cut.

Thorn's unusual swagger is showcased on "Shelter Me," and some of his confidence …

ALBUM REVIEW: Corey Wagar "On The Edge"

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Country attitude and high-energy southern rock populate the 15 original tracks on Corey Wagar's appropriately-titled new album "On The Edge." Even though Wagar is a native of New Jersey, the singer's sound and lyrics seem to have come straight from the boondocks of Texas or Tennessee.
The album begins with "Hurricane," which was the album's lead single. Corey Wagar convincingly sells the song with confidence and enthusiastic fervor, and the album's second single "I Hate My Boyfriend" has much of the same charm - along with terrific lyrics.

Wagar's winning personality shines on the irresistible "Me And My Girls," which should also be considered as a radio single. The New Jersey native's sensitive side is on display with the country pop track "Miss You For Now." However, it is the story in song "16th Candle" that emerges as one of the album's best cuts. Wagar has a knack for telling a story, and her…