Monthly archives: March, 2016

Granger Smith – Remington

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Granger Smith designed Dirt Road Driveway, his 2013 album – and his first to not be self-released – as something of a demo tape: it was big, bright, and assured, the kind of record that functioned as a calling card for his commercial potential. Fittingly, it earned him his shot at the big time, with…


Randy Houser – Fired Up

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Comparisons between Luke Bryan and Randy Houser will become more convincing after you listen to the 17 songs on Fired Up, Randy’s 5th studio album. The two vocalists share many of the same writers, embrace similar themes and (with this album) lean into more progressive production. Of course, Randy Houser’s big country voice separates him…


Loretta Lynn – Full Circle

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Full Circle is no accidental title for this, Loretta Lynn’s first album after a 12-year break. Released as she approaches her 83rd birthday, Full Circle not only deliberately returns the country legend to her Kentucky roots, it’s constructed as a summation of her life. It opens with the first song she ever wrote – a…


Charles Kelley – The Driver

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Stepping away from Lady Antebellum, Charles Kelley spreads his wings on his solo debut The Driver and, in the process, he reconnects with his Southern roots. These roots aren’t precisely entangled in the backwoods. Based on this swift nine-track record — clocking in at under 40 minutes, just like records used to back in the…