Jul 17, 201201:13 PMThe Telegraph
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New Tunes: July 17, 2012
Old Crow Medicine Show, Carry Me Back – These Nashville stringsters are as dedicated to the ghosts of music history as any act you’ll find on the scene today. A cursory listen reveals several high-energy hoedowns. It's the soundtrack to rural revelry.
Billy Joe Shaver, Live at Billy Bob’s Texas – A double-disc live recording from the always entertaining and unpredictable Texas country legend. Once you’re done laughing at all the between-song banter, fire up “Georgia on a Fast Train,” and crack open a cold one.
David Nail, 1979 – His rich soulful voice has never sounded better than it does on these piano-centric tracks. Included are stripped down versions of past tunes “Half Mile Hill” and “The Sound of a Million Dreams,” and a knockout cover of Adele’s tear-jerker tune, “Someone Like You.”
The Be Good Tanyas, A Collection –These Canadian gals have a good grasp of country and bluegrass. Consider this their best-of release, compiling 16 originals and standards from past releases.
Crosby, Stills & Nash, CSN 2012 – Selections from the reunion tour, captured on CD and DVD.
The Farm Inc., The Farm Inc. – If you enjoy the down-home harmonies of Little Big Town or the soulful stomp of Rascal Flatts’ “Banjo,” you’ll probably take a liking to this new trio. Their signature song “Home Sweet Home” is all about getting back to the basics of life.
Jon Dee Graham, Garage Sale –The new album from the Austin Americana singer has been compared to a patchwork quilt: The songs came together over a few years, whenever the artist could grab some free studio time. More pretentious folks would call this thing “organic.”
Jason Aldean, “Take A Little Ride” – It’s cool to hear the superstar name-drop Shiner Bock in the first song from his next album. But, really, another song about driving down the back roads with a hot girl and the music turned up? Don’t country songwriters do anything else these days?
Catch up on last week's new music releases here.