Since becoming crown prince of the blues in the late 80s, Cray has won Grammies and played alongside 12-bar aristocrats such as BB King but has often seemed on cruise control. As a suited-up Mad Men cover shot suggests, he has his mojo back. Won’t Be Coming Home puts Cray in the driveway watching his woman’s tail light vanish, pitting weary vocals against stinging guitar. I’m Done Crying, a slow, soul-soaked epic with strings, has him testifying magnificently. Producer Kevin Shirley keeps things taut and gritty (the sessions took just a fortnight) and Cray burns with urgency.
Over the course of her first albums, including her fourth, 1992’s Every Time You Say Goodbye, Alison Krauss probably did more than any of her contemporaries to attract mainstream-country attention to bluegrass. A traditionalist might say this is because Krauss and her band, Union Station, offer a kind of “bluegrass-lite” that’s cut with pop sensibility, absent any manic-fast picking, and awash in Krauss’s goes-down-easy vocal. Nonetheless, this is a solid album that pushed Krauss deservedly further into the limelight. Highlights include the title track, Union Station banjo picker Ron Block’s fine gospel number “Shield of Faith,” and the traditional instrumental “Cluck Old Hen.”
With their 5th studio album One More Turn Blues Blend are presenting a breathtaking, versatile masterpiece: 60s soul, bluegrass, americana, jazz ballads, Chicago- and New Orleans Blues. Those who join this great panorama will be enchanted by the emotionality, the delight in playing and the pure pleasure and passion for blues and rootsmusic which is accompanied by the powerful and pumping wind section the big band of the HR (hessian broadcasting) has to offer.
Cyril Neville – vocals, percussion Devon Allman – vocals, guitar Mike Zito – vocals, guitar Charlie Wooton – bass Yonrico Scott – drums mp3 320 kbps | 119 MB | UJ | UL | TB
Once upon a time, Allison Moorer was a country artist who sang for a major record label. It might be easy then, to see her switch to Sugar Hill as a back-to-the-basics move, a reconnection with her country roots. Moorer, however, isn’t that predictable, and The Duel — while many things — isn’t country. In […]
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The first strains of opener “Parade”, on Matchbox Twenty’s new release North, call to mind the best moments of 1996’s Yourself or Someone Like You: acoustic guitars behind Rob Thomas’s always-heartbroken voice, which stretches out over the most poignant moments. mp3 320 kbps | 101 MB | UJ | UL | TB