OKGazette.com - Country http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/articles.sec-54-1-country.html <![CDATA[Green Corn Revival — Bound for Glory - ]]> It has been a relatively rocky road for Weatherford alt-country outfit Green Corn Revival, which has seen its share of highs (acting as backing band for rockabilly icon Wanda Jackson) and lows before an (amicable) split in the road led half of the original lineup to forming Honeylark.]]> <![CDATA[Toby Keith — Drinks After Work - ]]> “Guilty pleasure” is one of the dirtiest phrases in the English language — a term created to make fans of something considered mostly unpopular by the ruling pop-culture intelligentsia feel shame.]]> <![CDATA[Barling — Barling With a “B” - ]]> With the exception of a few months in my early teens when I was trying to impress gutter-punk chicks, I have always had a deep and abiding love of country music. Because, as any kid growing up in this region will tell you, it was all my leather-skinned dad would listen to in the car.]]> <![CDATA[Justin Adams — Justin Adams - ]]> Bixby native Justin Adams is a former college football standout with a school record for consecutive games played at Northern Iowa, and that intensity and determination have informed his new path as a country singer. His self-titled debut EP is a sleek, polished recording in line with the genre’s like-minded, clean-cut vocalists Easton Corbin, Luke Bryan and Chris Young.]]> <![CDATA[Mountain Smoke — Roads Well Traveled - ]]> As I plopped Mountain Smoke’s Roads Well Traveled into the CD player, I dreaded the worst, having been burnt out by a glut of third-rate bluegrass (with jam bands running a close second). I was surprised how much I liked — nay, loved — this album.]]> <![CDATA[Tom Skinner — Tom Skinner - ]]> Sincerity is nearly dead in songwriting. The image of the earnest singer with eyes tightly shut and a crack in his voice as he plunges to emotional depths has become a joke. ]]> <![CDATA[No Justice — America’s Son - ]]> When something really catches my ear, I tend to imagine it in the closing credits of a movie, and then I work backward, formulating a plot and actors. “Never Gonna Be Enough,” the opening track on Red Dirt rockers No Justice’s latest, America's Son, had me doing that within 10 seconds.]]> <![CDATA[Toby Keith — Hope on the Rocks - ]]> Sometimes, irony can come back to bite you on the ass.
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<![CDATA[Jimmy LaFave — Depending on the Distance - ]]> Few musicians ever get the chance to forge their own path, blazing musical territory previously unexplored. Stillwater singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave is one of them, helping etch out a place for the Red Dirt genre within the scope of American music.]]> <![CDATA[Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition — Incommunicado - ]]> Just a few minutes into Incommunicado, it becomes painfully obvious that Oklahoma native Chad Sullins knows his Red Dirt, country, classic rock and blues, and he blends them into the perfect barn-party soundtrack. The album plays like The Hangover set in Stillwater instead of Vegas, with all the emotions, amusement and reflections therein.]]> <![CDATA[Turnpike Troubadours — Goodbye Normal Street - ]]> On Goodbye Normal Street, their third full-length album, Turnpike Troubadours serve up a potent brew of country, bluegrass, folk and even Creole (just to kick it up a notch). The quintet from Stillwater produces music that’s straightforward and simple, but hardly simplistic.]]> <![CDATA[Carter Sampson — Mockingbird Sing - This displaced Okie can <i>belt.</i>]]> Carter Sampson’s voice and subject matter are too sweet to get lumped in with those rough ’n’ tumble Red Dirt boys, but instrumentally, her “Mockingbird Sing” isn’t far off.]]> <![CDATA[The Damn Quails — Down The Hatch - ]]> “Down the Hatch” is an important debut release for more than just the duo of Gabriel Marshall and Bryon White, who go by The Damn Quails. It’s indie label 598 Recordings’ (Chance Sparkman and Mike McClure) first long player, and a product of a prodigious amount of homegrown talent.]]> <![CDATA[Various Artists — The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams - Thank goodness these songs ‘Saw the Light’ of day.]]> As if the man born Hiram King Williams’ influence on country music (and all subsequently affected genres, particularly rock ’n’ roll) wasn’t already completely obvious and seminal, the long-dead crooner had to go and scribble a bunch more terrific songs about heartbreak and loneliness into his diary, just to remind us of his ownership of the subject matter even generations after he died.]]> <![CDATA[The Point Blank Band — Sad Songs and Whiskey - Hot country with excellent songwriting]]> The Point Blank Band is a tight unit, as each member contributes to its hot country sound. The title track and opener features great bass and guitar work, a neat fiddle part, and Mike Novotny’s welcoming vocals, which deliver memorable, ear-catching melodies. ]]> <![CDATA[Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle — We Still Love Our Country - Gorgeous country duets and ballads abound]]> Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle’s “We Still Love Our Country” follows a very simple formula: Beautiful female vocals + easygoing male vocals + country standards + gentle acoustic-based accompaniment = an album of duets that’s an absolute gem, because they found an excellent plan and stuck with it for a wonderful half-hour. ]]> <![CDATA[The Workweek — Promises, Promises - ]]> Oklahoma City’s The Workweek follows The Jayhawks and Wilco in making the lines between folk, country and rock negligible on its debut release, “Promises, Promises.”]]> <![CDATA[MilkDrive — Road from Home - Average 'newgrass' release filed next to Nickel Creek]]> Average must be the most frustrating thing to be labeled.
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<![CDATA[Leon Russell — The Best of Leon Russell - Country rocker gets retrospective]]> <![CDATA[Alison Krauss and Union Station — Paper Airplane - It's good. But you probably knew that already]]> At this point, Alison Krauss is impervious to criticism.]]>