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Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Dead Air"

Lifestyle's tenth track, the tiny, hard rockin' epic "Dead Air", takes us from Nashville to Paris and captures all of human life in between.

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Justin Moore: Off the Beaten Path

Moore gives us a bunch of fun-loving, good-timey tunes with some great guitar licks along with...well...a couple songs that are wince-worthy.

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'The Encyclopedia of Country Music: Second Edition' Lives Up to Its Name

Some trends and figures are going to be left out, but this is the most comprehensive examination of country music in North America from 1922 to the present.

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Woody Pines: You Gotta Roll

Woody Pines offers up some fun on You Gotta Roll and not a whole lot else.

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Chuck Mead: Back at the Quonset Hut

Former BR5-49 frontman recruits a roster of old-school Nashville session players and current country stars, and gets down to covering songs from classic country artists. It's an effort that pays off nicely.

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Various Artists: The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams

The only thing more exciting than the release of 12 previously unrecorded Hank Williams lyrics is the group of artists recruited to put them together.

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Hank Williams: The Legend Begins

The latest release from the estate of Hank Williams offers old amateur recordings and a nostalgic foray into radio entertainment circa 1949, but the music itself can't top his back catalogue.

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Jimmie Vaughan: Plays More Blues, Ballads and Favorites

More blues, ballads and favorites from an American favorite.

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Steve Earle's 'I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive'

A been-there-lived-it-attitude and street-level redemption, all propelled by a songwriter's/storyteller's lyrical and narrative knack.

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Blind Boys of Alabama: Take the High Road

Few surprises, but there's no moment of this album that doesn't sound good.

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Hank's Other Side: Religion, Radio, and the Roots of Country Music

Hank Williams' recordings for WSM's Mother's Best Flour radio show challenge the modern listener's idea that country music reserves Jesus for Sunday morning.

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The Best Country Music of 2008

The year's best country music may be topped by archival releases from deceased artists, but the living managed to offer a strong alternative to the Nashvegas machine.

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Hank Williams: The Unreleased Recordings

A legend's output is doubled with stellar results.

Jill LaBrack
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Who Says Country Can't Hip-Hop?

Poverty, crime, disenfranchisement, sinning, saving, and no-account women: Stereotypical subjects of the average country song, or the average hip-hop song?

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Sing Me Back Home by Dana Jennings

A personal history and a love letter, urging us to embrace country music as American music.

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Hank Williams: Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection

It attempts to wrestle Williams' body of work into manageable chunks, to show that this wasn't a guy who just churned out country songs indiscriminately, but an artist who documented the major facets of his life.

Andrew Gilstrap
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