Sometimes we have so much stuff presented here at Roughstock that some of our album reviews may have been lost in the shuffle. Here's a round-up of the last two week's album reviews at Roughstock. Just click on the artist and album titles above the brief comments to read the complete review.
With the success of sparse albums by the likes of Neil Diamond, Loretta, and Cash, it was probably only a matter of time before Glen Campbell came out with his own collection. Using Cash's albums as the template to transform contemporary songs, Campbell serves up "Meet Glen Campbell" as a way to introduce himself to a younger audience.
After getting their start at Willie Nelson's "Fourth of July Picnic," The Lost Trailers have been playing around the country for over six years now. "Holler Back" is their third major label release and it features the break through title track. With a strong songwriter and lead singer, has the band finally arrived with a smash of an album?
With a successful songwriting career firmly established, Jason Matthews took the next step and decided to release an album of songs he's written nationally. "Hicotine" is a record full of passionate performances and solid country songs, just the type of album we haven't heard that much of lately.
Brandon Rhyder has come quite a long way since he started his career in music at the beginning of the decade. He's really come into his own as a gifted singer and an emerging songwriter. Partnering with producer Radney Foster, Rhyder has delivered "Every Night," A collection of tunes that just might the best stuff he's put out to date.
Country music often speaks to the human condtion and that's exactly what Crystal Shawanda's RCA Records debut does. Not only that, "Dawn of A New Day" announces the arrival of an artist worthy of any accolades she may receive. Yup, it's that good.
Since the release of his last album over four years ago, Jimmy Wayne has lost one record deal and saw a couple of singles not chart as expected before "Do You Believe Me Now" charted earlier this year. The single has done so well that Jimmy and his new label, The Valory Music Company, have named his sophomore album after it. While firmly a pop-based country album, the record also features deeply personal lyrics directly from Wayne's life.