With all the new music that is endlessly coming out this time of year, it's only natural for someone to miss getting around to reading about a new release or two. Here is a rundown of the latest reviews highlighted by Roughstock. Click on any album cover below to read the full reviews.
Keith Anderson Released "C'MON!" last week and garnered a Top 3 placement on the Album Charts as the lead-off single "I Still Miss You" continues to climb the charts into the Top 10 at country radio. The album is packed with charming uptempos and pleasing ballads.
Heidi Newfield first came to prominence as the dynamic lead singer of the trio Trick Pony. After recording 3 albums and scoring a few hits with that band, Heidi decided it was time to move on. She signed to the same record label, Curb Records, that Trick Pony was signed to and set about to record the tracks for her surprisingly solid solo debut.
Fiercely independent, Jamey Johnson recorded much of "That Lonesome Song" on his own prior to licensing it to Mercury Nashville in early 2008. It's a complete song cycle that chronicles a dark period in Johnson's life. Like all great songwriters, he's channeled that darkness into a stark collection of timeless songs.
Nashville is a town that is perpetually following trends so it was inevitable that labels would seek out other pretty teenage girls and sign them to record deals after Taylor Swift exlploded on the scene. While it'd be easy to peg Katie Armiger as a 'follower,' she has actually been working towards her career as long as Taylor. Is she as talened? Read the Roughstock review of Katie Armiger's second album "Believe" to find out.
Sugarland slowly built their career with their debut album "Twice The Speed Of Life" and saw it explode with their sophomore album "Enjoy The Ride." Now the award-winning duo is back "Love On The inside," A record that is sure to see their star rise even higher.
Sometimes an album can be a surprising experience and Josh Kelley's newest project, the digital release "Backwoods" is one of those. It's surprising because it showcases him at his roots, the way he started his career. It's a completely acoustic album with memorable melodies and lyrics that never fails to satisfy.
One thing that's always been a special about country music is the fact that it has, from time to time, had families perform together. These families always have a bond with their voices that allows for harmonies that naturally blend. Carter's Chord is one such band. Becky, Emily and Joanna Robertson come buy their musical talent naturally as the children of musicians but does the natural talent translate to a successful album?
Randy Travis has spent the last eight years recording gospel music but now he's back with his first all-new country album. "Around The Bend" features 11 strong songs, great melodies and Randy Travis' trademark baritone voice. The question we have to ask is if the voice is still strong enough to partner with the songs to gice him a chance at radio.