Mic Harrison and The High Score – Still Wanna Fight (2012)

Can you believe it’s been almost a decade since Mic Harrison took on the High Score as his backing band? In that span Mic and co. have become a Knoxville institution, delivering a spate of solid albums, steadily touring the Southeast, and always knocking ’em out at their sweaty, beer-soaked shows. The band has been consistently solid for, like, ever. But their latest album, Still Wanna Fight, is by far their best effort yet.There are three elements that make the Mic/High Score formula work so well. The first is songcraft: Mic is a master at writing catchy, rocking songs that address the human condition from a barstool perspective. The second element is the band’s just-right mix of twang and power-chord crunch, which falls somewhere in between Cheap trick and Steve Earle. The third element, Harrison’s secret weapon, is Robbie Trosper, the lead guitarist who turns simple songs into anthems. Trosper occupies a sonic territory somewhere between Mick Ronson and Guided by Voices’ Doug Gillard, which is to say he’s amazing.

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Turnpike Troubadours – Goodbye Normal Street (2012)

The Turnpike Troubadours, whose name derived from the bumpy Oklahoma toll-roads and their hard lived folk singing heroes, are proof that isolation can be the mother of originality. Cutting their teeth in the roadside dance halls and honk-tonks has made a serious impact on the band s musical style, which walks the line between Woody Guthrie and Waylon Jennings. Goodbye, Normal Street, the bands third album , is testament to the small towns in which they were raised. It combines folk, country, Cajun, and bluegrass with stories of longing, humor, tragedy, and general life in rural America. Breaking down traditional barriers between the audience and the stage is something in which they excel. Fast, gritty, and often drenched in beer, the Troubadours perform to both their fans and new audience members with a genuine sincerity about them. They continually gather ground both literally and figuratively as they travel up, down and across the country…Luther Dickinson

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The Nighthawks – Damn Good Time! (2012)

Damn Good Time, features a combination of original and classic material. The album showcases the new line-up on versions of Jimmy McCracklin’s Georgia Slop, Elvis’ Too Much, the classic Smack Dab in the Middle, Nat King Cole’s Send for Me and a cool version of the Wilbert Harrison tune Work Together. The most-recent band member, drummer Mark Stutso, does four originals, demonstrating the added talent he brings to the band as a songwriter and singer. The lone original member Mark Wenner gives us 6 tunes that feature his roadhouse vocal style and great harp work. Recorded at Severn Records new state of the art studio, Damn Good Time represents a new beginning for the band and for Severn Records.

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Julie Murphy – A Quiet House (2012)

Julie Murphy is a singer songwriter and member of Welsh folk innovators fernhill. She writes songs at the piano at home in the Welsh countryside and has just released a new solo album; “A Quiet House”, her first for 10 years.Julie Murphy is a towering talent, both in traditional music and as a singer-songwriter. She possesses a voice of stark, spectral beauty that recalls Shirley Collins and Sandy Denny. Her singing is hypnotic and trance-like, a serene stream of sound finding majesty in minor-key melancholy.

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