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Three Bluegrass Hall of Fame legends have done it again! Banjo master J.D. Crowe, multi-award winning trailblazer Doyle Lawson, and Bluegrass Gospel legend Paul Williams have joined forces for a second time to produce and deliver an amazingly powerful selection of songs on Standing Tall and Tough.
Back with his first album of new material since 2006’s Triangle, Kevin Dotson a/k/a Linus of Hollywood is back with the same winning combination of classic pop and power pop that made him a force in the power pop community in the first half of the last decade. The buoyant, driving 1-2 punch of “Caught Up in a Feeling” and “Ready for Something Good” will get your toes tapping right off the bat, the McCartney-esque “A Girl That I Like” is very easy on the ears, and “I Don’t Wanna Go Home if You’re Not There” makes for a great power ballad. Linus even throws in a faithful cover of the Kiss classic “Beth”, while the overall quality of the album heeds the admonition of one of the disc’s catcher tracks, “Don’t F**k it Up”. One of the year’s best.
With her first full length album, A Girl Like Me, Shelli debunks any thoughts of talent skipping a generation. She’s puts out a good, solid, classic country album with some neo-traditionalist elements as well as a little rock n’ roll. It’s 12 songs that cover a wide variety of emotions and true life country topics.
The album includes 12 tracks, featuring such holiday classics as “Rise Up Shepherd” and “Silent Night”. The album leans on the folksy side but still has its share of rock and blues.
While recording the album, Lowe insisted on keeping the space a “sleigh-bell free zone”, so don’t expect your typical yuletide cheer.