Alecia Nugent – Hillbilly Goddess (2009)

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Hillbilly Goddess treads much the same territory, a mix of blazing bluegrass and hurtin’ country with primarily acoustic backing. For the most part Nugent has selected sturdy songs that provide a fine musical platform for her extraordinary vocals.

Al Basile – B’s Expression (2015)

Produced by long-time friend Duke Robillard and recorded at Lakewest Recording Studio in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, B’s Expression features 13 all-original Al Basile songs, backed by a simpatico band that includes: Duke Robillard – guitars; Mark Teixeira – drums; Bruce Bears – keyboards; Brad Hallen – bass; Doug James – tenor and baritone sax; and Carl Querfurth – trombone.

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Blackmore’s Night – All Our Yesterdays (2015)

“All Our Yesterdays”, the tenth studio album from Blackmore’s Night, the renaissance-inspired rock band formed by Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night.”All Our Yesterdays” gets further inspiration from Candice and Ritchie’s home town, where they take part in community folk nights during which the neighbours share guitars and songs, and sing melodies that have come from a variety of times in their own history. That’s how they fell in love with songs of various radio formats of years gone by. The album includes the Linda Ronstadt hit “Long Long Time” (penned by Gary White); the Mike Oldfield song “Moonlight Shadow”; and an inspiring Maypole Dance treatment of Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe”.

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Mustered Courage – White Lies & Melodies (2015)

The third LP from Mustered Courage vacillates between classic bluegrass a la Flatt & Scruggs (“Can’t Hide from the Moonshine”) and the adult-oriented roots innovations of Béla Fleck (“A Thousand Bullets”). A more up-tempo offering than Powerlines (2013), it’s replete with crisp banjo rolls (“Leave This Life Behind”), liberal solo breaks for mandolin, fiddle, Dobro and guitar, and polished four-part harmonies. There are shades of Old Crow’s Ketch Secor in Nick Keeling’s vocal, while striking points of difference include the addition of drums, brass (“Same Old Thing Again”), and a tilt at urban groove (“Draw Five”). MC carry it all off with hooky appeal.

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