Country

The title Say Old Man, Can You Play the Banjo? demands a response from the listener, and the answer is a resounding "yes" -- Carroll Best can play the banjo and play it well. But it isn't so much that he is proficient on the banjo; many musicians play Scrugg's style and claw-hammer banjo well. Be...

Omni's 2011 two-fer combines Larry Jon Wilson's 1975 album New Beginnings and its 1976 sequel Let Me Sing My Song to You on one CD. Larry Jon Wilson was very much cut from the same cloth as fellow Monument recording artist Tony Joe White, blessed with a similar warm, burnished baritone, a fondnes...

Ronnie Dunn signed to Big Machine's subsidiary Nash Icon for 2016's Tattooed Heart and, like the Nash Icon records by Reba McEntire and Hank Williams. Jr., Tattooed Heart is an effective re-creation of the sounds that turned Dunn into a superstar along with Kix Brooks in the '90s. His erstwhile p...

Raven’s 2011 two-fer combines the two albums Hoyt Axton recorded for MCA -- the 1977 album Snowblind Friend and its 1978 sequel, Free Sailin’ -- on one CD containing no bonus tracks.

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Essential contains 16 well-chosen tracks taken from John Anderson's early- to mid-'80s recordings on Warner Bros., including the modern honky tonk hits "Straight Tequila Night," "Let Go of the Stone," "Money in the Bank," and his biggest country crossover smash, "Swingin'." This is an adequate co...

George McClure describes himself as a swinger (in the musical sense) and a "countrybilly" artist. Well, the arrangements are adequate for most of the album, but McClure and his vocal prowess leaves a bit to be desired. The light, toe-tapping swing of "Playboy Swing (Remix)" is OK but there is not...