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Ashley Monroe ‘The Blade’ – Single Review

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I first became aware of Ashley Monroe when she, along with her friends Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley, formed the girl power trio The Pistol Annies. I loved the Annies immediately after watching them perform “Hell On Heels” for the first time. I fell in love with Ashley’s voice and soon looked back through her solo catalogue, landing on the haunting “Hank’s Cadillac”. Since then I’ve followed her career closely, through her now 3 solo albums and 2 Annie albums.

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Calgary Folk Music Festival 2015 | Day Three – Review

Milk Carton Kids at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on July 25, 2015.

Milk Carton Kids at the Calgary Folk Music Festival on July 25, 2015. (Photo credit: Jessica Melnychuk)

In case you missed them, be sure to check out my reviews of day one and day two.

By the third day of the Calgary Folk Music Festival, things were in full swing. With shows beginning at 10:30 AM and running until late in the evening, there was an astounding amount of acts to be seen. Continue reading

Jul
30

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FEATURED: Kristen Brassel ‘Love and Lightning’

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Recently signed to Bluewater music as a staff writer, Kristen Brassel is an equally promising artist in her own right. The title of her debut EP, ‘Love and Lightning’, certainly gives you the feeling that she is someone who likes to draw from her own experiences in order to create an authentic feel to her music. Placing herself firmly in the pop/country bracket, Kristen has a broad scope of influences. Growing up in northern Mississippi, she was in her words ‘spoon-fed’ the likes of Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn. She was also influenced by the likes of Michelle Branch and Shania Twain, so you can certainly see where the country/pop influence comes from.
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30

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FEATURED: Ana Egge ‘Bright Shadow’

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Canadian born, North Dakota Native Ana Egge releases her 8th album, Bright Shadow, today. Produced by Egge herself, Bright Shadow is a collaboration with acclaimed American roots trio, THE STRAY BIRDS – Maya De Vitry (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Charles Muench (upright bass, vocals), and Oliver Craven (mandolin, fiddle, slide guitar, vocals) –  who join Egge as her band on the album. Egge’s vocals are unique, at the same time both haunting and comforting, reminiscent of the other-worldly quality of Emmylou Harris and the dark sweetness of Aimee Mann, mixed with a smoothness all her own.

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30

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Denny Strickland Debuts Video ‘How Far You Wanna Go’

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Country newcomer Denny Strickland debuted his sizzling “How Far You Wanna Go” video today. Producer/Actress Lindsey Labadie (Where The Red Fern Grows, Removed, Desert Friends) helmed the project and drew on the talents of director Caleb Kuhl (Wu-Tang Clan, Tedashii, Dylan Scott) and Emmy Award-winning Director of Photography Isaac Alongi (National Geographic, BBC, Discovery) to round out the visual feast.

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Jul
30

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Blake Shelton ‘Gonna’ – Single Review

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Well folks, Blake Shelton recently released a new single called “Gonna”. Now I should be upfront and say that I’m not a fan of Blake’s last few singles, and by last few, I mean the last two singles I really liked was “Honey Bee” and “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”, although “Mine Would be You” and “Doing What She Likes” weren’t bad either. I have to admit, I find it extremely aggravating that Blake, who we all know has talent and the ability to release great songs, insists on releasing below average, substance-lacking songs. What’s up with that? I realize that he has a lot on his plate, trying to juggle coaching duties, acting as one of four coaches on the hit talent show The Voice, with a music career, but still, why make music if it’s just going to be bland and generic?

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