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FEATURED: Rachel Lipsky EP

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Rachel Lipsky is not quite what you’d expect. Out of that young frame comes a killer alto voice that makes direct confrontation with the speakers, and ultimately wins. She dominates any song she turns her hand to; drawing comparisons to the likes of Jennifer Nettles, Jo Dee Messina and Terri Clark, her twang, vocal and emotional strength is undeniable. In many ways she continues their legacies, their sass, sexual freedom and independence channelling through her and exploding in a blast of 21st century redneck narratives from the female perspective. Lead single ‘Bones’ (which we previously posted about here) is as revengeful as the likes of Miranda Lambert as it depicts Rachel digging a hole for a cheating boyfriend, helmed by the line, “I’ve got bones to pick with you”. It’s not just a venting of frustration and anger but an active threat, and the sung-spoken delivery extracts some of the prettiness of melody and makes this a far more hard-hitting track sonically. One thing’s for certain: Rachel is not someone to mess with.

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31

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Garth Brooks Reveals Track Listing, Gives Preview For New Album ‘Man Against Machine’

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Garth Brooks spent the morning in Nashville giving a preview of his highly-anticipated new album, MAN AGAINST MACHINE, out November 11th.  Naming it one of his most personal pieces of work to date, the singer/songwriter sampled the 14-track album for the eager crowd at Sony Nashville’s offices before giving a powerful acoustic performance of “Mom,” written by Don Sampson and Wynn Varble.

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Eric Paslay ‘She Don’t Love You’- Single Review

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I wasn’t sure how I would go about reviewing ‘She Don’t Love You’, since I must have listened to it more than 50 times since buying Eric Paslay’s stunning self-titled debut album. I thought I would struggle to give the song a fresh perspective but I needn’t have worried about this, since upon re-listening to it for review, it was not only as powerful as ever, but I still can’t stop listening to it on repeat!

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‘Nashville’, Season 3, Episode 6 – RECAP

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Storylines continue to come to a head in this episode, centered around the announcement of the CMA nominations. Rayna is nominated in six categories while Luke scores five, in addition to Will and Sadie coming up in New Artist and Gunnar getting a nod for ‘Ball and Chain’. Rayna is celebrating the news with Sadie when she notices that a lot of the media are chalking up her and Luke’s success to their impending marriage, and it upsets her because it undermines the work she put into her music. She decides she might really campaign for the CMAs for the first time ever, but as an individual, as it’s important for Highway 65’s longevity to get some wins under her belt. Although Dancing With The Stars requests her and Luke to perform ‘Ball and Chain’ for a country night in a couple of months’ time, Rayna asks that she perform alone, and despite initially turning her down the impromptu promise of a brand new single premiere performance seals the deal. Of course, she doesn’t have one planned, but she has two months to figure it out, and agrees with Luke that they’ll both campaign separately without it hurting their relationship (somehow I don’t think that’s going to work out).

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Oct
30

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VIDEO: Sasha McVeigh ‘Follow Your Arrow’

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We last checked in British country singer/songwriter Sasha McVeigh when she was launching her Kickstarter campaign to fund her debut full-length album, and promoting the live video for ‘Mr Brown Eyes’. Since then her Kickstarter was fully funded and she’s getting ready to travel back to Nashville to record it (she recorded her first EP there in 2013 and toured the US earlier this year). Her 2015 is already looking bright as first single ‘Two Ships’ is scheduled for release in January, with the album following in March and three full months of touring planned in the UK around that time. She also has a 45-date US tour booked towards the end of next year, and she’s only 20 years old!

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