Murry Hammond-I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m on My Way

Murry Hammond I Don’t Know Where I’m Going But I’m on My Way:

A solid album of Country Gospel songs about spirituality and trains. Features cool production particularly with the vocals. Johnny Cash would have been proud.

Rating: 13/15 Jesus trains

Johnny Cash-Remixed

Johnny Cash Remixed:

Apparently Cash’s son and Snoop Dogg thought this was a good idea, how wrong they were.

Rating: 4/15 Sobbing corpses of Johnny Cash

Laura Cantrell- Humming by The Flowered Vine

Laura Cantrell Humming by The Flowered Vine:

A singers who’s sweet soft voice is as defiant and powerful as they come. Cantrell’s subject matter covers everything from war to having a crush on someone you’re too shy to talk to. The earnestness and accuracy of her lyrics is astounding as is her choice of backing musicians and recording engineers. Arguably the most important country singer active today.

Rating 15/15 Prayers for the demise of CMT

Across Tundras – Lonesome Wails From The Weeping Willow

Across Tundras Lonesome Wails From The Weeping Willow:

If Electric Wizard ever played bluegrass, this what it would sound like.

Rating: 13/15 tripping cowboys

Miranda Lee Richards-Light of X

Miranda Lee Richards Light of X:

Richards sounds like Natalie Merchant with some added country twang. The music is good, but not exceptional. The above average lyrics make this album great.

Rating: 13/15 Pedal steel string section combos

Neko Case – The Tigers Have Spoken

Neko Case The Tigers Have Spoken:

As a music critic I am obliged to jump on the alt-country band wagon, so here goes. Case and company blast through some album favorites and well chosen covers. Not her most important work, but possibly her most fun.

Rating: 13/15 Hillbilly Stomps

Murder By Death – Who Will Survive and What Will be Left of Them?

Murder By Death Who Will Survive and What Will be Left of Them?:

A concept album about Satan attacking a small Southern town. With songs about whiskey, shootings, executions, and mothers smothering their children so Lucifer can’t get to them, Murder by Death earns big points for badassitude. Musically the album is diverse usually sticking to country, blues, and folk song structures, but augmented with cello and piano played by two classically trained musicians. Though no specific characters are introduced other than Satan, much of the album is written from the perspective of the townsfolk, allowing one to sit back and feel their emotions and picture themselves in the same situation. I really hope this album can be integrated into a movie someday, as it plays much like a soundtrack already.

Rating: 14/15 Straight shots of Whiskey

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