Throwback Thursday: “Walk Away Joe” by Trisha Yearwood, feat. Don Henley…and Matthew McConaughey!?!!

A young, unknown Matthew McConaughey starred in the video for “Walk Away Joe,” Trisha Yearwood’s duet with Don Henley. Ah, the 90s…

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Noisetrade Country Roundup

By: Brendan

Brittany Taylor is a strong new Country voice.

Another favorite Country discovery is Amy Dalley, who made selected tracks from her latest album available for download.

Old-time fiddler April Verch appeared with her band on Mountain Stage last year. I especially love the tracks from Bright Like Gold.

Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records Americana Sessions includes Shawn Mullins, Sam Bush and Kathy Mattea, plus an amazing “Ring Them Bells” cover by Sarah Jarosz

Lady Antebellum: Own The Night

Lady Antebellum recently released their third album, Own The Night. Lady A is a band who won me over with a live performance. I had barely heard of the band when I saw them open for Tim McGraw a few years ago. They sound even better live than on recording, which is always the mark of a great band. While the title track from Need You Now remains my favorite of their songs, I think this new album is actually superior to their successful sophomore effort. The instrumentation is tighter, the harmonies are sweeter, and the catchy hooks are even catchier.

“We Owned The Night” opens the album with Lady A’s signature mix of rock-tinged country and bluegrass, breaking out those melodic harmonies from the start.

The first single, “Just A Kiss,” is already (and rightfully) getting heavy airplay as the heir apparent to “Need You Now.”

“Friday Night” is the kind of high energy track that’ll be a crowd pleaser in concert. And hang on until the end of the pretty ballad “Cold As Stone” for a lovely Celtic instrumental arrangement.

If you dislike country music as a rule, this is not the album for you. But if you like country, Lady Antebellum’s previous release, or the new single “Just A Kiss,” you will love Own The Night.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can hear samples at the links below…

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We Owned the Night - Single - We Owned The Night

Lady Antebellum Official Site

Lady Antebellum “Own the Night” 2011 Tour Dates:
11/11 Knoxville, Tenn. Knoxville Coliseum*
11//12 Macon, Ga. Macon Centreplex*
11/13 Pikeville, Ky. East Kentucky Expo Center*
11/16 El Paso, Texas El Paso County Coliseum*
11/17 Phoenix, Ariz. Grand Canyon University*
11/18 Las Vegas, Nev. The Joint @ The Hard Rock*
11/25 Huntsville, Ala. Von Braun Civic Center**
11/26 Florence, S.C. Florence Civic Center**
11/27 Savannah, Ga. Savannah Civic Center**
12/1 Colorado Springs, Colo. Colorado Springs World Arena**
12/2 Lubbock, Texas City Bank Coliseum**
12/3 Wichita Falls, Texas Kay Yeager Coliseum**
12/4 Belton, Texas Bell County Expo Center**
12/8 La Crosse, Wis. La Crosse Center Arena**
12/9 Sioux City, Iowa Tyson Center**
12/10 Springfield, Mo. JQH Arena**
12/11 Murray, Ky. CFSB Center**
12/15 Amherst, Mass. The Mullins Center**
12/16 Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Mohegan Sun Arena**
12/17 Roanoke, Va. Roanoke Civic Center**
12/18 Morgantown, W.Va. WVU Coliseum**

*Tour Dates with Randy Montana
**Tour Dates with Eden’s Edge

Suzy Bogguss: American Folk Songbook

Best known for country hits like “Outbound Plane” and “Letting Go,” singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss dives into pure, unadulterated folk on her new album, American Folk Songbook. With some help from Gretchen Peters and Matraca Berg, Suzy introduces younger generations to sing-along folk favorites such as “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Red River Valley,” “Ol’ Dan Tucker” and “Wayfaring Stranger.”

Suzy’s beautiful rendition of “Shenandoah” and buoyantly swaggering cover of W.C. Handy’s blues classic “Careless Love” are the stand out tracks, but the entire album is lovely from beginning to end.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can hear samples at the links below.

The CD will be available in all Cracker Barrel Country Stores on July 18th and released nationally through other retailers on August 2nd. It’s not yet available for pre-order on Amazon, but should be at the link below closer to the release date…

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In the meantime, you can purchase the album in both CD and digital format via Suzy Bogguss’ Official Site.

Matraca Berg: The Dreaming Fields

Matraca Berg returns on May 17th with her new album, The Dreaming Fields. The name Matraca Berg may not be familiar to you, but chances are you’ve heard at least one of her songs if you’ve listened to country music in the past two decades. Matraca is one of country music’s most successful songwriters, having penned hits for The Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Reba McIntyre, Sara Evans, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Suzy Bogguss and many more. Trisha, Martina, Faith, Suzy and Patty Loveless sang backup on and appeared in the video for Matraca’s own hit single “Back in the Saddle,” from her 1997 album, Sunday Morning to Saturday Night. Matraca’s new album has a softer, pretty country-folk style and features guests Suzy Bogguss and Gretchen Peters.


Seems the only way a man can live off the land
These days is to buy and sell
So I’m going down to the dreaming fields
But what will be my harvest now?

Matraca’s warm voice and affinity for blending acoustic folk-pop with country twang is akin to the solo debut of Eastmountainsouth’s Kat Maslich Bode.

Matraca’s voice takes on a textured Emmylou Harris lilt on the album’s gorgeous ballads – such as the inspirational “Racing The Angels” and the soulful, string-accented title track.

Overall, the music on this album is exquisite and the songs examine deeper, darker themes than are typically found in the modern country-pop era. The opener “If I Had Wings” is narrated by a battered woman, “The Dreaming Fields” speaks of the loss of a family farm and “South of Heaven” expresses the fears of a soldier’s mother.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can hear samples at the links below…

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Matraca Berg Official Site
Matraca Berg MySpace