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Moonshine Saints – Six Ways to Sunday Volume 1

By • Dec 15th, 2016 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Laura Anderson Moonshine Saints brings us a familiar, yet new sound of southern country rock with their new release Six Ways to Sunday Volume 1. Consisting of six new songs, this whole album makes you want to run down to the best country bar in town, have a few drinks and start dancing. [...]



Dolly Parton – Blue Smoke

By • May 14th, 2014 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Stratman “Blue Smoke” is the newest offering from Dolly Parton and is the name of the title cut from her 42nd studio album. It is being released through Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks. Dolly has had a career stretching (5) decades in which she has sold more than 100 million records that includes [...]



Mindcage – Our Own Devices

By • May 13th, 2014 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Erick Lopez Florida based Mindcage recently released their latest work “Our Own Devices”. Formed in 1996 by Guitarist Dietrick Hartwick who envisioned a mixture of futuristic worlds as seen in the works of H.G Wells mixed with metal based melodies. Mindcage consists of extremely talented musicians, with vocals which draw you into the [...]



THE ROYS – “GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN”

By • Oct 1st, 2013 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Stratman The Roys have been one of my favorite duos ever since I reviewed my first CD by them. They started out with and continue to have rich harmonies, wonderfully crafted and well- written songs, and unmatched musicianship. They also have become one of the fastest rising acts in the music business. They [...]



MIKE AIKEN – “CAPTAINS and COWBOYS”

By • Sep 2nd, 2013 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Stratman This is the sixth studio album by Mike Aiken. I’ll be perfectly honest…. I didn’t know that he had five more before this one nor had I ever heard of Mike Aiken (is he Clay Aiken’s kin folk?). I am not sure about this album, not really sure which direction musically it [...]



Lisa Matassa – “Somebody’s Baby”

By • Mar 20th, 2013 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Stratman First glance at the cover, you realize Lisa is a “looker”, so you ask yourself, “Is she as good as she looks or trying to sell her music using her looks?” Well, from the opening crunch of the guitar on “Somebody’s Baby” you know Lisa has looks AND a fabulous voice! This [...]



LIVEWIRE – “LIVIN’”

By • Feb 4th, 2013 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Stratman Anybody ever heard of the band “LiveWire?” Me neither, but I am glad I have now. These guys hail from the Ozark Mountain region near Joplin, Mo. and have spent the last decade playing a lot of gigs on the road and, were finalists in the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown. This album [...]



Jamey Johnson – “Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochrane”

By • Jan 6th, 2013 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Stratman Jamey Johnson has produced one of his finest works to date with this Hank Cochrane Tribute album. It is full of “old school” country music from Hank Cochrane (who passed away in 2010 at age 74 and STILL is not in the Country Music Hall of Fame and I don’t  freakin’ understand [...]



Ricky Skaggs – “Music To My Ears”

By • Nov 19th, 2012 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Stratman        “Music To My Ears” is the new Country and Bluegrass album from Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Ricky Skaggs has been a professional musician for more than 35 years, has had 12 No.1 hit singles, won 14 Grammy Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), eight ACM Awards, [...]



The Roys – “New Day Dawning”

By • Nov 19th, 2012 • Category: CD Reviews

Review by Stratman        The Roys to me are a real breath of fresh air in the Bluegrass field. My extent of Bluegrass in the past was the Dillards aka the Darlins’ on Andy Griffith (I really like them). Now, I am listening to the Grascals, Ricky Skaggs and a few more, but I [...]