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CSO Reviews & Interviews 2007
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Alabama - The Last Stand
By: Jim Moulton
Savannah Jack talks to CSO 
"The hardest working band... ever!"
 By Cheryl Harvey Hill
Savannah Jack is comprised (alphabetically) of Jay Darby, Don Gatlin, and Mike Ulvila.
..
Josh Turner 
Everything Is Fine

By: Jolene Downs
Paul Alan Coons 
The Ride Of Life
 
By: George Peden
 
There’s a bit of mileage on the clock. There’s some water under the bridge. And, yes, some hard yards played. But you suspect it’s a life lived fully...
A Country Music Christmas 2007 - Featuring A New Album by Tracy Lawrence  
(and other personal favorites for the Christmas season)
Special Feature by Cheryl Harvey Hill 
Marshall Tucker Band
Searchin' For A Rainbow

By: Jim Moulton
 
This album finds the boys with a more country sound than ever. Toy Caldwell had just learned how to play pedal steel, and they had the help of Dickey Betts...
Richie McDonald 
If Every Day Could Be Christmas 

By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Carl Ray 
Play That Country Music Black Boy 

By: George Peden

Wedged between his opening track, “Play That Country Music Black Boy” and his closing homage to color, “Was A Black Man”, Carl Ray delivers a keen blend of modern country...
Halfway To Hazard 
By: Jolene Downs
Corinne West 
Second Sight

By: Jim Moulton 
This is my first listen to this lady's refreshing singing. Second Sight by Corinne West is produced very well by Mike Marshall...
Carrie Underwood
Carnival Ride 

By: Brianna Nightingale
Amy Dalley at Joe’s Bar in Chicago
By: Brianna Nightingale
"Let’s Try Goodbye,” was the most recent single released to radio written and recorded by Amy Dalley, a gifted artist who has a knack for writing incredible songs...
Sara Evans - Greatest Hits 
By: Jolene Downs
Larry The Cable Guy
Christmastime In Larryland

By: George Peden 
Yo ho ho. Tis the season to be jolly. Almost. With a CD aimed squarely at the Xmas stocking stuffer crowd, Cable Guy Larry has released his offering to the masses, Christmastime In Larryland...
Reba McEntire - Duets 
By: Jolene Downs 
Jeff Griffith  
If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another 

By: George Peden  

Lovers of traditional country are gonna perk their ears when they hear Jeff Griffith. Out with his debut, If It Ain’t One Thing It’s Another, the album is a welcome listen
...
Brooks & Dunn - Cowboy Town 
By: Brianna Nightingale
The CMA Awards - A Closer Look
By: Jim Moulton
This year's 41st Annual CMA Awards show was one of the most enjoyable I've watched in a long time and I think that it's because of all of the great performances...
Faith Hill - The Hits  
By: George Peden
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
By Jim Moulton  
Someone's kidding right? Robert Plant and Alison Krauss? Led Zeppelin meets Union Station? I doubt staunch bluegrass fans will check this out. That's a shame, this is quite an incredible collection of cover songs from the Everly Brothers to Sam Phillips to Mel Tillis.
Josh Turner - Live At The Ryman
By: Jolene Downs
Steve Azar
Indianola
By: Kevin Snyder  
The story says that you can’t go back home. Bon Jovi and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles sang a song about trying to go back home. Steve Azar has found out that the next best thing is bringing home to where you are...
Kenny Chesney 
Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates  

By: Brianna Nightingale
Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros  Diamonds In The Sun 
By: George Peden
  
Diamonds In The Sun is the new release from Texas troubadour Walt Wilkins and his hot fired band, The Mystiqueros. Out on maverick label, Palo Duro Records...
Joe Nichols - Real Things 
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Mindy Smith 
My Holiday

By: Jim Moulton 
Christmas in July. Yes, that is when artists record their Christmas albums. How do you get Christmas inspiration in July? Well, the group had a little luminescent silver tree in the studio...
Travis Tritt - The Storm
By: Penny Rondinella
Deana Carter
The Chain

By: Jolene Downs
Vanguard Records recording artist Deana Carter has just released her fifth studio album. The Chain...
Little Texas  
Missing Years

By: Penny Rondinella
Sherry Lynn
It's A Woman Thing

By: Jolene Downs

New artist Sherry Lynn is starting to make waves on the Nashville music scene with her debut album
...
Gretchen Wilson  
One Of The Boys
 
By: Jolene Downs  
The Derailers 
Under The Influence Of Buck

By: George Peden
Before you let out a long-winded groan, one along the lines of “What, not another tribute album?” Wait up
...
Country Thunder 2007 
Twin Lakes, Wisconsin
  
By: Brianna Nightingale
The Mickeys 
Walk Along

By: Jim Moulton 
Four Years ago, twin sisters Amy and Julie Mickey with long curly brown hair came on the scene with a masterpiece CD, Finding Our Way...
The Charlie Daniels Band - Live From Iraq
Album Review By: Jim Moulton 

 

Suzy Bogguss  
Sweet Danger

By: Jim Moulton
Suzy Bogguss' last CD a few years ago titled Swing, with Ray Bensen of Asleep At The Wheel fame...
Toby Keith - Big Dog Daddy 
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Bobby Pinson Songs For Somebody
By: Kevin Snyder
Bobby Pinson has been a force to be reckoned with in Nashville for several years as a songwriter with the likes of Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Van Zant, Blake Shelton...
Kelly Willis
Translated From Love

By: Jim Moulton
Donald Fuller 
The Texas Twister

By: George Peden
 
Here at CSO we get our fair share of music from wannabee hopefuls. And to be honest some of it is mediocre, some plain bad, some good and a tad, a small offering, better than good.
Brad Paisley - 5th Gear
By: Brianna Nightingale
Terri Hendrix  
The Spiritual Kind

By: Jim Moulton 
Terri Hendrix is a special gal and this, her tenth album, is a very special work. With Lloyd Maines as producer and band member...
Big & Rich – Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace 
By Pepper Grayson
Pickler, Ingram, Swift and Paisley Entertain A Sunday Night Crowd
By: Brianna Nightingale
It may just be my strong attraction to lights, but when Taylor Swift asked a crowd of approximately 20,000 people to hold up their cell phones...
Gary Allan - Greatest Hits
By: Brianna Nightingale
Red Meat 
We Never Close  

By: George Peden
  
They come hailed as California’s finest honky tonk band. Is it well generated hype or do the claims have musical merit? Here at CSO, we’re pleased to say the merit is obvious...
John Anderson - Easy Money  
By: George Peden
Crystal Gayle 
Greatest Hits

By: Jim Moulton  
Sure, there are many song compilations of Gayle's music (even one by Rhino), I would definitely call this one the definitive disc. Sixteen number one hits...
Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex-Gilrfriend  
by Pepper Grayson
Shevy Smith 
September Songs

By: Brianna Nightingale  
There are only good things to be said about Shevy Smith. Many of my co-workers, friends, fellow music fans and reviewers have learned to adore this gifted musician...
Blake Shelton - Pure BS  
By: George Peden
Lisa O’Kane
It Don’t Hurt 

By: George Peden
 
That roots rocker from Fish Camp, California, Lisa O’Kane, is back with her latest album, It Don’t Hurt. O’Kane has consistently turned in quality work, this album is no exception... 

Larry The Cable Guy - Morning Constitutions
By: George Peden

Steep Canyon Rangers
Lovin' Pretty Women
By: Jim Moulton  
This five piece group, known as the Steep Canyon Rangers won last years IBMA emerging artist award...
Bucky Covington - Self-Titled Debut
Album review by Amy Ross
Sara Evans and Craig Morgan Perform at the Taste of Chicago
By: Brianna Nightingale
 
Hips were shaking, hands were waving and great music was being played on Sunday afternoon (July 1) on the Petrillo Music Shell stage at the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park...
Kelly Lang - Jagged Edges 
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Lori McKenna Unglamorous 
By: George Peden
 
What a strong, sensitive and revealing album. They were my first thoughts on hearing Unglamorous, the Warner Bros debut from Lori McKenna... 
Pam Tillis - Rhinestoned 
Review By: George Peden
Marshall Tucker Band - Carolina Dreams
By: Jim Moulton   
I want to dedicate this review To George McCorkle (original MTB rhytmn guitarist). He passed away June 26,2007. George was a very accessible and humble man...
Martina McBride  
Waking Up Lauging 

Album Review by Pepper Grayson
Cross Canadian Ragweed and Micky and the Motorcars at Joe’s In Chicago 
By: Brianna Nightingale  
Southern rock and a little bit of country walked through the door of Joe’s Bar the other night. It came in the form of two all-male bands who rocked their hearts out for hours...
Jack Ingram - This Is It
By: Brianna Nightingale  
Sunny Sweeney 
Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame 

By Amy Ross  
You know that feeling you get when you go to a country club and your standing in line waiting for your turn to show your ID and get inside...
Tim McGraw - Let It Go
By: Penny Rondinella
The Road Hammers at Country Thunder
By: Brianna Nightingale 
The Road Hammers, who know what it’s like to be on the highway for long periods of time, create songs for those who live and understand every aspect of being away from home.
Clint Black - The Love Songs
By: Penny Rondinella
Elizabeth Cook
Balls  
By: Penny Rondinella 

Balls
is Cook's third album and it sure took some of that and a whole lot of class to put out an album like this...
Bill Engvall - 15 Degrees Off Cool
By George Peden 
Mike Anderson 
Real Country 

By: George Peden

Real Country
is not only the debut release from self-proclaimed “Country Drifter” Mike Anderson. Rather, it’s an honest reflection of a singer and songwriter who’s finally lived his dream...
Robin English - Self Titled
By Penny Rondinella  

Elizabeth Cook
Balls  
By: Penny Rondinella 

Balls
is Cook's third album and it sure took some of that and a whole lot of class to put out an album like this...
Barbara Mandrell’s Cool Country Tribute
By Phyllis Stark  
Bill Wence 
Songs From The Rocky Fork Tavern
  
By: George Peden
Bill Wence knows music. He knows how to write it, play it, and as a large part of his life proves, he knows how to promote it...
Jason Michael Carroll
Waitin' In The Country 

Album Review by Amy Ross
Jeff Foxworthy - Big Night Out DVD
By: George Peden

It’s a winning formula. Combine the jocular antics of redneck comedian Jeff Foxworthy to a host of big name country acts, sprinkle in loose and funny storylines...
Ty Herndon - Right About Now 
Album Review by Cheryl Harvey Hill
Keith Anderson Concert Review 
By: Brianna Nightingale
If Keith Anderson had not injured his shoulder shortly after he was approached by the Kansas City Royals, he may still have played in front of large crowds but it would have been a completely different kind of playing...
Tracy Lawrence - For the Love 
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill
Marshall Tucker Band - The Next Adventure
By: Jim Moulton
This album has the feel of a record that the Tucker Boys were putting out in their heyday of the seventies...
Billy Yates - Favorites
By: George Peden
Brad Paisley Promotes 5th Album in an Airplane Hangar 
By: Brianna Nightingale
Jet fuel, one hundred fervent fans and catered Giordano’s were all Brad Paisley needed to fly into the Dupage Airport in northern Illinois the Wednesday before his fifth album release, 5th Gear...
Alabama - Songs Of Inspiration 
By: Penny Rondinella
Ty England - Alive and Well
By: Penny Rondinella

Released on his very own independent label called Triple T Records, Ty England releases his Alive and Well album...

Looking Back at Country Music in 2006
A retrospective by Cheryl Harvey Hill

Ann Blair - Wanted You to Know 
By Amy Ross

Well my life is finally slowing down from major roller coaster, to the speed of a kiddie’s coaster, and it’s time to get back to work
...
  Cowboy Troy - Black In The Saddle 
By: George Peden
 
At six foot five inches, Muzik Mafia member Cowboy Troy casts a big shadow. He also has a voice that grabs attention with its beefy hold on his brand of music. He calls it “hick hop”...
  Cherryholmes II - Black and White
By: Jim Moulton 
Produced by Ben Isaacs again, recorded at Ricky Skaggs studio again, Black and White is an appropriate name for this disc. The music sort of has a dark aura over it...
  Emerson Drive at Joe’s Bar In Chicago   
By: Brianna Nightingale

As the lights dimmed and clips of Emerson Drive songs played through the stereo, country music fans cheered loudly on a Wednesday night at Joe’s Bar in Chicago...
  Daniel Lee Martin - On My Way To You
By: Jolene Downs  

As an independent artist, Daniel Lee Martin put his extensive marketing and advertising know-how to work to get his name out to the fans...
 

Larry The Cable Guy - Morning Constitutions (DVD)
By: George Peden

Known as America’s hottest comedian, cable guy Larry is back with another hilarious swipe. Following on from his successful CD, the irreverent and topically humorous Morning Constitutions, now we have the DVD... 

  Merle Haggard - Working Man's Journey
By: Jim Moulton
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store presents Merle Haggard's new CD titled Working Man's Journey...
  Crystal Sands - CMA Fest Encore 2007
By Cheryl Harvey Hill
When country music singer/song writer Crystal Sands made her way to Nashville to attend the CMA Fest (aka "Fan Fair") in 2006, things were a little different...
  Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby
By: Jim Moulton
This was a very highly anticipated disc for me. I love both of these guys. They both obviously love what they do and it comes out in their music...
  John Berry - HITS
By: Jolene Downs  

John Berry has released an album from Clear Sky Records called HITS...
  Jason Aldean - Relentless
By: Brianna Nightingale
With relatable lyrics, exciting harmonies and a definitive voice, Jason Aldean is back for round two. After both of his debut album’s hits
... 
  Marshall Tucker - Where We All Belong (Remastered)
By: Jim Moulton
Well, another great southern rock band with more country influences than any other is doing a great thing (ala - Grateful Dead), they are remastering their great seventies studio discs and adding bonus material...
  Honkytonk Hitman - Shake That Twang 
By: Nora Mayor
When it comes to country music there is a wide variety of artist styles to choose from. You can either stay with your every day signed artists or you can stray off the beaten path and listen to some of the wonderful Indie talent is out there...
  Donna Hughes - Gaining Wisdom
By: Jim Moulton 
Listening to Donna Hughes is like smelling sweet honeysuckle or listening to the sound of a clear mountain stream. Hughes vocals are plain refreshing...
  42nd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards Highlights
By Jim Moulton
  Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain
By: Jim Moulton  
I really am glad that I got this CD because she really impressed me from song one. There is so much good stuff going on in Bluegrass today...
  Shevy Smith at Monmouth College
By: Brianna Nightingale 
When I learned that Shevy Smith was going to perform at Monmouth College just half an hour from me, I knew I had to attend her concert...
  Serena Ryder  
If Your Memory Serves You Well

By: Jim Moulton 
Twenty Four year old Serena Ryder sounds like a much older and seasoned singer. Her vocals are charged with emotion and confidence...
  Joe Nichols Concert Review
By Cheryl Harvey Hill 
No one seems immune to his talent and charisma. His stage presence is so commanding that he doesn't need to resort to pyrotechnics or special visual effects to get attention ...
  Lisa Montes - Wildfire 
By: George Peden 

Texas born Lisa Montes is a determined and talented singer and songwriter. She’s a smart one too! Following the moves of many aspiring country independents, publicists and labels
...
  Maggie Austin - Georgia Clay Road
By: Jim Moulton
I reviewed Austin's six song EP a couple of years ago and was quite impressed at her maturity and vocal prowess...
  Patty Griffin  Children Running Through
By: Jim Moulton

Patty Griffin is probably known more for songs that she has written for other artists than her own recordings but she has definitely been around...
  Mike Lounibos - Planet California 
By: George Peden 

Californian Mike Lounibos has just released his second CD. No big deal. In Nashville, where Lounibos spends most of his time, the recording studios are into overtime rates with the number of hopefuls laying down tomorrow’s music today.
..
  WKDF Birthday Bash
By: Nora Mayor
The annual 103 WKDF Birthday Bash took place at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in downtown Nashville on Sunday April 1st.
  John Prine and Mac Wiseman - Standard Songs For Average People
By: Jim Moulton  
Oh Boy Records is releasing this collaboration titled Standard Songs For Average People at the end of the month...
  Strait, Milsap And Swift - Not A Law Firm, An Awesome Concert 
By: Jolene Downs 
George Strait is a true phenomenon. He holds the record for the most number one hits and he's still going. His shows sell out coliseums and stadiums with no problem, and his fans just can't get enough... 
  Amie Comeaux - Memories Left Behind 
By: George Peden 

When 21-year old Amie Comeaux went to God on December 21, 1997, after a wet road accident near her Baton Rouge, Louisiana home, many mourned the loss as senseless and tragic... 
  Marketing Your Music 101.2
By Jim Weaver 

Recognizing when change is happening in any industry is essential to staying on top... 
  Tammy Cochran Where I Am 
By Pepper Grayson  

Two words: Girl Power!
You may ask why you haven’t heard much new from Tammy Cochran in a few years... 
  Rachel Rivero - California Country: Big Valley
By: George Peden 
Californian Rachel Rivero has released, (on her own label, Gitana Music) an extended play of five self-written tunes. For this single mom of five, the EP is the reward of years of effort and ambition...
  Jerry Douglas - Americana Master Series: Best of the Sugar Hill Years 
By: Jim Moulton

Dobro and Jerry Douglas are two words that just go together. You would have trouble finding a better player...
  Kenny Chesney: Everyday Superstar
By Holly Gleason 
In a knit cap, a pair of baggy khakis and a gray sweatshirt, the young man looks like any 20-something frat boy who’s making his way in the world...
  Con Hunley
Shoot From The Heart is Hunley's latest CD. Our own Penny Rondinella gives you the scoop.
  Lacy Younger's debut CD titled Still Wild is on the shelves in April. Brianna Nightingale gives a preview right now.
  Madonna Tassi - Man of My Dreams, out on IMMI Records, is a showcase of the new and familiar for this talented Canadian...  
By George Peden
  2006 - WOW, What A Year!
By Jim Weaver 
Here we are, two full months into 2007 and I finally finish up my thoughts on '06. CountryStarsOnline.com has had one phenomenal year... 
  The Greencards new CD titled Viridian, will be in stores soon. Jim Moulton has a first look at the latest offering from this Newgrass combo.
  Being George Strait 
By Phyllis Stark 

From sophisticated Western swing and clever barroom anthems to sawdust two-steppers and smoky neon ballads, It Just Comes Natural...
  Burrito Deluxe is set to release their keenly awaited follow-up to The Whole Enchilada. George Peden has a look into Disciples of the Truth. 
  Stephen Temple  
Jim Moulton checks out this Alt-Country debut EP titled, You Are.
  John Starling and Carolina Star
Slidin' Home
in stores 2/20.
By Jim Moulton
  Natalie Stovall debuts with Late Night Conversations.
By Penny Rondinella
  Crystal Sands
Amy Ross reviews this as yet untitled debut CD.
  Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers: Honky Tonk Happy Hour
Check out this live recording review by
George Peden.
  Allman Brothers Band: Eat A Peach Deluxe Edition.
Review By: Jim Moulton
  Shane Yellowbird
Life Is Calling My Name
Review By: Amy Ross
  903 Music Aims to be Artists’ Missing Link
By Edward Morris
  Trent Summar & The New Row Mob - Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
By: George Peden
  Cadillac Sky's new CD, Blind Man Walking, is in stores this week. Jim Moulton has a preview.
  The Year In Country Music: Country Music Remained Steady In 2006
By CMA Communications
  Two Tons Of Steel: Live From Gruene Hall DVD/CD combo is available now. George Peden has more. 
  70s Rock Influence on Todays Country Music
Jim Moulton tells us about two great CD's you might want to pick up from the Marshall Tucker Band and the Grateful Dead.
  Carolina Rain - Weather The Storm
Penny Rondinella see sunny skies ahead for Equity Music band.
  Sound & SpeedNASCAR And Country Music Come Together For Charity This Weekend!
By Jolene Downs
  On The Verge: The 2007 Indie Artist Watch
By Jim Weaver 
 

The Year That Was... Almost
By George Peden

 

In Closing, The Best Of '06
By: Jim Moulton

   

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