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Album Review: ‘Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard’ (Various Artists)

Working Man's Poet‘Working Man’s Poet’: A Tribute To Merle Haggard’ was released by Broken Bow Records from executive producer Benny Brown with help from producers Mickey Jack Cones, Derek George, Michael Knox, Jeff Stevens, and Mark Miller. Continue Reading →

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Amid an online fan frenzy last week, Lucy Hale revealed the album cover and track listing for her June 3rd debut release, Road Between. This week the singer and actress feeds the fire as a deluxe version of Road Between is now available for pre-order at iTunes and Amazon. The deluxe album features sixteen total tracks including three bonus songs and two live acoustic tracks.

Fans who react early will be treated to a sneak peek of the project with immediate access to her critically acclaimed single, “You Sound Good To Me,” written by tunesmiths Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, and Hillary Lindsey, and additional album track “Goodbye Gone,” written by J.T. Harding, Melissa Peirce, and Andy Dodd. As eager fans count down the weeks leading up to album release, three additional songs from the project will be available via online partners as part of the deluxe pre-order. Fans who had previously tagged “You Sound Good To Me” via Shazam will also get a weekly treat as tracks from the album will become available through the new Shazam newsfeed.

Adding to the excitement, Lucy has been invited to make her rescheduled debut on the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, June 21st from Nashville, as she announced on E! News yesterday. For more information on how to catch her first steps onto the legendary Opry stage, please visit HERE.

Recently named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, the Memphis born and raised singer/actress is set to release her debut album ROAD BETWEEN, featuring 11 songs and produced by Mark Bright and Mike Daly, on June 3rd through DMG NASHVILLE/BIGGER PICTURE GROUP.

Learn the latest about Lucy on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram to find out more about her single, upcoming album and touring plans.

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Album Review: Mark Cooke ‘Living For The Weekend’

It took me a while to review this 6-track EP from Mark Cooke entitled ‘Living For The Weekend’.  Unfortunately, it fell under a big pile of things to do.

Well, I just have to say that I’m glad that it did not get lost in that pile for good! This album from new country artist, Mark Cooke, was well-written with great vocals that put me in mind of musical greats like Clint Black and George Strait.  In fact, I picked up a hint of Texas in this cd while listening.  Being originally from Texas myself, I couldn’t help but hear that, I suppose.  I just HAD to check his website to see where Mark is originally from.  Yes, Texas! haha  I just KNEW it! I guess you can take us out of Texas, but can’t take the Texas out of us, huh? 🙂  Anyway…see my track by track review below.

Track by track review:

“Any Way The Wind Blows”:  Uptempo, full of optimism, hope…really a great song!

“Living For The Weekend”:  Another uptempo, fun song.  Makes you want to get up and dance.

“Can’t Cheat In A Small Town”:  My favorite song of the album.  A mid-tempo song with a slightly dark feel to this song.

“Stay With Me Tonight”:  Beautiful, poignant ballad.  Even gave me chills a couple of times.

“I Love It”:  A great, uptempo song that would be just right for the summer.

“I’ll Take This Town”:  Mid-tempo, great vocals, well-written, and can easily visualize a video from this one.  Another great one for the summer.

I highly recommend this album from new artist, Mark Cooke.  If you like steel guitar, banjo, fiddles, well-written songs, excellent vocals with both a traditional/contemporary country fell, then this album is for you.  Check Mark Cooke out, he’s worth a listen!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars.


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