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JoleneJolene is Dolly Parton's 13th solo studio album, produced by Bob Ferguson. The title track, Jolene, tells the tale of a housewife confronting a beautiful seductress who she believes is having an affair with her husband. It became Parton's second solo number-one country single; it also was a moderate pop hit for her, and also did well in the United Kingdom. It has been covered by numerous performers.
The album was released around the time Parton was embarking on a solo career, after having spent seven years as part of Porter Wagoner's weekly TV series and road show, and one of the album's songs, I Will Always Love You, was reportedly written to express the remorse Parton felt over the professional breakup. Released as the album's second single, it also became a number-one country single. In 1992, Whitney Houston's version of I Will Always Love You was a mega-hit pop ballad.
Two of the album's songs had been released on previous Parton albums: Early Morning Breeze was a remixed version of a recording which had first appeared on 1971's Coat of Many Colors album (the Jolene version was remixed to more prominently feature the bass and electric steel), while Lonely Coming Down had first appeared on Parton's Wagoner tribute album, My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner, from 1972.1. Jolene
2. When Someone Wants To Leave
3. River Of Happiness
4. Early Morning Breeze
5. Highlight Of My Life
6. I Will Always Love You
8. Living On Memories Of You
9. Lonely Comin' Down
10. It Must Be You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-ELE-2136xDolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris
Trio IIOriginally released in 1999, the Emmylou Harris-produced Trio II won a Grammy Award and peaked in the Top Five of the country album chart. It sold more than one million copies worldwide on the strength of tracks like "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?", the Carter family's "Lover's Return", and a cover of Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush."
This is the album's first ever vinyl release, newly remastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.1. Lover's Return
2. High Sierra
3. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
4. After the Gold Rush
5. The Blue Train
6. I Feel the Blues Movin' In
7. You'll Never Be The Sun
8. He Rode All The Way To Texas
9. Feels Like Home
10. When We're Gone, Long Gone$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Country Girl In The Big AppleLimited Edition 140 Gram Vinyl
By the time this performance was recorded on the final night of her NYC debut in 1977, this show had become the hottest ticket in town and the Bottom Line was deluged with celebrity ticket requests, including from other iconic performers like Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger, who both attended. This three night engagement at the legendary music room was essentially Parton's New York City coming out party, and even those not necessarily country fans can surely appreciate this show for its pure entertainment appeal and Dolly's undeniable charisma.LP 1
1. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
2. All I Can Do
4. There's No Place Like Home
5. My Tennessee Mountain Home
6. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
7. Coat Of Many Colours
9. Light Of A Clear Blue Morning
1. I Will Always Love You
2. Getting In My Way
3. Me And Little Andy
4. How Does It Feel
5. Holdin' On To You
6. The Seeker
7. You Are / I Will Always Love You (Reprise)
8. Love Is Like A Butterfly$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blue SmokeDolly Parton represents many things to different people, and the Country Music Hall of Fame member says her upcoming release is a reflection of her varied musical sides. The singer will release Blue Smoke in 2014 for Sony Music Masterworks in partnership with her own Dolly Records, and she stresses there's a little bit of something for everyone.
On this [album] I think there are all of the colors of my life in all the areas of music that you've allowed me to dabble in through the years, said Parton You will hear my old world mountain voice on songs like 'Banks of The Ohio' and 'If I Had Wings' my tender side on songs like 'Miss You - Miss Me' and 'Unlikely Angel.' My country / bluegrass side of songs like 'Home,' 'Blue Smoke' and 'Don't Think Twice' and my funny tongue-in-cheek side on 'Lover du Jour.
The album also contains her Grammy-nominated collaboration with Kenny Rogers, You Can't Make Old Friends, as well as a track with Willie Nelson, From Here To The Moon and Back.
Beginning with the release of Just Between You and Me with Porter Wagoner in 1968, Parton has placed 41 albums in the top ten of the Billboard Country Albums chart. Her most recent trip into that territory was 2009's Backwoods Barbie. Between record sales and digital downloads, she is one of a handful of female vocalists to sell over 100 million records during her career. She was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1969, won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1978, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
- Chuck Dauphin (Billboard)1. Blue Smoke
2. Unlikely Angel
3. Don't Think Twice
4. You Can't Make Old Friends
6. Banks of the Ohio
7. Lay Your Hands on Me
8. Miss You-Miss Me
9. If I Had Wings
10. Lover du Jour
11. From Here to the Moon and Back Nelson, Willie, feat. Dolly Parton
12. Try$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hello Operator/JoleneThe sole single off of the Stripes sophomore De Stijl album, Hello Operator was the first song legendary UK DJ John Peel ever played by the band. If that wasnt enough, the b-side showcases the bands cover of Dolly Partons Jolene a long-time fan favorite live only ever available on this single.1. Hello Operator
2. Jolene (written by Dolly Parton)$6.997 Vinyl 45 RPM LP - Sealed Buy Now
Farther AlongFarther Along is a double-LP set of all the newly remastered bonus material from The Complete Trio Collection by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris. Produced by Emmylou.1. Wildflowers (Alternate Take unreleased 1986)
2. Waltz Across Texas Tonight (Unreleased 1994)
3. Lover's Return (Alternate Mix - Unreleased)
4. Softly and Tenderly (Unreleased 1994)
5. Pleasant As May (Unreleased 1986)
6. My Dear Companion (Alternate Take 1986)
7. My Blue Tears (Unreleased 1998)
8. Making Plans (Alternate Take 1986)
9. I've Had Enough (Alternate Mix 1986)
10. Grey Funnel Line (Unreleased 1986)
11. You Don't Knock (Unreleased 1986)
12. Where Will The Words Come From (Unreleased 1985)
13. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind (Dolly Lead - Alternate Take 1994)
14. Are You Tired of Me (Unreleased 1986)
15. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
16. Mr. Sandman
17. Handful Of Dust (Unreleased 1993)
18. Calling My Children Home (Unreleased Acapella Version 1986)
19. White Snow (Unreleased 1986)
20. Farther Along (Alternate Mix 1986)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years Of The Story (An Album To Benefit War Child) Quick ViewSONM-COL-0012xVarious Artists
Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years Of The Story (An Album To Benefit War Child)This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Brandi Carlile's breakthrough album The Story. To celebrate she recruited artists like Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Pearl Jam, The Avett Brothers, Adele and many more for this Cover Stories album to benefit the charity War Child.
Brandi describes this project as ...a David and Goliath story. Since becoming a mother, the reality of a child s beautiful little life being torn apart by war felt like too big of a problem for me. So I asked my heroes and friends to help me launch a rock at the giant that is our refugee crisis and help in the only way we know how, through the power of music.LP 1
1. Late Morning Lullaby - Shovels & Rope
2. The Story - Dolly Parton
3. Turpentine - Kris Kristofferson
4. My Song - Old Crow Medicine Show
5. Wasted - Jim James
6. Have You Ever - The Avett Brothers
7. Josephine - Anderson East
1. Losing Heart - The Secret Sisters
2. Cannonball - Indigo Girls
3. Until I Die - TORRES
4. Downpour - Margo Price
5. Shadow On the Wall - Ruby Amanfu
6. Again Today - Pearl Jam
7. Hiding My Heart - Adele$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Roadsinger (To Warm You Through The NIght)With his reintroduction to the pop world behind him, renowned singer-songwriter Yusuf (the artist known as Cat Stevens) is ready to once again strike up an intimate relationship with his audience. After retreating from the pop stage following classic '70s multi-platinum albums such as Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser And The Firecat and acclaimed hits such as Wild World, Peace Train, Moonshadow, Morning Has Broken and Father And Son, Yusuf returned in late 2006 with his first pop album in 28 years. Now he's back again with a second album, Roadsinger (To Warm You Through The Night).
I was absent from my audience for so long, Yusuf says, people thought another album would never come. The 2006 album, An Other Cup, was a surprise. With this new album, the distance is much less. I'm back to doing what I do best, painting pictures with music and storytelling on a very human, personal, intuitive level through lyrics and song, so I can help people feel good again. I guess in some ways the new album picks up where the Cat Stevens the public knows left off.
The album, Roadsinger (To Warm You Through The Night), was produced by the now singularly named Yusuf with help from Martin Terefe (James Morrison, Jason Mraz, Martha Wainwright), and recorded around the world. Guests include Morrison, Michelle Branch and Holly Williams (granddaughter of Hank Williams, Sr.).
The new album is a response to the way An Other Cup was received, Yusuf explains. Fans said they wanted to hear more of me with a guitar. So, this album is much more folk-tale oriented. Also, apart from one track, all of it was recorded live. I listened to a lot of' '70s L.A. music, such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King, and it inspired me to go back into that intimate style of recording. The songs are somewhat autobiographical but abstract enough so everyone can relate to them and connect them to their own lives.
The title track, Roadsinger, unfolds the tale of an outcast who revisits his old hometown; along the empty street a child peeks from behind a store window and gives an innocent smile out of the shadows of prejudice. The theme of a journey has always been big with me, says Yusuf. A journey that was unexpectedly cut short in 2004 was when Yusuf was flying from his London home to Washington, D.C., en route to a meeting with Dolly Parton, who had recorded Peace Train several years earlier and wanted Yusuf to play guitar on her cover of his Where Do the Children Play. The incident that made headlines was resolved in 2006 and Yusuf's new song Boots and Sand resulted.
There are plenty people who sing, but not enough who have walked far from their block, he says. I embraced an unexpected spiritual path that was confusing for many (converting to Islam in 1977). Sadly, I'm still often misunderstood. Some people want to put me into their own one-sided view, but I don't fit those limitations. My world is still borderless and wide. The removal of conflict and establishment of peace has always been my global objective. It's a shame that lot of people, including some Muslims, overlook the name Islam, which actually comes from the word 'Peace' in Arabic.
The forthcoming album also showcases some songs from his upcoming musical Moonshadow. The story takes place on a planet of perpetual night where only the moon's shine lights the darkness; it is about a boy's meeting with his Moonshadow and the adventures they share in search for the a world of the sunlight and happiness. As well as having many new songs, the surrealistic musical, Moonshadow also weaves classic songs from his past, including Morning Has Broken, Wild World and The First Cut Is The Deepest.
Yusuf's return to his guitar came about when his teenage artist-musician son, Muhammad (aka Yoriyos), brought one home again. One morning, Yusuf was alone in the lounge when he looked over and felt a draw of curiosity overtake him. He slowly picked it up. I put my fingers on the fretboard to make a 'C' chord, he remembers, and surprised myself, It's still there! It felt right. So I started playing again. On the forthcoming album, Yusuf even plays electric guitar on a couple of tracks, along with keyboards. This part of my career feels similar in one sense to when I began, Yusuf reflects. I had to get past the songs on Mona Bone Jakon before I could move on to Tea For The Tillerman, etc. This time around it was the same story: I laid the groundwork with my debut album, An Other Cup, which inspired a great new collection of songs and scribblings. I had quite a few in my back pocket and again it was my son who sparked the next step. He said, 'Isn't it time to start recording a new album?' And it was.
1. Welcome Home
2. Thinking 'Bout You
3. Everytime I Dream
4. The Rain
5. World O'Darkness
6. To Be What You Must
7. This Glass World
9. All Kinds Of Roses
10. Dream On (Until...)
11. Shamsia$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Prisoner In Disguise (On Sale)After the success of Heart Like A Wheel, Linda Ronstadt released Prisoner In Disguise in 1975, which further fortified her standing as one of America's most popular interpretive singers. The album yielded two strong singles, her beautiful renditions of the Motown classics Heat Wave and Tracks of My Tears. In addition the album included a banjo-strumming version of Neil Young's Love Is a Rose, a plaintive pop reading of Jimmy Cliff's reggae classic Many Rivers to Cross and a lovely cover of Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You. On Prisoner In Disguise Ronstadt delivers another collection of well-crafted, carefully arranged rock, pop and country songs that wonderfully exemplify her fine talent and taste. Now available on Mobile Fidelity Numbered Limited Edition 180g Vinyl!
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Love Is A Rose
2. Hey Mister, That's Me Up On The Jukebox
3. Roll Um Easy
4. Tracks Of My Tears
5. Prisoner In Disguise
6. Heat Wave
7. Many Rivers To Cross
8. The Sweetest Gift
9. You Tell Me That I'M Falling Down
10. I Will Always Love You
11. Silver Blue$34.99 $31.49 Save $3.50 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Picking Up The PiecesPicking Up The Pieces is a bookend to Jewel's Pieces of You debut album which has sold more than 12 million
copies. Features an incredible duet sung with Dolly Parton.1. Love Used To Be
2. A Boy Needs A Bike
3. Everything Breaks
4. Family Tree
5. It Doesn't Hurt Right Now
6. His Pleasure Is My Pain
7. Here When Gone
8. The Shape Of You
9. Plain Jane
10. Pretty Faced Fool
11. Nicotine Love
13. My Fathers Daughter
14. Mercy$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
To All The Girls...Decades of heartfelt performances and compositions in popular music have long solidified Willie's reputation as one of country's greatest romantics. To All The Girls... continues Nelson's musicial relationships with some of the most talented women in country, pop, and soul.
Among the centerpieces of To All The Girls... is the emotional duet with Dolly Parton, From Here To The Moon and Back, a song Parton wrote for the 2012 motion picture Joyful Noise. Willie also tackles the Bill Withers' classic Grandma's Hands with Mavis Staples, duets with Sheryl Crow on The Great American Songbook selection Far Away Places, and brings a new shade to his self penned classic Always On My Mind with Carrie Underwood.
Willie is also joined by familiar contemporaries including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones and Rosanne Cash. To All The Girls... reunites Willie with producer Buddy Cannon, who worked with Willie on his most recent successful releases, Heroes and Let's Face The Music And Dance.
Having turned 80 years old in April, Willie Nelson has no intentions of riding off into the sunset. Since signing to Legacy Recordings, Nelson has been steadily recording an releasing albums with the same rough-and-ready spirit of his timeless recordsing for RCA and Columbia Records. Heroes was praised by Uncut for being as spirited as it is poignant. Of 2013's Let's Face The Music And Dance, Paste cheered for his strongest and most engaged performances in a decade.LP 1
1. Dolly Parton - From Here To The Moon And Back
2. Miranda Lambert - She Was No Good For Me
3. Secret Sisters - It Won't Be Very Long
4. Rosanne Cash - Please Don't Tell Me
5. Sheryl Crow - Far Away Places
6. Wynonna Judd - Bloody Mary Morning
7. Carrie Underwood - Always On My Mind
8. Loretta Lynn - Somewhere Between
9. Alison Krauss - No Mas Amor
10. Melonie Cannon - Back On Earth
1. Mavis Staples - Grandma's Hands
2. Norah Jones - Walkin'
3. Shelby Lynne - Til The End Of The World
4. Lily Meola - Will You Remember Mine
5. Emmylou Harris - Dry Lightning
6. Brandi Carlile - Making Believe
7. Paula Nelson - Have You Ever Seen The Rain
8. Tina Rose - After The Fire Is Gone$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WARB-WEA-8644xDolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris
180 Gram Black Vinyl, Pressed At RTI
Original Package In Heavy Board Jacket With Custom Dust Sleeve, Printed At Stoughton
Mastered For Vinyl At Same Mastering Studio As The 1987 Original Release
Deemed the Three Tenors of country music, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris collaborated on this 1987 album--winning them several Grammy awards and climbing countless music charts. The gifted entertainers never disappoint with their beautiful harmony and song choices.1. The Pain of Loving You (Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner)
2. Making Plans (Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison)
3. To Know Him Is to Love Him (Phil Spector)
4. Hobo's Meditation (Jimmie Rodgers)
5. Wildflowers (Dolly Parton)
6. Telling Me Lies (Linda Thompson, Betsy Cook)
7. My Dear Companion (trad., arranged by Jean Ritchie)
8. Those Memories of You (Alan O'Bryant)
9. I've Had Enough (Kate McGarrigle)
10. Rosewood Casket (trad., arranged by Avie Lee Parton)
11. Farther Along (trad., arranged by John Starling, Emmylou Harris)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Once Upon A Christmas
180 Gram White Colored Vinyl
This country-music dynamic duo went pop Top 40 with this holiday hit in '84. Along with White Christmas and a medley featuring Winter Wonderland; Sleigh Ride , and other favorites, they sing Dolly's own Once upon a Christmas; A Christmas to Remember; With Bells On; I Believe in Santa Claus , and more!1. I Believe In Santa Claus
2. Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride
3. With Bells On
4. Christmas Without You
5. White Christmas
6. A Christmas To Remember
7. Hard Candy Christmas
8. The Greatest Gift Of All
9. Once Upon A Christmas$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Light Of The Stable
180-Gram Black Vinyl, Pressed At RTI.
Package Is Recreation Of Original 1979 Warner Bros. Release On Heavy Board Jacket Printed At Stoughton.
Mastered By Ron McMaster At Capitol Mastering.
Light of the Stable debuted in 1979, with a title track featuring backing vocals from Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton. The sublime Rodney Crowell-penned Angel Eyes, composed specially for this album, features Rick Skaggs on mandolin and Skaggs and Willie Nelson on vocal harmony, and is just one of many highlights. This radiant acoustic masterpiece-graced throughout with the presence of stellar guests--features both contemporary and traditional gems.1. Christmas Time's A Coming
2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
3. Away In A Manger
4. Angel Eyes (angel Eyes)
5. The First Noel
6. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
7. Little Drummer Boy
8. Golden Cradle
9. Silent Night
10. Light Of The Stable$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jason JamesJason James' self-titled debut, due out August 21st on the esteemed New West Records label, introduces a charismatic young artist whose effortless mastery of his chosen style serves as a deeply compelling vehicle for his vibrant creative spirit. The talented Texan writes rousing honky-tonk anthems, heart-tugging ballads and smart, sly-humored country-rock tunes that echo the vintage classics that are his touchstones, and sings them with a level of emotional urgency that makes it clear that he means every word. The 13 original compositions that comprise Jason James make it clear that the artist is making music that's timeless rather than retro, reflecting his interest in adding to country tradition rather than merely emulating it. A stellar supporting cast was recruited to bring James' songs to life: producers John Evans (Hayes Carll, Corb Lund), Keith Gattis (Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam) and engineer Steve Christensen (Steve Earle, Destiny's Child) were at the helm, while the virtuosic talents of Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam), Glen Duncan (George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton), Steve Hinson (Randy Travis) and New West labelmate Robert Ellis can be heard gracing the expansive, 13-song collection.1. Here Comes The Heartache
2. I've Been Drinkin' More
3. Hot Mouth Mama
4. Fancy Limousine
5. World Of Make Believe
6. Back In My Arms
8. True Blues
9. I Wonder If You'll Ever Come Around
10. I'll Set You Free
11. Pullin' Out The Suit
12. Welcome To The Blues
13. Walk Through My Heart$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Happiest LambSince arriving in Los Angeles, Audra Mae has landed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell, a TV placement singing Bob Dylan's Forever Young on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, a record deal with SideOneDummy Records, and in late 2009, co-wrote Who I Was Born to Be, the only original track on Susan Boyle s chart-topping, 9 million-selling I Dreamed a Dream album. It has turned out to be a dream come true for the 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Oklahoma.
Growing up, show business was in Audra Mae's blood. She is the great grand niece of the late Judy Garland and her grandmother turned her on to country and folk artists like Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Woody Guthrie, while her grandfather introduced her to jazz.
Audra Mae is a natural without a doubt. The Happiest Lamb, produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero) spotlights Mae's incredible voice and her songs are timeless affairs augmented with minimal accompaniment, including acoustic guitar, piano, mandolin and sometimes mournful accordions.1. The Happiest Lamb
3. The River
5. My Lonely Worry
6. The Fable
7. Lightning In A Bottle
8. Sullivan's Letter
11. Little Sparrow$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Like A RoseAshley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, presents her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose. Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she's the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.
Like a Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life-attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.
Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she immersed herself in all varieties of music ranging from country-she's not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family-to rock, pop, rap and even opera. When she was 11, Monroe won a talent contest singing "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and two years later her father gave Ashley her first guitar. She developed a passion for writing songs, discovering that she could easily communicate her thoughts and sentiments through a six-string and her dynamic, exceptional voice.
One of the most rewarding artistic adventures for Ashley to date has been the Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed in 2011 with her friend Miranda Lambert, whose chart-topping hit "Heart Like Mine" Ashley co-penned, and newcomer Angaleena Presley. Pistol Annies have provided Monroe with yet another outlet for her music. Their album, Hell on Heels, garnered rave reviews. The All Music Guide called the trio "a remarkably democratic supergroup" while veteran music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A grade, citing its "expertly executed tunes."
Despite her list of previous accomplishments, everything she's done so far feels like it's been pointing the way toward Like a Rose. With songs that run the gamut from feel-good to controversial to contemplative, the album, produced by country music titan Vince Gill, offers the full range of Ashley Monroe's songwriting and performing skills. To maintain the honesty of Ashley's songs, Gill and the singer chose to record the album the way most of the greatest albums ever were made: sans gimmickry. "We just got the band in a circle and started playing the songs," Ashley says, "and once we felt like we had a feel for it, I'd do my vocal live-I never went back in to do a second vocal. Everyone put everything we had into the songs. There was a buzz in the room. We all had fun-it felt like a big old family, the way records used to be made."
Some of the songs were newly written for the album; others date back several years and felt right to revisit. The semi-autobiographical title track, one of the uncontestable highlights of the set, was co-written about six years ago with another totem of the American song-crafting community, Texan legend Guy Clark.
One song that is bound to raise some eyebrows refers to the same favored flower of the title tune, but in a much different sense: "Weed Instead of Roses" tells of a woman's desire to get a gift she actually desires from her beau, not just something that smells good.
"You Got Me" was co-written by Monroe and Karen Fairchild. Says Ashley, "It's about an addiction to something-one thing or another, whether you're stuck in a bad relationship or alcohol or whatever it is-and you try to hide it and fight it but you're kind of saying, 'Alright, you got me.'
On a more light-hearted note is "Monroe Suede," based on "a slick character that tries to get away all the time." Another is the self-explanatory "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)," a duet featuring Lambert's husband, CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton. "Morning After" confronts that uneasy feeling that often follows a too-good time and "She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind," written with Jon Randall Stewart, comes straight from one of Ashley's many journals. "Two Weeks Late" was suggested by singer-songwriter Shane McAnally, who co-wrote it with Monroe. "He came in and said, 'I heard this phrase at the ATM: I'm a dollar short and two weeks late.' That was another one that just fell out. I grabbed the guitar and we started writing it up.
"Used," another standout, is an update of a song that appeared on Monroe's Satisfied album. "It came to me when I was about 17 and my manager at the time had just bought me this old 1950s Gibson guitar," she says. It came into my mind that things are worth more used, and I thought about my mom, who had lost my dad when she was 38. I was thinking, she had two kids, she's been through a lot, and, bless her heart, it's all gonna be worth it. Vince and I worked up this new version, which made it fresh for me."
And fresh it all is. Like a Rose avoids the trappings of too much contemporary music by sticking to the basics: memorable songs, incredible musicians, a superb voice, all of it captured honestly and without frills. As the saying goes, sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Take a whiff of Like a Rose and you'll find it smells pretty darn sweet.1. Like A Rose
2. Two Weeks Late
4. Weed Instead of Roses
5. You Got Me
6. The Morning After
7. Monroe Suede
8. She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind
9. You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter) ft. Blake Shelton$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-BLU-8014xNorah Jones & The Little Willies
For The Good TimesI love playing country music, says Norah Jones. More than any other genre, it makes me feel at home. Over the past 10 years, The Little Willies, a group of friends and like-minded souls that includes Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals), and Dan Rieser (drums), have periodically gathered to make music for fun, playing their favorite country tunes and conjuring that down-home spirit.
With their second album, For the Good Times, The Little Willies take on songs by such masters as Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. The results demonstrate the joy they take, and commitment they make, to a project that was first born for purely practical reasons.
Material for the new album was taken from the Willies live repertoire, and by passing around ideas drawn from disparate sources. The selections include more surprising choices, like the trucker classic Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves and Foul Owl on the Prowl, from the soundtrack to In the Heat of the Night. Alongside the more obscure songs, though, For the Good Times also includes some of the best-known songs in the history of country music, like Partons Jolene and the title track, written by Kristofferson and made famous by such singers as Ray Price and Al Green.1. I Worship You (Ralph Stanley) Norah & Richard vocals
2. Remember Me (Scott Wiseman) Norah vocals
3. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves (Cal Martin) Norah & Richard vocals
4. Lovesick Blues (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills) Norah & Richard vocals
5. Tommy Rockwood (Jim Campilongo) - instrumental
6. Fist City (Loretta Lynn) Norah vocals
7. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson) Richard vocals
8. Foul Owl on the Prowl (Quincy Jones/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) Norah & Richard vocals
9. Wide Open Road (Johnny Cash) Richard vocals w/Norah backing
10. For the Good Times (Kris Kristofferson) Norah vocals
11. If Youve Got the Money Ive Got the Time (Lefty Frizzell/Jim Beck) Norah & Richard vocals
12. Jolene (Dolly Parton) Norah vocals$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-LEG-4611xKings Of Leon
Aha Shake HeartbreakNow Available on Remastered 180 Gram Gatefold Double LP
Nomadic Southern evangelist Leon Followill may take soap suds to the mouths of the kinfolk wunderkinds--his three sons and a nephew--in Tennessee quartet Kings of Leon, whose second album spins enough cuss phrases and sexual allusions to leave Dolly Parton flushed. But the peculiar 20-something longhairs also fuel up on a filthy shotgun bass and relentless guitar riffs, complementing the delightfully discordant drawl of vocalist Caleb Followill to whittle a 35-minute grab bag of garage rock, English blues, sixties psychedelia, London Calling-ska, spaced-out country waltzes and front-porch, red-state revelry. Without revising its 2003 debut Youth & Young Manhood, producer Ethan Johns (The Jayhawks, Ray LaMontagne) steers the band down a similar mischievous road, integrating poles-apart rhythms and techniques into an energized jumble of rotating tempos and lyrical bombshells. Putting faith in earth-shakers like 'Velvet Snow' and 'Pistol Of Fire,' the wound down and pleasing 'Milk' and its yodeling cousin 'Day Old Blues,' the Kings of Leon ultimately escape Preacher Leons retribution, rendering him speechless--save for a simple 'amen.'LP 1
1. Slow Night, So Long
2. King Of The Rodeo
3. Taper Jean Girl
4. Pistol Of Fire
6. The Bucket
3. Day Old Blues
4. Four Kicks
5. Velvet Snow
7. Where Nobody Knows$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
My Fair, My DarkThis seven song mini album features guest appearances by Levon Helm, Michael Hurley, and Tara Jane O'Neil, and includes covers of songs by John Martyn, Dolly Parton, and Annie Briggs. The 12-inch includes a bonus track, is pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and includes a free digital download card.1.My Fair, My Dark
2.Don't Wreck It
3.Road To Ruin
4.Pain Of Loving You, The
5.Late Blues - (live)
7.Time Has Come$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Walk Of ShameWalk Of Shame is the debut album from IAMSOUND recording artist Nikki Lane. Throughout the 12-song set, Lane weaves in and out of ballads of heartache, one-night stands, leaving, lust and longing. She plays the rambler and sometimes drunkard with such an ardent aptitude shed fit right in alongside classic country icons like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Walk Of Shame was produced by David Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Secret Sisters) and Lewis Pesacov of Fool's Gold (Best Coast).1. Lies
2. Walk of Shame
3. Coming Home to You
4. Gone, Gone, Gone
5. Sleep For You
6. Look Away
7. Hard Livin'
8. Save You
9. Come Away Joe
10. Blue Star In The Sky
11. I Can't Be Satisfied
12. 30 Days In (vinyl only bonus track)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Little Red Boots (Awaiting Repress)Lindi Ortega is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter in the mold of classic artists Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Emmy Lou Harris and contemporary acts Neko Case and Jenny Lewis. Torched songs filled with heartache and passion mixed with Lindi's Mexican/Irish heritage make for an incredible record and unique artist personality.
With a voice that undulates with absolute splendor, Lindi recorded Little Red Boots with Juno Award winning producer Ron Lopata. CBC Radio explains her style as a dash of country, a pinch of folk, a sprinkle of rock, and a smidgeon of jazz, a genre Ortega explains as a roadside motel love affair between old school outlaws and country darlings.1. Little Lie
2. When All the Stars Align
3. Blue Bird
5. Im No Elvis Presley
6. Little Red Boots
7. Dying of Another Broken Heart
8. All My Friends
9. Fall Down Or Fly
10. Jimmy Dean
11. Black Fly
12. So Sad$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Soap And WaterFor his eighth studio record Chuck Prophet relocated to Nashville and bedded down for a month at the Alex the Great Recording Studios with producer Brad Jones (Yo La Tengo, Dolly Parton, Josh Rouse). Chuck is joined here by his own band The Mission Express, Todd Roper (of Cake) on drums and The Spinto Band. They even brought in the local Methodist children's church choir for a few tunes. Soap and Water sees him blending his twisted soul-country-rock; a Alex Chilton-meets-Waylon Jennings via Dylan thing, with that Fender Telecaster he's had since his Green On Red days weaving a singular common thread throughout.1. Freckle Song
2. Would You Love Me?
3. Doubter Out of Jesus (All Over you)
4. Soap and Water
5. Small-Town Girl
6. Lets Do Something Wrong
7. A Woman's Voice
8. I can Feel Your Heartbeat
9. Talkin' New Kingdom
10. Naked Ray
12. Happy Ending$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All I Ever See In You Is MeJillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), Johnson's sophomore album All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and ever-changing vocal texture, an instrument that's irresistibly powerful whether she's belting out a refrain or whispering a hushed melody.
Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity. Recorded at RCA Studio A - the historic Nashville space where Dolly Parton laid down 'Jolene' and 'I Will Always Love You' in the same three-hour span - All I Ever See in You Is Me bears an unhurried pace and warm intimacy that echoes the purposeful looseness of its production. Drifting between hazy romanticism and resolute self-awareness, Johnson examines heartbreak and resilience with a willful and magnetic vulnerability.1. Bunny
2. Love Is Blind
3. Throw Out Your Mirror
5. Flip A Coin
6. In Repair
7. Not Tonight
8. Like You Raised Me
9. I'm Sorry
10. All I Ever See In You Is Me
11. Thumbelina$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now