From the moment her debut set's opener and first single, "Down and Dirty," begins, it's clear that Shannon McNally possesses enough musical breadth and emotional depth to ensure that she'll be around for the long haul.
As the title smartly suggests, this two-disc set comprehensively compiles the pioneering folk-rock band's pre-Columbia recordings, greatly expanding upon a like-titled 1969 compilation, with 40 tracks—16 heretofore unreleased—and a wonderful CD booklet, complete with David Fricke-penned liner notes.
An up-and-coming French singer was recently quoted as saying that veteran British soprano Felicity Lott "sings French better than most French singers." Dame Lott certainly sings beautifully (and dramatically) here, in Poulenc's classic 1958 setting of Jean Cocteau's 45-minute lyrical tragedy of the "lonely woman" La Voix Humaine.
The latest "In the Fishtank" pairing—in which Amsterdam's Konkurrent label pairs two bands in the studio for an open-ended EP session—features offbeat Americana ensemble the Willard Grant Conspiracy with Dutch electronic act Telefunk.
Rapper C-Murder, the younger brother of hip-hop mogul Master P, has been arrested in the shooting death of a 16-year-old at a nightclub, authorities said. Police accused Corey Miller, 30, of fatally shooting Steve Thomas following an argument Jan. 12 at the Platinum Club in Harvey, La. Miller has not yet been charged. Prosecutors will decide what charges he should face, police said.
Like his contemporaries Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and George Jones, Willie Nelson has managed to craft brilliant albums that live up to a legendary career, and The Great Divide is certainly in that category.