Thursday, June 7, 2012

CD Review: Country Artists' Lee Brice & Hank Williams III Bring Us Some Old & New Tunes

Curb Records label recently released a couple of country albums that are sure to make their mark in the music industry. One album is from the classic country, honky-tonk sound of Hank Williams III (“Long Gone Daddy”) and the other album is from rising country-star Lee Brice (“Hard 2 Love”).

Hank Williams III, son of Hank Williams Jr. and grandson of country music legend Hank Williams, had a busy year last year releasing four new independent albums in September. In April of this year Curb Records released a compilation of covers and outtakes to create the new Hank Williams III album “Long Gone Daddy.” Williams’ honky-tonk singing-style shines on the covers “I’m Long Gone Daddy” and “Wreck of the Old ’97.” Some of the outtakes (“Sun Comes Up” and “What They Want Me To Be”) are from Williams’ first couple albums and displays a younger tone to his voice. The one track that stands-out is a collaboration between Williams and Joey Alcorn entitled “This Ain’t Montgomery” which appeared on Alcorn’s debut album.

The album debuted at #92 on the Billboard album chart and #16 on the Country album chart. Hank Williams III is currently on tour in Europe. For more information, check out hank3.com.

Next up is one of country music’s hottest rising stars, Lee Brice with his sophomore release “Hard 2 Love.” The album was released back in April and features the #1 country single “A Woman Like You.”

The album begins with the newest single off the album, the title song “Hard to Love” which has a nice, up-tempo swing to the overall sound. Brice’s vocals are perfect for the heartfelt ballad “A Woman Like You” and the country swing of “That’s When You Know It’s Over,” but he finally opens up with the rock of “Parking Lot Party.” Brice returns to the comfort of the feel-good ballad “I Drive Your Truck,” before rocking out to “Friends We Won’t Forget” and “Beer.” The album closes with the gentle, campfire prayer of “One More Day” as Brice pours his heart into his vocals.

Lee Brice is currently on tour promoting the new album, “Hard 2 Love.” For a complete list of dates, check out leebrice.com.

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