Shelby Lynne – Just A Little Lovin’ (2008) [Analogue Productions Remaster 2012] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Shelby Lynne – Just A Little Lovin’ (2008) [APO Remaster 2012]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 Stereo > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:19 minutes | Scans included | 1,7 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 839 MB
Genre: Country

Shelby Lynne has followed her own sometimes reckless, always adventuresome muse throughout her career. Just a Little Lovin’ is her personal homage to the late, legendary Dusty Springfield. Nine of its ten cuts are inextricably linked to the late British vocalist whose sway Lynne came under years ago, but a chance conversation with Barry Manilow — of all people — led to the making of this record. Lynne doesn’t attempt to sound like Springfield. She uses her own phrasing and rhythmic sensibility.

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Nickel Creek – This Side (2002) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Nickel Creek – This Side (2002) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:16 minutes | Scans included | 3,23 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 50:05 mins | Scans | 986 MB
Genre: Country

This Side, Nickel Creek’s sophomore release, finds bandmembers Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins out of their teens and into their twenties after playing together for 12 years. The southern California band’s self-titled debut received wide critical acclaim for welding jazz, rock, and classical music to a bluegrass base. But This Side solidifies Nickel Creek’s position as the single most original and inventive bluegrass band to emerge in the early ’00s. Hardcore bluegrass fans wary of experimentation or even progressive bluegrass may scoff at this claim. But, when it comes down to it, the gorgeous, open production by Alison Krauss gives Nickel Creek’s guitars, mandolins, and fiddles the space to dance through sparkling and genuine arrangements. Covers of everything from Pavement’s rollicking Terror Twilight highlight, “Spit on a Stranger,” to Carrie Newcomer’s scathing folk “Should’ve Known Better” to the traditional “House Carpenter” are given elegant and unique twists. Plus, Thile and the Watkins siblings’ originals, like the sleepy, subtle “Speak” and the darker “Beauty and the Mess,” easily outdo the likes of folk-rockers Dave Matthews and Hootie & the Blowfish, while forging a new style to rejuvenate a genre that has always been a bit of a dark horse. It’s decidedly more pop than post-rock-gone-folk outfits like Papa M, David Grubbs, Palace, and Miighty Flashlight, and lacks the rock & roll flash of Ryan Adams. But Nickel Creek’s music is endlessly rewarding nonetheless, and accessible to just about everyone.

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Nickel Creek – Nickel Creek (2000/2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Nickel Creek – Nickel Creek (2000) [Reissue 2003] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:38 minutes | Scans not included | 3,02 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 971 MB
Genre: Country / Bluegrass | Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Distinguished by their youth and eclectic taste, Nickel Creek became a word-of-mouth sensation on the progressive bluegrass scene and soon found their appeal spreading beyond the genre’s core audience…

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Carrie Underwood – Storyteller (2015) [HIGHRESAUDIO FLAC 24/44,1]

Carrie Underwood – Storyteller (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz  | Time – 45:51  minutes | 561 MB | Genre: Country, Pop Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | ©  19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville

“Something in the Water,” the new single tacked onto Carrie Underwood’s 2014 compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1, was an operatic blowout on par with her 2012 smash “Blown Away” — something grand and melodramatic, suggesting Vegas as much as it suggested inspirational music. Storyteller, her fifth album and first since her career recap, certainly contains cinematic elements — Underwood has been proud to be a diva ever since she prowled the stages of American Idol a decade prior — but the title isn’t a feint; she spends a good chunk of the album reiterating, singing about heartbreak, hair triggers, red wine, dirty laundry, and smoke breaks, the mundane details that turn life so joyous and tragic. Subtlety isn’t Underwood’s strong suit so the songs tend to be a bit on the nose, whether she’s pledging devotion to her newborn son on the sweet closer “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” or streamlining Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billy Joe” via the stomping “Choctaw County Affair,” but that directness is key to her appeal: there are no greys in Carrie’s music, only blazing primary colors. Appropriately enough, Storyteller gleams with steely assurance, perhaps the toughest and boldest record yet but one that hardly soft-pedals her softer side. Carrie isn’t an unapologetic spitfire like her “Something Bad” duet partner Miranda Lambert. She is, as she says in her album title, a Storyteller, and there’s an unmistakable distance between her theatrics and the subjects of her tunes; she isn’t living these songs, she’s performing them. Like a skilled actor, Underwood chooses her roles wisely — she’s comfortable swaggering through the leadoff pair of “Renegade Runaway” and “Dirty Laundry,” while she eases into the comforting melancholy of “The Girl You Think I Am” — and she knows how to deliver the essence of each song, modulating her performances not only so they match the grand productions of Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell but so they always are the focal point. That’s no small feat and Storyteller is no small album: it demands attention and it deserves it, too. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Cyndi Lauper – Detour (2016) [HDTracks FLAC 24/96]

Cyndi Lauper – Detour (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:25 minutes | 841 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source:HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Rhino

Cyndi Lauper’s celebrated musical journey takes an unexpected southern turn on DETOUR, her 11th studio album, which finds the Grammy, Emmy and Tony-winning singer-songwriter putting her signature spin on a dozen classic country songs. DETOUR showcases Lauper’s unmistakable voice on country classics from the 40s, 50s and 60s and features guest appearances from county music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city’s top session players. The album is Lauper’s first for Sire Records and executive produced by legendary Sire founder, Seymour Stein.

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Mike Marshall – Gator Strut (1987) [MFSL 2004] {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Mike Marshall – Gator Strut (1987) [MFSL 2004]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 54:04 minutes | Scans included | 2,2 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,05 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 7001 | Genre: Country

Mike Marshall is much like Mark O’Connor, a virtuoso on several string instruments, an innovative composer and arranger who refuses to be pigeonholed stylistically, and also an alum of David Grisman’s band. Numerous Grisman alumni turn up on this 1984 release, including violinist Darol Anger, bassists Todd Phillips and Rob Wasserman, guitarist Tony Rice, and even Grisman himself, along with dobro player Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck on banjo, violinist David Balikrishan (who would later co-found the Turtle Island String Quartet with Anger), and pianist Barbara Higbie. Marshall sticks primarily to mandolin on this mostly progressive bluegrass date, though he’s also heard on mandola, mandocello, violin, and guitar. Highlights include the funky original “Gator Strut,” “Ravel” (a solo effort featuring the leader overdubbed on several instruments while adapting a theme by the French Impressionist composer), a joint arrangement with Anger of John Coltrane’s infrequently performed “Giant Hornpipe,” and a brilliant interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight”.

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Lee Ann Womack – Greatest Hits (2004) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Lee Ann Womack – Greatest Hits (2004) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:24 minutes | Scans included | 3,68 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 52:01 mins | Scans | 0,99 GB
Genre: Country

Released seven years and four albums after Lee Ann Womack began her career with her eponymous 1997 debut, Greatest Hits chronicles her career to date. The 14-track collection contains all of her biggest hits — “Never Again, Again,” “The Fool,” “A Little Past Little Rock,” “I’ll Think of a Reason Later,” “I Hope You Dance,” “Ashes by Now” — along with the Grammy-winning Willie Nelson duet “Mendocino County Line” from his The Great Divide album, and two solid new songs, “The Wrong Girl” and “Time for Me to Go.” Although there are couple of minor singles missing — “Buckaroo,” “Why They Call It Falling,” “Forever Everyday” — Greatest Hits nevertheless offers a good summary and introduction to the first part of Womack’s career, when she grew to be one of the more popular female mainstream country vocalists of the late ’90s/early 2000s.

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Toby Keith – Shock’n Y’all (2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Toby Keith – Shock’n Y’all (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 51:12 minutes | Artwork | 3,97 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 50:22 mins | Art | 996 MB
Genre: Country

Since Toby Keith not only can come across as a loudmouth redneck but seems to enjoy being a loudmouth redneck, it’s easy for some listeners to dismiss him as a backwoods right-wing crank — particularly when he succumbs to such easy impulses as mocking Dixie Chick Natalie Maines in concert and naming his 2003 album Shock’n Y’All, not so cleverly spinning the military catch phrase from the second Iraq war into a bad pun. Those listeners aren’t entirely wrong, since he can succumb to reactionary politics, as on swill like “Beer for My Horses,” but Keith isn’t coming from a didactic right-wing standpoint. He’s an old-fashioned, cantankerous outlaw who’s eager to be as oversized and larger than life as legends like Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson, who bucked conventions and spoke their minds. Sure, Keith enjoys pandering to the Fox News Republicans “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” won him, and his jingoistic ventures don’t have the humanity and humor of Haggard’s protest songs (although to Keith’s credit they display far more humanity than Sean Hannity and are much more genuine than Steve Earle’s post-9/11 songs), but that doesn’t mean Keith doesn’t have a big, warm heart. In fact, on every album prior to Shock’n Y’All he’s displayed a taste for mawkish sentiment, but what makes this album work is that he’s turned that sentiment into warmth while making the record into the hardest, toughest set of songs he’s yet made. Unleashed gave him the clout to make any kind of music he wanted, and left to his own devices, he’s lonesome, on’ry, and mean, a cheerful advocate of redneck libertarianism with a sly sense of humor. All of which wouldn’t mean much if he wasn’t a strong songwriter, and more than any of his previous works, Shock’n Y’All proves that he’s a steady-handed journeyman, crafting songs in the tradition of classic outlaw country. It’s a deliberately hard-driving, hard-drinking, gutsy country album, yet it doesn’t shy away from modernism, best illustrated on “Sweet,” with its funky rhythms and use of “babelicious” (which rhymes with “delicious,” btw). Even with these modern flourishes, the album is firmly within the hard country tradition, with lots of barroom humor, propulsive rhythms, hearty humor, and a humanity that contradicts the rabble-rousing of Unleashed. And if Keith is more of a party-hearty hound than a profound singer — even when he imagines “If I Was Jesus,” it’s only so he can turn water into wine at parties — that’s now an attribute, not a deficiency, since it gives him focus and sensibility. Keith is happy to be a dirty old SOB, cracking jokes, drinking beer, and flirting with the ladies, and that makes Shock’n Y’All a fun, rough, rowdy album that wins you over despite your better impulses. It’s not polite, but Shock’n Y’All is pure Toby Keith, and the best album he’s done to date.

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Stockfisch Records – Analog Pearls Vol.1: Waylon Jennings (2014) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Stockfisch Records – Analog Pearls Vol.1: Waylon Jennings (2014)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 30:53 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1.25 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 576 MB
Genre: Country

Stockfisch-Records is releasing a new series called ‘Analog Pearls’ with the artist Waylon Jennings. These old analogue recordings were chosen because of the fantastic sound. For the new series Günter Pauler is looking in archives and is searching for grantors of a license. Before releasing as “Analog Pearls” the tracks have been carefully remastered at Stockfisch-Records.

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Gary Allan – See If I Care (2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24/88,2}

Gary Allan – See If I Care (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:46 minutes | Scans included | 2,61 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 41:09 mins | Scans | 865 MB
Genre: Country

While Nashville hitmakers Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney rose from clunky B-level stars to bankable stadium fillers, Gary Allan quietly tapped his foot waiting for the rest of the world to get hip to his cool. On his fifth album, the California surfer/singer–finally nominated for the CMA Horizon award in 2003–gets back to the smoldering alt-country-goes-mainstream groove that made 1999’s Smoke Rings in the Dark so brilliant, but which he’d abandoned on 2002’s Alright Guy.

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