New Music Friday

Two new albums from two of Country Music’s finest (new and old school) singers.

Dolly Parton "Pure & Simple"Let’s start with the woman known as

The Smoky Mountain Songbird

The Backwoods Barbie

The Queen of Nashville

or pure and simple DOLLY

Pure and Simple
is the name of Dolly Parton’s new album and there’s a reason for it.  It’s written and produced solely by Dolly and features recordings of “Tomorrow is Forever,” originally recorded as a duet with Porter Wagoner in 1970 and then again with Solomon Burke in 2006, and “Say Forever You’ll Be Mine,” which Dolly originally recorded with Porter Wagoner in 1975.

Here’s the title track and just for reference, here’s Dolly and Porter back in the day singing “Tomorrow is Forever”

Lydia Loveless Real Album Art Bloodshot Records


I’d like to think that if Dolly was 25 again and it was the year 2016, she would be making music similar to Lydia Loveless because Lydia is certainly following in Dolly’s footsteps.  Lydia may be unfortunately labeled alt-country but to me she sounds like she could fit in with that famous trio of Dolly, Emmylou and Linda.  She’s tough and yet vulnerable and, as is the title of her album Real You can hear it in her first single entitled “Longer” and in the harder edged “Same To You”.


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