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Spotlight Music of the Month

“Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” by Margo Price

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Margo Price delivers one of the best reasons to cheer in 2016 when it comes to providing such a winning album. “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter”, Price’s solo debut, is exactly what the good doctor ordered for those craving an alternative to the more often than not cookie cut pressed records that’s been coming out of Nashville in recent years. Thank God, she is one of a select group of artists willing to challenge the establishment. Her album was brilliantly recorded at Jack White’s studios at Third Man. Margo Price is right for our time and her authentic style of country is exactly what is needed.

What other’s are saying about Margo Price:

Rolling Stone Country calls her “a fixture of the East Nashville music community.” She appeared on that publication’s list of Country Artists You Need to Know in 2014

Fellow Nashville musician (and a favorite of ours) Aaron Lee Tasjan calls her “a singular and vital part of this scene, as a thing unto herself.

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Last Month’s Spotlight Music

“Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” by Margo Price

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The album “Fall Together” from southern Alabama’s own Ryan Balthrop proves itself at first listen. With the abundant number of albums released each month, it’s easy for some worthy contenders to get lost in the mix. Balthrop’s latest is an album that deserves attention.

Recorded at Studio H2O in Mobile, AL and produced/mixed by legendary musician/producer RIck Hirsch (of Wet WIllie fame), “Fall Together” tackles moving and timely subjects while backed by some of the region’s best musicians and artists including Greg DeLuca and Ben Leininger of The Mulligan Brothers, Jon Cook, Harrison McInnis, Marc Hendrix, Thomas Jenkins, Nathan Friedlander and yes, Rick Hirsch along with additional vocals by Eric Erdman, Tiana Bryant, John Keuler and others.

One standout track “Don’t Be Shoppin” has a Dylanesque “Time Out of Mind” era sound to it. Bathrop’s gift as a songwriter in songs like the the title track “Fall Together” and “The System” invites us to see the world in a thought provoking way. Each song has its own identity yet pleasingly blends perfectly within the list. One of the things that makes it easy to love about Balthrop’s latest is its ability to pull the listener back in over and over, which is a sure sign of a good album. Like the music of another music artist from southern Alabama, The Mulligan Brothers, Balthrop’s album can’t be listened to only a few times – it has been in constant rotation since my very first listen. Ryan Balthrop’s “Fall Together” has truly made me a fan.

Tracks: 1) Way Down Low 2) Sweet Moments (We’re Passing Through) 3) Two Less Fishes 4) Rylan’s Song (I Blame My Happiness on You) 5) Fall Together 6) Suggestion Box 7) Skeeter 8) Don’t Be Shoppin’ 9)The System 10) Great Uncle Sam 11) Deep in This World

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– J.G.C. / The Southland Music Line

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The sister of Glenda Stabler Campbell (a former Music Fan of the Month) and one of three devoted fans that call themselves the “Duhs” (GlenDA, BrenDA and LinDA), Brenda Stabler Morley is another easy choice for Music Fan of The Month. She supports the local music scene in her area and along with her two friends, Glenda and Linda, will travel a great distance to attend live music events. Most recently, The “Duhs” traveled to New Mexico and Colorado to attend shows by Grayson Capps and Corky Hughes. Brenda obviously loves good music and is equally loved by many of her fellow music fans.

13015431_991413960895128_3046254473167178459_nThe “Duhs” (from Left); Brenda Stabler, Glenda Stabler Campbell and Linda Simmons Shelby

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