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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Schuler View Post
    I think seeing the songs live does help. I haven't struggled at all enjoying the new record but I do know that many people find it sparse or lacking and, watching it live, you get to see exactly what's going on. You have the drummers adding their backbone, one of the twins on piano building the foreground, another twin adding quite a bit more guitar than you'd expect, and you get to see Matt exist at the front of the stage even when he's not singing. :-) Everyone is there, working and playing. They're just expending a lot less energy on superfluous activity in between the necessary notes.
    And that frenetic behavior is one of my favorite things about them. And they still exhibited it during the show - we got Fake Empire, Terrible Love, Brainy, The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness, Graceless, and several others.
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    Someone has the good sense to make some noise.

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    Thank YOU for filling in the gap. Speaking of Sam Bush, we saw him on 3/13. A great show. Here he is with his long time guitarist Stephen Mougin, on Sam's classic.


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    Tyler Childers played a stunning set at the Opry last night:

    "I never argue with people who say baseball is boring, because baseball is boring. And then, suddenly, it isn't. And that's what makes it great." - Joe Posnanski

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    Re: What am I listening to? (Part II)

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    Tyler Childers played a stunning set at the Opry last night:

    Can't wait to get his new album.
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    Ugh. Listened to Country Squire in its entirety this morning. Not a fan. At all. It's a big swing & miss. Could have been titled "Tyler Childers Takes a Ham-Fisted Approach to Tired Country Tropes and Bores You to Death in 40 Minutes."
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigLebowski View Post
    Ugh. Listened to Country Squire in its entirety this morning. Not a fan. At all. It's a big swing & miss. Could have been titled "Tyler Childers Takes a Ham-Fisted Approach to Tired Country Tropes and Bores You to Death in 40 Minutes."
    Oooh, definitely don't agree with it as a "swing and miss." I think the first 5 tracks are really strong, especially "Bus Route," and then it gets a little repetitive by the second half. It's not as good as Purgatory, but second albums are always extremely tough—you've whittled down an early career's worth of music into 12 tracks and then have like a year to write a whole new one.

    And even if I might have some quibbles with the songwriting, I think Country Squire sounds terrific. I'm loving the new dimension of the keys and the church music influence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WildcatFan View Post
    Oooh, definitely don't agree with it as a "swing and miss." I think the first 5 tracks are really strong, especially "Bus Route," and then it gets a little repetitive by the second half. It's not as good as Purgatory, but second albums are always extremely tough—you've whittled down an early career's worth of music into 12 tracks and then have like a year to write a whole new one.

    And even if I might have some quibbles with the songwriting, I think Country Squire sounds terrific. I'm loving the new dimension of the keys and the church music influence.
    just bought this haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but the reviews seem to be mixed almost a you either love or hate it dont seem like much love in between .

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildcatFan View Post
    Oooh, definitely don't agree with it as a "swing and miss." I think the first 5 tracks are really strong, especially "Bus Route," and then it gets a little repetitive by the second half. It's not as good as Purgatory, but second albums are always extremely tough—you've whittled down an early career's worth of music into 12 tracks and then have like a year to write a whole new one.

    And even if I might have some quibbles with the songwriting, I think Country Squire sounds terrific. I'm loving the new dimension of the keys and the church music influence.
    Yeah, the production is fantastic (as is the cover art). I don't think it's as good as Purgatory, but I really like it. I actually like it better as it goes along. "Ever Lovin' Hand" and "Peace of Mind" especially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigLebowski View Post
    Ugh. Listened to Country Squire in its entirety this morning. Not a fan. At all. It's a big swing & miss. Could have been titled "Tyler Childers Takes a Ham-Fisted Approach to Tired Country Tropes and Bores You to Death in 40 Minutes."
    Not ready to go that far YET! but after a casual listen i was pretty underwhelmed and really doubt i'll come back to it for at least awhile it took purgatory awhile to grow on me much preferred bottles and bibles . I listen to his live on red barn radio disc more than the other 2 . I'm More excited for the New whiskey Meyers disc .
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    Quote Originally Posted by WildcatFan View Post
    Oooh, definitely don't agree with it as a "swing and miss." I think the first 5 tracks are really strong, especially "Bus Route," and then it gets a little repetitive by the second half. It's not as good as Purgatory, but second albums are always extremely tough—you've whittled down an early career's worth of music into 12 tracks and then have like a year to write a whole new one.

    And even if I might have some quibbles with the songwriting, I think Country Squire sounds terrific. I'm loving the new dimension of the keys and the church music influence.
    It's over-produced, which was my concern when I found out Sturgill Simpson was going to be heading it.

    It's not a bad country album, but it's not Tyler Childers to me. And why do so many fans forget about Bottles & Bibles? CS is his 3rd album.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigLebowski View Post
    It's over-produced, which was my concern when I found out Sturgill Simpson was going to be heading it.

    It's not a bad country album, but it's not Tyler Childers to me. And why do so many fans forget about Bottles & Bibles? CS is his 3rd album.
    Ok fair, but B&B was self-produced; Purgatory was his first label release and was full of the catalog he’d been playing for the last 7-8 years. My point was that this is his first record of all-new material, and that’s a tough project for every artist.

    Did you think Purgatory was overproduced?

    (Not trying to turn this into one of his Facebook fan page debates.)

    BTW, the album release show Fromm Webster Hall is airing live on YouTube right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WildcatFan View Post
    Ok fair, but B&B was self-produced; Purgatory was his first label release and was full of the catalog he’d been playing for the last 7-8 years. My point was that this is his first record of all-new material, and that’s a tough project for every artist.

    Did you think Purgatory was overproduced?

    (Not trying to turn this into one of his Facebook fan page debates.)

    BTW, the album release show Fromm Webster Hall is airing live on YouTube right now.
    I caught some of that.

    No, not at all, re: Purgatory.

    Country Squire (the song) sounds like anything you'd hear on a pop country station. House on Fire is probably the best song on the album - or maybe Creeker - and they would have been afterthoughts on B&B or Purg. Ever Loving Hand is fun, but it should have been a b-side or a laugher he plays at live shows.

    If you enjoy the album, I'm not trying to talk you out of it. It's just not what I wanted.
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    The new Hold Steady album is fantastic


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    Big Thief released one of the best albums of 2019 so far and they announced they are releasing a 2nd album in October. And the first single is so so good.


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