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Lullabies & Wildflowers from a Broadway star

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Lullabies & Wildflowers Velour Music GroupYou never know whats going to come across your desk as a music critic. This weeks choices were particularly sparse so I was left with little choice but to review the new CD by Broadway star Melissa Errico. Her collection of updated and modified lullabies, appropriately titled Lullabies & Wildflowers, was obviously recorded with parents in mind. Not that it cant be listened to by anyone, but I dont see too many of my friends going out of their way to make the purchase.For parents, who I can only imagine have a difficult enough time finding music they want their children listening to, this album will probably be a treat. Erricos voice is gentle and soothing, making it beautiful background music while putting the kids down for a nap. Lullabies & Wildflowers is surprisingly adult too, almost jazzy in its structure.Parents, unless youre OK with your child banging his head to Metallica already, it cant hurt to add this record to your collection. Charlie Owen, High Life writer

Peace Love & BBQ Alligator RecordsTheres something about Southern music that almost always puts a smile on my face. It doesnt matter whos singing when the songs are about barbecuing in your backyard with family. In this instance it just happens to be Louisiana-raised singer, songwriter and piano player Marcia Ball.Peace Love & BBQ, Balls latest romp through the deep South, is an up-beat slathering of blues-rock that relies heavily on classic Southern themes like food, religion and partying. Whats not to enjoy when you have songs titled Watermelon Time, and Peace Love & BBQ?Its not a masterpiece, or even that original, but the album is fun enough to hold its own in the overgrown forest of southern blues. Balls voice is pleasant, her piano playing spicy, and her songwriting better than many in the genre. Most prominent on the album is Balls message of loving thy neighbor and getting along with as many people and circumstances as possible. Maybe all the world really needs is a little more Peace, Love & BBQ. Charlie Owen, High Life writer

Lantana Signature SoundsWhat can a girl and her guitar accomplish in this world? Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Caroline Herring answers that question with righteous indignation on her latest release Lantana. Lantana is a complicated and heart-felt examination of the South and how it has affected Herrings life and career. With a powerfully-raspy and heavily-accented voice much like Lucinda Williams or Allison Krauss Herring brings to life the landscapes and emotions of her life in powerful lyrics like Im a selfish girl/In a selfish world/Each town has her selfish ways/And each girl has her selfish days from the song Stone Cold World.The themes of religion pop up here and there like they do on most Southern artists records, and Herring is willing to take the listener as deep as they want to dive into the lyrics. On the song Paper Gown she sings of a grown woman clearing her conscious of her childhood crime while on Heartbreak Tonight she relates the tale of a woman who continues to run away from her past, never making peace with herself.The album is soaked in sin, sacrifice and forgiveness, but never leaves too much hope for better days ahead. Lantana is a bittersweet look at life with runaways and redemption around every corner. Charlie Owen, High Life writer

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