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Album reviews: T.I. and Bo Isaac & the Rounders

bluegrass

Bo Isaac and the Rounders

Dollar | 

Bo Isaac is a 29-year-old Eastern Kentucky native who says he was raised on the music of the bluegrass masters.

His new album, Dollar, sure sounds like he absorbed a lot of what he was hearing.

Elmer Burchett Jr., a respected bluegrass singer and songwriter, wrote or co-wrote 11 of the tracks. The others are both from the public domain — John Henry and Nobody's Business.

The title cut, which features an old-time sound, finds the singer wondering where his money and his woman went while he was working two jobs.

Flat Footin', Tennessee is a dance tune. A Whisper Away is a gospel song performed as a duet with Haley Burchett.

Whippoorwill is about a woman who left her footprint on his heart. Miner's Cry tells the story of a cave-in that killed 29 miners.

Lee County Line is about a man who married a moonshiner's daughter and inherited her grandfather's recipe. Road To Summertown is nostalgia for skinny dipping and blackberry picking.

Good album.

Can't find it in stores? Try Therounders.net.

keith lawrence, owensboro messenger-inquirer

hip-hop

T.I.

Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head | 

"What should I be sorry for?/You can't please everybody," goes the hook to Sorry, off T.I.'s eighth and most consistent album. Out of jail for a year, not entirely convinced he's not going back in, Clifford Harris quits fooling around with demographics, as on his previous No Mercy, and returns to the Dirty South bounce he does best, with guests like an old reunion (Andre 3000, R. Kelly, Lil Wayne) and a focus no deeper than bottles and molly (known outside the VIP area as booze and ecstasy) in the club and some Meek Mill-assisted tough talk (G Season) that's good to hear precisely because you know he's harmless. Who Want Some will never be a classic like What You Know, but a 16-track rap album without a single cringe moment deserves an honor.

Dan Weiss, Philadelphia Inquirer

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