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Dennis Roger Reed

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Artists Celebrate Country’s Groundbreaking Streak on Eclectic Mix of New Releases
By Robert Kinsler
Artist: Dennis Roger Reed
Title: Songs about Tractors and Stuff (PlasticMeltdown Records)

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Tell me more: From the opening strains of his cover of the Johnny Cash classic “Folsom Prison Blues,” it’s clear Dennis Roger Reed is on a mission. “Song About Tractors and Stuff” features plenty of original Reed songs (including the melodic “Crazy Old Arms of Mine”), but also features a number of artful remakes that celebrate authentic stylings that recall country music’s rich past. Among the standouts is a cover of the Gram Parsons/Chris Hillman song “Sin City,” a shimmering bluegrass-meets-country rock take on the instrumental “Spacey Grove” and an Americana-brushed touch to the Bees Gees gem “Words.” Information: PlasticMeltdown.com