Some of country music’s essential recordings have been live albums. “Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in Concert,” “Ernest Tubb Live at the Spanish Castle,” “Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison,” “Waylon Live,” “Willie Nelson and Family,” and “Buck Owens at Carnegie Hall” all represent defining moments in the genre’s history. It was Garth Brook’s 1998 “Double Live” that captured the sales shattering and pop culture explosion of music in the nineties – it currently holds the RIAA title as country music’s best-selling album. The magic of Shenandoah’s latest release, “Reloaded,” is that it showcases a pivotal resurgence in the thirty-year career of one of country’s most successful vocal groups.
When Sara Evans emerged on the country scene with her 1997 RCA debut, a female dominance was finally ruling radio. Heavy-hitting material from women who had something to say and something worth listening to resonated with listeners.