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Upcoming and Recent CD Releases

March 17, 2015

Allison Moorer - Down to Believing (Entertainment One)

February 24, 2015

James McMurtry - Complicated Game (Complicated Game)
"Complicated Game" is Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry's first release in six years.CC Adcock and Mike Napolitano produced the dozen songs.

Girls Guns and Glory - Girls Guns and Glory Presents: A Tribute to Hank Williams - Live! (Dry Lightning)
Boston-area country band Girls Guns and Glory release a live album that pays tribute to Hank Williams Sr. The disc, which includes 12 songs, was recorded Dec. 31, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014, linking the music with the last days of Williams' life.

February 17, 2015

The Mavericks - Mono (Valory)
The Mavericks are out with their second disc since regrouping.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Snapshots (Mountain Home)
Darin and Brooke Aldridge are out with their sixth disc with songs such as Johnny Cash's "Tennessee Flat Top Box" and Gillian Welch's "Annabelle." The couple co-produced the 11 songs. Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Hicks and Doyle Lawson help out.

Steve Earle - Terraplane (New West)
Steve Earle gets bluesy on his latest.

Aaron Watson - The Underdog (BIG Label-Thirty Tigers)
Texan Aaron Watson is back with a new release.

February 10, 2015

Robert Earl Keen - Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone)
Inspired by the bluegrass and acoustic music he grew up around, Robert Earl Keen offers 15 standards and other tunes (20 on the deluxe edition) by Flatt & Scruggs, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Richard Thompson. Special guests include Lyle Lovett ("T for Texas") and Natalie Maines on vocals ("Wayfaring Stranger"), Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins on fiddle and Danny Barnes on banjo.

Blackberry Smoke - Holding All the Roses (Rounder)
Georgia-based Blackberry Smoke makes its label debut after being on Zac Brown Band's Southern Ground label. Brendan O'Brien, who has worked with Pearl Jam, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, produced the dozen song disc.

Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow is My Turn (Nonesuch)
Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with "Tomorrow Is My Turn," which T Bone Burnett produce. The disc incorporates country, blues, folk and gospel. Giddens recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group that Burnett assembled. Among them are fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; backup singer Tata Vega; Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.

Love and Theft - Whiskey on My Breath (Hate & Purchase)
The duo Love & Theft go their own route, releasing the disc independently after having been on RCA.

January 27, 2015

Punch Brothers - Phosphorescent Blues (Nonesuch)
Punch Brothers team up with producer T Bone Burnett. Last summer, the band and Burnett spent a month at Hollywood's Ocean Way Recording putting down the songs that guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, mandolinist and lead singer Chris Thile, and fiddler Gabe Witcher wrote during several writing retreats last winter and spring.

The Lone Bellow - Then Came the Morning (Columbia)
Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow releases its second disc after its debut gained much acclaim.

January 20, 2015

Ryan Bingham - Fear & Saturday Night (Thirty Tigers)
Ryan Bingham releases his fifth album and first since 2012's "Tomorrowland."

Ralph Stanley - Man of Constant Sorrow (2015) (Cracker Barrel)
The ageless Ralph Stanley is out with an album of new material featuring Dierks Bentley, Elvis Costello, Del McCoury, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Old Crow Medicine Show, Robert Plant, Ricky Skaggs, Nathan Stanley, Josh Turner, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings and Lee Ann Womack. Stanley performs two songs solo. Stanley, 87, recorded the disc in Nashville with Lauderdale and Miller producing. Stanley's backing band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, help out on most of the 13 songs. Stanley released a compilation album with the same name in 2000, but this is a brand new package.

January 13, 2015

Justin Townes Earle - Absent Fathers (Vagrant)
Justin Townes Earle bookends "Single Mothers" with this disc recorded at the same time. Earle felt that the CDs should be released separately. "Single Mothers" was released in September 2014 by Vagrant.

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley - Before the Sun Goes Down (Compass)
Dobro master Rob Ickes, 15-time IBMA winner for that instrument, and young and upcoming Tennessee singer Trey Hensley team up for a country disc with mainly a bunch of covers ranging from Billy Joe Shaver's "Georgia on a Fast Train" to Stevie Ray Vaughan ("Pride & Joy") to a trifecta from Merle Haggard. Hensley sang vocals on a Blue Highway disc out last year.

Trace Adkins - Live Country DVD (Eagle Vision)
Trace Adkins releases a live DVD of a concert from Huntington, N.Y.

January 6, 2015

Victor Krummenacher - Hard to See Trouble Coming (Veritas)
Victor Krummenacher, one-half of Camper Van Beethoven, explores a darker, cosmic country rock flavor with his ninth solo album. The album features Krummenacher on bass as well as lead guitars throughout, a first for him.

December 9, 2014

Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (Sony Nashville)
Carrie Underwood's greatest hits collection features 25 songs, including "Something in the Water," her latest hit. "Little Toy Guns" is the other new song on the two-disc release. "Before He Cheats," "So Small," "Mama's Song" and "Last Name" close out the disc in their working session format.

Various Artists - The Music Of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3 Volume 1 (Big Machine)
The television show "Nashville" is out with yet another volume of its music from the third season of the show. Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and Clare Bowen are among the performers who sing on the 10 songs. Buddy Miller produced the CD.

December 2, 2014

Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie - December Day (Willie's Stash Vol. 1) (Sony Legacy)
Willie Nelson and his sister Bobbie are releasing their first disc together. Bobbie has been a longstanding member of her brother's band, playing piano. "December Day" features new versions of gems from Willie's extensive songwriting catalog ("Permanently Lonely," "My Old Peculiar Way") and covers (Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "What'll I Do" with contributions from other Family Band members, including harmonica player Mickey Raphael and the late Bee Spears on bass.

Sundy Best - Salvation City (Entertainment One)
The Kentucky duo - Nick Jamerson and Kris Bentley - have been busy this year, releasing two albums, including "Bring Up the Sun." RS Field produced the latest, which includes 10 songs. The duo wrote all of the songs, including four co-writes.

November 20, 2014

The Sweet Lowdown - Chasing the Sun (Self-released)
The Sweet Lowdown is a Vancouver, Canada-based trio consisting of Amanda Blied - guitar, Shanti Bremer - banjo and Miriam Sonstenes - fiddle. The trio blends original songwriting and three-part harmonies with an old-time instrumental groove.

November 17, 2014

Sara Evans - At Christmas (Sony Nashville)
Sara Evans releases her first holiday disc. The 10-song set mainly features traditional songs including "Winter Wonderland" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The title track, written by Shane Stevens and Toby Lightman, is the only new song. Three songs were released on various artists Xmas compilations.

Old 97's - Hitchhike to Rhome: 20th Anniversary Reissue (Omnivore)
The release is a a reissue of The Old 97's CD on its 20th anniversary. A second bonus disc is included of demo recordings plus previously unreleased tracks.

Trisha Yearwood - PrizeFighter: Hit after Hit (Sony Music Nashville)
This is the 12th studio album from Trisha Yearwood and her first in seven years. This also is Yearwood's debut with the label. The disc contains 10 hits and 6 new songs. The title track is the first single.

Various Artists - While No One Was Watching: Toasting 20 Years of Bloodshot Records (Bloodshot)
Upstart Chicago label Bloodshot Records has enjoyed a roster including Ryan Adams, the Waco Brothers, Bottle Rockets, Justin Townes Earle and many more. On this 2-CD, 38-song collection, they have other artists (among them, Blitzen Trapper, CHuck Prophet, Shakey Graves, Two Gallants, Frank Turner) covering songs of Bloodshot artists.

November 11, 2014

Gene Clark - Two Sides to Every Story (High Moon)
The late Gene Clark was a member of The Byrds, but he also forged a solo career. This release is a reissue of a long out-of-print CD he put on the RSO record label. The release also contains a bonus disc.

November 10, 2014

Johnnyswim - A JOHNNYSWIM Christmas (Big Picnic)
JOHNNYSWIM, the duo of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, release a quiet seven-song holiday season EP that focuses on their vocal interplay. Their sound recalls The Civil Wars.

Zac Brown Band - Greatest Hits...So Far (Southern Ground)
Zac Brown Band reprises 14 hits ranging from "Chicken Fried" to "Sweet Annie." No new songs are contained in the release.

Garth Brooks - Man Against Machine (Sony Nashville/Pearl)
Garth Brooks returns with his first album in 13 years. The disc contains 14 songs, including the first single "People Loving People." Brooks covers a variety of genres from two-step to cowboy music to soulful songs, but there's no hick country or bro country here.

November 4, 2014

Over the Rhine - Blood Oranges in the Snow (Great Speckled Dog)
The husband-and-wife duo that is Over the Rhine - Linkford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist - offer eight songs dealing [with winter and the holiday season. They wrote or co-wrote five of the nine songs and produced the music. Eric Heywood helps out on pedal steel, Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass. Over the Rhine also covers Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December."

Various Artists - Christmas With Nashville (Big Machine)
The folks on the "Nashville" TV show put their vocals on a dozen holiday favorites. Claire Bowen sings "Santa Baby," while Charles Esten does "Blue Christmas" featuring Vince Gill.

November 3, 2014

Ronnie Fauss - Built to Break (Normaltown/New West)
Dallas-based Ronnie Fauss releases his second disc. Old 97's Rhett Miller helps out on "Eighteen Wheels."

Maddie & Tae - Maddie & Tae (Dot)
Maddie & Tae are Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye, both 19. They put out a four-song EP featuring the big hit "GIrl in a Country Song," a response to the bro country out there. They wrote the single with Aaron Scherz.