Tuesday, March 31, 2009
– It's a big day for new releases with superstar Keith Urban, Rodney Atkins, a well-respected, veteran trio of country performers and a few bluegrass albums from stars in that genre as well among the releases.
Urban is out with "Defying Gravity," (Capitol Nashville) which contains his 18th top 10 single, Sweet Thing. The CD contains 11 songs. Urban will tour behind the package later this year with Taylor Swift opening.
Rodney Atkins broke big time with his last release, "If the You're Going Through Hell," with four songs hitting number one. "It's America" (Curb) drops today. The title track is the first single and another hit for Atkins.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely are back for another go-round as The Flatlanders. "Hills And Valleys" (New West) comes out today with their first CD in five years and only the fourth in three decades. The trio wrote 8 of the 13 songs on the disc produced by Lloyd Maines.
On the bluegrass front, last year's breakout act, Dailey & Vincent are out with "Brothers From Different Mothers" (Rounder). Their self-titled debut earned them numerous IBMA and SPGMA awards. The new CD contains a dozen songs, which they produced. The Statler Brothers remain a touchstone for Dailey & Vincent with the duo covering two of their songs and one written by Jimmy Fortune, who also was in the group. The sound consists of Southern gospel, country music, folk-oriented music and bluegrass.
Bobby Osborne may be getting closer to 80, but his singing prowess remains intact on "Bluegrass & Beyond" (Rounder), done with his backing band the Rocky Top X-Press. The 12 songs cover bluegrass, gospel, soul and country. Appearing are Marty Stuart and Connie Smith (What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul) and Rhonda and Darrin Vincent (After the Fire Is Gone. The band consists of Osborne (mandolin & vocals), Bobby Osborne Jr. (bass), Dana Cupp (banjo), Richard Bennett (guitar), and Glen Duncan (fiddle).