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Aldean drops sixth album, Seegers his first

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Jason Aldean drops his sixth album, "Old Boots, New Dirt," today. The disc features the hit single "Burnin' It Down," which has led the charts since its release. Michael Knox once again produced Aldean. The release contains 15 songs with none written by Aldean. He has songs from such writers as Ashley Gorley, Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Hillary Lindsey, Wendell Mobley, Rhett Akins, Brett James and David Lee Murphy.

Newcomer Doug Seegers is out with "Going Down to the River," his debut at the age of 62. Seegers, who has frequently been homeless, was discovered by a Swedish country singer at a Nashville food pantry. Will Kimbrough produced the dozen-song disc. Emmylou Harris featured on the song "She," written in part by Gram Parsons.

Husband-and-wife Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are out with their debut, "Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn." They have gained acclaim as banjo players on their own careers. The disc contains banjo and vocals on Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues.

Shelby Lynne's "I Am Shelby Lynne" receives the deluxe edition CD/DVD treatment on its 15th anniversary. The disc features the re-mastered full-length disc plus six previously unreleased bonus track s from the original sessions and a 15-song, 90-minute concert from the House of Blues in Los Angeles from April 28, 2000.

Hal Ketchum, best known for "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Past the Point of Rescue," returns with his first album in six years, "I'm the Troubadour." The 15-song set was produced by Texas singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave. Ketchum reprises his 1995 hit, "Stay Forever" and his 1991 hit, "I Know Where Love Lives."

CD reviews for Doug Seegers

Going Down to the River CD review - Going Down to the River
You have to feel a pang of pride when you hear the story of Doug Seegers. In fact, it's not a stretch to say you could have seen him live and didn't even know it. At 62, he's a guy who basically opened his guitar case and played the street corners of Nashville, New York, Austin and probably most every city he's traveled through. Seegers also is now the darling of Sweden's country music crowd and gaining recognition in his home country following this much-ballyhooed debut. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Henry comes out the other end a better man – Joe Henry mentioned at the outset that this show was not only the record release celebration, but also the anniversary - to the day - of when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although the songs from this fine new album do not address his illness directly, they many times touch upon the big issues of human existence (life, death and the meaning of it all).... »»»
Concert Review: What's in a name? Strings lives up to it – Billy Strings may not be his real name, but the bluegrass performer more than lives up to his adopted moniker. Bluegrass may not be the first style of music when one thinks of William Apostol's (yup, that's Billy's real name) home state of Michigan, but with more miles on the bus and shows like this outstanding, lengthy, lyrical night... »»»
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