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Chesney tops releases; Musgraves out with Xmas disc

Friday, October 28, 2016 – Kenny Chesney is finally out with his new cd, "Cosmic Hallelujah," topping the list of releases including a Kacey Musgraves holiday disc and a Cole Swindell EP.

Chesney was slated to release the disc months ago, but delayed it. This is Chesney's 17th studio album. Chesney has a hit on his hands with "Setting the World on Fire," a song that also features pop singer Pink. Matraca Berg, Hayes Carll, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Allison Moorer, David Lee Murphy, Jon Nite, Josh Osborne and Craig Wiseman wrote songs for the release.

Cole Swindell releases "Down Home Sessions III" (Warner Nashville). The disc contains five songs: "You've Got My Number," "Does It Hurt," "Six Pack Lines," "Chevrolet DJ" and "Wildlife." The EP is being released in conjunction with Swindell's tour.

Kip Moore releases "Underground," a five-song EP. He recorded of the songs live in concert and wrote all five of the songs. "Underground" follows the release of his second CD "Wild Ones."

It's a "Very Kacey Christmas" for Kacey Musgraves as she's out with her first holiday disc. "I really wanted to create a whimsical throwback holiday record, one that evokes feelings of nostalgia and simpler times," Musgraves said. "I think that the fine musicians and brains that were a part of this project have helped me create a body of music that can be added to people's classic collections." Bing Crosby, the Andrew Sisters, Nat King Cole and the classic sounds of the '40s, '50s and '60s were inspiration for the dozen-song release.

Wayne "The Train" Hancock is out with "Slingin' Rhythm" (Bloodshot), his first CD since "Ride" in 2013. The veteran combines swing, country, jazz and blues.

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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: For Knight, it all comes to the song, and they're not pretty – Going seven years without a release will do wonders of the negative type to your audience. Chris Knight finally put out new music - "Almost Daylight" - last month and is back out on the road. But somehow the Kentucky native, who didn't release his first album until he was 37 (he's now 59), managed to maintain an audience.... »»»
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).... »»»
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