Friday, May 18, 2018
– Kelly Willis returns with her first solo album in almost 11 years, while Trent Harmon, who won American Idol in 2016, releases his debut.
Willis is out with "Back Being Blue," a 10-song set produced by her husband, Bruce Robison. The two have released several albums and toured together. Willis adopts a bit more of a soulful approach this time around. Her last solo disc was "Translated from Love" in 2007.
Harmon is out with "You Got "em All," an 11-song disc produced by Jimmy Robbins and Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell). While Harmon had a hand in writing most of the songs, he also covers Sia's "Chandelier."
Jason Boland & The Stragglers are out with their ninth disc in 20 years, "Hard Times Are Relative." The release contains some harder core country along with a variety of other sounds.
The Country Music Hall of Fame put out "Outlaws & Armadillos" along with Sony Legacy. The release is a two-CD set of outlaw country music to coincide with the hall's exhibit "Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s." Songs include Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," Rodney Crowell's "I Ain't Living Long Like This" and The Flatlanders' "Dallas."
Songwriter Gretchen Peters is out with "Dancing With the Beast." Peters, perhaps best known for Martina McBride's "Independence Day," produced the set with Doug Lancio and Barry Walsh.