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Wall, Evans, Allen offer new music

Friday, October 12, 2018 – Canadian country singer Colter Wall is out with his sophomore disc in a career that's on the rise. Aussie Morgan Evans and Jimmie Allen make their debuts with both having hit singles to propel their launches.

Wall has a whiskey-soaked, smoky voice with many songs about his native country on his new release, "Songs of the Plains." Dave Cobb, known for his work with Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell among many others, once again produced. They recorded the disc at the famed RCA Studio A in Nashville. The album features 11 songs including 7 original songs written by Wall, versions of Billy Don Burns' "Wild Dogs" and Wilf Carter's "Calgary Round-Up" plus 2 cowboy traditional songs.

Evans is out with "Things That We Drink To," his first U.S. release. He has previously released music Down Under. Chris DeStefano produced the set. The two wrote every song together along with playing every instrument. Evans, who is married to Kelsea Ballerini, had a hit single with "Kiss Somebody." "Day Drunk" is his second single. Ballerini sings on "Dance With Me."

Allen has had success with "Best Shot," which is on his debut, "Memory Lane." The Delaware native, who moved to Nashville in 2007, mixes R&B and country on the 15 songs. Allen had a hand in writing eight of the songs. Ash Bowers and Eric Torres, who produced a 2017 EP, also were behind the controls for "Memory Lane."

Chandra and Leigh Watson, aka The Watson Twins, are out with their sixth album, "Duo." This marked the first that the Watson co-wrote all of the material and sing all of the songs together. Russ Pollard once again produced the disc, which was recorded in Nashville. The album features guest musicians Carl Broemel and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Vanessa Carlton, Mickey Raphael and The Cactus Blossoms.


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CD review - Things That We Drink To Morgan Evans' U.S. debut a matter of personal preference. It straddles the line between repetitious and tedious. If you like radio friendly, cliched three-minute singles, then this half hour is for you. He is clearly following the formula that powered his international single," Kiss Somebody" to number one in the U.S. 2017 was a busy year for Evans between moving to the U.S. from Australia and marrying Kelsea Ballerini. She serves as his muse on several of the songs, clearly ...
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