Friday, February 15, 2019
– Florida Georgia Line is out with "Can't Say I Ain't Country," and the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley seem intent on proving that on a number of songs on the disc. The title track is one of their most traditional songs to date. They veer more towards that route, but also return to their more typical sound. Joey Moi once again produced.
Ryan Bingham is out with his first album in four years, "American Love Song." Bingham combines a variety of sounds including country, blues and a Stonesy approach. Charlie Sexton, guitarist for Bob Dylan, produced the 15-song set. Bingham recorded the music in Austin and Los Angeles. Bingham mixes personal and political sentiments on the release.
Ashley Monroe, who received praise for "Sparrow" which it was released last year, returns with "Sparrow (Acoustic Sessions)," a five-song acoustic release of songs from "Sparrow. Dave Cobb produced the release.
Country traditionalist Dale Watson returns with "Call Me Lucky." Watson, who spends a chunk of his time in Memphis, recorded there at Sam Phillips Recording. The album features some of Memphis' musicians and his longtime band, His Lone Stars, and includes a horn section on some of the tracks. Watson channels early Johnny Cash and features Carl Perkins and Cash's former drummer, W.C. Holland, on "The Dumb Song."
Three decades later, The Long Ryders are back. "Psychedelic Country Soul" is out via Omnivore Recordings. The release features the classic line-up of Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens and Greg Sowders, the same line-up as when they gathered in 1982. Recorded in Dr. Dre's studio, the band reunited with producer Ed Stasium (Ramones, The Smithereens, Belinda Carlisle, Jeff Healey Band) and recorded the album over eight days. The Bangles added harmonies.