Tucker, Gill, Midland drop new music
Friday, August 23, 2019
– Tanya Tucker releases her first album in 17 years, while Midland releases its second album and veteran Vince Gill is back with a very personal album.
Tucker is out with "While I'm Livin'," an autobiographically-based disc, although she only wrote one song. Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings co-produced the disc with Carlile having a hand in doing much of the writing.
Gill goes back to his roots with "OKIE," his first disc in three years. Gill gets personal throughout the album with thoughts about marriage, faith and sexual abuse included in the mix. He also paid tribute to the late songwriter Guy Clark. "Nothin' Like a Guy Clark Song" and Merle Haggard on "A World Without Haggard." Gill had a hand in writing all 12 songs.
Midland, which has enjoyed hits with "Let It Roll," a 14-song CD. This is the follow-up to the trio's "On the Rocks" from 2017, which yielded the hit "Drinkin' Problem." The group consists of lead singer/guitarist Mark Wystrach, lead guitarist/vocalist Jess Carson and bassist/vocalist Cameron Duddy. Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, co-produced the album.
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