Tuesday, November 13, 2007
– Trisha Yearwood makes her label debut, George Strait releases another hits package, Alabama goes live and Pam Tillis goes the holiday route in new CDs out today.
Yearwood's "Heaven, Heartache & the Power of Love" (Big Machine) marks her label after spending her entire career at MCA. The first single is "Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love."
George Strait is out with "22 More Hits" (MCA Nashville). Since "50 Number Ones" apparently wasn't enough for Strait's fans, he's back with more of his hits, even if they didn't reach the top of the charts. The new set includes one new song, "How 'Bout Them Cowgirls."
Alabama, the most successful group in the history of country music with 42 number 1 singles, will release its final concert tour recordings through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. "Alabama: The Last Stand," a collection of previously unreleased recordings made during Alabama's 2003 farewell tour, streets Nov. 13.
The 12-song release features several of Alabama's biggest hits, including "The Closer You Get," "Old Flame," "Forty Hour Week," "Feels So Right" and "The Fans."
Pam Tillis gets in the holiday spirit with "Just in Time for Christmas" (Stellar Cat), her second release this year and also put out on her own label. Following 10 years of performing holiday shows, Tillis is finally releasing a holiday album. The disc is a mix of down home country and uptown torch. Tillis picked the songs because they were favorites for both her and her live audiences. "Silent Night," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "Pretty Paper" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" are a few of the songs on the disc. Tillis also added three new compositions. Mel Tillis, Pam's father, does a duet as well as nieces and nephews to do some background vocals by the fire.