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FGL, Earle, Price top releases

Friday, May 22, 2020 – Florida Georgia Line and Steve Earle lead the new releases out today.

Florida Georgia Line dropped "6-Pack," which is a six-song EP. The release contains the current single "I Love My Country." Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley had a hand in writing four of the six cuts and also helped produce.

Earle & the Dukes are out with "Ghosts of West Virginia." A long-running project that culminated in a Broadway show that opened in March, the project is based on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 men in West Virginia in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. Its first seven songs were written for and performed by Earle in "Coal Country," a play with music about the disaster.

Margo Price released "Perfectly Imperfect at the Ryman," a 10-song release for the charity taken from three sold-out shows at the Ryman two years ago. The release is out exclusively on Bandcamp with all proceeds benefiting the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. The release is in lieu of her new full-length studio album, "That's How Rumors Get Started," which was supposed to be out May 6, but was delayed until later this year. Emmylou Harris joined Price on "Wild Women," Sturgill Simpson helped out on Rodney Crowell's "Ain't Livin' Long Like This," and Jack White joining White for a version of The White Stripes' "Honey, We Can't Afford to Look This Cheap."

Canadian brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel of High Valley are out with "Grew Up On That," a six-song EP. Brad had a hand in writing five of the songs with Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard, Daniel Tashian and Tenille Townes (Nadkrynechny). Produced by Seth Mosley, "Grew Up On That" offers reflections on childhood, family and love set to High Valley's signature bluegrass-tinted country.

Craig Morgan returns to action with "God, Family, Country." The disc is Morgan's ninth studio album. Among the 10 tracks is a cover of Gavin DeGraw's "Soldier," and "Sippin' On The Simple Life," which he co-wrote with active dutry Army Airborne Rangers Justin Wright and Andrew Yacovone. Released on Broken Bow Records, "God, Family, Country" is Morgan's first album in nearly four years, and combines five new songs with remastered versions of past, including his faith-filled tribute to his late son Jerry, "The Father, My Son, and The Holy Ghost."

Bluegrasser Daryl Mosley is out with "The Secret of Life" on Pinecastle. Mosley has been a member of New Tradition and later formed The Farm Hands in 2010. He also has written songs for Lynn Anderson, Bobby Osborne and Josh Williams.


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CD review - 6-Pack EP When Florida Georgia Line sing about how much they love their country with "I Love My Country," this lightning rod duo must certainly be aware that not everybody loves 'their' country. 'Their' country doesn't always match the country music of George Strait, after all, who is name-dropped in said song. Strait is just too stylistically straight, for instance, to ever work in the sort of hip-hop cadence that drives "Ain't Worried About It. ...
CD review - Dig Your Roots From the ribbits and Dobro on "Smooth," the lead-off song, one might think that Florida Georgia Line is eschewing its rap rock meets country past for something completely different. While at times that is true - "Smooth" has a swampy beat - Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard haven't veered so far from what brought them to the dance. That is evident with the title track where the thwack of drum programming from long-time producer Joey Moi meets the soulful, somewhat shiny vocals. ...
CD review - Anything Goes The title of Florida Georgia Line's second full length is accurate. For the duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelly, that means girls, girls and more girls plus an ultra dose of partying. That is evident from the refrain of the title track, which, of course, focuses on Friday night activities. "I brought the songs and you brought the party/ Only one way to do it up right/Everybody goes where eveybody knows/That anything goes on a Friday Night/Get your party right/It's a Friday night. ...


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