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Welch, Rascal Flatts, McAnally drop new music

Friday, July 31, 2020 – Gillian Welch releases "Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol." 1 via Acony Records, the independent record label she and partner David Rawlings founded in 2001. This is the first installment of a three-part collection, which contains songs unearthed from a cache of home demos and reel-to-reel recordings. This 48-song collection, produced by Rawlings, was recorded between the making of "Time (The Revelator)" and "Soul Journey."

Rascal Flatts, which had been on a farewell tour until COVID-19 struck, is out with a seven-song EP, "How They Remember You." The release contains six unreleased tracks as well and a recently-released rendition of Kenny Rogers' "Through The Years."

Mac McAnally is out with a new solo disc, "Once in a Lifetime Out." The Muscle Shoals, Ala. native is in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, a 10-time CMA Musician of the Year and a member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. McAnally wrote the title track with singer Drake White.

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Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg CD review - Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg
Gillian Welch's album "Revival" was a revelation. The fact that T Bone Burnett - the ultimate roots rock curator - produced it, gave good reason to give it immediate attention, and insightful songs like "Barroom Girls" and "By the Mark" cemented the news that Welch was truly something special. With "Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg," Welch has expanded the original 10-track album into a 21-song opus. And while this extensive collection of »»»
The Harrow & the Harvest CD review - The Harrow & the Harvest
Eight years ago, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings released the exploratory and occasionally misunderstood "Soul Journey," where Welch took a more directly personal stance in her writing as the duo injected a shade more vitality (and electricity) into their old time musical presentation. Maybe the album's mixed reviews had a negative impact on Welch, or maybe her creative well was lowered by a quartet of excellent albums over a seven-year period. In any event, Welch was beset by a »»»
Soul Journey
Bass and drums on a Gillian Welch album? It's true. The rural-sounding songstress, who makes most of her music with only the most spartan of instrumental settings, broadens her sound on this, her fourth album.Son Volt-er Jim Boquist contributes bass, Mark Ambrose offers up a little acoustic guitar, Ketcham Secor brings some fiddle and Greg Leisz adds Dobro to the mix on this disc, which hews close to Welch's signature sound: a little Appalachia along with attention to the no-nonsense elements of country music. »»»