Bryan, Carpenter unveil new sounds
Friday, August 7, 2020
– Luke Bryan's "Born Here Live Here Die Here"was a long time in coming. The disc was slated to be released in April, but due to COVID and marketing concerns, the release was delayed. The 10-song release contains the hit "Knockin' Boots." Bryan stays pretty much in his musical wheelhouse. Bryan's seventh studio release was produced by Jeff and Jody Stevens.
Five-time Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter's 15th studio album, "The Dirt And The Stars," finds the singer-songwriter pondering love, loss, aging, grief, pain, healing and mortality. Written at her rural Virginia farmhouse before stay-at-home orders became the "new normal," Carpenter recorded the disc at Peter Gabriel's studio in Bath, England.
Cassadee Pope debuts "Rise and Shine," a series of acoustic songs recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pope co-produced and co-wrote every song, the first time she has done so in her career.
After taking in Luke Bryan's "Born Here Live Here Die Here," the listener will never guess this full length was released during a pandemic. Maybe that's a good thing. After all, we might need a diversion from the international health crisis now and then. The release opens with "Knockin' Boots," which is how modern cowboys describe sexual intercourse. A few songs later, Bryan gives us the drinking song (and single) "One Margarita." In between, "What ...
There is an air of quiet reflection on Mary Chapin Carpenter's 15th studio album. Although its 11 tracks were written and recorded prior to the global pandemic, "The Dirt and the Stars" is an appropriate artistic statement for these times - days in which socially-isolated people are left with more time to contemplate life and the human condition.
Recorded live at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, England under the watchful eye of producer Ethan Johns, Carpenter ...
Artists with Ivy League degrees are just like us, but they can see into the future a little ahead of time. Brown graduate Mary Chapin Carpenter was writing wry feminist anthems like "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" and "The Hard Way" over25 years ago. And even those songs were from her fourth studio album - Carpenter's full career spans since the late '80s. She's remained a critical fave from the start, but her luster as a country music ingenue has long worn off. ...