Alaina, HARDY set new releases
Friday, September 4, 2020
– Lauren Alaina has enjoyed a busy year. She releases her second EP this year. 'Getting Over Him' is the follow-up to 'Getting Good.' Labelmate Jon Pardi and Danish singer Lukas Graham help out on two tracks.
HARDY released his full-length debut, 'A Rock,' on Big Loud. The Mississippi native wrote every song on the collection with the likes of Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey and Jessie Jo Dillon plus Hunter Phelps, Ben Johnson and Zach Abend. The 13-song set was produced by Joey Moi and co-produced by Derek Wells with additional production by David Garcia and Jake Mitchell. HARDY has enjoyed five number one singles since 2018: Morgan Wallen's 'Up Down,' Florida Georgia Line's 'Simple,' Chris Lane's 'I Don't Know About You,' Blake Shelton's 'God's Country' and LOCASH's 'One Big Country Song.'
Carolina Story is out with 'Dandelion,' via Black River Americana. The duo is he husband and wife Ben and Emily Roberts. The 12-song release was recorded with producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Moak (Joy Williams, Ashley Monroe). Carolina Story first gained acclaim for their 2018 debut 'Lay Your Head Down.'
Dirk Powell is out with 'When I Wait For You' on Compass. This is the follow-up to the 2014 Sugar Hill album, 'Walking Through Clay.' Powell wrote 12 of the 13 songs. Donald Shaw (Capercaillie) co-produced the album, which was recorded in Louisiana and Scotland and features special guests Rhiannon Giddens, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker.
CD reviews for Dirk Powell
"Americana" is sometimes used as a catch-all description for music that doesn't fit any other genre. It is supposed to describe music that is a fusion of American styles including blues, country, bluegrass, R&B and others with American roots. Americana - the intended definition - is a good description of Dirk Powell's music.
The title song is a dedication to his great-great-grandmother who escaped Confederate soldiers, bore a son by a man who "took advantage ...