McCollum, SCR, Adkins release new music
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McCollum, SCR, Adkins release new music

Friday, October 16, 2020 – Texas singer Parker McCollum makes his Universal debut with "Hollywood Gold." Produced by Jon Randall Stewart, McCollum wrote five of the six songs. "Hollywood Gold" is named after his grandfather's prized horse. McCollum has enjoyed some success with his first major label single, "Pretty Heart." The only song McCollum didn't write was "Like a Cowboy," written by Chris Stapleton.

Steep Canyon Rangers' 13th album, "Arm In Arm," is out today on Yep Roc Records. Produced by the band and Brandon Bell (Zac Brown, John Prine), "Arm In Arm" follows "North Carolina Songbook," an eight-song live album recorded at Merlefest featuring reinterpretations of songs from cross-generational North Carolina icons; and "Be Still Moses," an 11-song collaboration between the band and the Asheville Symphony, which featured a collaboration with Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony on the title track. The Steep Canyon Rangers are Woody Platt, Graham Sharp, Mike Guggino, Nicky Sanders, Mike Ashworth and Barrett Smith.

Trace Adkins put out an EP, "Ain't That Kind of Cowboy," on Verge, his first for the label. The six songs are the follow-up to 2017's "Something's Going On." Adkins went into the studio with producer Bart Butler had already released "Mind on Fishin'" and "Better Off." John and TJ Osborne wrote "Big" along with John Pierce.

Runaway June dropped a holiday EP," When I Think About Christmas." This five-track EP features three Christmas classics and two Runaway June Christmas originals. The new songs Sam Hollander and Martin Johnson's "Christmas On The Radio" and the title track, co-written by Runaway June's Jennifer Wayne, Josh Matheny, and Tiffany Goss.

William Elliott Whitmore, an Iowa-born singer of country, folk and American blues, country, put down "I'm With You," a nine-song release on Bloodshot. This is his ninth album overall and first release of original material since 2015's "Radium Death" (ANTI-).

Louisiana native Jaden Hamilton not only signed with Sony Nashville, but also released a four-song EP, ""Ain't That Something." Hamilton, who gained a following on TikTok, was influenced by George Strait and Cody Johnson.

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CD review - Arm in Arm The Steep Canyon Rangers are best known over the past decade for backing Steve Martin in his musical pursuits, but the North Carolina-based outfit has been active since 2000, and "Arm In Arm" marks their third release in 2020 alone. Bluegrass is at the core of the music infused with substantial doses of country, folk and rock. The set kicks off with a pair of the stronger bluegrass tunes that are thematically polar opposite with "One Drop of Rain" lamenting a troubled ...
CD review - When I Think About Christmas EP Runaway June put a lot of thought in how their five-song holiday project would sound. Yes, three of these five selections are already overly familiar tunes to most of us. Yet, you haven't heard them sung exactly like this before. The trio Runaway June put their vocal harmony skills to excellent use throughout this lovely little treat - its first with Natalie Stovall. Additionally, the music is real country, too. Opener, "Christmas on the Radio" celebrates popular holiday ...
CD review - Hollywood Gold The best song on Parker McCollum's EP, "Like a Cowboy," wasn't one the singer/songwriter composed. No, this piano ballad was written by Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson, two of country music's best songwriters. Lyrically, it questions the assumptions we oftentimes make about cowboy character. We probably shouldn't just assume all cowboys are good at heart. Although not his own, McCollum sings it like it is, making it the strongest of six strong songs. ...

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