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Brooks, Brice, Raye release music

Friday, November 20, 2020 – Garth Brooks is out with two releases today, his 12th studio album, "FUN," and "Triple Live Deluxe," which first came out in 2018. "FUN" includes the hit "Dive Bar," recorded with Blake Shelton. Brooks' wife, Trisha Yearwood, appears with Brooks on "Swallow," the hit song from "A Star is Born." The live set contains three songs not contained on the original release - "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," "All-American Kid" and "Dive Bar." The three songs were recorded on Brooks' recent (and forthcoming) Stadium Tour.

Lee Brice is out with "Hey World." The album kicked off its release with lead single, "One of Them Girls." His hit with Carly Pearce, "I Hope You're Happy Now," also is part of the 15-song collection.

Dave Alvin's "From An Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased Recordings" comes out today on Yep Roc. A 16-song collection, the release offers a mix of acoustic blues and ballads to electric bar room blues to folk and country/rock. "Dynamite Women," "Who's Been Here" and "Signal Hill Blues" were unreleased tracks.

Collin Raye releases his first studio album in more than a decade with "Scars" (BMG/Audium Nashville). Raye is the voice behind the hits "Love Me" and "Little Rock." He wrote 12 of the songs, while his brother Scotty Wray helped write four. Wray recruited Miranda Lambert to sing on the title track. Vince Gill also makes an appearance on the project, lending his voice to the western swing-inspired "Rodeo Girl."

Americana band The Steel Wheels dropped "Everyone A Song, Vol. 1," an album born out of COVID-19. Through a project they called "Distance Together", the band gathered stories from fans and set them to song, relying on the pen of their own Trent Wagler. Each band member recorded their parts in their own makeshift studios and passed audio and video files on to the next Steel Wheel in line.

Arkansas native Ward Davis put out "Black Cats and Crow." Davis has enjoyed songwriting success with Trace Adkins and Willie Nelson cutting his songs. Davis also has worked with Cody Jinks in recent years.

Tim Montana makes his Broken Bow release with the four-song EP "Cars on the Block." The Montana resident had a hand in writing all of the material.

The Sharp Flatpickers are out with "Sundrops On The Water – Reflections" (Mountain Fever). This is the sophomore project of bluegrasser Leo Kotlick.

"Tim McGraw – McGraw Machine Hits: 2013-2019," a retrospective of his first stint with the Big Machine Record Group, comes out today.

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