Rhett, Milsap release new discs
Friday, April 30, 2021
– Thomas Rhett is out with his fifth studio album, "Country Again: Side A," more of a country leaning album than Rhett's recent releases. Rhett had a hand in writing every song on the release. The lead single is "What's Your Country Song," his 17th career number one single and 11th consecutive chart topper.
Ronnie Milsap offers "A Better Word for Love"(Black River). The 10-song release was produced by Rob Galbreath. The set includes "Big Bertha," the last song Carl Perkins wrote. Perkins' widow sent it to Rhett to record.
Maryland artist Jackson Dean releases his major label, self-titled debut, a five-song EP. Dean previously released an EP, "Still I Ain't No Saint."
Mercury Nashville singer Priscilla Block releases her self-titled major label debut EP today as well. Block helped write all six songs.
Thomas Rhett is in the artistic zone. Rhett Atkins' boy never really struggled to get noticed, but starting around 2015, his impact went nuclear – "Die A Happy Man" wasn't just a number one, but a monster that stayed there for two months. The ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year still carries a lot of weight, and Rhett nabbed it in 2019.
Still, Rhett's sound has its doubters – a lot of the air-quote country hits were grafted to other dance, pop and soul styles. ...
There was a time when Ronnie Milsap's soulful approach to making country music was controversial. Some thought he was too pop. However, compared to contemporary country music, Milsap now sounds more traditional than ever. No matter where Milsap has fit along the country spectrum, though, he has always been a great singer. Now, with "A Better Word for Love," Milsap's voice sounds like it hasn't diminished even one little bit.
Listen to the way Milsap sometimes growls ...
Thomas Rhett represents a dilemma for traditional country music fans. Namely, that he doesn't create much country music that appeals to traditional tastes. Although "Center Point Road" doesn't entirely reverse that trend, even during its most overtly pop moments, this new collection of songs is still a pretty good one.
The best song is also a love song - to a truck - titled "That Old Truck." It's the kind of song that only makes sense within country music circles. ...