AJ returns; Tuttle surprises
Friday, May 14, 2021
– Alan Jackson can stop answering the question "Where Have You Gone" with the release today of an album of the same name. This is the country traditionalist's first release in six years. He returns with a 21-song album that questions musical changes in country. Jackson penned most of the songs, including one for his mother's funeral and two for weddings of children - "I Do" and "You'll Always Be My Baby."
Molly Tuttle dropped a surprise, three-song EP, "...but i'd rather be with you, too" on Compass Records. This is a follow up to last year's covers album, "...but I'd rather be with you." A companion official music video for Tuttle's cover of Phantogram's "You Don't Get Me High Anymore," featuring Iron & Wine, is also out. The release includes Sheryl Crow's "Strong Enough" performed with Madison Cunningham and the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks classic "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" performed with Nathaniel Rateliff.
Kalie Shorr's new EP, "3x3, Vol 1: The Chicks," is out today on tmwrk records.
Produced by Eric Mallon and recorded in the midst of quarantine, the project features new versions of three songs from The Chicks' 1999 album "Fly": "Cowboy Take Me Away," "Cold Day In July" and "Hole In My Head." This is the first installment of a special three-part series celebrating albums that have greatly impacted Shorr's life and career. The first ever of the Maine native was The Dixie Chicks when she was nine.
One of the most celebrated acoustic guitarists working within the Americana field, Molly Tuttle is two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Guitarist of the Year, the first female to be so honored.
"When You're Ready" is Tuttle's first full-fledged solo album, having previously recorded an EP ("Rise"), albums with both the Tuttles and The Goodbye Girls, and a long-ago recording with her father, Jack ("The Old Apple Tree"). ...
EPs are a strange breed. Some are no more than demos for a larger work. Others are a hodgepodge of material recorded here and there and sold to help pay for gas money to the artists' next live gig. And some, like Molly Tuttle's "Rise", are exquisitely constructed messages in a bottle, to sum up the artists' current stage of development.
Tuttle could have easily named this EP, "Let's Get on With It" or "Watch What I Do Now," but "Rise" ...
Howdy Skies Records
Reviewed by Donald Teplyske
It is difficult to tally exactly how many albums of new material Tim O'Brien has released since first appearing as part of Hot Rize, the venerable bluegrass band experiencing a well-received resurgence. More than 20 by any count, 30-plus when one considers solo, duet and group offerings, including his most recent success as part of the Earls of Leicester.
Aside from a brief flirtation with the ...