Shelton, Hiatt/Douglas, LeVox release new music
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Shelton, Hiatt/Douglas, LeVox release new music

Friday, May 21, 2021 – Blake Shelton releases "Body Language," a 12-song collection. The release includes his 28th career number one hit "Happy Anywhere" with Gwen Stefani and current Top 15 single "Minimum Wage."

John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band are out with "Leftover Feelings" via New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by Dobro master Douglas and recorded at the RCA Studio B in Nashville. The disc is not exactly bluegrass, where Douglas has spent a good chunk of his career, nor Hiatt's rootsy leanings from the '80s.

Rascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox is out with his first solo release, "One on One." The six-song EP has a faith-based bent to the songs. LeVox had a hand in writing "All I See," which features Breland, and "The Distance."

Jordan Davis is out with an EP, "Buy Dirt" on Universal. The eight-song project was produced by Paul DiGiovanni and features a collaboration with Luke Bryan on the title track. Buy Dirt follows Davis' 2020 debut album "Home State" and self-titled EP.

Troy Cartwright releases a live EP, "Memory Machine Sessions" on Warner. The six-song collection was captured during a full-band set and features two brand new songs "Shine On Me" and "Shoulders." A Berklee-trained musician, the Dallas native released two EPs and a full-length album before locating to Music City.

Alexander Ludwig, who has enjoyed success as an actor, drops his self-titled debut EP today via BBR Music Group/BMG. Produced by fellow songwriters Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy (both members of Jason Aldean's band) the release contains five songs.

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