Pearce, McCreery, Fulcher lead new releases
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Pearce, McCreery, Fulcher lead new releases

Friday, September 17, 2021 – Carly Pearce releases "29: Written in Stone" today, a highly personal album recorded in the wake of the end of her eight-month marriage to fellow singer Michael Ray. The disc is the follow-up to her February EP, "29." The new release contains 15 songs, mainly produced by Shane McAnally, including the hit "Next Girl" and the new single "Never Wanted to Be That Girl" with Ashley McBryde. Patty Loveless sings along on "Dear Miss Loretta."

Ray Fulcher releases a five-song EP, "Larkin Hill Mixes" on Black River. Fulcher has enjoyed success as a songwriter. He co-wrote eight songs with Luke Combs for Combs' "What You See Is What You Get," eight more for "This One's for You." Four of those songs – "When It Rains It Pours," "Even Though I'm Leaving," "Lovin' on You" and "Does to Me," featuring Eric Church – went to number one.

Jameson Rodgers' debut album, "Bet You're From a Small Town," is out via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. Rodgers wrote 14 of the 15 tracks, including his current hit "Cold Beer Calling My Name," which features Luke Combs. Produced by Chris Farren and Jake Mitchell, the release also includes Rodgers' Platinum-certified, number one debut single "Some Girls" along with "Good Dogs," "Missing One," "Girls That Smoke," and "Desert."

Scotty McCreery is out with "Same Truck" on Thirty Tigers. This is the singer's fifth studio album and contains 12 songs, 10 co-written by the North Carolinian. He enjoyed some radio success with the first single, "You Time," a paean to his wife. Written by Trent Tomlinson and Jim Collins, the second single "Damn Strait" honors George Strait, even as the singer bemoans the loss of his lover, associating Strait's songs with her since they were the couple's favorites.

Jelly Roll, best known as a rapper - he has released about two dozen albums already - makes his Broken Bow debut with "Ballads of the Broken." The 10-track album marks the first time he does not rap (except for a lone verse). The Nashville native wrote all of the songs, which cover country, rock and hip-hop.

Bluegrass band Sideline is out with "Ups, Downs and No Name Towns" on Mountain Home. The sextet, which won 2019's International Bluegrass Music Association Song Of the Year award for their hit song, "Thunder Dan," was founded by Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore and also includes Jacob Greer (guitar), Jamie Harper (fiddle), and Nick Goad (mandolin).

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CD review - 29: Written in Stone Carly Pearce's music is one more good reason to not completely give up on mainstream country radio. Songs like "I Hope You're Happy Now" and "Next Girl" stand out on radio for good reason – they're really good. Pearce's full-length is filled with many such tunes that can vastly improve overall radio music quality. The acoustic instrumental interplay driving "Easy Going," for instance, just shouts, 'Traditional arrangements are still ...
CD review - Carly Pearce Carly Pearce's self-titled sophomore album was fittingly released on Valentine's Day. Love is in the air throughout the 13-track collection. She opens with the breezy "Closer To You" and "Call Me. The album is chock full of notable co-write credits. On the latter, Little Big Town's Jim Westbrook and Phil Sweet have a hand. It feels like a love letter to fellow country singer and husband Michael Ray. Later on, she ratchets up the pop factor on a throwaway duet ...
CD review - Breaks to the Edge In the year or so since their previous release, the cast of Sideline remains anchored by Skip Cherryholmes (guitar), Steve Dilling (banjo), Jason Moore (bass), Bailey Coe (guitar) and Troy Boone (mandolin), but in the interim Daniel Greeson has replaced Nathan Aldridge on fiddle and, according to the liner notes, Aaron Ramsey has been added as a second mandolin player. Judging by this fifth release, though, there's no evidence of any drop-off in the band's vocal and instrumental prowess. ...

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