Montgomery, Tenpenny, Evans lead busy release day
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Montgomery, Tenpenny, Evans lead busy release day

Friday, October 29, 2021 – Eddie Montgomery, one-half of Montgomery Gentry, releases his first solo album, "Can't Close Me Down." The album features eight songs co-written by Montgomery including "My Son," which is featured in the new Tim Blake Nelson film, "Old Henry." Also on the album is a duet with Tanya Tucker, "Alive and Well," an autobiographical song about tragedy and loss, and "Ain't She Beautiful," penned by Montgomery's nephew, Walker Montgomery.

Mitchell Tenpenny goes full length on the holiday theme with "Naughty House," an expansion of his "Neon Christmas" EP. Produced by Tenpenny, Jordan M. Schmidt and Lindsay Rimes, "Naughty List" contains all seven songs on "Neon Christmas" released in 2020 plus four additional tracks. Tenpenny wrote two originals on the new disc - "Don't Hang The Mistletoe" and "I Hope It Snows." The singer has been busy as he released the EP "Midtown Diaries" last month.

Australian-born country singer Morgan Evans is is out with the six-song EP, "Country And The Coast Side A." The current single is "Love Is Easy," which was atop the Australian charts for nine weeks. Evans, who is married to Kelsea Ballerini, has enjoyed hits with "Day Drunk" and "Kiss Somebody."

Wheelhouse Records singer/songwriter Elvie Shane's debut full length album, "Backslider," is out. the debut contains his number one single "My Boy." Shane's debut EP, "County Roads" was released earlier this year.

Hayes Carll put out his eighth album, "You Get It All." Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Carll's wife Allison Moorer and Josh Morningstar all play on the disc. Moorer also co-produced the set with guitarist Kenny Greenberg.

Songwriter and producer Shy Carter drops an eight-song EP today, "The Rest Of Us." The release includes "Beer With My Friends," which includes David Lee Murphy and Cole Swindell. Carter is among the writers behind Billy Currington's "It Don't Hurt Like it Used To," Sugarland's smash hit "Stuck Like Glue" and Rob Thomas' single "Someday." He also helped write Kane Brown's big hit, "Heaven."

Drew Green released "Dirt Boy Vol. 2" Including the previously released "Cold Beer and Copenhagen'' and "Hooch" and three additional tracks, Green's new EP is the final leg of a two-EP musical journey he began in September 2020 when he dropped the seven-song "Vol 1." He had previous success as a songwriter by landing "Colorado" on Florida Georgia Line's "Can't Say I Ain't Country" album in 2019.


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CD review - Ain't No Closing Me Down Like many recent releases, Eddie Montgomery's first solo album was born out of the pandemic. A much more solemn occurrence was the ongoing grief trying to process the 2017 death of his band mate of 35 years, Troy Gentry. The lead-off, title track is a hard charging ode to the pandemic, giving thanks to Amazon and credit cards. One of his solutions to isolation is stringing up his Christmas lights and inviting everyone in. The big baritone and quirky lyrics evoke Blake Shelton. ...
CD review - Naughty House One big clue that Mitchell Tenpenny's "Naughty List" holiday collection is a winner, is how spontaneous and rocking is his version of "Jingle Bell Rock." He doesn't just repeat the Bobby Helms original, but instead makes it all his own. Then again, with a distinctive voice like his, he puts his personal stamp on everything. He rocks out even more during "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," even though that one also includes upfront banjo picking. ...
CD review - Neon Christmas EP If all you know about Mitchell Tenpenny is "Alcohol You Later," you may be unprepared for a few of the Christmas present surprises on his "Neon Christmas" EP. Granted, "Snow Angels" is a little too pop for its own good. However, the acoustic guitar-picked subtlety of "O Holy Night" is truly sweet, while the steel guitar-soaked "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" is the exact right winter setting for Tenpenny's vocal vibrato. ...


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