Ford, LoCash, The Steel Wheels dish out new sounds
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Ford, LoCash, The Steel Wheels dish out new sounds

Friday, November 5, 2021 – Colt Ford releases "Keys To The Country" today, a six-song EP produced by Ford and Noah Gordon, and co-produced by Shannon Houchins. The release contains a series of collaborations: Kevin Gates and Jermaine Dupri on "Hood," singer/songwriter, Josh Mirenda on "My Town," RVSHVD, Dan Tyminski and Vince Gill on "Keys To The Country," Matt Stell on "Bad Beer" and Jana Kramer on "If I Didn't Know Better."

Locash - the duo from Preston Brust and Chris Lucas - is out with the five-song EP, "Winds & Water," today on Broken Bow. The two both helped write four of the songs with Brust helping out on the other. Corey Crowder produced the first four tracks with Clint Lagerberg handling the fifth. Locash's last release was "Brothers" in 2019.

At the beginning of quarantine, The Steel Wheels asked their fans to submit real life stories that would then be turned into songs. Those songs and corresponding stories were released as "We Made You A Song, Vol. 1." The concept continues with "Everyone A Song, Vol. 2." Each of the nine songs on Vol. 2 was commissioned for a specific relationship or event — a birth, a wedding, a memory of home. The band, which formed in Virginia, plays what it calls Appalachian Americana music.

Chase Wright is out with his 10-song debut album, "Intertwined." Merging pop, rock and country elements, the Indiana native's disc was produced by Jared Keim and Zach Abend. The songs include "Why Should We" and "Wish You'd Miss Me."

Bluegrasser Daryl Mosley's "Small Town Planet" is out on Pinecastle. The collection is the two-time Songwriter of the Year's sophomore solo outing. The project was produced by Mosley and Grascals' co-founder Danny Roberts. Mosley wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs. Throughout the '90s, he toured as lead vocalist/bass player with The New Tradition then, in 2001, he joined the Osborne Brothers. In 2010, Mosley formed The Farm Hands, before going solo in 2020 with "The Secret of Life."

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