Lynch, Block, Nichols, Cactus Blossoms present new releases
Thursday, February 10, 2022
– Dustin Lynch released his fifth studio album, "Blue in the Sky," today. This 12-track effort produced by Zach Crowell – with five to Lynch's songwriting credit – finds Riley Green, Chris Lane and MacKenzie Porter helping out. Porter sings on the multi-week chart topper "Thinking 'Bout You," while Lane is on "Tequila On A Boat" and Green on "Huntin' Land."
Mercury Nashville recording artist and 2022 ACM Awards "New Female Artist of the Year" nominee, Priscilla Block, put out her major label debut album, "Welcome To The Block Party." Block, a North Carolina native, gained a foothold with her single "Just About Over You." The release follows last year's six-song self-titled "Priscilla Block EP," which included the novelty song "Thick Thighs."
The Cactus Blossoms - brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey - return with "One Day." The new disc is said to be more soulful, '70s-inspired than previous efforts. Among the 10 songs is the next single, "Everybody," featuring Jenny Lewis.
Veteran singer Joe Nichols is out on a new label (Quartz Hill) with "Good Day For Living." His first new full-length project in four years, the 13-song collection reunites Nichols with producers Mickey Jack Cones and Derek George, who helmed his 2013 album "Crickets," containing back-to-back number one hits "Sunny and 75" and "Yeah." Cones also produced Nichols' follow-up album, "Never Gets Old."
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