Morris, McEntire, Bush release new CDs
Friday, March 25, 2022
– Maren Morris is out with her third album, "Humble Quest." She started writing the disc during the pandemic. It was around a time of new motherhood, an upended career and the death of friend and collaborator Michael Busbee. The release was produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters) and written alongside her husband Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Jimmy Robbins, Natalie Hemby, Laura Veltz and Jon Green on Busbee's piano.d
Reba McEntire's CD and DVD pairing, "My Chains Are Gone," is out with 14 songs on DVD and 12 on CD. The releases feature McEntire performing hymns.The DVD offers a recording of McEntire's 2017 first ever solo headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, now being released with Gaither Music Group. The release features special guests Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson and The Isaacs and was hosted by Gospel music legend Bill Gaither.
Kristian Bush, the other half of Sugarland, is out with "52 - ATL X BNA," volume one of his new layered album "52," via Big Machine Records. Bush co-wrote nine of the 10 songs on 52.
Seeing Greg Kurstin listed as the producer on Maren Morris' "Humble Quest" album, can't help but raise a few eyebrows. His resume includes the likes of Pink and Sia, but not many country-related artists. Furthermore, it wasn't too long ago that Morris had big hit with "The Middle," a decidedly pop hit single recorded with the Russian-German producer, Zedd. This album's results are not as overtly pop as that recording, but not as country as her country hit "My Church. ...
It's so good to hear Reba McEntire's gospel album so soon after Carrie Underwood released the similar "My Savior." While Underwood's release may have been her country-ist album – ever, perhaps – McEntire has strayed far less often from her traditional music roots. With "My Chains Are Gone," McEntire gives us a selection of songs she – like Underwood – grew up singing. Therefore, she knows them all like the back of her hand, the way ...
The beauty of Reba McEntire's albums flows from her way with a phrase, knowing when to modulate to carry us deeper into sadness or joy and when to pull back when she wants us to listen quietly to the lessons of a tear falling. Her songs can also urge us to scamper across the dance floor to twin fiddles, celebrating the exhilarating freedom of the moment or the satisfaction of breakup from a messy relationship. This album follows the end of McEntire's marriage to her manager. ...