Rhett, Tuttle, Cauthen drop new music
Friday, April 1, 2022
– Thomas Rhett is out with his sixth studio album today, "Where We Started." The release contains 15 songs including "Death Row" featuring Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Russell Dickerson, "Half of Me" with Riley Green and the title track with pop singer Katie Perry.
Molly Tuttle releases "Crooked Tree" with her new bluegrass collective Golden Highway. Tuttle, an ace guitarist, is also on a new label, Nonesuch. Recorded live at Nashville's Oceanway Studios, "Crooked Tree" was produced by Tuttle and Dobro master Jerry Douglas and features collaborations with Sierra Hull, Old Crow Medicine Show, Margo Price, Billy Strings, Dan Tyminski and Gillian Welch. The album explores Tuttle's love of bluegrass, which she discovered through her father, a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist, and her grandfather, a banjo player. Across these 13 tracks, all of which were written/co-written by Tuttle, she honors the bluegrass tradition while also pushing the genre in new directions.
Paul Cauthen is out with "Country Coming Down" on his own label in collaboration with Thirty Tigers. Cauthen has an Outlaw Country feel to the proceedings. The disc was mostly produced, performed and recorded by Beau Bedford,
Jason Burt and Cauthen at Modern Electric Sound Recorders in Dallas.
Additional recording and mixing was done in Nashville and Fort Worth, Texas.
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