Friday, April 22, 2022
– A busy Friday includes the release of Jason Aldean's "Macon, Georgia," a paean to his hometown. Aldean recorded 20 songs for the two-CD set with 20 new tunes and 10 unheard live takes. Aldean worked with long-time producer Michael Knox on the project.
Canadian singer Tenille Townes, who enjoyed success with her debut CD, "The Lemonade Stand," returns with a seven-song EP, "Masquerades." The EP will feature tracks with hit singer-songwriter Wrabel, who duets on "When You Need It," as well as BRELAND, known for fusing gospel, R&B and country, on "Shared Walls." Townes received airplay with "Somebody's Daughter" and "Jersey on the Wall ("I'm Just Asking").
Old Crow Medicine Show returns with "Paint This Town." The 12-song release finds Old Crow Medicine Show taking an insular approach by recording in their own East Nashville-based Hartland Studio and co-producing with Matt Ross-Spang (John Prine, Jason Isbell). OCMS previously released "Paint This Town," "Bombs Away" and "Honey Chile" as singles
Joshua Hedley, a traditional country singer, is out with his second release, "Neon Blue," on New West. The 12-song set was co-produced by Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell) and Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle) and mixed by Kyle Lehning (George Strait, Randy Travis). "Neon Blue" is the follow up to his 2018 debut "Mr. Jukebox," which was released by Jack White's Third Man Records. Hedley's debut showcased his knowledge of country music history, in particular the ballads of the 1950s and '60s. His mentors were George Jones, Ray Price, and Glen Campbell. "Neon Blue," examines the early 1990s.
New Jersey-based bluegrass jam band Railroad Earth is back with "All for the Song." This is the group's first release since the death of founding member Andy Goessling. Anders Osborne produced the new set.
Texas country singer Charley Crockett is out with "Lil' G.L. Presents: Jukebox Charley" via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers. On this new album, produced by Billy Horton, Crockett mines country music's past and then processes it through his "Gulf & Western" sound - weaving old school blues, R&B, soul, Cajun, western swing and other classic touchstones with country. The album features songs written by Willie Nelson, Tom T. Hall and George Jones, Crockett also cut songs from regional acts like Louisiana's Larry Brasso or a deep cut from Red Sovine.
Austin Tolliver is out with "Ride 4 Me" on Average Joes Entertainment. This 12-track collection walks though the rollercoaster of emotions Austin has trekked through this past year and taps into his wide-ranging influences from Tupac, Nelly, Ludacris, 50 Cent and Eminem to George Strait, Tim McGraw, Billy Ray Cyrus, Colt Ford and Shenandoah.