Underwood, Moon release new music; Griffin sort of does
Friday, June 10, 2022
– Carrie Underwood releases "Denim & Rhinestones" today. The dozen-song release is highlighted by the single "Ghosts." Underwood co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks with many of her frequent collaborators such as David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Miller, Ashley Gorley, Josh Kear and Chris DeStefano, who have written many of Underwood's biggest hits. She also welcomes more recent co-writers including Michael Hardy and Lydia Vaughan, the latter of whom co-wrote "If I Didn't Love You," Underwood's hit with Jason Aldean. "Denim & Rhinestones" is Underwood's latest collaboration with Garcia. The pair co-produced her 2018 release, "Cry Pretty" as well as Underwood's 2021 GRAMMY® Award-winning album of gospel hymns, "My Savior."
Niko Moon dropped his new RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville EP, "Coastin'." All five songs included on the new EP were co-written and co-produced by Moon, and he co-penned "Easy Tonight" with Patrick Davis, Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey, Kevin Mac, Anna Moon and co-producer Joshua Murty. Anna Moon, Niko's wife, helped write all of the songs. Moon broke with the hit "Good Time," which also was the name of his debut CD, which came out in August 2021.
Patty Griffin releases "Tape," a collection of rare demos and home recordings on her own PGM Recordings label via Thirty Tigers. Griffin said she "was digging through my own music streaming to relearn some of my own oldies and found something that had been compiled (perhaps by a computer algorithm) that was titled as a 'rarities' or 'deep cuts' collection." While she remembered not thinking much of what she recorded back then, she admitted she felt differently today. The release contains 10 songs.
Carrie Underwood's gospel music album may not be traditional in the sense that she sings these songs the same way she heard them as a child growing up. However, on the traditional/modern country music spectrum, this album leans closer to traditional country music than just about anything Underwood's recorded. Underwood always sings well, no matter how her songs are arranged, but it's a true treat to hear that voice without much of the big production that usually accompanies it. ...
It makes logical sense that Carrie Underwood, arguably mainstream country music's best pure vocalist, would make a Christmas album. And make no mistake about it, this is a 'Christmas' album, as opposed to a 'holiday' release. These 11 tracks are nearly all spiritual in nature. Therefore, you won't hear about Santa, reindeer or even toys under the tree.
The only truly secular track is "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," which is not – by a long ...
Niko Moon knew going into the studio that the programmed snare, synth bass and hip-hop fusion that pervades his "Good Time" EP may not strike the right chord with traditionalists. He did not care. He just wanted to make music that "makes people feel good." In fact, he was probably unfazed when the clichéd party anthem title track was picked as one of the best songs of the summer by the co-ed's guilty pleasure website College Candy.
The five songs make up a ...