Anderson tribute, Scott, Ray, Fireside Collective, Denning release new projects
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Anderson tribute, Scott, Ray, Fireside Collective, Denning release new projects

Friday, August 5, 2022 – "Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson," a new tribute album celebrating the songs and career of Anderson, is out now via Easy Eye Sound. Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who also owns the label, and David Ferguson, the record features new versions Anderson's songs, performed by Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Brent Cobb, Luke Combs, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Del McCoury, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

Dylan Scott is out with his second full length release, "Livin' My Best Life." The Louisiana native, who is on the pop side of country, also has released five EPs. The new release includes the single "New Truck." "Lad Down With You" is the current single.

Michael Ray is releasing a new live EP, "The Warehouse Sessions," via Warner Music Nashville. The five songs were recorded in a live setting, but with no audience in the house. The disc includes his last two singles, "Whiskey and Rain" and "Holy Water."

Asheville, N.C. quintet Fireside Collective stretches it out on its fourth album, "Across the Divide." Jon Weisberger produced the group — Jesse Iaquinto, guitarist/singer Joe Cicero, Alex Genova (banjo, vocals), resonator guitarist and vocalist Tommy Maher and Carson White (bass, vocals). Fireside Collective goes beyond bluegrass to incorporate country, blues and funk into the music.

Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning is out with a six-song EP, "Might As Well Be Me." The six-song release from the Warnere-Robins, Ga. native includes "She's On It."

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Michael Ray wanted his latest EP to bring back a sound before country stars came from game shows and viral videos. While it's definitely slicker than any classic country record (which nowadays means '80s/'90s), it is a good one. The theme of the day is pairs - those that match and those that don't. "Spirits and Demons," a duet with Meghan Patrick, is a standout. It's a powerful gospel about the whiskey that ain't workin' to heal the broken heart. ...
CD review - Livin' My Best Life Dylan Scott's second album is a study in contradiction. "Livin, My Best Life" may seem unwieldy at first with 16 tracks, but it clocks in in just under an hour thanks to five songs that come in under the industry's three-minute Mendoza line. It also has an air of familiarity due to seven of the tracks having already been released. At some point in their career, a burgeoning artist will bill an album as their "most personal to date" or their "most country sounding. ...
CD review - Across The Divide As with many bands and artists, the pandemic forced the members of Fireside Collective to retreat into isolation – in their case, writing and recording new songs in a North Carolina cabin, thus substantially shrinking their world. Oddly, this time of withdrawal produced the band's most expansive album to date – an 11-track set that finds the quartet exploring new musical territory to further diversify a sound that already straddles traditional bluegrass and newgrass. ...

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