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Houser, Shaver tribute top new releases

Friday, November 11, 2022 – Randy Houser is out today with his sixth studio album, "Note To Self," vis his own Magnolia Music Group. Houser co-wrote all 10 tracks and produced the album with the help of Blake Chancey, recording the project from his home studio. The title track is the lead single. The song was written by Houser with Ross Copperman, Casey Beathard and Bobby Pinson.

"Live Forever: A Tribute To Billy Joe Shaver" drops today via New West Records and Pedernales Records. The 12-song set was co-produced by Charlie Sexton and Freddy Fletcher and features renditions of Shaver songs recorded by Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ryan Bingham and Nikki Lane, Steve Earle, Edie Brickell, Rodney Crowell, Margo Price (featuring Joshua Hedley), Allison Russell and Amanda Shires. Nelson sings "Georgia on a Fast Train" and "Live Forever," the latter with Lucinda Williams.

Blake Shelton gets in the holiday spirit with "Cheers, It's Christmas (Super Deluxe)." Now consisting of 20 songs, the disc contains three new songs including "Up On The House Top," "Holly Jolly Christmas," and "Cheer For The Elves," a previously released Gwen Stefani original track.

Craig Morgan releases "God, Family, Country (Deluxe Edition)." The disc contains 14 tracks, four of them new. "How You Make A Man," penned by Megan Conner, Skip Black, Michael Walton, is Morgan's newest single.

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CD review - Magnolia Randy Houser is no stranger to commercial success. He has had three number one hits on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. But he became fed up with how he was expected to perform them live: especially the various computerized bells and whistles that were meant to help him compete with his peers and their outsized live shows. He wanted to get back to songs that meant something and that he was invested in. Fearing blowback of not making another country radio effort, Houser was weary to ...
CD review - Fired Up A brand of neo-traditional country music has entered the mainstream scene in response to the hip hop beats of bro country and smooth EDM of metro country. Artists like Aaron Watson and Randy Houser are providing a strong alternative on the charts for fans who prefer their country closer to its roots. The challenge for a country artist today is to find a balance between the fans and their business. A small handful of writers are responsible for most of the mainstream chart toppers, resulting in a ...
CD review - Long in the Tooth Billy Joe Shaver does a lot of looking back on life and the travails of love on his first release since 2008's "Everybody's Brother." That's understandable given the rough-and-tumble life of Shaver, who lived up to the outlaw country moniker of his music. Shaver continues in the long line of ace Texas singer/songwriter types like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. Shaver puts his cards on the table on the opening "Hard to Be an Outlaw." With help from Willie ...

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