Combs, Nickel Creek, Pearce deliver new albums
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Combs, Nickel Creek, Pearce deliver new albums

Friday, March 24, 2023 – Country superstar Luke Combs drops "Gettin' Old," a companion to his 2022 record, "Growin' Up," via River House Artists/Columbia Nashville. Produced by Combs, Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton, "Gettin' Old" is Combs' fourth full-length album following 2019's 3x Platinum "What You See is What You Get" and his 4x Platinum debut, "This One's For You." Among the 18 songs is a rendition of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car." Combs explores issues of family, legacy, love and personal growth throughout the release.

Nickel Creek's "Celebrants" is the trio's first album in nine years. Mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins, who comprise the trio, have been involved in other projects ove the years. Recorded at Nashville's RCA Studio A, the 18-song album was produced by Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Grace Potter, Weezer) and features Mike Elizondo on bass.

Carly Pearce had a career-building release with "29: Written In Stone" two years, chronicling the break-up of her marriage to Michael Ray. Pearce performed the set before a live audience in Nashville, and the result is "29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City) (Live From Music City)." Among those appearing on the live disc were Ashley McBryde ("Never Wanted To Be That Girl"), Lee Brice ("I Hope You're Happy Now"), The Isaacs ("Easy Going"), Matthew West ("Truth Be Told"), and Jenee Fleenor ("29").

Dom Flemons is out with "Traveling Wildfire" on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Produced by Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Dropkick Murphys) and recorded at Los Angeles' Kingsize Soundlabs, the disc contains 15 songs. Sam Bush and James Fearnley of The Pogues play on the album. Flemons was a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Alana Springsteen released a six-song EP, "TWENTY SOMETHING, Messing It Up," which is the first of a three-part debut from the 22-year-old singer. "goodbye looks good on you" features Springsteen's former tour mate Mitchell Tenpenny

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CD review - 29: Written in Stone Carly Pearce's music is one more good reason to not completely give up on mainstream country radio. Songs like "I Hope You're Happy Now" and "Next Girl" stand out on radio for good reason – they're really good. Pearce's full-length is filled with many such tunes that can vastly improve overall radio music quality. The acoustic instrumental interplay driving "Easy Going," for instance, just shouts, 'Traditional arrangements are still ...
CD review - Carly Pearce Carly Pearce's self-titled sophomore album was fittingly released on Valentine's Day. Love is in the air throughout the 13-track collection. She opens with the breezy "Closer To You" and "Call Me. The album is chock full of notable co-write credits. On the latter, Little Big Town's Jim Westbrook and Phil Sweet have a hand. It feels like a love letter to fellow country singer and husband Michael Ray. Later on, she ratchets up the pop factor on a throwaway duet ...
CD review - The Prequel EP The saying, 'Strike while the iron's hot,' applies to many situations, but especially to the music business. The scene moves so fast these days that this last year's star could be this year's 'Where are they now?' Luke Combs moved quickly up the country music popularity ladder, so he's smart to put out this five-song EP between full-lengths. First single, "Beer Never Broke My Heart," is a throwaway tune, built upon a solidly thumping, Waylon Jennings-like groove. ...

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