Gilbert, Townes, Evans drop new discs
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Gilbert, Townes, Evans drop new discs

Friday, April 21, 2023 – Brantley Gilbert goes deluxe today, while Tenille Townes and Morgan Evans also have new releases out today.

Gilbert is out with "So Help Me God (Deluxe Edition)" on The Valory Music Co. Gilbert cowrote all 15 tracks on the project, including current chart-climbing single "Heaven By Then" with Blake Shelton featuring Vince Gill. The release contains five new tracks, including "Behind The Times," co-written with Jake Mitchell, Randy Montana and Taylor Phillips, and "Wrote The Book Around Here" which broadens the view of Gilbert's hometown in previously released "Miles Of Memories."

Townes put out the five-song "Train Track Worktapes" on Columbia Nashville/Big Yellow Dog Music. "Train Track Worktapes," whose title harkens back to her stripped-down debut release "Living Room Worktapes," was conceptualized, written, and recorded entirely during Townes' experience on the CP Holiday Train in Canada. Covering more than 3,000 miles throughout southern Canada, Townes and her band played more than 65 shows in just over two weeks, sometimes in temperatures as low as -24◦F, right on the train as hydraulic doors lowered and became a stage. The CP Holiday Train benefits local food banks as each attendee brings donations to catch the free concert. The lone cover song is Stevie Nicks' "Landslide."

Evans releases "Life Upside Down," his first album since the break-up of his marriage to Kelsea Ballerini on Warner Music Nashville. The five-song EP contains a studio and live version of "Over For You," his song addressing the end of his marriage.

Newcomer Lauren Watkins debuts with a seven-song EP, "Introducing: Lauren Watkins." Watkins wrote with songwriter and her label head Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Rodney Clawson, Tofer Brown, Andrew DeRoberts and Lauren Hungate, fellow artists ERNEST and Meg McRee, and her sister, Caroline.

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CD review - Fire & Brimstone It would be easy (and lazy journalism) to write about how much Brantley Gilbert's music is un-country. You need only isolate the drum parts for most of these latest songs to confirm this is primarily a rock recording (masked as country). However, there are some quality - if not exactly country - songs on this effort, which cry out for a different sort of evaluation. Gilbert saves his best for last with "Man That Hung The Moon," a song about fatherhood that will likely bring many dads to tears. ...
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