Crowell, Moroney, Moore, Jewell release discs
Friday, May 5, 2023
– Rodney Crowell released "The Chicago Sessions" via New West Records. The 10-song set was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Looking at the cover of the new disc, listeners might recognize a familiar callback to Crowell's 1978 debut, "Ain't Living Long Like This." While most of "The Chicago Sessions" consists of newly written material, Crowell revisits two tracks from the 1970s. "You're Supposed to Be Feeling Good" is a Crowell original first recorded by Emmylou Harris on her 1977 "Luxury Liner" record. Crowell first heard Townes Van Zandt's "No Place to Fall" at Guy and Susanna Clark's house with Van Zandt sitting across from him.
Justin Moore today shares his seventh studio album, "Stray Dog," via The Valory Music Co. Recorded at the Castle Recording Studios in Franklin, Tenn., Moore takes an autobiographical prism to the eight songs. "Everybody Get Along" features Riley Green, while "You, Me, And Whiskey" includes Priscilla Block on vocals. That was the only song song Moore did not help write.
Newcomer Megan Moroney goes a traditional route on her debut, "Lucky." The 13-song disc from the Georgia native features the ballad "Tennessee Orange." Moroney helped write every song with a number of songs featuring pedal steel guitar. She debuted last year with the EP "Pistol Made of Roses.
Veteran singer Eilen Jewell is out today with "Get Behind the Wheel" on Signature Sounds. Jewell's ninth album was co-produced Will Kimbrough.
Karley Scott Collins introduces her debut EP, "Hands on the Wheel," today via Sony Music Nashville. She had a hand in writing all five songs and co-produced the title track with Nathan Chapman.
Having Jeff Tweedy (a fan) produce Rodney Crowell's "The Chicago Sessions," was a smart move. He doesn't over embellish these 10 fine songs, which don't need any gussying up. It finds Crowell expressing gratitude, beginning with the upbeat opener, "Lucky," and continuing with one about the power of love, which posits that - no matter what life may bring – being loved will get you through it all. Crowell sings these songs, most of which he wrote, quite well as always. ...
Justin Moore said of "Straight Outta the Country" that if fans loved 2019's "Late Nights and Longnecks," they would love this one. It makes sense. His sixth studio album is effectively the spawn of his 2019 chart topper. Moore said, "We had three times as many songs as we put on the last album. This one is an extension of that."
Few artists walk the line between traditional and contemporary country as well as Moore, and he plays the role of country ...