Isbell, Alaina, Perry, Eden put out new discs
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Isbell, Alaina, Perry, Eden put out new discs

Friday, June 9, 2023 – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit are out with "Weathervanes" on his own Southeastern Records label. "Weathervanes" was recorded at Nashville's Blackbird Studio and features Isbell's band, the 400 Unit: Derry deBorja (acoustic and electric piano, organ, accordion, synthesizers, therevox, tackpiano, background Vocals), Chad Gamble (drums, percussion, congas), Jimbo Hart (electric bass, Bass), and Sadler Vaden (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric 12 string, acoustic 12 string, background Vocals). Special guests include Amanda Shires (fiddle, background Vocals) and harmonicist Mickey Raphael, who plays with Willie Nelson.

Lauren Alaina releases "Unlocked," a six-song EP and her debut with Big Loud after having been on Universal Music Group/Mercury for 11 years. Alaina had a hand in writing two of the songs including the closing track "Thicc As Thieves," featuring Lainey Wilson.

Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry fame releases a five-song EP, "Bloom," on Records Nashville/Columbia. The release is a return to country for Perry, who had hits with her three-piece family band, including "Better Dig Two" and "If I Die Young." The new release includes an update of the latter hit, "If I Die Young Pt. 2." Perry wrote songs for the project with Jimmy Robbins, Nicolle Galyon, Jesse Frasure, Sasha Sloan, Casey Brown and Parker Welling.

Brooke Eden is out with a four-song EP, "Outlaw Love," on Broken Bow. Lindsay Rimes produced the set with Eden helping write all four songs. Eden, who is gay, sings in support of various types of relationships with the line "leave the judgin' to Jesus."

Chase Matthew is out with his sophomore release, the 25-song "Come Get Your Memory" Warner Music Nashville. The project is the follow-up to Matthew's 2022 debut, "Born For This." Matthew helped write 20 of the songs. The debut single is "Love You Again."

Colby Acuff makes his debut with "Western White Pines" on Sony Music Nashville. Produced by Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Cody Jinks) and recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studios, Acuff wrote most of the 10 songs on his own. Originally from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Acuff learned piano at age 5, drums at age 9 and guitar at age 11, before performing for the first time at age 12. Acuff has released three albums independently — 2020's "Life of a Rolling Stone," 2021's "If I Were the Devil" and 2022's "Honky Tonk Heaven."

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CD review - Weathervanes Bob Dylan famously sang about how you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit do more than just gage wind direction with "Weathervanes." Isbell has a unique ability to get deep inside the heads of his various characters to reveal insightful patterns of thought and behavior. Along with his talented 400 Unit band, Isbell has given yet another smart set of songs. Isbell is especially adept at diagnosing pain points. ...
CD review - Georgia Blue Jason Isbell deserves kudos for putting a unique spin on the benefit album. Instead of throwing together a bunch of many times unrelated celebrities to pitch in, Isbell has brought together talented performers to cover Georgia-related songs and songs by Georgia-based artists. All proceeds support Black Voters Matter, Fair Fight and Georgia Stand-Up. Even if you may not support these groups, you will still enjoy this set of mostly familiar songs. The album opens and closes with two R.E.M. songs. ...
CD review - Reunions "It gets easier, but it never gets easy," Jason Isbell reminds us on the song "It Gets Easier." It's a simple couplet, utilizing small words, yet it expresses a big truth. Then, with the song's first verse, Isbell - a recovering alcoholic - relays a dream that finds him drinking again. "I woke up feeling fine/That's how I knew it was a dream," he explains, sounding both afraid and relieved. Yes, these words are personal for Isbell, but his message is ...

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