Ray, Owen, Tyminski release new discs
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Ray, Owen, Tyminski release new discs

Friday, June 23, 2023 – Michael Ray goes the EP route with "Dive Bars & Broken Hearts," a six-song effort produced by Michael Knox. Meghan Patrick helps out on "Spirits & Demons." The disc was recorded largely live with key road players from Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean.

Jake Owen delivers his seventh studio album, "Loose Cannon," and first for Big Loud. Produced by Joey Moi, the release contains 16 songs. This is Owen's first release since "Greetings From...Jake," which came out about four years ago. Writers include Ashley Gorley, Brent Cobb, Rodney Clawson, Jessie Jo Dillon and Luke Laird. The song "On the Boat Again," referencing Willie Nelson, has been getting attention.

Dan Tyminski returns to his bluegrass roots with "God Fearing Heathen," a 10-track collection. Released via 8 Track Entertainment, the project marks Tyminski's first bluegrass album in 15 years and his first ever album of original bluegrass compositions. Executive produced by Noah Gordon, the disc includes a new, bluegrass version of his hit "Hey Brother."

"Loving You" is the collaborative album by Amanda Shires and the late pianist and singer Bobbie Nelson via Silver Knife/ATO Records. Featuring songs Nelson and Shires played their entire lives, "Loving You" includes a few of Nelson's favorites along with her own solo piano title cut. Produced by Shires and Lawrence Rothman, the album traces Nelson's musical story and personal journey. Amanda and Nelson, Willie's sister, first met in 2013, thanks to their mutual musician friend, Mickey Raphael. The pair formed a kinship, and Shires jammed with the Family Band on occasion. In 2021, when Shires was working on her album "Take It Like a Man," she considered including "Always on My Mind" and asked Nelson to play on the track. They decided they should start their own group and saved "Always On My Mind" for what would eventually become "Loving You."

lEWiza Gilkyson is releasing her new album, "Home" on her own imprint, Realiza Records. "Home" reunites Gilkyson with producer/multi-instrumentalist Don Richmond.

Sister duo Tigirlily Gold spent more than five years playing clubs on Nashville's Lower Broadway. Now, after signing to Monument Records in 2021, sisters Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh arrive with their debut EP, "Blonde." They independently released their self-titled, debut EP in July 2021, working with r Shane McAnally. The Slaubaughs grew up in Hazen, N.D.

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Michael Ray wanted his latest EP to bring back a sound before country stars came from game shows and viral videos. While it's definitely slicker than any classic country record (which nowadays means '80s/'90s), it is a good one. The theme of the day is pairs - those that match and those that don't. "Spirits and Demons," a duet with Meghan Patrick, is a standout. It's a powerful gospel about the whiskey that ain't workin' to heal the broken heart. ...
CD review - God Fearing Heathen No one can accuse Dan Tyminski of rushing product to market. "God Fearing Heathen" is the 14-time Grammy winner's first solo album in six years, and it's his first bluegrass album in 15 years. It's also his first-ever album of original bluegrass songs. Tyminski, who has been a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station for nearly 30 years, earned international solo fame when he provided the vocal for George Clooney's performance of "Man of Constant ...
CD review - Greetings from...Jake Owen Jake Owen contributes to the writing of his album "Greetings From...Jake" on just one song called "Damn." Therefore, the success this project rises or falls with his vocals and song choices. Fortunately, Own has chosen some memorable songs to sing, and his singing voice has never sounded better. He's never better than on the single and album opener, "Down to the Honkytonk." It's a 'friends in low places' drinking song, where Owen's voice gets ...

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