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.