Swift, Rogers/Bowen, Marlowe, Watson, Ray release new music
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Swift, Rogers/Bowen, Marlowe, Watson, Ray release new music

Friday, July 7, 2023 – Taylor Swift released "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" today. The 22-song disc of new recordings is the third installment of Taylor's Version albums. All son were written by Swift. The release includes six never before released songs, including "Castles Crumbling" (From The Vault) featuring Hayley Williams, "Electric Touch" (From The Vault) featuring Fall Out Boy and "I Can See You" (From The Vault). The disc also contains "The Story of Us," "Mean" and "December."

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen return for another round with "Hold My Beer, Vol. 3." The EP contains six original tunes full of fiddle and steel. Rogers and Bowen produced and co-penned each song. The pair worked alongside co-writers Rhett Akins, Brad Clawson, Drew Kennedy, Taylor Phillips, Aaron Raitiere and Allen Shamblin. The first volume came out in 2015 with volume two out five years later.

Dylan Marlowe released his debut EP, "Dirt Road When I Die," today. Produced by Joe Fox, the project features "You Were Right (Nat's Song)," released as a surprise for Dylan's now-wife on their wedding day in May. The release also includes one of his biggest songs, "Record High."The Statesboro, Ga. native has maintained a heavy touring schedule. Marlowe, who is no relation to Kameron Marlowe, first gained attention after posting his version of the Olivia Rodrigo hit "Driver's License," on TikTok.

Traditional country veteran Dale Watson pays tribute to blues singer Leadbelly on "Starvation Box today on Cleopatra Records. The title track from the Texas native is a collaborative effort between Watson and Mike Henderson. The disc includes blues, roots rock and folk sounds.

Frank Ray is out with his full-length debut disc today, a self-titled affair on Broken Bow. Ray, who once upon a time was a policeman in New Mexico, previously released an EP for Broken Bow/Stoney Creek Records. Produced by Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery), Ray mixes a traditional country sound with R&B and touches of Ray Latin heritage. The album features 15 tracks – 13 co-written by Ray.

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