Bryan, McGraw, Wade dish out new discs
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Bryan, McGraw, Wade dish out new discs

Friday, August 25, 2023 – One week after a surprise announcement, Zach Bryan is out with a new album, a self-titled affair. This is the Oklahoma native's fifth release. The disc contains 16 contains and contains songs and poetry, including "Fear and Friday's," the opening track. The War and Treaty help out on "Hey Driver," while Sierra Ferrell guests on "Holy Roller." Kacey Musgraves sings on "I Remember Everything," and The Lumineers appear on "Spotless."

Tim McGraw released his 16th studio disc, "Standing Room Only," with the title track a hit single. The disc was produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore, his long-time producer. The release contains 13 songs including ""Nashville CA/L.A. Tennessee" featuring Lori McKenna. She sings on the track as well.

Morgan Wade is out with her sophomore disc, "Psychopath." The release is the follow-up to "Reckless," which contained the hit single "Wilder Days." "Psychopath" was produced by Sadler Vaden of Jason Isbell's The 400 Unit. Wade wrote songs with Julia Michaels, Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Natalie Hemby, Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Butch Walker. The album also features five solo writes, including closer "27 Club."

Turnpike Troubadours return to action with "A Cat in the Rain," their first album in six years. The disc is out via Bossier City Records/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Shooter Jennings and recorded at Muscle Shoals' Fame Recording Studios and Dave's Room in Los Angeles, "A Cat in the Rain" marks a return for the band following their self-imposed hiatus in 2019 among internal issues. Pioneers of the Red Dirt music scene, Turnpike Troubadours is Evan Felker (vocals, guitar), Kyle Nix (fiddle), Ryan Engleman (electric guitar), RC Edwards (bass), Gabe Pearson (drums) and Hank Early (steel, accordion).

Old Crow Medicine Show released "Jubilee." The group once again co-produced with Matt Ross-Spang and recording at their own Hartland Studios. The album features appearances from soul singer Mavis Staples and Ferrell. The debut single is "Miles Away," a reflective track co-written by bandleader Ketch Secor and Molly Tuttle, with guest vocals from Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson.

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CD review - Summertime Blues Some have described celebrated singer/songwriter Zach Bryan's style as 'sad boy country' and only this sort of unhappy artist can make even getting off work sound a little depressing. However, Bryan does just that with his "Summertime Blues EP" opener, "Quittin Time." The track is introduced with mournful banjo and fiddle, which foreshadows Bryan's restless lyrical wait for his workday to end. Yes, he sings about how "I'll take my gal to town" ...

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