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Brothers Osborne, Willie Dan + Shay top release schedule

Friday, September 15, 2023 – Brothers Osborne are out with their fourth studio disc, a self-titled affair. T.J. and John Osborne utilized an outside producer, Mike Elizondo (Sheryl Crow, Turnstile, Dr. Dre, Twenty One Pilots, Lin-Manuel Miranda) to produce. Elizonndo picked his own band of studio musicians, including Paul McCartney's drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. behind the kit. Miranda Lambert provides the sole guest vocals on "We Ain't Good at Breaking Up," after co-writing the song with Brothers Osborne and Jesse Frasure. The brothers co-wrote every song on the album, including their chart-climbing current single "Nobody's Nobody," penned with Elizondo and Kendell Marvel.

Willie Nelson never seems to slow down. Today, he is out with "Bluegrass," which puts a bluegrass spin on 12 songs composed by Nelson, including "On the Road Again," "Yesterday's Wine," "Still is Still Moving to Me" and "Good Hearted Woman." Nelson wrote all of the songs except "Good Hearted Woman" which has music and lyrics written by Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Produced by longtime musical collaborator Buddy Cannon, "Bluegrass" features musicians including Barry Bales (upright bass), Ron Block (banjo), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Josh Martin (acoustic guitar), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Seth Taylor (mandolin), Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, gut string guitar), Dan Tyminski (mandolin). Backing vocals wee provided by Wyatt Beard, Buddy Cannon, and Melonie Cannon.

Dan + Shay released "Bigger Houses" on Warner. Their fifth studio effort was co-produced by the duo's Dan Smyers and Scott Hendricks. The release contains a dozen songs with only one not written in part by either the other half of Dan + Shay, Shay Mooney, or Smyers.

Maren Morris is out with a surprise two-song EP, "The Bridge." "The Tree" was produced by Greg Kurstin and "Get the Hell Out of Here" was produced by Jack Antonoff. Morris indicated that the songs indicated that the songs pointed to her country music past, while "also freely moving forward."

Tyler Booth, a traditional country artist from Kentucky," released a six-song EP, "Keep It Real." This is his second for Sony Nashville and third overall. He cut the record with producer Beau Bedford, who has worked with Paul Cauthen, in Dallas.

Newcomer Colby Acuff of Idaho release "Western White Pines Deluxe," a follow-up to his recent debut. Produced by Eddie Spear (Zach Bryan, Cody Jinks) and recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studios, the extended edition features the 10 original tracks from "Western White Pines" as well as six new songs

Jim Lauderdale & The Po' Ramblin' Boys teamed up to put out "The Long And Lonesome Letting Go," a bluegrass effort. The 12-song LP features all-new Lauderdale co-writes, half of which were written with Po' Ramblin' Boys guitarist Josh Rinkel. Other co-writers include 10-time IBMA Award winner Becky Buller, North Carolina musician Joe Newberry, producer/songwriter Jimmy Ritchey and rising newer artists Logan Ledger and Alex Leach.

Southern Indiana-born, Nashville-based artist Stephen Wilson Jr. releases his debut double album, 'son of dad," via Big Loud Records. Wilson was a scientist with a degree in microbiology and chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University, a boxer, trained by his single father who himself was a two-time Indiana State Golden Gloves Champion, and a songwriter. The release is a 22-song tribute to Wilson's late father, who passed away exactly five years to the day of release date.

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CD review - Bluegrass Willie Nelson has a winner. How could it not be? It features some of the greatest songs in music history and some of the finest bluegrass players in the business. Most of all, it centers around Willie Nelson, one of the most iconic artists in the history of music, who at 90, has given bluegrass treatment to some of his favorite musical creations. Songs on "Bluegrass" include some of his most recognized, including "Good Hearted Woman" (co-written with Waylon Jennings), "On ...
CD review - Brothers Osborne There are no big social statements made on Brothers Osborne's self-titled album. However, as long as this brotherly duo matches John Osborne's funky/twangy electric guitar with T.J. Osborne's deep holler lead vocals, that scintillating sibling sound is more than good enough to satisfy. This album's 11 tracks find these two further perfecting their catchy, distinctive vibes. Country people, with their unique Bible Belt locales, probably think more about sin and its consequences ...
CD review - Don't Know A Thing About Love Who doesn't love and respect Willie Nelson? Willie, even at age 90, could sing the phone book – perhaps he has – and it would be worth hearing. Willie's latest is a tribute to the songwriting of Harlan Howard, the dean of country music songwriters, who passed away in 2002. Howard once described country music as "three chords and the truth." Howard wrote hundreds of country hits during his career. Nelson and producer Buddy Cannon picked 10 to showcase here, ...

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