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Rascal Flatts, Aldean, Cyrus dish out new music

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 – Rascal Flatts leads the list of new releases today with their sixth studio CD. But it's not a day for musical lightweights because Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Aldean, Emerson Drive and veteran folkie/country singer Ramblin' Jack Elliott also put out new music.

"Unstoppable," co-produced by Dann Huff and Rascal Flatts, is the band's first studio album since 2007's multi-platinum "Still Feels Good." The band will be out on the road supporting the music.

Cyrus is becoming better known for his daughter, Miley, than his own work. But he went "Back to Tennessee" to record this disc as the title suggests. The title track, also the current single, is in his daughter's movie coming out April 10, "Hannah Montana: The Movie." The Cyrus' duet on the song "Butterfly."

Jason Aldean has had success on his first two albums for Broken Bow. "Wide Open" may be poised to do the same as his first single, She's Country, is a hit for the Georgian.

Canadian band Emerson Drive make their label debut on the umbrella label of Big Machine with "Believe" (Valory Music). Belongs to You is the first single. Teddy Gentry of Alabama and Josh Leo, the same powerhouse team from the band's number one hit, Moments, produced the new CD.

In his late 70s, Ramblin' Jack Elliott steers towards country blues and away his country folk sounds on "A Stranger Here" (Anti-). Joe Henry produced the new songs, a follow-up to his label debut " I Stand Alone." Van Dyke Parks and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos guest on the CD.

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