Tuesday, February 9, 2010
– Josh Turner brings his traditional country baritone to the fore on "Haywire," his fourth studio disc, which comes in standard and deluxe versions. The latter includes live versions of Long Black Train
and Your Man,
previous hits for the South Carolinian. The release also contains the current hit Why Don't We Just Dance.
Reckless Kelly, the Austin-based country rockers, pay tribute on "Somewhere in Time" to the music of Pinto Bennett, who with his band the Famous Motel Cowboys influenced musicians in the Northwest. Bennett served as a mentor and idol to RK's Willy Braun and his brother Cody, whose fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and vocal work help propel Reckless Kelly. In the company of band mates, David Abeyta on lead guitar and mandolin, Jay Nazz on drums, and Chris Schelske on bass, the country rock band explores their country influences and re-introduce Bennett's music.
Allison Moorer takes a different tack on "Crows" (Rykodisc). Instead of a country sound, Moorer opts for more of a jazzy bent. R.S. Field produced her first disc in two years.
Chris Cagle is out with "Best of Chris Cagle" (Capitol Nashville). Cagle is no longer on the label for which he had hits including Chicks Dig It, Laredo and I Breathe In, I Breathe Out.
Cowboy/country singer Michael Martin Murphey goes bluegrass again with "Buckaroo Blue Grass II - Riding Song." (Rural Rhythm)