Skaggs, Owen, Lauderdale/Hunter out with new music
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
– Ricky Skaggs veers towards country (sometimes), while Jake Owen goes small in new releases out today.
Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder are out with "Music to My Ears," an album showcasing Skaggs' country and bluegrass abilities. He produced the disc with Gordon Kennedy, which includes a tribute to Doc Watson, "Tennessee Stud." This is Skaggs' first new album in three years.
Owen went about one year since releasing "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," his third release. So he thought it was time to have a bit of fun, putting out a four-song EP with a summer vibe, "Endless Summer."
Jim Lauderdale and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter teamed up for "Carolina Moonrise," a follow-up to last year's "Rhyme And Reason" (Compass). The two go for a bluegrass sound.
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