Bryan, Son Volt, Monroe out with new music
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
– Luke Bryan continues his tradition of releasing new music for spring break with "Spring Break ... Here to Party." This disc, released on CD unlike his digital only previous efforts, contains two new songs plus 12 previously released spring break songs.
Son Volt releases its sixth studio disc, "Honky Tonk." The disc is the follow-up to 2009's "American Central Dust" and contains 11 songs inspired by the classic honky tonk sound of Bakersfield. Bandleader Jay Farrar observes, "Honky tonk music is about heartache, heartbreak, the road."
Ashley Monroe has enjoyed a solo career, a songwriting career, being a member of the trio Pistol Annies, but today finally puts out an album with a full-fledged push from her label with "Like A Rose." Monroe released an mp3 disc in 2009, "Satisfied" on Columbia about 18 months after she had left the label.
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