Keith, Rhett out with new music; Roberts returns
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
– Veteran Toby Keith and newcomer Thomas Rhett release new music today.
Keith is out with "Drinks After Work." Keith took songwriting credit on nine of 10 tracks, collaborating again with frequent partners Scotty Emerick, Bobby Pinson and Rivers Rutherford. A deluxe version of the CD adds Call A Marine, Margaritaville (featuring Sammy Hagar) and Chuckie's Gone, a tribute to Keith's bandleader Chuck Goff, who died unexpectedly in February.
Rhett, a Georgia native, debuts with "It Goes Like This," which is also the hit single from the disc. Rhett, the song of country singer and songwriter Rhett Atkins, has had previous success with Something To Do With My Hands and Beer With Jesus. He also co-wrote 1994 by Jason Aldean, Parking Lot Party by Lee Brice, and Round Here by Florida Georgia Line.
Julie Roberts returned with her first disc, "Good Wine and Bad Decisions," with a known label in seven years for a label that has gone decades without a release, but is one of the linchpins of music - Sun. Roberts had a hit in 2004 with Break Down Here. She released the disc "Men & Mascara" in 2006 on Mercury Nashville, her last major label release. Roberts had an indie release in 2011.
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