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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Center Point Road CD review - Center Point Road
Thomas Rhett represents a dilemma for traditional country music fans. Namely, that he doesn't create much country music that appeals to traditional tastes. Although "Center Point Road" doesn't entirely reverse that trend, even during its most overtly pop moments, this new collection of songs is still a pretty good one. The best song is also a love song - to a truck - titled "That Old Truck." It's the kind of song that only makes sense within country music circles. »»»
Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»