Milsap, Messina unveil new discs
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
– Ronnie Milsap and Jo Dee Messina lead the short list of new releases today.
Milsap returns with "Summer Number Seventeen," which includes several new songs and also Milsap putting his stamp on pop standards ("Mack the Knife"), rock ("Mustang Sally") and R&B ("Georgia On My Mind").
Messina goes her own way with "Me," an independent release. Messina had spent her entire career on Curb. But she split with the label and formed her own label. Messina raised money through Kickstarter to fund the effort.
Dex Romweber Duo consists of Sara and Dex Romweber. Once upon a time, he was in the surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo Flat Duo Jets, while Sara was in Lets Active.
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