McBride, Carter offer new sounds

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – Martina McBride and Carlene Carter release new albums today, while Emmylou Harris is going the reissue route.

McBride is out with "Everlasting," a collection of R & B and soul covers. Don Was produced the album. This marks the first disc for McBride as an independent artist. Songs include "Do Right Woman, Do Right Woman," "If You Don't Know Be My Now," "Suspicious Minds" and "Bring It On Home to Me," which she does to Gavin DeGraw.

Carter's disc, "Carter Girl," goes back to her roots. Carter sings songs that were done by the Carter Family of which she is a part, along with several others.

Harris reissues "Wrecking Ball," originally released in 1995 on Elektra as a three-disc set. The release contains a remaster of the original, one with bonus material including unreleased songs and alternate takes and the third, a DVD containing a making-of documentary. Harris collaborated with Daniel Lanois, who at the time was best known for his work with U2. The disc had an atmospheric bent. Songs include "Orphan Girl" by Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams' "Sweet Old World."

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