Gilbert, Hank, Orbison out with new music
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
– Brantley Gilbert and a never before released Hank Williams collection are out today. The late Roy Orbison gets a deluxe treatment with his last release, "Mystery Girl Deluxe."
Gilbert drops his third studio release, "Just As I Am" (Valory). He already has a number one single with "Bottoms Up," and he wrote every song on the release.
Williams performed on radio shows, and "The Garden Spot Program 1950" (Omnivore) is one such release. The disc contains 4 different 15-minute radio segments done for a radio station in Iowa, but recorded in Nashville. The backing band was not his Drifting Cowboys, according to the liner notes.
Roy Orbison died shortly before "Mystery Girl" was out. "Mystery Girl Deluxe" reprises the 1989 disc with an extra disc of outtakes and one song that did not make it onto the release, "The Way Is Love." An hour-long documentary about the recording of the disc is included.
On the bluegrass end, Chatham County Line releases "Tightrope" (Yep Roc). This is the sixth release from the five-man band from Raleigh, N.C.
Danny Roberts is a member of the bluegrass band The Grascals. He steps out on "Nighthawk" (Crossroads). This is his first solo release since 2004's "Mandolin Orchard." Roberts is a four-time winner of the SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year Award. Danny is also a regular cast member of ABC's Nashville, playing a member of the Rayna James band.
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