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McGraw, Strait top releases

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – Tim McGraw and George Strait lead the list of new releases today.

McGraw is out with "Sundown Heaven Town," which comes with 18 songs in its deluxe edition. Among the songs are "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" with wife Faith Hill and "Lookin' for That Girl." This is McGraw's 13th album, which he produced along with long-time producer Byron Gallimore.

Strait ended his concert career with a June gig in Dallas. "The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, Dallas" celebrates the concert with friends ranging from Vince Gill to Miranda Lambert to Martina McBride to Kenny Chesney.

Dobro player extraordinaire is represented by two releases today, the self-titled disc by The Earls of Leicester and "Three Bells' with fellow resophonic players, the late Mike Auldridge and Rob Ickes. The former disc is a tribute to Flatt & Scruggs. Charlie Cushman on banjo, Tim O'Brien on mandolin, Barry Bales on bass, Johnny Warren, son of longtime F&S fiddler Paul Warren, on fiddle and singer Shawn Camp round out the group. "Three Bell's includes only the three players.

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CD reviews for Tim McGraw

Damn Country Music CD review - Damn Country Music
Tim McGraw said of his 14th studio album, "Damn Country Music," "It's is all about passion, (taking him back to 1989) "when I came to Nashville to chase my dreams." Country music has richly rewarded him over the past two decades, and he honors the genre's tradition here. The album gets off to a very traditional start with Celtic folk. The flute and skillful acoustic picking on the opener "Here Tonight" bring a Mark Knopfler tune immediately to mind. »»»
Sundown Heaven Town CD review - Sundown Heaven Town
The banjo comes first out of the speakers, the opening strains of "Overrated," the lead-off song on Tim McGraw's latest. But with a "1-2-3-4" count, the mood changes and goes for a more modern country approach. McGraw does about the same on the follow-up "City Lights" with Michael Landau's steely, but rocking lead guitar taking over near the conclusion as it does later hard on "Sick of Me" where the protagonist contemplates a need to turn his life around. »»»
Two Lanes of Freedom CD review - Two Lanes of Freedom
Tim McGraw's debut on Big Machine, "Two Lanes Of Freedom" is his first record since the announcement that he gave up alcohol five years ago and the first since his acrimonious, litigious split from the only label he had ever known, Curb. The new CD literally and symbolically represents a fresh start. If only the material better reflected his new take on life. What is presented here is about as boiler plate as contemporary country gets. The album is a safe play and takes almost no chances. »»»