Underwood becomes the "Storyteller"
Friday, October 23, 2015
– Carrie Underwood leads the release schedule today with "Storyteller," a collection of 13 songs produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright and Zach Crowell. The single "Smoke Break" is the lead song from Underwood's sixth studio disc. She opts for a modern country sound.
The Cox Family is back with their first album in 17 years. Only "Gone Like the Cotton" is not exactly new. The Louisiana bluegrass started recording this album in 1998 with Allison Krauss producing. But their label, Elektra, shelved the disc, which sat in the closet until a few record label heads got together and decided the music should be released.
Ted Hawkins was a street performer in Venice, Cal, a bit on the bluesy side. Now he gets the country treatment in "Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins." Kasey and Bill Chambers, Sunny Sweeney, Mary Gauthier, James McMurtry and Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours all contribute.
Jimmy Fortune was the former tenor singer of The Statler Brothers for 21 years. He's on his own with "Hits & Hymns," which combines religious music and songs that were hits for The Statlers.
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