Lynn, Smith release new music
Friday, March 4, 2016
– Loretta Lynn returns with her first album in a dozen years, while Granger Smith makes his full-length label debut.
Lynn is out with "Full Circle," her first since 2004's "Van Lear Rose." John Carter Cash and Patsy Lynn Russell co-produced the 14 songs, which includes new songs, covers and re-recordings. Elvis Costello sings on "Everything It Takes," and Willie Nelson closes out the set with "Lay Me Down."
Smith, a Texas artist, has gained success with the single "Backroad Song." That was on an EP out last year, but the song returns on "Remington." Smith has an alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr., who is a country hick. He appears on a few songs.
Bluegrass artist honors "Family, Friends and Heroes" on his latest, which does not include his backing band Dirty Kitchen as the group, but band members do help out. Solivan makes this a family affair with his father and late mother singing on the disc. Songs include "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Pretty Woman."
Vol. 2 of Granger Smith's "Country Things" leads off with "Man Made" a clever track, which posits that men may have made the world, but the women have made the men. He has a writing credit on five of the seven tracks. Per usual a few are by his alter ego Earl Dibbles. Jr. Typically, Mr. Dibbles typically tries way too hard to convince the listener that he belongs in the genre. In the first 60 seconds of "Diesel," he's got "his overalls on and a good dip in. ...
Fearing that the 16 songs that made up "Country Things" would get lost on a single album, Granger Smith opted for an opus. Volume 1 begins with the title track; co-written by Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line. It begins with simple fiddle and a laundry list of G-rated country things. There is no mention of alcohol, women or pickups. He refreshingly opts for rope swings, corner stores and other pieces of Americana. It has the feeling of being inspired by the pandemic with its focus on ...
For his ninth studio album, "When The Good Guys Win," Granger Smith used outside writers for half the 14 tracks. It is appropriate that Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard has a co-write credit. Much like FGL's sound, this effort feels like it was presented to a focus group of contemporary country listeners for approval before the final cut. The production is glossy, the melodies catchy and the themes bro country.The opening track sets the tone for the 49-minute collection. ...