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Urban, Carpenter, Swindell, Lauper release today

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Keith Urban pulls out "Ripcord" today leading the list of releases, including Cole Swindell, Mary Chapin Carpenter and a veteran, never known for her country songs.

Urban's disc already has produced a few hits - "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" and "Wasted Time" - even before its release. He gets help from Pitbull and Nile Rodgers on "Sun Don't Let Me Down" and Carrie Underwood on "The Fighter." Urban had a hand in producing every song

Mary Chapin Carpenter returns with "The Things That We Are Made Of," on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. Carpenter most recently had been on Rounder. Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), produced the 11-song set with Carpenter writing every song. Carpenter recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).

Georgia native Cole Swindell is out with his second album, "You Should Be Here," with the title track being the first single. Swindell, who has written for Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line, had hits on his debut with "Let Me See Ya Girl" and three consecutive chart-topping, platinum-certified singles: "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," "Ain't Worth The Whiskey" and "Chillin' It."

Cyndi Lauper is not necessarily thought of as a country artist, but she is today with the release of "Detour." Lauper released a country covers album with such songs as "Funnel of Love," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "Heartaches by the Number." Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jewel and Alison Krauss sing on the disc.

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Songs From the Movie CD review - Songs From the Movie
Mary Chapin Carpenter revisits 10 songs - not her greatest hits by any stretch - from her two-decade plus career with a twist. No guitars or anything else resembling her typical instrumentation (jazz drummer Peter Erskine contributes). Instead, Carpenter is often only backed by an orchestra on what is being billed as her debut orchestral record. Carpenter recorded the disc at London's AIR Studios with a 63-piece orchestra and 15-voice choir, the latter being under the radar screen throughout. »»»
The Age of Miracles CD review - The Age of Miracles
Like Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and few others, Mary Chapin Carpenter has continued to create music of substance long after the hit-making machine lost the wherewithal to appreciate her talents. Some have identified Carpenter's music having been too sedate since the turn of the century, lacking the appealing hooks and lively choruses of her commercial zenith. While not entirely inaccurate, Carpenter has never released an album without more positives than negatives. This streak continues »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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