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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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CD review - The Dirt and the Stars There is an air of quiet reflection on Mary Chapin Carpenter's 15th studio album. Although its 11 tracks were written and recorded prior to the global pandemic, "The Dirt and the Stars" is an appropriate artistic statement for these times - days in which socially-isolated people are left with more time to contemplate life and the human condition. Recorded live at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, England under the watchful eye of producer Ethan Johns, Carpenter ...
CD review - Sometimes Just The Sky Artists with Ivy League degrees are just like us, but they can see into the future a little ahead of time. Brown graduate Mary Chapin Carpenter was writing wry feminist anthems like "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" and "The Hard Way" over25 years ago. And even those songs were from her fourth studio album - Carpenter's full career spans since the late '80s. She's remained a critical fave from the start, but her luster as a country music ingenue has long worn off. ...
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. ...


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