Tuesday, September 18, 2007
– Reba McEntire gets together with a bunch of musical heavyweights on her latest, "Duets" (MCA Nashville). The first single is the hit "Because of You," a hit for Kelly Clarkson, who sings with McEntire here. Others on the release are Kenny Chesney, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.
Emmylou Harris gets the retrospective treatment with "Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems" (Rhino), a four CD plus DVD sample of her three-decade career. The release contains previously unreleased material. The music includes work with her Hot Band, Gram Parsons, bluegrass songs and her recent work with Mark Knopfler.
Jim Lauderdale is in the midst of proving just how busy he is once again, starting with "The Bluegrass Diaries" (Yep Roc). His most recent releases were country and bluegrass CDs released at the same time. With this disc, Lauderdale will be releasing three albums in nine months on Yep Roc.
Mary Gauthier releases her fifth disc with "Between Daylight and Dark" (Lost Highway). This is the rootsy singer/songwriter's first since her label debut, "Mercy Now," in 2005. Gauthier was named the 2005 new/emerging artist of the year by the Americana Music Association. The new disc was cut live with few overdubs. Joe Henry, a musician in his own right, produced. Van Dyke Parks and Loudon Wainwright contribute to the release by the Louisiana native.