Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Mary Gauthier release new CDs
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Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Jim Lauderdale, Mary Gauthier release new CDs

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.

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CD review - Stronger Than the Truth The beauty of Reba McEntire's albums flows from her way with a phrase, knowing when to modulate to carry us deeper into sadness or joy and when to pull back when she wants us to listen quietly to the lessons of a tear falling. Her songs can also urge us to scamper across the dance floor to twin fiddles, celebrating the exhilarating freedom of the moment or the satisfaction of breakup from a messy relationship. This album follows the end of McEntire's marriage to her manager. ...
CD review - My Kind of Christmas (expanded version) Reba McEntire's "My Kind of Christmas," is essentially the same album, with the same title, she released a while back through Cracker Barrel. The project is mostly comprised of the country Wonder Woman's strong singing voice, backed by acoustic piano. The new wrinkle in this expanded edition, though, is a bevy of guest vocalists. These guest spots are so good, it's worth the extra bucks to get the full package. Reba is joined by the dynamic husband and wife team, Vince ...

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