Friday, September 30, 2016
– It's a busy day for releases with veterans such as John Prine, Bob Weir and Jim Lauderdale plus newcomer William Michael Morgan releasing his first full-length release.
John Prine gets help from a lot of friends on "For Better, Or Worse." Only 1 of the 14 songs is sung solo. Otherwise, Prine gets help from Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea and Susan Tedeschi.
Bob Weir is best known for being a member of the Grateful Dead. He is out with "Blue Mountain," a dozen songs squarely in the country and roots canon. This is Weir's first disc in 10 years and his first of original material in 30. Producer Josh Kaufman partnered with Weir on the album, which features songwriting collaboration with Josh Ritter and performances from guitarist brothers Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf all of The National.
Veteran country singer and songwriter Jim Lauderdale gives a nod to Texas on "This Changes Everything," his 28th album. The release presents Lauderdale's take of the traditional Texas dancehall sound, filled with shuffles and rave-ups. All 11 songs include a songwriter from Texas. Among them is the George Strait hit "We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This." The disc also includes co-writes with Bruce Robison ("There is a Horizon," "This Changes Everything"), Hayes Carll ("Drive"), Daryl Burgess ("All the Rage in Paris," previously recorded by The Derailers and Randy Rogers Band with Johnny Bush), Odie Blackmon ("Lost In The Shuffle"), and Frank Dycus ("It All Started And Ended With You," "The Weakness Of Two Hearts," "I'll Still Be Around").
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrates its golden anniversary with "Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Friends - Circlin' Back: Celebrating 50 Years." The disc, which also includes a DVD, was recorded live at the Ryman. Prine, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Byron House, and Jerry Douglas all play on the release. Early Dirt Band member Jackson Browne plus longtime member Jimmy Ibbotson also contributed. Jeff Hanna (guitars/vocals), Jimmie Fadden (drums/harmonica/vocals), Bob Carpenter (keyboards/accordion/vocals) and John McEuen (banjo/fiddle/guitar/mandolin) comprise the band.
McEuen also is out with the 16-rack "Made in Brooklyn" (Chesky). McEuen McEuen brought together musicians into one room for the recording.
Morgan has had a long simmering hit on his hands with "I Met a Girl," which also appeared on a six-song EP out earlier this year. Now, the Mississippi native is back with a 11-song release of traditional country music, "Vinyl."
North Carolina-based band Mandolin Orange's "Blindfaller" (Yep Roc) play bluegrass, country and Americana music and follows last year's "Such Jubilee." The duo is comprised of Emily Frantz (fiddle/vocals) and Andrew Marlin (mandolin/vocals) and recorded the album in a one-week break from touring at Rubber Room Studio in Chapel Hill, N.C. They added a full band, which features Clint Mullican on bass, Kyle Keegan on drums, Allyn Love on pedal steel and previous collaborator, Josh Oliver, on guitar, keys and vocals.
New Orleans ace guitarist Luke Winslow-King returns with "I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always " (Bloodshot). Winslow-King adopts a bluesy take on a release about his divorce from former music partner Esther Rose.
Aubrie Sellers released "New City Blues," an amalgam of country, rock and roots, earlier this year on her to solid reviews. Now, Warner is reissuing the disc with two new songs, "The Beach Boys "In My Room" and The Zombies' "The Way I Feel Inside." Sellers, the daughter of Lee Ann Womack and Jason Sellers, has a new single out "Sit Here and Cry."