Chesney tops releases; Musgraves out with Xmas disc

Friday, October 28, 2016 – Kenny Chesney is finally out with his new cd, "Cosmic Hallelujah," topping the list of releases including a Kacey Musgraves holiday disc and a Cole Swindell EP.

Chesney was slated to release the disc months ago, but delayed it. This is Chesney's 17th studio album. Chesney has a hit on his hands with "Setting the World on Fire," a song that also features pop singer Pink. Matraca Berg, Hayes Carll, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Allison Moorer, David Lee Murphy, Jon Nite, Josh Osborne and Craig Wiseman wrote songs for the release.

Cole Swindell releases "Down Home Sessions III" (Warner Nashville). The disc contains five songs: "You've Got My Number," "Does It Hurt," "Six Pack Lines," "Chevrolet DJ" and "Wildlife." The EP is being released in conjunction with Swindell's tour.

Kip Moore releases "Underground," a five-song EP. He recorded of the songs live in concert and wrote all five of the songs. "Underground" follows the release of his second CD "Wild Ones."

It's a "Very Kacey Christmas" for Kacey Musgraves as she's out with her first holiday disc. "I really wanted to create a whimsical throwback holiday record, one that evokes feelings of nostalgia and simpler times," Musgraves said. "I think that the fine musicians and brains that were a part of this project have helped me create a body of music that can be added to people's classic collections." Bing Crosby, the Andrew Sisters, Nat King Cole and the classic sounds of the '40s, '50s and '60s were inspiration for the dozen-song release.

Wayne "The Train" Hancock is out with "Slingin' Rhythm" (Bloodshot), his first CD since "Ride" in 2013. The veteran combines swing, country, jazz and blues.

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