Friday, November 11, 2016
– Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood go Christmas today with the release of their first holiday release, while Ronnie Dunn is out with a solo disc.
Brooks and Yearwood drop "Christmas Together," an 11-song collection of duets and solo performances. Songs include "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Santa Baby" along with several new songs - "Ugly Christmas Sweater," "Merry Christmas Means I Love You" and "What I'm Thankful For (The Thanksgiving Song)" featuring James Taylor.
Brooks is also out with "Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection," a 10-disc boxed set, which also includes his upcoming studio disc, "Gunslinger" and two songs exclusive to Target. One is an updated 25th anniversary reading of "Friends in Low Places" with special guests George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban on guitar
Dunn, one-half of Brooks & Dunn, releases "Tattooed Heart." The 12-song release includes "Damn Drunk" with Kix Brooks and "Still Feels Like Mexico" with Reba McEntire. Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus produced 10 of t he 12 songs. Dunn produced the title track himself, while Tommy Lee James produced the song with Reba. Dunn had a hand in writing two of the songs.
Emmylou Harris receives a tribute with the release of "The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris." The release, available as a CD and DVD, is taken from a Jan. 10, 2015 concert in Washington, D.C. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Patty Griffin, Chris Hillman, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel Lanois, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, The Milk Carton Kids, Buddy Miller, Conor Oberst, Herb Pedersen, Shovels & Rope, Mavis Staples, John Starling of The Seldom Scene, Trampled by Turtles, Sara Watkins, Holly Williams, Lucinda Williams and Harris played at the show.
On the bluegrass front, Balsam Range is out with "Mountain Voodoo" and Sideline with "Colors & Crossroads." This is Balsam Range's sixth release. Balsam Range is Buddy Melton (fiddle, lead and tenor vocals), Darren Nicholson (mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Lead Vocals, Baritone and low tenor vocals), Dr. Marc Pruett (banjo), Tim Surrett (bass, Dobro, baritone and lead vocals), and Caleb Smith (guitar, lead and baritone vocals). The five original members are all acoustic musicians and singers from North Carolina.
Sideline's release is its third for Mountain Home. The sextet consists of Steve Dilling (banjo and guitar), Skip Cherryholms (guitar), Brian Aldridge (mandolin), Nathan Aldridge (fiddle), Brad Hudson (Dobro), and Jason Moore (bass).