Stringdusters, Hemby drop music
Friday, January 13, 2017
– The Infamous Stringdusters return with "Laws of Gravity," a 13-song set that follows last year's disc with female singers and a tour with NIcki Bluhm. The quintet produced the release with Billy Hume and recorded it in Nashville and Virginia.
Natalie Hemby, better known as a songwriter, particularly for Miranda Lambert and others, is out with her debut, "Puxico," named for the MIssouri town where her grandfather lived. Mike Wrucke produced the nine-song release. Hemby's cuts include "Automatic," "White Liar" and "Only Prettier" by Lambert, "Pontoon" and "Tornado" by Little Big Town, "Drinks After Work" by Toby Keith and "Downtown" for Lady Antebellum.
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