Earle, Isbell, EYB deliver new sounds
Friday, June 16, 2017
– Steve Earle, Jason Isbell and Eli Young Band are out with new music today.
For Earle, "So You Wanna Be An Outlaw" represents a return to the Warner label, where he released music until about 20 years ago. Earle, 62, mines Outlaw Country sounds. Earle's long-time backing band, The Dukes, satisfied that role again. Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert provide help as well on the disc produced by Richard Bennett.
Isbell's career has been on the steady rise since he left Drive-By Truckers. He's hoping to continue that with "The Nashville Sound." This is his sixth solo album and first since "Something More Than Free" two years ago.
Eli Young Band returns with the 11-song set, "Fingerprints." Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover co-produced the release, which marks the band's debut for the Valory Music Group. The 11 songs include the lead-off track, "Saltwater Gospel," which was released as a single a year ago. This is EYB's sixth CD release.
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