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Lauderdale, Hammertowne drop CDs

Friday, June 30, 2017 – Prolific singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale continues with his heavy release schedule, putting out the dozen-song disc "London Southern" today. Lauderdale recorded the music in England four years ago, but had to wait due to other projects before finding the proper time. The music has a Beatles influence. This is Lauderdale's 29th album.

Bluegrass band Hammertowne is out today with "Hillbilly Heroes." The group is comprised of Chaston Carroll on mandolin, Dave Carroll on guitar, Bryan Russell on bass and Brent Pack on banjo. Scott Tackett sings lead vocals as do both Carrolls and Russell. The group, which is on the Mountain Fever label, is based in eastern Kentucky. Dave Carroll has written songs for other artists, including Lonesome River Band ("The Game Is Over"), Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out ("Old Kentucky Farmers"), Grasstowne ("My Old Guitar and Me"), and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice ("It's Good to See The Homeplace Once Again"),

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