Parmalee, Evans release new sounds
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Parmalee, Evans release new sounds

Friday, July 21, 2017 – Parmalee released its second major label album, while Sara Evans has gone her own way.

Parmalee pays tribute to its North Carolina roots with "27861," the zip code where the quartet grew up. After three indie album releases, the group gained acclaim with its 2013 release "Feels Like Carolina," which yielded "Carolina," "Close Your Eyes" and "Already Callin' You Mine" as hits. The new release contains a dozen songs with "Sunday Morning" the current single.

Evans is out with "Words" on her own Born to Fly Records. The 14-song collection features 14 separate female writers, including Ashley Monroe, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Sonya Evans. Evans worked with co-producer Mark Bright, who also performed the chores for "Real Fine Place' in 2005 and "Slow Me Down" in 2014. The lead single is "Marquee Sign," which also includes her daughter, Olivia Evans, 14.

Several bluegrass albums also were released today. The Farm Hands, a quartet from Nashville, is out with "Colors," featuring the single "Rural Route." The group consists of Tim Graves on resophonic guitar, Daryl Mosley, Keith Tew and Don Hill. Kimberly Bibb joins them on fiddle.

Eddy Raven, better known as a country singer, recorded his first bluegrass album, "All Grassed Up," with Carolina Road. Raven, 72, has been known for Cajun-styled country music. He has charted more than 35 singles in his career, including the number 1 hits "I Got Mexico", "Shine, Shine, Shine," "I'm Gonna Get You," "Joe Knows How to Live," "In a Letter to You" and "Bayou Boys." Carolina Road is Lorraine Jordan's backing band.

Kim Robins is out with "Raining in Baltimore," which was produced by Ron Stewart and Ricky Wasson. Adam Steffey, Harold Nixon and Stewart are among those playing on the disc. This is Robins' debut for the label after the Indiana native released a disc independently.


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