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Chesney, Womack dish out new sounds

Friday, October 27, 2017 – Kenny Chesney went deep and live today, while Lee Ann Womack is out with a new album today on a new label.

Chesney is out with "Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts" (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville). Chesney listened to hundreds of hours of concerts and ended up choosing 13 songs from Foxboro Mass., where he has already played 17 stadium shows.

Womack puts out "The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone" on ATO after spending most of her career on MCA and Sugar Hill. The 14-song disc was produced by husband Frank Liddell. She had a hand in writing half of the songs. She also covers "Long Black Veil" and songs penned by George Jones and Harlan Howard.

Canadian folk/roots trio The Wailin' Jennys return with "Fifteen" on Red House, the group's first release in six years. The group consists of Nicky Mehta and Ruth Moody and Heather Masse. Their last release was 2011's "Bright Morning Stars."

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Here and Now CD review - Here and Now
For many years now, Kenny Chesney has been the number one yacht country artist; one never spotted far from an ocean or without an adult beverage in his hand. However, this album's title track expresses a much deeper perspective on life. "I must've sat on a dozen islands/Watched the sun sink into the sea." Previously, island living was the reason for life. Now, life's purpose is described as much more internal than external. Call it trading that pirate flag for a little more mindfulness. »»»
Songs for the Saints CD review - Songs for the Saints
Kenny Chesney's "Song for the Saints" is a step in the right direction for the popular country star. Inspired by the Hurricane Irma disaster, which hit Chesney personally as it destroyed a house he owned in the U.S. Virgin Islands, these songs are more serious and heartfelt than typical Chesney music. Best of all is "Love for Love City," a reggae duet with Ziggy Marley incorporating steel drums into an inviting island mix. It's followed by a cover of Lord »»»
Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts CD review - Live in No Shoes Nation: 10 Years of Concerts
Kenny Chesney's "Live in No Shoes Nation" accurately recreates an experience of seeing the diminutive party animal live. Chesney has found an extremely lucrative niche as country music's Jimmy Buffett (although much of Buffett's island-y pop music appeals to many of today's non-discerning country music listeners). Also, with songs like "Pirate Flag," Chesney has even borrowed a few of Buffett's sea-related lyrical themes. This live CD could have been »»»