A new album from Diamond Rio leads this week's country new releases, which also include a collection of Appalachian songs by Mason Brown & Chipper Thompson, remastered works from Charlie Rich, Rodney Crowell, Joe Maphis and Kris Kristofferson and a new collection of material
spotlighting the Dixon Brothers.
One More Day is the seventh album from country stalwarts Diamond Rio, who boast a decade in the business, and almost 20 top ten country hits. There are 13 new tracks on the album, written by such songwriters as Phil Vassar, Skip Ewing and Trey Bruce. It's the first album from the band since they were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1998, the same year they released their last album of new works, Unbelievable.
Ranging from energetic highs ("That's Just That," "Stuff") to sorrowful lows ("I'm Trying," "Hearts Against The Wind"), One More Day should prove to be just the emotional rollercoaster ride fans of the band have been anticipating for over two years.
Kris Kristofferson's first album, Kristofferson was repackaged and re-released by Monument records under the new title of Me and Bobby McGee after the huge success of Janis Joplin's cover of the song. Now Columbia/Legacy is re-releasing the album in a remastered version, with the original artwork, title and four bonus tracks.
In addition to "Me and Bobby McGee" (RealAudio excerpt), Kristofferson, which was originally released in 1970, features a number of legendary country tracks which were recorded by other artists, including "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "For the Good Times."
The bonus tracks on this release are "The Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me," "Shadows of Her Mind," "The Lady's Not For Sale" and "Come Sundown."
Rodney Crowell's 1989 album, Diamonds & Dirt, and Charlie Rich's 1973 release, Behind Closed Doors also receive remastered re-releases from the Legacy group this week.
Diamonds & Dirt was Crowell's fifth solo record, but it was also the one that broke him big in his own right. The album spawned five consecutive number ones, including such hits as "I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried" (
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The re-release features two previously unavailable tracks, "It's Lonely Out" and "Lies Don't Lie."
Charlie Rich, meanwhile, had been making music for two nearly two decades by the time his big break came, in the guise of Behind Closed Doors, The album brought country to the front for this artist, who originally started out with more R&B and pop music in his stylistic mix.
The album's title track (
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previously unreleased track, "I've Got Mine."
The late country legend Joe Maphis' 1957 debut, Fire on the Strings, gets the remastering treatment on Legacy Records this week, as well. The set, a mix of traditional tunes and Maphis originals like "Floggin' the Banjo," "Guitar Rock and Roll" (
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Also due Tuesday is the stateside release of the retrospective 23 Country Classics, from country swing stalwarts Asleep at the Wheel. Included among the 23 works is "My Baby Thinks She's a Train" with Merle Haggard, and "Bump Bounce Boogie" (
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guest appearance. 23 follows in the footsteps of last year's double reissue of the band's early 70s work, Comin' Right at Ya/Texas Gold.
Meanwhile, the third volume of the Dixon Brothers' hefty traditional bluegrass repertoire, Complete Works ... Vol. 3: 1937-1938, documents a fruitful period for South Carolinians Dorsey and Howard
Dixon, during which Dorsey wrote such classic tracks as "Wreck on the Highway" a song originally titled "Didn't Hear Nobody Pray" by Dorsey, but subsequently recorded and published by radio artists in the early 1940s under the alternate title before Dorsey was later able to convince a publishing company that the song was, in fact, his.
Finally, traditional Appalachian folk and its ancient roots are the name of the game for the recently-minted duo of Mason Brown and Chipper Thompson. The modern folk team tackles such mountain staples as "Oh, Death" and "Banks of the Ohio," as well as the Celtic-rooted "My Pretty Peggy-O" on their new record, Am I Born To Die.