New albums by Tim McGraw and the Tractors highlight this week's country releases, which also include a number of reissues from legends ranging from Jimmie Rodgers to Bob Wills.
McGraw's Set This Circus Down on Curb Records is the singer's first new studio album since 1999's A Place in the Sun. The album includes McGraw's current radio hit, "Grown Men Don't Cry" (RealAudio excerpt), and his duet with wife Faith Hill on Bruce Robison's "Angry All the Time" (RealAudio excerpt).
The Tractors debuted in 1994 with a self-titled, self-produced album that went double-platinum and garnered the group two Grammy nominations, three Academy of Country Music nominations and a Country Music Association Video of the Year award. Since then, they've released a Christmas album and 1998's Farmers in a Changing World. Their new Fast Girl on Audium Records continues the group's eclectic musical bent, with guest appearances by mandolinist/vocalist Sam Bush, guitarist James Burton, Leon Russell on piano and drummer D.J. Fontana. The album's debut single is "Can't Get Nowhere," a rockabilly tune.
The Best of Freddy Fender and The Best of Flatt & Scruggs are the latest in the 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection series. The former's 12 digitally remastered tracks include such signature songs as "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," along with such older cuts as "Secret Love," "You'll Lose a Good Thing," "Vaya Con Dios" and "The Rains Came." The latter features such classics as "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "My Cabin in Caroline."
Take Me Back to Tulsa on Rounder Records features 16 tracks from Western swing legend Bob Wills' Columbia recordings between 1935 and 1942, including the title song and "San Antonio Rose."
Smithsonian Folkways recordings has two reissues this week. The Folkways Years: 1964-1983 features bluegrass innovators Red Allen and Frank Wakefield. On the Road (And More) includes 19 tracks by the progressive bluegrass group the Country Gentlemen.
Blues label Catfish Records will issue its first record by country music pioneer Jimmie Rodgers. The Brakeman's Blues includes such evergreens by the Mississippi Blue Yodeler as "Blue Yodel No.1 (T for Texas)," "In the Jailhouse Now" and "Gambling Bar Room Blues."