Montgomery Gentry, Tammy Cochran Top New Releases

Albums from South 65, Merle Haggard also arriving in stores Tuesday.

Montgomery Gentry's second album, Carrying On, leads the pack of country releases hitting stores Tuesday.

The award-winning duo's follow-up to 1999's Tattoos & Scars includes such typically rowdy Montgomery Gentry fare as "While the World Goes Down the Drain" and "Hellbent on Saving Me," as well as the single "She Couldn't Change Me" (RealAudio excerpt), which sits at #16 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Montgomery Gentry are now on the Brooks & Dunn Neon Circus & Wild West Show tour.

Tammy Cochran's self-titled debut on Epic Records includes the single "Angels in Waiting" (RealAudio excerpt), which has been garnering a lot of radio attention. The singer/songwriter wrote the song about her two brothers, Alan and Shawn, who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. The song is #39 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Boy band South 65's debut album hits stores just as their record label, Atlantic Nashville, closes down. As a result, Dream Large will be promoted by Atlantic New York and Warner Records Nashville. The album includes a remake of Charlie Rich's 1973 hit "The Most Beautiful Girl," which was a moderate radio hit for South 65 earlier this year.

Merle Haggard releases two gospel albums this week on the Relentless Nashville label. Cabin in the Hills includes such gospel standards as "Farther Along" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." Haggard is joined on the album by musical guests Porter Wagoner and Bonnie Owens. On his second album, Two Old Friends, Haggard sings such classic songs as "I'll Meet You in the Morning" with Albert E. Brumley Jr., whose father wrote that and many other gospel evergreens.