K.T. Oslin Ends Long Hiatus; Chris Cagle Gets Makeover

Asleep at the Wheel collection from '80s also in stores Tuesday.

K.T. Oslin and Chris Cagle are getting fresh starts this week, and an Asleep at the Wheel collection from the ’80s finds the Western swing band paired with Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and Junior Brown.

Former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year K.T. Oslin returned to record bins Tuesday with her first studio release in five years, Live Close By, Visit Often (BNA Records), co-produced by the Mavericks’ Raul Malo, whom she met at the taping of a Roger Miller tribute show.

Tracks include a romantic ballad by Kris Kristofferson, “A Moment of Forever,” and a cover of the Rosemary Clooney classic “Come On-A My House,” which is getting airplay in dance clubs. Oslin wrote or co-wrote seven of the 12 tracks — four with Malo. She gives the swing treatment to a medley of three standards, including Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love.”

Capitol Records is re-releasing Chris Cagle’s debut album, Play It Loud, with two new songs: “Are You Ever Gonna Love Me?” and “I Breathe In, I Breath Out.” The latter was first recorded by country singer David Kersh. The original version of Cagle’s album, on defunct Virgin Records Nashville, came out in October.

Cagle co-produced the album and wrote eight of its 10 songs. So far the collection has yielded two hits: “My Love Goes On and On” and “Laredo.” The repackaged CD also will include the video for “My Love Goes On and On,” behind-the-scenes footage of Cagle on the road and new photos.

The Best of Asleep at the Wheel, the Millennium Collection gathers 12 tracks from two albums the Wheel cut for MCA Nashville in the 1980s. Guests include Nelson on “Write Your Own Song” and Raitt on “Lonely Avenue Revisited.” Brown, unknown outside Texas at the time, sits in on lap steel on a 1985 recording of the Bob Wills classic “Deep Water.”