Lonestar, Patty Loveless, BR549 and Lila McCann lead a packed list of new country releases on Tuesday.
Although Lonestar are getting most attention right now for the hit ballad "I'm Already There" from their new album of the same name, the CD also boasts a number of uptempo songs, such as "Out Go the Lights," Mark McGuinn's "Unusually Unusual" and "Let's Bring It Back," written by Annie Roboff and Jeffrey Steele.
Loveless' new acoustic album, Mountain Soul, marks a return to the music of the Kentucky-bred singer's youth. The album spans gospel, bluegrass, mountain music and traditional country songs. Travis Tritt and Ricky Skaggs are among the artists making guest appearances.
This Is BR549 is the eclectic group's fifth album and its first on Sony Music Nashville's Lucky Dog imprint. The first single is Chuck Mead's "Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal." The group also draws upon veteran Nashville songwriters Harlan Howard and Kostas for "Let's See How Far You Get" and on British rocker Nick Lowe for "Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)."
Teenage singer McCann will release her third album, Complete, on Warner Bros. Records. "Come a Little Closer" is the first single released to country radio.
Jolie & the Wanted is the debut album on DreamWorks Nashville by Jolie Edwards and her five-piece band. Edwards is a former rock and roll singer from Omaha, Nebraska, who put together a band in Nashville that includes two former members of the EvinRudes.
Singer/songwriter and cult favorite Duane Jarvis (Lucinda Williams has long been singing his praises) has a new album on Slewfoot Records. Certified Miracle includes guest vocals by Buddy Miller and Joy Lynn White and guitar work by Richard Bennett. Williams and Jarvis co-wrote "Still I Long for Your Kiss" and "Pocket of Coins."
Bennett himself has a new album with dobro player Mike Auldridge and mandolinist Jimmy Gaudreau. Blue Lonesome Wind, on Rebel Records, includes 14 songs of traditional music, as well as traditional approaches to Bobby Goldsboro's "Come Back Home" and Rodney Crowell's "Home Sweet Home Revisited."
Mandolin wizard David Grisman teams with pianist Denny Zeitlin for an album of piano and mandolin duets. New River on Grisman's Acoustic Disc label, includes such numbers as "Dawg Funk" and "Brazilian Street Dance."
Joe Goldmark calls his new HighTone release Strong Like Bull ... But Sensitive Like Squirrel!, and the title gives you an idea of his playful approach to music. Goldmark, his steel guitar and sidemen tackle a variety of songs ranging from Eric Clapton's "Presence of the Lord" to Charlie Rich's "Lonely Weekends" to Nick Lowe's "Peace, Love and Understanding" to "Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine."
The late Hank Williams is the only country artist on blues label Catfish Records. The compilation album Blues Come Around includes 21 of Williams' bluesier numbers, including the title song and "Moanin' the Blues."
Columbia Records has a new reissue compilation of Johnny Cash songs. 16 Biggest Hits includes some of Cash's lesser-known songs, such as "Oney" and "To Beat the Devil," as well as songs with Waylon Jennings, the Highwaymen (Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson) and Anita Carter & the Carter Family.
Oh Boy Records has a compilation of Conway Twitty songs. Oh Boy Classics Presents Conway Twitty includes 14 of the late singer's hits, including "Hello Darlin'" and "On Our Last Date."