Kate Campbell, Tim Rushlow Lead New Releases

New works also out by Justin Trevino, Split Lip Rayfield.

Kate Campbell and former Little Texas frontman Tim Rushlow lead this week's country releases with new albums, joined by bluegrass outlaw band Split Lip Rayfield and solo artist Justin Trevino.

Also out this week are collections of classic material from influential country artists Jerry Reed and Floyd Cramer.

Kate Campbell's fifth album, Wandering Strange, out this week on Eminent Records, explores the realm of Baptist Hymns, from the traditional to new originals, bringing the artist back to her childhood

roots. It was a natural progression for Campbell, who is a preacher's daughter and sang in church as a youth, to record this collection of 11 songs.

"It dawned on me one day," Campbell said recently, "what if I just went down to Muscle Shoals and recorded the hymns I've always loved to sing, but done the way I'd always envisioned hearing them and singing them?"

The result is a collection of songs that includes Gordon Lightfoot's "The House You Live In" (

href="http://media.addict.com/music/Campbell,_Kate/The_House_You_Live_In.ram">RealAudio excerpt), Campbell's own "Bear It Away" and traditional hymn "Jordan's Stormy Banks."

The long-awaited eponymous solo debut from former Little Texas frontman Tim Rushlow is also out on Tuesday. Tim Rushlow, released on Atlantic Records, features Rushlow's current single, the Tim

Johnson-penned "She Misses Him," which tells the tale of a woman caring for a husband suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Similarly, many of the album's songs tell stories, from the tragic to the inspiring. Rushlow was able to indulge his own songwriting muse for his solo work in a way that he never could in Little Texas, so fans will get to glimpse a whole new side of the artist with this release.

Underground bluegrass band Split Lip Rayfield return this week with their third Bloodshot Records release, Never Make It Home. The band's combination of fast-picking musicianship and hard-edged lyrics and vocals resurfaces here on such tracks as "Dime Store Cowboy," "Kiss of Death" and "Movin' to Virginia," showcasing their outlaw aesthetic and skillful approach to banjo, mandolin and more.

Honky tonk and country artist Justin Trevino's new album, Traveling Singing Man, features two collaborations with Johnny Bush. The 13-track release follows Trevino's 2000 debut, Loud Music and Strong Wine, and includes such wistful tunes as "Unloved Unwanted" and "Leaving and Saying Goodbye."

Meanwhile, Buddha Records is offering two new 16-track releases this week in their RCA Country Legends series, spotlighting Floyd Cramer and Jerry Reed, respectively. Cramer was an extremely influential pianist on the Nashville scene in the '50s and '60s, and is credited with helping to create the classic Nashville sound. His Country Legends includes his biggest commercial hits, such as "Last Date" (RealAudio excerpt) and "San Antonio Rose," as well as rare material, including Floyd's take on the theme song to TV show "Dallas."

Grammy winner Jerry Reed, meanwhile, has been in the spotlight as a singer, a guitarist, an actor and a songwriter. Reed's Country Legends collection features his breakthrough hit, "Amos Moses"

(RealAudio excerpt), as well as a number of top 20 singles and number ones, including "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)" (RealAudio excerpt) and "When You're Hot, You're Hot." Also included is Reed's "East Bound and Down," the theme to "Smokey and the Bandit," a film in which he also appeared.