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Urban, Nelson top new releases

Friday, April 27, 2018 – Keith Urban and Willie Nelson lead the releases out today.

Urban drops "Graffiti U," the follow-up to his 2016 release "Ripcord." He already had released "Female" and "Coming Home." The disc features more than 30 songwriting, producer and featured guest performance credits, including Greg Wells, Dann Huff, Mike Elizondo, Ed Sheeran, Ross Copperman, JHart, Julia Michaels, Nicolle Galyon, J.R. Rotem, Shane McAnally and Shy Carter.

Nelson is the "Last Man Standing" with his latest disc. Nelson's release contains 11 original songs and was produced by Buddy Cannon. This is the follow up to last year's "God's Problem Child." Most of the songs on "Last Man Standing" were pebed shortly after last year's release came out. The songs were recorded one time with no demos. The disc contains 11 songs.

Morgan Wallen, who is on the charts with "Up Down," featuring Florida Georgia Line, is out with his debut, " If I Know Me," on Big Loud Records. He wrote 6 songs of the 14 songs on the disc produced by Joey Moi. The project embodies Wallen's whiskey-soaked vocals and Southern rock edge. Wallen attended the same high school as Kenny Chesney in eastern Tennessee.

Sideline makes its debut, "Front and Center," on Mountain Home and fourth overall. The bluegrass band was founded by Steve Dilling (banjo), Skip Cherryholmes (guitar) and Jason Moore (bass). The side project changed focused as the core members were joined by Bailey Coe (guitar) and Troy Boone (mandolin). Newcomer Daniel Greeson replaced longtime band member Nathan Aldridge on fiddle in 2018.

Youthful bluegrass band ClayBank is out with "No Escape." The first single is "Queen of Carolina." Half of the North Carolina band is under 20;.

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CD reviews

Last Man Standing CD review - Last Man Standing
Willie Nelson is 123 years old and this is his 85th album. . No, that's not right, He's 85 and this is something like his 123rd album. At a certain point, the years and the numbers don't mean much any more. The bottom line is Willie Nelson has been around for a long time and made a lot of music. Willie will forever be remembered for the song "Whiskey River," but his voice has mellowed like a fine wine. Time has taken away much of the harshness and the off-flavors, if you will. »»»
Graffiti U CD review - Graffiti U
It's telling how two songs on Keith Urban's "Graffiti U" album chug along to a reggae beat because pop rhythms and non-country elements are the obvious inspirations for this collection. Opener "Coming Home" may borrow (steal?) a guitar riff from Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," but this is where that country road begins and ends. Urban follows "Coming Home" with "Never Comin' Down," which is introduced with a funky bass line »»»
Willie's Stash Volume 2 CD review - Willie's Stash Volume 2
The "boys" referenced in the title of Willie Nelson's "Willie's Stash Vol. 2," are his sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson. This second archival selection, following "December Day" (recorded with his sister/pianist Bobbie Nelson), was tracked in 2011 with producer Buddy Cannon at the helm. The album is mostly Hank Williams Sr. songs, along with a few other 'Hanks' (Cochran, Locklin and Snow), an Alyssa Miller number and one by the elder Nelson. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: No lead singer? No problem for The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester have been in a bind that could have caused other bands to cancel the show. The bluegrass band's lead singer Shawn Camp has suffered from laryngitis for 11 days. What to do? Put the vocals on the cords mainly of acoustic guitarist Jeff White and to a lesser extent Dobro player supreme Jerry Douglas.... »»»
Concert Review: At Newport Folk Festival, discovery rules – One of the enduring highlights of the Newport Folk Festival is the chance of discovery. This is not a festival filled with superstars. Far from it. Yes, there are veterans, who already have made a name for themselves (Brandi Carlile would fill the bill), and there are others who don't even know themselves how they landed in Newport.... »»»
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