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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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My Way CD review - My Way
Not one to rest on his laurels, Willie Nelson's second studio release of the calendar year finds the artist dipping back into the Great American Songbook. Previous collections, including 1978's stellar Stardust, 2009's "American Classic" and 2016's "Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin," established Nelson as one of the finest modern interpreters of American standards. So, it is only fitting that he now pays tribute to the man widely recognized as the »»»
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 »»»
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: Turnpike Troubadours are winners – The Turnpike Troubadours had a lot of competition when playing Beantown - the Red Sox playoff game first and foremost. No matter though because the country band put on their own winning show. That was no surprise given the individual abilities of the band, not to mention a plethora of worthy songs to choose from. It all starts with lead singer Evan Felker.... »»»
Concert Review: The Killer lives on with Low Cut Connie – Jerry Lee Lewis isn't exactly out and about hitting the clubs these days. But if he was searching for someone who was carrying on his torch, he would do well to check out Adam Weiner, the force behind Low Cut Connie. The Philly band was highly entertaining with Weiner a true force of nature. Think Lewis merged with Springsteen (although The Boss is The Boss).... »»»
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