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Underwood, Nelson release new albums

Friday, September 14, 2018 – Carrie Underwood is out with "Cry Pretty" today, while Willie Nelson released his third disc in 11 months, a tribute to his late friend Frank Sinatra.

Underwood continues with a pop/rock bent on her latest with the title track the first single. Underwood had a hand in writing 8 of the dozen songs, including the new single "Love Wins." This was her first album for Capitol Nashville after spending her entire career on RCA. "Cry Pretty" also marked the first time she self-produced, working with David Garcia, who co-wrote and co-produced "Meant to Be."

Nelson explores the Great American songbook once again, something he first did four decades ago with "Stardust." Long-time producer Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings produced the new set. The music includes such hits as "Fly Me to the Moon," "Summer Wind" and "My Way."

Asleep at the Wheel, the kings of Texas swing, are out with their first disc of new material in a decade, "New Routes." AATW did an album with Willie Nelson ("Willie and the Wheel") and also did two albums worth of Bob Wills tribute songs.

Steve Forbert is a rootsy folk performer. He's out with "The Magic Tree" as well as a memoir, "Big City Cat - My Life in Folk-Rock ."

Veteran bluegrass band Nothin' Fancy is out with "Time Changes Everything" on Mountain Fever. Founding members Mike Andes (mandolin/vocals), Mitchell Davis (banjo), and Chris Sexton (fiddle/vocals) are joined by new members Caleb (guitar/vocals) and James (bass) Cox. Andes sings on 8 of the 12 tracks.

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Cry Pretty CD review - Cry Pretty
Carrie Underwood's life was reading straight from the storybooks: one of the few American Idol Winners with ongoing success; a professional athlete for a husband; a beautiful baby boy. The string of great fortune turned sharply in 2017, when Underwood began the unfathomable experience of three consecutive lost pregnancies. This was atop a frightening fall at her home that ended with her face in nearly 50 stitches. Sharing these moments with her fans makes the beamingly-beautiful singer »»»
Storyteller CD review - Storyteller
Carrie Underwood's powerful voice has been her calling card throughout her career, and that is no different on her latest. She has always possessed a voice that can be chameleon-like and work with the material at hand. Underwood does that again on these 13 songs, 6 of which she helped pen. Underwood knows a thing or two about writing or finding material that fits her commercial orientation as almost all 13 could conceivably be picked as singles. They are big sounding, big voiced and radio ready. »»»
Greatest Hits: Decade #1 CD review - Greatest Hits: Decade #1
Greatest hits albums are often derided as creative placeholders, or worse yet, contractual obligations. In Carrie Underwood's case, the album subtitled "Decade #1" is a chance to take a somewhat awe inspired look at what a successful career this American Idol alumnus has already had to date. One of its two new songs, the single "Something in the Water," is a wonderfully gutsy move on Underwood's part. Country is one of the rare genres where a Christian can sing of »»»
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: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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