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Aldean drops sixth album, Seegers his first

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – Jason Aldean drops his sixth album, "Old Boots, New Dirt," today. The disc features the hit single "Burnin' It Down," which has led the charts since its release. Michael Knox once again produced Aldean. The release contains 15 songs with none written by Aldean. He has songs from such writers as Ashley Gorley, Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Hillary Lindsey, Wendell Mobley, Rhett Akins, Brett James and David Lee Murphy.

Newcomer Doug Seegers is out with "Going Down to the River," his debut at the age of 62. Seegers, who has frequently been homeless, was discovered by a Swedish country singer at a Nashville food pantry. Will Kimbrough produced the dozen-song disc. Emmylou Harris featured on the song "She," written in part by Gram Parsons.

Husband-and-wife Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn are out with their debut, "Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn." They have gained acclaim as banjo players on their own careers. The disc contains banjo and vocals on Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues.

Shelby Lynne's "I Am Shelby Lynne" receives the deluxe edition CD/DVD treatment on its 15th anniversary. The disc features the re-mastered full-length disc plus six previously unreleased bonus track s from the original sessions and a 15-song, 90-minute concert from the House of Blues in Los Angeles from April 28, 2000.

Hal Ketchum, best known for "Small Town Saturday Night" and "Past the Point of Rescue," returns with his first album in six years, "I'm the Troubadour." The 15-song set was produced by Texas singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave. Ketchum reprises his 1995 hit, "Stay Forever" and his 1991 hit, "I Know Where Love Lives."

CD reviews for Doug Seegers

Going Down to the River CD review - Going Down to the River
You have to feel a pang of pride when you hear the story of Doug Seegers. In fact, it's not a stretch to say you could have seen him live and didn't even know it. At 62, he's a guy who basically opened his guitar case and played the street corners of Nashville, New York, Austin and probably most every city he's traveled through. Seegers also is now the darling of Sweden's country music crowd and gaining recognition in his home country following this much-ballyhooed debut. »»»
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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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