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Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols lead new releases

Thursday, August 23, 2007 – Travis Tritt is back with his first disc for a new label, while traditional country singer Joe Nichols releases another album.

A Tom Russell tribute disc also is out this week.

Tritt put out "The Storm" on Category 5, a new Nashville label that has suffered growing pains. Randy Jackson of American Idol fame produced the disc, which has a soulful bent to it. "You Never Take Me Dancing," written by Richard Marx, is the lead single.

Nichols returns with a 13-song disc, "Real Things." Songs from the traditional country disc include "Come Back in a Cadillac" and "My Whiskey Years."

The Russell tribute disc is "Wounded Heart of America" (HighTone). Some of the 18 songs were previously released, including Suzy Bogguss' "Outbound Pane." Johnny Cash's "Veteran's Day" was out of print and only available on a European release. This is only a partial tribute because four songs include Russell himself. His versions of "Home Before Dark" and the "Death of Jimmy Martin" were recorded for this release.

Ronnie McCoury, one of Del's boys, is out with "Little Mo' McCoury," a 16-song disc of kids music on McCoury Music. Songs also include "I've Been Working on the Railroad" and "The Big Rock Candy Mountain."

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