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Strait, Rhett, Henley, Lauderdale release new music

Friday, September 25, 2015 – The surprise new album from George Strait, "Cold Beer Conversation," along with new ones from Thomas Rhett and Jim Lauderdale plus a veteran country singer.

Strait announced his new disc on Tuesday in Las Vegas. "Cold Beer Conversation" was produced by Strait and Chuck Ainlay with 13 songs. Strait had a hand in writing several songs as did his son, Bubba. He also relied on Strait mainstay Dean Dillon along with the likes of Jamey Johnson and Keith Gattis.

Rhett is back with his sophomore effort, "Tangled." Rhett had much success with his debut, "It Goes Like This," with hits including the title track, "Make Me Wanna" and "Get Me Some of That." His new single is "Died a Happy Man." He already had a hit with "Crash And Burn" from the new disc, which employed four different producers. Jordin Sparks sings on "Playing With Fire."

Don Henley of The Eagles will release "Cass County," his first solo disc since "Inside Job" in 2000.

Jim Lauderdale explores the traditional sounds of Memphis and Nashville with his double album, "Soul Searching: Vol. 1 Memphis/Vol. 2. Nashville" (Sky Crunch Records). The Nashville set was produced by produced by Jim and Luther Dickinson and was tracked at the Nashville Victor Studio A. "Vol. 1 Memphis" was tracked at Royal Studios, home base for producer Willie Mitchell and Hi Records.

Clint Black is out with his first album of all new material, "On Purpose," in 10 years. Black recorded "You Still Get To Me" with his wife, Lisa Hartman Black. He recorded and produced the 14 new tracks in his Nashville studio.

Mac McAnally, who plays in Jimmy Buffett's band, will release "A.K.A Nobody" on Buffett's label, on Mailboat Records. All but one of its songs were written by McAnally, either on his own or with co-writers including Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Sonny Landreth, Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson.

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Cold Beer Conversation CD review - Cold Beer Conversation
recording front. This surprise release shows an artist now in his early 60s completely capable of being the leading voice for his brand of country music, which is increasingly rare these days. Strait always has enjoyed a voice that resonates and is dexterous depending on the style. And the Texan sticks with the types of styles that brought him to the top - traditional country ("Let It Go," "Goin' Goin' Gone"), Texas swing ("It Takes All Kinds") and Zydeco »»»
The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium CD review - The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium
George Strait has been one of the most dependable country music stars for three decades. In this day and age, the Texan is a certifiable throwback. He's low key, not a self-promoter. All's he has done is churn out hit after hit for decade after decade. He has not been the kind of artist who put his finger up in the air either or trading his cowboy hat for a baseball cap. When looking up the definition of traditional country, George Strait sits at the top. Strait tackles 20 songs on »»»
Love Is Everything CD review - Love Is Everything
George Strait may have reached his seventh decade, but he shows zero signs of slowing down. In fact, Strait seems to be getting even more consistent as he gets older. Strait doesn't stray all that far from the formula that has resulted in superstar status. First and foremost, that means his sonorous voice is mixed far above the music, a very good thing. He is comfortable on everything including hard core country (pedal steel, fiddle and mandolin are not tacked on afterthoughts with »»»
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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