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Urban, Carpenter, Swindell, Lauper release today

Friday, May 6, 2016 – Keith Urban pulls out "Ripcord" today leading the list of releases, including Cole Swindell, Mary Chapin Carpenter and a veteran, never known for her country songs.

Urban's disc already has produced a few hits - "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" and "Wasted Time" - even before its release. He gets help from Pitbull and Nile Rodgers on "Sun Don't Let Me Down" and Carrie Underwood on "The Fighter." Urban had a hand in producing every song

Mary Chapin Carpenter returns with "The Things That We Are Made Of," on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. Carpenter most recently had been on Rounder. Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), produced the 11-song set with Carpenter writing every song. Carpenter recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).

Georgia native Cole Swindell is out with his second album, "You Should Be Here," with the title track being the first single. Swindell, who has written for Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line, had hits on his debut with "Let Me See Ya Girl" and three consecutive chart-topping, platinum-certified singles: "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," "Ain't Worth The Whiskey" and "Chillin' It."

Cyndi Lauper is not necessarily thought of as a country artist, but she is today with the release of "Detour." Lauper released a country covers album with such songs as "Funnel of Love," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "Heartaches by the Number." Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jewel and Alison Krauss sing on the disc.

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Like Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash and few others, Mary Chapin Carpenter has continued to create music of substance long after the hit-making machine lost the wherewithal to appreciate her talents. Some have identified Carpenter's music having been too sedate since the turn of the century, lacking the appealing hooks and lively choruses of her commercial zenith. While not entirely inaccurate, Carpenter has never released an album without more positives than negatives. This streak continues »»»
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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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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