Shelton, The Highwaymen release new projects
Friday, May 20, 2016
– Blake Shelton and The Highwaymen are the news releases out today.
Shelton is out with his 10th studio disc, "If I'm Honest," which contains the hit single "Came Here to Forget" and a duet with girlfriend Gwen Stefani, "Go Ahead And Break My Heart." This is Shelton's first disc since the end of his marriage to Miranda Lambert.
The Highwaymen are out with a four-disc set "Live American Outlaws" with three CDs and a DVD. The Highwaymen were comprised of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. The set includes 2 audio discs recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. on March 14, 1990; an audio disc with tracks recorded live at various Farm Aid Festivals and a previously unreleased full-length concert film recorded live at the Nassau Coliseum show and transferred from the original film reels especially for this collection. The release also debuts a previously unreleased recording of "One Too Many Mornings," an alternate take of a Bob Dylan song, which appeared on "Heroes," a 1986 collaboration album by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
Blake Shelton's 11th studio album finds The Voice advisor in a contented, one might even say homey, frame of mind. The opening track and first single "I'll Name the Dogs" sets the tone. It's a rollicking ode to domesticity that manages to make household chore distribution ("You find the spot and I'll find the money / You be the pretty and I'll be the funny") both romantic and amusing. The beat switches to hip-hop on "Money," but the sentiment »»»
This six-song "Blake Shelton Live EP" seems a little odd. It's not as though Shelton had an especially noteworthy tour to document. Besides, at only six songs long, it's a relatively short document, anyhow. While it may be little more than a post-it note of a project, though, it also packs a powerful punch.
You recognize right away the large amount of enthusiasm the act of singing to an audience brings out of Shelton. When compared to the recorded versions of these hits, »»»
If I'm Honest
Blake Shelton makes it abundantly clear that this is not going to be a light-hearted listen, despite his public demeanor. "I have never recorded a more personal or reflective album in my career," Shelton wrote on the cover insert. He said the 15-song release "touches both the highs and low of past year of my life." And that would first and foremost include his very public split with Miranda Lambert, which happened quickly and suddenly.
Shelton forlornly looks back at a »»»
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. »»»
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Lee Ann Womack pretty much summed up where she's at these days in concluding her show with Don Williams "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good." The ever-strong voiced country traditionalist sang, "I don't need fortune and I don't need fame" with the concluding line of the stanza asking the Man upstairs to "plan a good day for me.... »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy
Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country.
That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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Elsewhere in the news
- Earle, Yoakam, Williams team up for LSD tour
- Owens singles set readies for release
- Chesney, Lady A, Shelton, Urban join ACM awards
- Shelton, Underwood, Bryan play CMA stadium shows
- NRA Country removes country artists from web site
- Different week at Billboard, same result: Brown, Rexha/FGL lead charts
- Dawson, Smith open Soul2Soul Tour
- Sutherland returns to the road
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