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Rascal Flatts, Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites release new CDs

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 – Rascal Flatts new CD, "Still Feels Good," hits stores on Tuesday. Co-produced by Rascal Flatts and Huff, "Still Feels Good" features 13 songs including the multi-week number 1 hit "Take Me There." Rascal Flatts co-wrote five of the songs on the project including "Winner At A Losing Game" and "She Goes All The Way," a duet with Academy Award winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx.

After a 3-year hiatus, Steve Earle is back on a 12-song CD, "Washington Square Serenade," influenced by living in New York City. Recorded at New York's legendary Electric Lady Studios, the album is Earle's first produced by John King of The Dust Brothers (Beck, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys). A deluxe CD/DVD version will be available with bonus artwork, plus an exclusive documentary about the inspiration behind "Washington Square Serenade," including a walking tour of Greenwich Village with Earle and Mark Jacobson (New York Magazine). "City Of Immigrants" features the band Forro In The Dark, who bring their style of traditional Brazilian Forro music to the song. Earle's wife, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, joins him on the tender duet "Days Aren't Long Enough," which they co-wrote.

Billy Joe Shaver gets spiritual on "Everybody's Brother." John Carter Cash produced the disc of songs about love, loss, death and the afterlife. "Get Thee Behind Me Satan" starts the disc with John Anderson and Shaver trading off on lead vocals. Other guests include Marty Stuart, Tanya Tucker, Kris Kristofferson, and Randy Scruggs. The album's final track is a late 1970s duet with Johnny Cash on "You Just Can't Beat Jesus Christ." It was produced by Cowboy Jack Clement and features a 15-year-old Eddy Shaver playing smoking guitar.

Ricky Skaggs joins with The Whites on this gospel project "Salt of the Earth" (Skaggs Family). Skaggs produced the effort. The disc includes hymns as well as new songs.

Country veteran Gene Watson makes his label debut, "In a Perfect World" (Shanachie). Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Joe Nichols, Mark Chesnutt, Connie Smith and Rhonda Vincent help out on the CD produced by Brent Rowan. Watson, 63, has enjoyed a slew of hits since the 1970's, having 48 songs make the Billboard charts.

Whiskey Falls releases their self-titled debut (Midas Nashville). The quartet has two members from Alabama and two from California with Seven Williams the lead singer. The music was produced by Cliff Downs, Bill Brandt, Frank Meyers and the band.

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Back to Us CD review - Back to Us
As summer insistently steps forward and knocks at our doorstep with bright sunny rays and promises of sun-soaked hijinks, longtime pop country superstars Rascal Flatts aim to provide the perfect soundtrack with "Back To Us." Loaded with the band's signature tight harmonies and upbeat jams built around lyrics of love and loss, Rascal Flatts doesn't move far off the beaten path while carving out a high energy declaration of summer love. Fans looking for those beach cruising jams »»»
The Greatest Gift of All CD review - The Greatest Gift of All
It's the big things - and sometimes the little things - that make Rascal Flatts' Christmas album "The Greatest Gift of All" stand out. On the macro level, the country vocal trio put a little funk - well, as much funk as three Nashville guys can muster - into "Go Tell It on The Mountain." And then, the cool little bass line introducing "Let It Snow" helps differentiate this act's version from possibly millions of other versions. Much of "The »»»
Rewind CD review - Rewind
Don't worry. Just because Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox sings, "Try to talk to George Strait into givin' us an encore" on the hit single and title track doesn't mean that the traditional country giant is all of a sudden a cornerstone for the trio that has been front and center of the pop country sound. In fact, they make it quite clear from the second the play button is struck with the hard rocking "Payback" thanks to lots of electric guitar and rocking vocals from LeVox. »»»
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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