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Rhett, Keith, Lynch, Moore out with new discs

Friday, September 8, 2017 – Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith, Kip Moore and Dustin Lynch all are out with new CDs today.

Rhett releases his third album, "Life Changes," the follow up to 2015's "Tangled Up." Akins produced the album alongside Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Julian Bunetta and Joe London. The release features the hit single "Craving You," with Maren Morris helping out. "Unforgettable" is the second single. The Georgian helped write11 of the 14 songs.

Keith releases "The Bus Songs," includes the single "Wacky Tobaccy." The songs have a humorous bent. Never before released recordings include new versions of "Running Block," "Ballad Of Ballad" and "Hell No" and "The Critic." A live version of "Weed With Willie" has also never been previously released. "Shitty Golfer," "Runnin' Block" and "Call A Marine" are among the other tracks.

Moore is out with "Wildheart," his third release. The CD comes out about two years after "Wild Ones." He released an EP, "Underground," in between. The hit "More Girls Like You" is the lead single from the 13-song release. Moore had a hand in writing 11 of the songs. This marks the first time Moore did not help write all the songs.

Lynch is out with his third CD, "Current Moods." The release includes "Seein' Red" and "Small Town Boy." Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town is featured on "Love Me or Leave Me Alone." The release contains 13 songs was produced by 5 different people including Russ Copperman. Lynch helped write seven of the songs.

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Life Changes CD review - Life Changes
Thomas Rhett references mangoritas, Coldplay and verified Instagram accounts on his third album, and for some, that may be a deal-breaker. His ultra-contemporary style and pop culture smarts may be anathema for fans of traditional country. However, writing Rhett off by stamping a cowboy boot and hollering "That ain't country!" writes off some truly standout songs - created by combining the best elements of country and pop music. Take the sophisticated songwriting of country and the »»»
Tangled Up CD review - Tangled Up
Thomas Rhett picks up where he left off on his 2013 debut, "It Goes Like This," which netted three chart toppers. Rhett would be hard to categorize as country, although in the big tent philosophy of what passes these days, country serves more as a marketing niche. He's more soul, funk and hip hop than country. His catchy, bouncy "Crash and Burn," another number one song, is squarely soulful pop with a few small sonic tweaks (whistles, backing "uhs" near the end) »»»
It Goes Like This CD review - It Goes Like This
Thomas Rhett has enjoyed a strong pedigree as a hit songwriter at the tender age of 23. After all, he has helped pen Jason Aldean's 1994,Parking Lot Party by Lee Brice and Round Here by Florida Georgia Line. Not to mention having a father, Rhett Atkins, who has enjoyed both a career as a recording artist and a hit songwriter himself (he also helped write five of the dozen songs). So, it should come as no surprise that Rhett shares a lot of the same clichés as those he has written hits for. »»»
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: The Strumbellas master its formula – The Strumbellas' formula is a simple one - write an anthemic sounding sing-a-long with a catchy chorus, which you can repeat ad nauseum to greater and greater effect. That may sound like a quick and easy checklist, but the Canadian (well except for one lone American) band has mastered the formula quite well. In a sold-out concert, it translated... »»»
Concert Review: Josh Abbott Band supplies antidote – Shortly after the Josh Abbott Band finished its open song, "The Night is Ours," band leader Abbott proclaimed, "That's our theme song this year." Presumably Abbott was referring to the playing music and having a good time because if he was referring to the lines "Life is good, love is great/Friends are there, and the... »»»
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