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Williams releases "Front Porch"

Friday, May 3, 2019 – Joy Williams is out with "Front Porch," her fourth solo album. At one time a Christian artist and later one-half of the late group, The Civil Wars, this is first release since 2015's "Venus." The 12-song release was produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price). She recorded in Nashville while pregnant with her second child.

Sam Grow makes his debut on Average Joe's with "Love and Whiskey." The disc from the Maryland native includes a dozen songs.

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