Earle, Nelson release new CDs
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
– Steve Earle and Willie Nelson led the short list of new releases out today.
Earle is out with "The Low Highway," an 11-song amalgam of divergent musical styles. He recorded the disc with The Dukes (and Duchesses)." Earle also co-produced the disc with Ray Kennedy.
Nelson offers his fans "Let's Face the Music and Dance." Buddy Cannon, perhaps best known as Kenny Chesney's producer, had his hands on the dials for these 14 songs.
Kim Richey puts out her seventh disc "Thorn In My Heart" and first with Yep Roc. Recorded at Mr. Lemon's Studio in Nashville, the CD was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Glen Phillips, Matthew Ryan, The Apache Relay) and features 12 original compositions. The follow up to 2010's "Wreck Your Wheels," the album features guest appearances from Jason Isbell, Trisha Yearwood, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and Pat Sansone of Wilco.
Independent artist Amy Speace, who veers a bit more towards the singer/songwriter end, is out with "How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat." Hubbard produced the music.
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The Warner Bros Years
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That said, it's kind of cool to have all three »»»
The Low Highway
If you're a forever smitten fan of Steve Earle who's always looking forward to his next record, you'll likely be satisfied with "The Low Highway." It's a 12-song collection of strong songs, all stamped with his signature sound.
The title cut is a beautiful, world-weary ballad that narrates a trip along the highways and byways of America. Over a gently rocking beat, Earle crosses paths with empty houses, hungry people and broken factories, a bleak picture that belies »»»
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
After Steve Earle's 2007 album "Washington Square Serenade" left some quite cold, his subsequent tribute album to the late great Townes Van Zandt seemed to right his singer-songwriter ship, but then again it's hard to screw up a Townes Van Zandt song.
Thankfully, Earle's new album seems to travel down a dusty, rickety old road in the vein of "I Feel Alright" when the Waitin' On The Sky opens up although Earle's vocals sound like he's somewhere »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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