Friday, April 3, 2020
– Sam Hunt finally returns to action with a full-length release, "Southside," while Ashley McBryde drops her sophomore album.
Hunt released his debut, "Montevallo," in 2014 and enjoyed major success with hit songs like the massive hit "Beauty Like a Back Road" (2017), "Downtown's Dead" and "Drinkin' Too Much." All appear on "Southside." Now, he returns with this 13-song set produced by Zach Crowell, Luke Laird and Bryce Cain.
McBryde has been kicking around Nashville for about 14 years and gained some traction with her debut from 2018, "Girl Going Nowhere ." She won both the ACM and CMA new artist awards. Her follow-up, "Never Will," contains 11 songs including the single "One Night Standards." The Arkansas native wrote 9 of the 11 songs with Jay Joyce once again producing.
Veteran folk/rootsy singer Eliza Gilkyson is out with "2020." Her son, Cisco Ryder Gilliland, produced the 10-song release, which was recorded in Austin.
Logan Ledger is out with his self-titled debut on Rounder.
Western Centuries is out with its third release, "Call the Captain" (Free Dirt). The Seattle-based band consists of Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton and Jim Miller. Miller co-founded Donna the Buffalo. Morrison has a duo with Eli West, and Lawton has spent time with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers. Jim Lauderdale helps out with backing vocals on two tracks.