Eldredge, Allen, Price, The Jayhawks, Hubbard drop new sounds
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Eldredge, Allen, Price, The Jayhawks, Hubbard drop new sounds

Friday, July 10, 2020 – Country crooner Brett Eldredge drops "Sunday Drive," his fifth studio album today. Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk produced the 12 songs with Eldredge helping write all but one of them. He wrote five with his producers. Eldredge, a native of Paris, Ill., recorded the album in Chicago. The disc is Eldredge's first since his self-titled 2017 release.

Delayed by Covid-19, Margo Price released " That's How Rumor Gets Started," probably her least country sounding album to date. Price co-produced the album with singer Sturgill Simpson and David R. Ferguson. Price wrote 7 of the 10 songs with her husband Jeremy Ivey, who also happens to play in her band.

Jimmie Allen, one of the few Black country artists, is out with a seven-song EP, "Bettie James." The Bettie refers to his grandmother and James, his late father. The feature Allen performing with other singers including fellow Black singers Darius Rucker and Charley Pride on "Why Things Happen" and Mickey Guyton on "Dunk & I Miss You." Brad Paisley sings on "Freedom Wasa a Highway" and Tim McGraw on "Made For These."

Americana band The Jayhawks are out with "XOXO." Despite being around for more than two decades, the release marks a first for the Minneapolis-based band. For the first time, it features lead vocal and songwriting contributions from all four members - Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg and Tim O'Reagan. The disc contains 14 songs, including three bonus tracks.

Ray Wylie Hubbard is on a major label for the first time in his career. "Co-Starring" features the Texas veteran with a bunch of singers including Ringo Starr, Don Was, Joe Walsh and Chris Robinson on "Bad Trick," The Cadillac Three on "Fast Left Hand, Ashley McBryde on "Outlaw Blood" and Ronnie Dunn and Pam Tillis on "The Messenger." Hubbard is best known for having helped write "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother." He also wrote "Desperate Man" with Eric Church.

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CD review - Sunday Drive When an artist achieves the kind of commercial success that Brett Eldredge has, there seems to inevitably be an album that is all about the songwriting. Having described his 2017 self-titled album as his "most honest collection of songs," he doubles down on the sincerity factor and bills "Sunday Drive" as his "most deeply personal to date." The distinction is a fine line, but it seems to be in the deliberateness of the preparation. Eldredge embarked on a voyage of ...
Coming off a string of six consecutive number one hits from his first two albums, "("Bring You Back" and "Illinois"), Brett Eldredge had a choice; take deliberate aim at the chart summit or follow his heart. He opted for the latter and delivers a thread of love and love lost songs. He self-titled his fourth album saying it was his most honest collection of songs to date. The Illinois native is known for doing death-defying stunts when his songs hit the top of ...
CD review - Glow If things ever go south for Brett Eldredge in the country music field, he should have no problem transitioning into the world of contemporary crooners like Michael Buble and Harry Connick, Jr. For on his debut holiday outing, "Glow," Eldredge takes off his hat and puts on his tuxedo as he delivers a pitch perfect, old-school dose of Christmas cheer. Across a swath of 10 (or 13 for those springing for the deluxe edition) traditional favorites and 1 original, Eldredge taps into a nostalgic ...

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