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.