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Friday, August 14, 2020 – Kane Brown released his seven-song collection, "Mixtape Vol. 1" on RCA Nashville/Zone 4. The release includes four songs Brown has released this year plus three previously unreleased songs. Included are Brown's two current singles, "Cool Again," and "Be Like That," a collaboration with Swae Lee and Khalid. Brown's duet with John Legend, "Last Time I Say Sorry" is on the release along with "Worldwide Beautiful," put out on June 4, two days after the music industry's sector-wide Blackout Tuesday. The ballad echoed with a message of acceptance and global peace.

Canadian singer and guitarist Lindsay Ell is out with her sophomore album, "heart theory," a personal 12-track concept album exploring the seven stages of grief. Ell helped write every song except one.

Caylee Hammack makes her full-length debut with "If It Wasn't For You." Hammack, 26, a native of Ellaville, Ga., has gained some airplay with "Family Tree." Among the 13 songs on the new disc are "Redhead" with Reba McEntire (Hammack was slated to open her tour this year, but that was canceled due to COVID-19) and "Mean Something" with Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.

Veteran alt.-country band The Old 97's are out with "Twelfth," the Dallas-bred group's 12th album. Twenty-seven years in, Old 97's still features its original lineup - Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples. The album jacket pictures features former Dallas Cowboys quarterback great Roger Staubach.

RaeLynn is out with "Baytown," a six-song EP, "Baytown." The disc is named after her hometown in Texas. This is the singer's first studio release since "WildHorse" in 2017.

Twisted Pine stretches it out musically on " A - Once a straightforward, Boston-based bluegrass act, Twisted Pine plays "neo-folk indie soul avant jazz jam grass-icana," according to bassist Chris Sartori. The band also includes Dan Bui on mandolin, Kathleen Parks on fiddle and vocals and newcomer Anh Phung on flute.


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CD review - Experiment There's not a lot of room for argument to say that men singing country music today are different than the stars on the old Porter Wagoner show. Many have ditched the cowboy hat. They're hip-hop fans, video game junkies and spent most of their teenage money on tattoos. Kane Brown checks all these boxes and more. He's biracial, for example, subverting a country culture that seemed a little too exclusive for this century. And he built his following via the internet, not in clubs (a ...
CD review - Kane Brown First look at the cover for Kane Brown's full-length debut album, and you may experience a "Homeboy" moment. The young man appears like the tattooed model for Eric Church's song of the same name. Although Brown is categorized as bro-country in some quarters, the actual music he makes is much better than you might expect. This is one case where you shouldn't judge the book by its cover. Although the album includes a lustful song like "Pull It Off," which is a ...
CD review - Chapter 1 Kane Brown is the latest singer to wear the "Future of Country" mantel. With ridiculous social media statistics for a 22-year-old singer and hit songs on iTunes, the buzz about Brown was so loud that Nashville had to take notice. Brown's "Chapter One" EP marks his major-label debut, and it demonstrates that he does have talent, even if the songs don't always show it. As a new artist stretching his wings, Brown tries to do too much vocally. Frequently, he dips his ...


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