McGraw, Turner, Old 97's, Beathard put out new sounds
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McGraw, Turner, Old 97's, Beathard put out new sounds

Friday, August 21, 2020 – Tim McGraw returns to Big Machine Label Group with "Here on Earth," a generally musically low-key effort. This is McGraw's first solo disc in five years, although he has released music with his wife, Faith Hill. The release is McGraw's 16th overall.

Josh Turner is out with a covers disc, "Country State of Mind." Turner gets help from Kris Kristofferson on his 1973 signature "Why Me," and John Anderson for his 1993 hit "I've Got It Made," his takes on Keith Whitley's "I'm No Stranger To The Rain," and "Good Ol' Boys," the Dukes of Hazzard theme song made popular by Waylon Jennings, as well as Alan Jackson's ode to Hank Williams, Sr., "Midnight In Montgomery," from Jackson's 1991 sophomore album "Don't Rock The Jukebox."

The Old 97's, one of the mainstays of the alt.-country movement, are back with the quartet's 12th release. The line-up of the quartet originally from Dallas has remained the same: frontman Rhett Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples. Working out of Sputnik Sound in Nashville, Old 97's teamed up once again with GRAMMY-winning producer Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Jack White).

Tucker Beathard finally is making his label debut with "KING." Beathard, the son of songwriter Case Beathard, had a semi-hit in 2016 with "Rock On," put out a 16-song set. Beathard previously was signed to Dot Records, a subsidiary of Big Machine Records in 2015 where he released "Rock On" and released an EP, "Fight Like Hell," in 2016. He put his own album, "Nobody's Everything," in November 2018.

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CD review - Fight Like Hell Not to put too much pressure on the kid, but Tucker Beathard's dad is Casey Beathard, one of Nashville's most respected songwriters. Although his single "Rock On" - which speaks to a guy's regret over not taking Beyoncé's advice to "put a ring on it" - rocks as hard as many of those songs his dad co-wrote with Eric Church, it also suggests Beathard has inherited some of his old man's skill at clever wordplay. Football also runs in ...

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