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Friday, September 18, 2020 – Keith Urban leads the nw releases out today with "THE SPEED OF NOW, Vol. 1." Urban's duet with P!nk on "One Too Many" is included along with Eric Church's contribution on "We Were." The release kicks off with "Out The Cage," featuring funk/pop icon Nile Rodgers and Breland and Urban's 39th Top 5 "God Whispered Your Name."

Tyler Childers released a surprise album, "Long Violent History," an outgrowth of Black Life Matters and racial issues in the U.S. The release contains nine tracks with much of it being instrumental fiddle music. Childers and his bandmate Jesse Wells created a modern string band known as "The Pickin' Crew". This group of Americana artists included Dom Flemons, five-string Kentucky banjo specialist John Haywood, mandolinist Andrew Marlin, guitarist Josh Oliver, upright bassist John R. Miller, fiddler Chloe Edmonstone and cellist Cecelia Wright.

Gillian Welch releases "Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 2" via Acony Records, the independent record label she and partner David Rawlings founded in 2001. "Vol. 2" is the second installment of the newly unearthed cache of home demos and reel-to-reel recordings from the vault of Welch and Rawlings. This 48-song collection was recorded between the making of "Time (The Revelator)" and "Soul Journey" and is the next release of archival music in the Gillian Welch Boots Series. "Wouldn't Be So Bad" was cut by Alison Krauss & Union Station in 2004 on "Lonely Runs Both Ways" and "Hundred Miles" was recorded by I'm With Her in 2018 on "See You Around." Welch released "Vol. 1" in July.

Alecia Nugent, who grew up on bluegrass, is out with her first album in 10 years, "The Old Side of Town." Nugent released three bluegrass albums for Rounder, but the new set is country for the Nashville-based artist.

McMinniville, Tenn. native Drew Green debuts with "Dirt Boy Vol. 1," which includes the two songs Green has released since signing to Villa 40/Sony Music Nashville in early June: "Little More Be Alright" and "Right Where I Be," along with four other previously-unreleased tracks: "She Got That," "Woods," "Fine By Me" and "Dirty Money." Green helped write the song "Colorado" for Florida Georgia Line's most recent album.

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CD review - THE SPEED OF NOW Part 1 It's getting tougher and tougher all the time to justify categorizing Keith Urban's music as country. "The Speed of Now, Pt. 1" doesn't help. (What, is there a pt. 2 of this largely lame music on the way? Say it ain't so!) It's a relatively good pop album, for a Nashville pop effort, but there's just too much real country (Jon Pardi, Luke Combs) getting played on mainstream radio these days. The world just doesn't really need new Urban pop music. ...
CD review - Graffiti U It's telling how two songs on Keith Urban's "Graffiti U" album chug along to a reggae beat because pop rhythms and non-country elements are the obvious inspirations for this collection. Opener "Coming Home" may borrow (steal?) a guitar riff from Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried," but this is where that country road begins and ends. Urban follows "Coming Home" with "Never Comin' Down," which is introduced with a funky bass line ...
CD review - Ripcord Even though Keith Urban's single, "Wasted Time," borrows more than a little sonic sensibility from electronic music, there's still an upfront banjo solo. And this is how it's always been with Urban. He may play the part of the guitar hero at times, and even revealed his eclectic musical knowledge as a judge on American Idol, but Urban will always be a country boy at heart. And boyish good looks and talent have taken this country boy far, too. The wonderfully titled ...

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