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Gibb, Wallen, Watson offer new sounds

Friday, January 8, 2021 – Barry Gibb will forever be known as one-third of The Bee Gees. The last surviving member, Gibb now is pursuing a country bent on "Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook, Vol. 1." The disc finds Gibb collaborating with a number of other (mainly country) artists mainly on Bee Geees chestnuts. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Brandi Carlile, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton all participate. Jason Isbell sings on "Words of a Fool," a previously unreleased song.

More than two years in the making, Morgan Wallen is out with a voluminous 30-song CD,"Dangerous: The Double Album." The release includes the singles "More Than My Hometown" and "7 Summers" plus his cover of Jason Isbell's "Cover Me," which attracted attention when it was released.

"Started writing for this album two and a half years ago and had no idea what those two and a half years were going to bring," said Wallen. "I tried to put all of those emotions from that time into one album but couldn't. So, we decided to make two. The release combines more traditional and modern country sounds. Wallen wrote 16 of the songs, collaborating with Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Rodney Clawson and close friend Michael Hardy. Produced entirely by Joey Moi, with co-production on select tracks by Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett and Charlie Handsome, "Dangerous" follows his PLATINUM-certified number one debut, "If I Know Me."

Aaron Watson is out with "American Soul." The Texan offers a 10 track full-length album, produced by himself and Phil O'Donnell (Craig Morgan, Joe Diffie, High Valley and Josh Thompson). "American Soul" contains the current single, "Silverado Saturday Night," along with the first single off the album, "Whisper My Name," which pays tribute to the start Watson's career.

Niko Moon released the "Good Time Campfire Sessions" EP. Captured live from an outdoor performance around a campfire, the six-song set features Moon, accompanied by guitarist Jared Martin and percussionist Jon August, playing through songs from his "Good Time" EP as well as his latest track, the romantic ballad "Dance With Me."

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CD review - One Thing At A Time Morgan Wallen's album, which is longer than the average movie or concert (at nearly two hours), is too long. Perhaps even a Wallen apologist would agree with that assessment. Yes, it may be possible to have too much of a good thing. Few artists can create such an epic full-length without at least a little filler. Wallen's good, but not that good. However, all the good stuff on this song-packed release is extremely good, and worthy of our attention. The hits far outweigh the misses. ...
CD review - American Soul With the title track to this Aaron Watson release, the Texas singer/songwriter raises questions that he doesn't fully answer. In a severely divided country, it's getting tougher and tougher to find commonalities in the American soul. On it, Watson salutes hard workers, while also quoting the national anthem. And few will argue with Watson's lyrical arguments. But it seems like America is far beyond being unified simply by a relatively simple song. With that said, though, ...
CD review - Dangerous: The Double Album The buzz in the industry is that Morgan Wallen is primed to be the next big country music superstar. If prognosticators are correct with this prediction, the man fully deserves all the recognition. Proof positive is his "Dangerous: The Double Album," which is a humongous 30 songs long! It's a two-CD set. Not like a double album from back in the LP era, but a double full-length CD effort. Therefore, if you want to take a deep dive with this one, make sure you have plenty of air in your scuba tank. ...

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