Lambert, Nelson, Janson release new music
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Lambert, Nelson, Janson release new music

Friday, April 29, 2022 – Miranda Lambert is out today with her eighth solo disc, "Palomino." The 15-song set includes 14 songs written by Lambert. The only outside cut is a cover of Mick Jagger's "Wandering Spirit." Two of the songs - "Waxahachie" and "Geraldene" - appeared on Lambert's collaboration with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, "The Marfa Tapes." The first single from the project is "If I Was a Cowboy," which Lambert wrote with Jesse Frause. She wrote seven songs with frequent collaborators Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick.

Willie Nelson is celebrating his 89th birthday today with a gift to others - the release of "A Beautiful Time." Nelson's 17th album for Sony Legacy was produced by Nelson's longtime musical collaborator Buddy Cannon (who's cowritten six of the album's new songs, including five with Nelson). In 2021, Legacy Recordings released two new Nelson albums - "That's Life," a tribute to Frank Sinatra, and "The Willie Nelson Family."

Chris Janson released his fourth studio album, "All In." Janson co-produced the project and co-wrote all but one of the 16 tracks. "You, Me & The River" with Eric Church is included in the project. Travis Tritt offers vocal help on "Things You Can't Live Without." "Keys to the Country" is the current single.

Bryan Martin is out with his second album, "Self Inflicted Scars," via Average Joes Entertainment. Martin went from working the oil rigs in Louisiana as a roughneck to writing songs as a hobby, catching fire on TikTok and landing his label deal with Average Joes. His mother sang with a lot of traditional artists such as David Houston, Faron Young and Alison Krauss, but she gave it all up after giving birth to her sonn.

Former American Idol competitor Alex Miller debuts with "Miller Time." Miller, 18, plays very traditional country country music. Miller, 6'-6", first found national fame as a competitor on American Idol Season 19. He was still working on the family's farm when he was accepted for the show. The current single is "Through With You." Jerry Salley produced the 10-song set. The Oak Ridge Boys help out on "I'm Gonna Sing."

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CD review - That's Life Willie Nelson's decades-old explorations into the Great American Songbook continue with his second Frank Sinatra tribute in less than three years - the solid and satisfying "That's Life." As with its 2018 predecessor "My Way," Nelson once again joined forces with the production team of Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings. Like that previous outing, Rollings' "That's Life" arrangements don't go far afield from those found on the tracks popularized by Sinatra. ...
CD review - First Rose of Spring It's been obvious for some time now that Willie Nelson is essentially super human. At the age of 87, he's as active as ever, a wizened presence, spiritual icon and guiding light for all those that adore country music and Americana. His prowess and proficiency remain undiminished, and the multiple albums he releases on a regular basis attest to the fact that he's not ready to retire any time soon...or ever even as far as that goes. While many of Nelson's recent works ...
CD review - Real Friends "Real Friends" is a showcase for the rubberband quality of Chris Janson's voice. He's got a Mel Tillis stammer in "Check" and a Florida Georgia Line yowl in "Normal People." Kenny Chesney should get a royalty check on "Everybody's Going Through Something." But what's noticeably different about Janson is touch. His songs deftly sprinkle on a dash of horns, rock or hip-hop. But it's all county-infused flavors added by a chef in control. ...

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