Waldon, Bowen release new albums
Friday, August 12, 2022
– Kelsey Waldon is out today with "No Regular Dog" via Oh Boy Records. The disc was produced by Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker) and recorded at Los Angeles' Dave's Room Studio. The release fatures Waldon's touring band—Nate Felty (drums), Alec Newnam (bass) and Brett Resnick (pedal steel), alongside special guests Doug Pettibone (Dobro, guitar) and Aubrey Richmond (fiddle), as well as background vocals from Kyshona Armstrong, Mickie Conley, Maureen Murphy and Kristen Rogers.
Wade Bowen releases "Somewhere Between The Secret And The Truth." The release features duets with Vince Gill and Lori McKenna and co-writes with McKenna, Eric Paslay and Heather Morgan. Bowen produced the dozen songs. This is his 12th album in two decades of activity.
Former police officer Frank Ray is out with his debut, a six-song EP, "Getcha Some," on Stoney Creek. Rogers helped write five of the six songs.
Kelsey Waldon sings with a distinctly country vocal tone, and producer Shooter Jennings surrounds the singer/songwriter with plenty of traditional instrumentation. However, her lyrics go so much deeper than superficial references to sweet tea and red dirt roads, as is the case with too much modern country music.
For example, the character study of a seemingly innocent young lady in "Sweet Little Girl" features the drug abusing reference of, "Took everything she had to not to put ...
It's always rewarding whenever the meaning of song sneaks up on you, which happens with the tile track ("Somewhere Between The Secret and The Truth") of Wade Bowen's fine album. He sets us up all the way through, dropping hints about all the little ways he's keeping secrets from his spouse. It's sung so sadly and regretfully you just know he's going to end the song in an illicit affair. But that's not what happens. Instead, he drives straight home to his ...
With "Twelve Twenty-Five," Wade Bowen covers a whole lot of musical territory. He sings a couple of country Christmas favorites ("If We Make It Through December" (featuring Cody Canada) and "Once Upon A Christmas" (the Dolly Parton song). He also bravely takes on "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," which stands up surprisingly well next to Darlene Love's definitive version. He also makes a couple of widely unloved holiday songs ("Last ...