Tuesday, February 3, 2009
– Dierks Bentley, Wynonna and a collaboration between Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel are among the CDs out today.
Bentley is out with his fourth studio disc, "Feel That Fire" (Capitol Nashville). The disc features the title track as the first single. Bentley, who had a hand in writing most of the CD, duets with Patty Griffin on Beautiful World.
Wynonna offers her seventh studio disc, "Sing," (Curb) a collection of standards. Judd recorded songs that influenced her as a singer. The disc contains a dozen songs, including I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams, Are The Good Times Really Over by Merle Haggard and Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
Willie Nelson and Texas swing experts Asleep at the Wheel joined forces for a disc, "Willie and the Wheel" (Bismeaux), once upon a time suggested by veteran music man Jerry Wexler. Songs include Right Or Wrong, Corrine Corrina and I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World. AATW's Ray Benson produced with Wexler serving as executive producer.
Willie gets a tribute treatment of sorts. The artist known as Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) recorded "To Willie" (Dead Oceans) While the focus is on Nelson, not all songs belong to Nelson. Songs include Merle Haggard's The Party's Over, Reasons to Quit and It's Not Supposed to Be That Way.
Ben Kweller has been known for his rock, not a country, rootsy bent. The former member of Radish and a solo artist changed course with "Changing Horses" (ATO) Kweller is touring behind his 10-song CD.