Tuesday, July 1, 2014
– Country rapper Colt Ford and bluegrassy/string band-based Old Crow Medicine Show lead the list of new releases today. The prodigious Jim Lauderdale also is out with a new CD, while The Jayhawks reissue and expanded upon three previous releases.
Ford returns with "Thanks for Listening." The dozen songs find Ford getting help from friends like Keith Urban on "She's Like," Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame on "Cut Em All," Lee Brice on "Sip It Slow" and Justin Moore on "Farm Life."
Old Crow comes off "Carry Me Back," a strong album for the band, with "Remedy." The new disc contains another song written in part by Bob Dylan, "Sweet Amarillo." He did the same for Old Crow about a decade ago by giving the band a song that turned into "Wagon Wheel," one of OCMS's best-known songs and a hit for country mainstreamer Darius Rucker.
Lauderdale has been on a roll. Last year, he released three albums. He is now out with "I'm a Song," his 26th release. Among the songs is a redone version of "King of Broken Hearts," first done on 1991's "Planet of Love." Lauderdale produced the 20 songs.
The Jayhawks are out with "Sound of Lies," "Smile" and "Rainy Day Music." The discs were released in 1997, 2000 and 2003 respectively. Each contains previously unreleased material. While most of the releases are in the Minneapolis band's trademark alt.-country sound, a few songs rock and are cut from a different sonic cloth.