Wednesday, August 20, 2014
– Randy Travis reaches back to his favorites, while Motley Crue lovers get the chance to hear a bunch of country acts cover their sons in new releases out today.
Travis puts out "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am," a collection of songs that affected his career. Among the songs are "Are the Good Times Really Over," "I'm Movin' On," "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" and "For the Good Times."
Metal band Motley Crue has a friend in Big Machines records head Scott Borchetta, who was keen on the idea of a tribute. "Nashville Outlaws A Tribute to Motley Crue" includes Brantley Gilbert doing "Girls, Girls, Girls." Rascal Flatts on "Kickstart My Heart," The Mavericks on "Dr. Feelgood" and LeAnn Rimes on "Smokin' in the Boys Room."
A Johnny Cash disc, "Bitter Tears," receives a tribute as well with "Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited." Performers include Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Joe Henry produced the disc, which marks the 50th anniversary of the original.
Bluegrass vets J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams team up for a second time on "Standing Tall and Tough" on Mountain Home. They delve into 1950s-60s styled bluegrass. Lawson, normally on mandolin, plays guitar.
Chase Rice has enjoyed tremendous success as a songwriter. Penning "Cruise, " the massive Florida Georgia Line hit, will do that for you. He is out with "Ignite the Night," which includes the hit single "Ready Set Roll."
Newcomer Joel Crouse releases his debut after putting out several singles. "Even the River Runs" includes rock, country and blues from the 22-year-old Massachusetts native.
Cory Branan would not be accused of being prolific. "The No-Hit Wonder' is only the Mississippi native's fourth release in 12 years. His last disc was "Mutt," out in 2012 on Bloodshot.