Jackson, Isbell release new music
Friday, July 17, 2015
– Alan Jackson returns today with "Angels & Alcohol," his first disc in three years. The new collection includes 10 songs,including 7 penned by Jackson. As usual, Keith Stegall produced Jackson. The first single was "Jim and Jack and Hank." Jackson's most recent release was "The Bluegrass Album" in 2012.
Jason Isbell, whose career has been on a steady rise, is out with his fifth album, "Something More Than Free," an 11-song collection. Dave Cobb, who also produced Isbell's previous album, "Southeastern," his award-winning, breakthrough disc, produced again. Isbell left Drive-By Truckers to forge his own career.
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Reviewed by Donald Teplyske
It is difficult to tally exactly how many albums of new material Tim O'Brien has released since first appearing as part of Hot Rize, the venerable bluegrass band experiencing a well-received resurgence. More than 20 by any count, 30-plus when one considers solo, duet and group offerings, including his most recent success as part of the Earls of Leicester.
Aside from a brief flirtation with the ...
Alan Jackson, circa 2015, now might be, unfortunately, considered a retro artist. Jackson, thankfully, does not veer from his traditional country beat on his first new studio disc in three years. It's the traditional sound that makes him a throwback today.
In an age of rock and rap meshing with country, Jackson will have none of that on this meat-and-potatoes rendering. Jackson's viewpoint has always been about the simple truths of life. He makes that clear in the leadoff track, ...
Alan Jackson makes his statement crystal clear with the title - "The Bluegrass Album." The traditional country singer has "gone bluegrass," although the idea of a bluegrass disc should not come off as all that far fetched. Yes, there's no pedal steel here, but the sounds, subject and voice are not very different from a typical AJ disc.
And this is not the first time that Jackson has veered off the straight and narrow path as his gospel albums indicated. ...