Morris delxue, Breaking Grass, Moakler release new music
Friday, March 17, 2017
– Maren Morris' "Hero" debut disc gets re-released in a "Deluxe" version today with three new songs - "Bummin' Cigarettes," "Space" and "Company You Keep," all co-written by Morris. The singer has enjoyed hits with "My ChurcH" and "80s Mercedes."
Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass and singer/songwriter Steve Moakler release new albums today in a slow day on the release schedule.
Breaking Grass is out with "Warning Signs," a dozen-song release on Mountain Fever. The band is comprised of Cody Farrar (guitar, lead vocals), Tyler White (fiddle), Britt Sheffield (bass, vocals), Zach Wooten (mandolin, vocals), and Jody Elmore (banjo, vocals). Farrar wrote all of the material on the band's fourth album.
Moakler, a Pittsburgh native, has enjoyed success as a songwriter with Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler recording his material. He is out with his fifth full-length "Steel Town," a dozen-song disc. Luke Laird produced.
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Just As Strong
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The 12 songs here feature all of the instruments (banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin) and the playing chops you expect from a top-notch bluegrass recording, but the difference lies in the song structure. There are more-than-subtle hints »»»
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