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TravellerChris Stapleton's highly anticipated solo debut album, Traveller, will be released on Mercury Records Nashville. As a special preview, a behind-the-scenes album trailer can now be viewed here.
Already a world-renowned songwriter, Stapleton has enjoyed five #1 hits including the five-week No. 1 "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, George Strait's "Love's Gonna Make it Alright" and Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer," which Stapleton recently performed with Lady Antebellum at the recent CMT "Artists of the Year" show (watch the performance here).
Recorded at Nashville's historic RCA Studio A (with additional production at The Castle and Blackbird Studio), Traveller was produced by Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded by Vance Powell (Jack White). In addition to renditions of Dean Dillon and Linda Hargrove's "Tennessee Whiskey" and Don Sampson's "Was It 26," the album features twelve original songs, including fan-favorite "Sometimes I Cry." Last night, during a special album reveal party, Stapleton returned to RCA Studio A to record a new version of "Sometimes I Cry" live-to-tape in front of an audience-allowing a unique, once-in-a-lifetime glimpse inside the making of the album. The track is currently being mastered and will be added to the final track-listing very shortly.
Of his inspiration behind the record, Stapleton comments, "This record was made standing on the shoulders of friends, family, and heroes. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I've enjoyed making it."
Over the course of his acclaimed career, Stapleton has penned over 170 album cuts, including songs recorded by Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and has such notable co-writers as Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow among others. Additionally, Stapleton has shared the stage with such respected artists as Gill, Alison Krauss, Marty Stuart, Emmylou Harris and more. As lead vocalist for critically acclaimed bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Stapleton earned three Grammy nominations including "Best Bluegrass Album," as well as an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for"Emerging Artist of the Year." He's also won eight ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including "Cars 2" and "Valentine's Day."1. Traveller
2. Fire Away
3. Tennessee Whiskey
5. Whiskey And You
6. Nobody To Blame
7. More Of You
8. When The Stars Come Out
9. Daddy Doesn't Pray Anymore
10. Might As Well Get Stoned
11. Was It 26
12. The Devil Named Music
13. Outlaw State Of Mind
14. Sometimes I Cry$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
From A Room: Volume 1Chris Stapleton fans will have plenty of new music to keep them happy in 2017. The breakout country star has announced plans to release two new albums, both of which were recorded at RCA's legendary Studio A in Nashville
The follow-up to Stapleton's smash 2015 debut album Traveller, From A Room: Volume 1 features nine new songs, eight of which Stapleton co-wrote with some of his go-to collaborators. The new tracks include "Broken Halos," "Second One to Know," "Death Row," and "Without Your Love," all co-written by Stapleton and former SteelDrivers bandmate Mike Henderson.
The album also features "Either Way as well as "I Was Wrong," co-written with Craig Wiseman, and "Them Stems," a three-way collaboration with Jimmy Stewart and Shawn Camp. He also covers Willie Nelson's "Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning."
"I'm real proud of this record," Stapleton told the assembled reporters (quote via the Tennessean). "We made it right here like the last one. We camped out in here and had a lot of fun recording things."
From A Room: Volume 2, which is linked conceptually with Volume 1, will be released later in 2017.
-Sterling Whitaker (Tasteofcountry.com)1. Broken Halos
2. Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning
3. Second One To Know
4. Up To No Good Livin'
5. Either Way
6. I Was Wrong
7. Without Your Love
8. Them Stems
9. Death Row$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The SteeldriversAvailable for the first time on vinyl, The SteelDrivers' critically and commercially successful 2008 self-titled debut established the Nashville band as a force to be reckoned with. With Music Row songwriter Chris Stapleton at the helm - who has gone on to be a star in his own right- The SteelDrivers was praised for its contemporary mix of blues, Americana and country, garnering a GRAMMY nomination, and the attention of singer Adele, who covered "If It Hadn't Been For Love" on her 2010 LP, 21.1. Blue Side of the Mountain
2. Drinkin' Dark Whiskey
3. Midnight Train to Memphis
4. Midnight Tears
5. If You Can't Be Good, Be Gone
6. If It Hadn't Been For Love
7. Hear the Willow Cry
8. Sticks That Made Thunder
9. East Kentucky Home
10. To Be With You Again
11. Heaven$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-JUD-8096xJudah & The Lion
Folk Hop N' RollFolk Hop N Roll is the second full-length album from Nashville-based band Judah & the Lion. They have created a new genre called Folk Hop, and again have partnered with producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) to mesh the sound of the Beastie Boys with Mumford & Sons and a few other things in between.1. Graffiti Dreams
2. Forever, Always
3. Folk-Hop Sound
4. All I Want Is You
5. Take It All Back
8. Better Man
9. We Own The Night
10. Uh-Huh, Yeah!$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-ELE-1938xZac Brown Band
Welcome HomeProduced by Grammy-Award winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and In The Arena Productions, and recorded at Southern Ground Nashville studio, Welcome Home is what Zac Brown Band calls not only a return to their roots, but also a return to The Foundation, the band's debut album that is now 5X platinum.
The theme of reflection is echoed throughout the 10-track album. Songs range from the first single, My Old Man, which paints a poignant picture of the ever-changing relationship between fathers and sons to Two Places at One Time, about juggling the conflict between life on the road and the comforts of home, and Roots, which honors the band's journey from their humble beginnings. In addition, the band continues their tradition of recording a cover song they all admire, this time with John Prine's All The Best.
This is the most personal album we've ever done and we're very proud of it, said Brown. Welcome Home.1. Roots
2. Real Thing
3. Long Haul
4. 2 Places at 1 Time
5. Family Table
6. My Old Man
7. Start Over
8. Your Majesty
9. Trying To Drive
10. All The Best$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American LoveJake Owen's fifth studio LP is new territory for the singer who's known for lighthearted beach and party tunes, and he feels really good about that. After the release of "Real Life" (which was also around the time his divorce was announced), Owen started over with new songs - and he is not releasing the material he originally planned on.
"I was at a different place when I was making that record," he tells EW of ditching the material. "I was still married, and all of the sudden that ended, and I had to find a way to feel good again.
"I started down that path and then I realized that, for me, making music is as about feeling good as the listeners that gets to hear it," he says. "I have to make an album that I enjoy singing every night."
The album is about love. But don't expect every track to be a gushy love song. It turns out Jake Owen enjoys singing about love on tour: "I kept noticing this reoccurring theme. The word kept appearing, but it was said in such different ways. I'm really proud that I got to encompass how love can be felt different ways but still remain the same, if that makes sense."
His vocals will be on full display for American Love. Though he's not entirely walking away from the ultra-cool speak-singing he's known for, Owen wants to really show country fans he can sing. "Sometimes my voice gets hidden," he admits. "People don't even have the opportunity to know that I love to sing."
The album will street July 29, and Owen reveals that he listens to it in his car. "It's been a long time since I made a record that I put on in my car and listen to on my own - but I can't stop. It makes me happy, and I know how much work I put into it."
Included in the album is a collaboration with Chris Stapleton. He helped write "If He Ain't Gonna Love You," and Stapleton also sings backup. "And it sounds so good," Owen tells Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex. "He sounds unbelievable on it, so I'm so excited."
-Christina Vinson (The Boot)1. American Love
2. After Midnight
3. Where I Am
4. Everybody Dies Young
5. VW Van
6. Good Company
8. If He Ain't Gonna Love You
9. When You Love Someone
10. You Ain't Going Nowhere
11. American Country Love Song$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
That's It!Preservation Hall Jazz Band and its music continue to evolve
as they embrace tradition and history while inspiring a new
generation. Preservation Hall Jazz Band and My Morning Jacket
rst met a few years ago and also performed together on tour
and in New Orleans. As their support for each other has grown,
Jim James (My Morning Jacket) decided to take on the role
as co-producer with Ben Jaffe on what is the rst release of
original music from Preservation Hall Jazz Band. With songs
co-written with Dan Wilson, Chris Stapleton and the legendary
Paul Williams, these new recordings have a fresh approach but
still capture the classic feel of what has kept Preservation Hall
Jazz Band relevant over the past 50 years.1. That's It!
2. Dear Lord (Give Me The Strength)
3. Come With Me
4. Sugar Plum
5. Rattlin' Bones
6. I Think I Love You
7. August Nights
8. Halfway Right, Halfway Wrong
9. Yellow Moon
10. The Darker It Gets
11. Emmalena's Lullaby$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Southern FamilySouthern Family is a Country compilation album put together and produced by Grammy nominated producer, Dave Cobb. Southern Family is simple and honest music, featuring artists John Paul White, Jason Isbell, Brent Cobb, Miranda Lambert, Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson, Anderson East, Holly Williams, Brandy Clark, Shooter Jennings, and Rich Robinson.LP 1
1. Simple Song - By John Paul White
2. God Is A Working Man - By Jason Isbell
3. Down Home - By Brent Cobb
4. Sweet By and By - By Miranda Lambert
5. You Are My Sunshine (with Chris Stapleton) - By Morgane Stapleton
6. Grandma's Garden - By Zac Brown
1. Mama's Table - By Jamey Johnson
2. Learning - By Anderson East
3. Settle Down - By Holly Williams
4. I Cried - By Brandy Clark
5. Can You Come Over? - By Shooter Jennings
6. The Way Home - By Rich Robinson$24.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Shine On Rainy DayOut on Low Country Sounds/Elektra Records, Shine On Rainy Day was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, etc.) and recorded live over four days in Nashville.
Of the music and working with producer (and cousin) Dave Cobb, Brent comments, "It's not as good as it's going to get. But if it's the last thing that I ever do, if I died the day after it came out, then thank God I was able to record it because the songs and the production, it was everything I wanted to say. Finally."
Dave adds, "I wanted to work with Brent for very selfish reasons. When he lifts a pen and opens his mouth, it sounds like home. I did his record because he's part of the fabric of South Georgia and the soundtrack to my family. Pure rural country soul filled music."
Already receiving notice, Brent was recently featured on WXPN's World CafÉ (listen to the full session here), while Rolling Stone featured him as one of their "30 Must-See Acts" at CMA Fest 2016, asserting, "Live, he's every bit the charming raconteur, setting up catchy rural anthems that have the loose and earthy feel of a front porch sing-along."
Additionally, earlier this year, Brent was featured on Dave's widely praised Southern Family compilation-contributing the song "Down Home" and writing the standout "Sweet By & By," which was recorded by Miranda Lambert. Of "Down Home," Wide Open Country declares, " one of the most earnest and accurate retellings of everyday life in rural Georgia. The mixture of Cobb's charming southern drawl, brilliant storytelling and flawless production melds into a track that is impossible to resist."
Born in Ellaville, GA (population 1,609), Brent moved to Nashville in 2008 and has since found widespread success as a writer with songs recorded by Lambert ("Old Shit"), Kenny Chesney ("Don't It"), Luke Bryan ("Tailgate Blues"), David Nail ("Grandpa's Farm"), Kellie Pickler ("Rockaway") and Eli Young Band ("Go Outside and Dance") among others.1. Solving Problems
2. South Of Atlanta
3. The World
4. Diggin' Holes
5. Country Bound
6. Traveling Poor Boy
7. Shine On Rainy Day
8. Let The Rain Come Down
9. Down In The Gulley
10. Black Crow$17.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Hell Or High Water SoundtrackDirected by David Mackenzie Hell or High Water is a heist film starring Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges. Based on the infamous 2012 Black List script, the film is set in West Texas, in an area formerly known as Comancheria, and tells the story of two brothers who plan a bank robbery to save their family farm. The film was extremely well-received during its Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Critics praised and applauded the film's archetypal Americana, along with the memorable performances of its main protagonists and the composers' moody and minimalist score. Nick Cave of the Bad Seeds and his musical partner Warren Ellis deliver a ravishing score perfectly fitting the dry and arid landscape in which the characters strive to survive. The soundtrack album also includes Sleeping On The Backtop (Colter Wall), Outlaw State Of Mind (Chris Stapleton) and many more country music infused titles.1. Comancheria
2. Dollar Bill Blues - By Townes Van Zandt
3. Mama's Room
4. Dust of the Chase - By Ray Wylie Hubbard
5. Texas Midlands
7. You Ask Me To - By Waylon Jennings
8. Mountain Lion Mean
9. From My Cold Dead Hands
10. Lord of the Plains
11. Blood, Sweat and Murder - By Scott H. Biram
13. Comancheria II
14. Outlaw State Of Mind - By Chris Stapleton$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sleeping Through The WarProduced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Rival Sons)
and mixed/engineered by UK-bred young-gun Eddie Spear, All Them Witches'
"Sleeping Through The War" is the quartet's most bold and well-crafted record
to date. The album's creation marks the f irst time in the band's history that
a record was written before entering the studio. This process allowed for an
alignment of the band's art, desire and time. Convening in Nashville for only
six days after a year of relentlessly touring their New West Records debut
"Dying Surfer Meets Their Maker," the band's spirit coalesced in a rhythm of
statement and melody that simply needs to be heard...repeatedly.
With the guidance of Cobb and Spear, "Sleeping Through The War" captures the
truest energy of the group, full blast, fun and contemplative. The record was
made with volume in mind. "Sleeping Through The War" is meant to be played
loud, cranked up and without reservation. Feel it live through your stereo
system or listen to it speak in tongues through your headphones.
The sounds are nothing without the songs and the songs are nothing without
the lyrics. This record is a result of constant touring, world travel,
overstimulated/divided humanity, and a learning of awareness and compassion.
"They are the real deal - psychedelic blues-rock warriors who pray at the
altar of Black Sabbath, space out like Pink Floyd and shred away their
bummers like Blue Cheer." - Spin1. Bulls
2. Don't Bring Me Coffee
3. Bruce Lee
5. Am I Going Up?
7. Cowboy Kirk
8. Internet$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Side PonyLake Street Dive announce their Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony. The four band members-drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael McDuck Olson-worked with Nashville-based producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Secret Sisters) on the record.
Side Pony takes its name from a song on the record that refers to a whimsical hairstyle, but it also serves as a metaphor for Lake Street Dive's philosophy and personality as a band. As Kearney puts it, When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band's spirit. We've always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That's the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.
Olson echoes her sentiment: It has also come to mean anything you're doing for the sheer joy of it. We have always 'rocked our side pony.' Now we have a convenient phrase for it.
Cobb's working method was to keep the recording fast and loose, as live-in-the-studio as possible, and to embrace the unorthodox. This provided Lake Street Dive with a welcome challenge: an opportunity to experiment with sound and arrangements and to collaborate on songwriting in a way the band had never attempted before.
Calabrese says of the recording process, Dave's process was mercurial, changing direction quickly, going from 'we don't have anything' to 'we've got it!' He continues, We weren't always so sure. But then we'd listen to a comp and we'd agree that he'd heard something we hadn't.
Price adds, It was great to see, through this particular recording process, how beautifully our individual strengths complement each other.1. Godawful Things
2. Close to Me
3. Call Off Your Dogs
4. Spectacular Failure
5. I Don't Care About You
6. So Long
7. How Good It Feels
8. Side Pony
9. Hell Yeah
11. Can't Stop
12. Saving All My Sinning$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Por FavorBonus CD Included
Por Favor, the new full-length album from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Brett Dennen. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), Por Favor was recorded in Nashville and features ten new songs. Por Favor is Dennen's sixth full-length album.1. What's The Secret?
3. Stand Up For It
5. Strawberry Road
6. Another Life
7. Where We Left Off
8. Burning Spirit
10. I'll Be On Your Side$21.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-MAS-4913xThe Lone Bellow
Walk Into A StormThe Lone Bellow have announced their third studio album, Walk Into A Storm will be released on Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, TN. The first single, Time's Always Leaving is currently the #1 most added track at Triple A radio. 'Time's Always Leaving' leans heavily into the rootsy, big-hearted warmth that has made The Lone Bellow one of the most sure-footed crowd-pleasers in the business, said NPR.1. Deeper In The Water
2. Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy
3. May You Be Well
4. Come Break My Heart Again
6. Walk Into A Storm
7. Time's Always Leaving
8. Can't Be Happy For Long
9. Between The Lines
10. Long Way To Go$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Back To Us (Deluxe)CM Awards Vocal Group of the Year Nominee Rascal Flatts release their highly-anticipated tenth studio album BACK TO US (Big Machine Records) . The collection is reminiscent of the trio's distinct sound that catapulted their status as international superstars, while maintaining an edge that has kept them at the forefront of the genre. With 12 of 13 tracks produced by the group with bassist Jay DeMarcus taking the reigns the album explores the powerful emotions of relationships with songwriting credits from the trio throughout, adding a personal depth to the release.
Stacked with multiple standout moments, including the vocally-driven collaboration with Lauren Alaina, Are You Happy Now, the trio also called upon songwriting powerhouses and friends Dan + Shay, alongside Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure for the optimistically, upbeat Hopin You Were Lookin and Chris Stapleton, joined by Luke Laird, for the effervescent Vandalized. Hands Talk also welcomes red-hot producer busbee, who co-wrote and produced the track for the deluxe album.
The infectious song is turning heads as one of the fastest moving singles on country radio charts (Entertainment Weekly) while Rolling Stone proclaims it showcases the band's vocal harmonies and knack for sing-along hooks.1. Yours If You Want It
2. Hopin' You Were Lookin'
3. I Know You Won't
5. Back To Us
6. Kiss You While I Can
8. Are You Happy Now (with Lauren Alaina)
9. Hands Talk
11. Love What You've Done With The Place
12. Roller Rink
13. Our Night To Shine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Walk The Earth (Pre-Order)
Europe are pleased to announce the release of a new studio album "Walk The Earth."
If Europe's 2015 album "War Of Kings" was the album that made the rock world realise what a formidable act Europe had become then
"Walk The Earth" is the album that is set to establish the band as one of the most exciting contemporary rock acts of current times.
From the anthemic sound of the opening track "Walk The Earth" - to the heavy vibe that is "Haze", from the instant melody of "Election
Day" to the lyrical content of "Kingdom United", "Walk The Earth" is the album that should see Europe rightly acclaimed as a band at the
height of their powers. The wonderful melodies and depth of Joey Tempest's vocals along with a powerhouse rhythm section and the
guitar playing of John Norum, one of the great underrated guitarists. Norum's guitar playing shines across the record.
This is an album that is big in its scope and sound. Much like previous album "War Of Kings", "Walk The Earth" is an album that has instant appeal but is also an
album that needs to be lived with, in order to uncover it's depth. The album was recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios in London with
Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton).1. Walk The Earth
2. The Siege
3. Kingdom United
5. Election Day
9. Whenever You're Ready
10. Turn To Dust$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
REDD-THI-2310xMary Chapin Carpenter
The Things That We Are Made OfThe Things That We Are Made Of, the new full-length album by renowned and beloved singer, songwriter and performer Mary Chapin Carpenter, will be released on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers.
Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs, including the lead track "Something Tamed Something Wild. Of the song, Rolling Stone praises, " beautifully sums up where she's been and sets the stage for what's yet to come 'Something Tamed Something Wild' and indeed the entire new album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation."
The Things That We Are Made Of was recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).
Of the album, Carpenter comments, "Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions. He is always willing to try something new, believes that 'yes' is the only answer, and surrounds himself with wonderfully talented and generous musicians; by the end of the project, I felt as if I was a part of a new family." Cobb adds, "I wanted to work with Mary Chapin because very few people can cut with words like she can. She's an absolute poet and legend. I was so happy to collaborate on this album together."
Over the course of her acclaimed career, Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold over 14 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards, two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, in 2014, Carpenter released her acclaimed debut orchestral album, Songs From The Movie. Arranged and co-produced by six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza, the record is comprised of ten previously recorded compositions including "Between Here and Gone" and "Come On Come On." Since it's release, Carpenter has performed alongside the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra among many others.1. Something Tamed Something Wild
2. The Middle Ages
3. What Does It Mean To Travel
5. Map Of My Heart
6. Oh Rosetta
7. Deep Down Deep Heart
8. Hand On My Back
9. The Blue Distance
10. Note On A Windshield
11. The Things That We Are Made Of$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now