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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
Same Trailer Different ParkKacey Musgraves is a 24-year-old singer/songwriter from Golden, Texas. She's written songs for Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and most recently she co-wrote the song Undermine that appeared in the second episode of the ABC drama, Nashville. Kacey wrote or co-wrote every track on her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, which was co-produced by Kacey, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird. The album features her current top 15 hit single Merry Go 'Round, which has already been heavily praised by Billboard, NPR, Washington Post, NY Post and Rolling Stone.
The making of this record was such a fun and meaningful time for me, said Musgraves. As a writer, singer and producer I learned so much throughout the whole process. I am proud and excited to present a project alongside Shane McAnally and Luke Laird that came from a very real and inspired place in my brain and heart.1. Silver Lining
2. My House
3. Merry Go 'Round
5. Blowin' Smoke
6. I Miss You
7. Stepp Off
8. Back On The Map
9. Keep It To Yourself
11. Follow Your Arrow
12. It Is What It Is$12.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Weight Of These WingsThe Weight of These Wings is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Miranda Lambert, set for release via RCA Records Nashville.LP 1
1. Runnin' Just in Case
2. Highway Vagabond
3. Ugly Lights
4. You Wouldn't Know Me
1. We Should Be Friends
2. Pink Sunglasses
3. Getaway Driver
1. Smoking Jacket
2. Pushin' Time
3. Covered Wagon
4. Use My Heart
1. Tin Man
2. Good Ol' Days
3. Things That Break
4. For the Birds
3. To Learn Her
4. Keeper of the Flame
1. Bad Boy
2. Six Degrees of Separation
3. Dear Old Sun
4. I've Got Wheels$37.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hell On Heels"The music of the Pistol Annies is the three of us truly being ourselves-not only in our songwriting and storytelling, but also in the way we perform as a team. We wanted to make music that people talk about but might not want to admit and it's the kind of raw and honest country music that deserves to be on vinyl," said Miranda.
The trio was born during a songwriting session with Lambert, a.k.a. "Lonestar Annie" and Monroe, a.k.a "Hipppie Annie." While writing and sharing stories, Monroe decided that Lambert and Presley, a.k.a "Holler Annie," needed to meet, and a midnight phone call with the three of them launched the group. The three of them wrote and co-wrote every song on the album and were joined by Pistol Andy, a.k.a Blake Shelton, on the song "Family Feud."1. Hell On Heels
2. Lemon Drop
4. Bad Example
5. Housewife's Prayer
6. Takin' Pills
7. Boys From The South
8. The Hunter's Wife
9. Trailer For Rent
10. Family Feud$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FuseFuse is the eighth studio album by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was originally released on September 10th, 2013 via Capitol Nashville. The album includes features from Miranda Lambert and Eric Church and has spawned six singles, four of which have topped the newly introduced Billboard Country Airplay chart, making it his first album to produce four chart-topping singles.
Upon release, the album debuted atop both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts, making this Urban's fourth (non-consecutive) number one album on the latter. It received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who complimented the more diverse musical styles explored on the songs.1. Somewhere in My Car
2. Even the Stars Fall 4 U
3. Cop Car
5. Good Thing
6. We Were Us
7. Love's Poster Child
8. She's My 11
9. Come Back to Me
10. Red Camaro
11. Little Bit of Everything
12. Raise 'Em Up
13. Heart Like Mine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Off The Beaten Path (Deluxe)Justin Moore s always had a thing about doing it his way. Call it stubborn redneck mettle, a well-developed case of who I am or just the fierce commitment to blaze a trail inherent to people from his home of Poyen, Arkansas. It doesn t mat ter why, just that the blazing sense of off the beaten path drives his album of the same name.
There s a strong vein of tenderness and decency holding Moore s kind of country together. Look no further than Rhett Atkins/Ben Hayslip/Ross Copperman-written Point At You, the lead single, that acknowledges every wild hair Moore has, but hits the bottom line of his goodness via the woman who became his bride.
Get loud, get rowdy, but get home and emerge solid family men dedicated to some basic ideals that have defined this country. One need look no further than The Warren Brothers/Lance Miller/Austin Cunningham-penned opener Old Back In The New School to understand Moore is all about the things that last, the wild times and the enduring values making for a way of life worth living.
It s that kind of edge that draws a singer like Miranda Lambert to duet on the somber heartbreaker Old Habits. A little bit rowdy, a little bit sentimental, a whole lotta roughneck, Moore has dented the country radio charts with three #1s in the anything but big city Small Town USA, the sentimental family embracing If Heaven Weren t So Far Away and the fidelity pledge Til My Last Day, in addition to the Top 10 mission declaration Backwoods.
But the hits don t really tell the whole story. This is the man whose first single a digital only release was I Could Kick Your Ass, who flexed his sense of humor with the new guy mocking Bait A Hook and unapologetically throw down How I Got To Be This Way. And long before booty country became a touchstone, Moore dropped the swaggering Back That Thing Up.
Indeed, Booty Country is full force on OFF THE BEATEN PATH. He has the Kim Kardashian and J-Lo invoking I d Want It To Be Yours co-written with Stover and Brandon Kinney and the slip into the night guitar grinder Off The Beaten Path that slithers through the Patron and the moonlight.Good ole boys doing what they re good at. Moore has built a career eschewing the path most taken, building a fanbase of people just like him.
Take a certain amount of swagger, add some hard-rocking guitars and add Country Radio, a howler that celebrates the ultimate lube for escaping the boredom and expectations. There s the same kind of bulked up, bearing down picture of pride of Lettin the Night Roll, pure freedom and the will to be alive.
Two strong hands, a back that can shoulder anything, this is working man s post-modern American and that respect is what binds him to his woman in That s How I Know You Love Me. Ultimately, she refuses to make him change, and takes what s there for what it is, loving him for all its busted glory.
To believe in values that last, to embrace what is enough and know it s more than plenty, that is the greatest truth for a man like Moore, who sees no reason to leave the place he grew up. Beyond the hits, the gold-certified albums and the momentum of a career hitting its stride, OFF THE BEATEN PATH is a collection of classic postcards that make up the ascending This Kind of Town and the driving chugger One Dirt Road.
You don t have to take it from Moore, though. No less than the great Charlie Daniels, a man who s hung tough for hardcore old school values is featured on For Some Ol Redneck Reason, a pledge of allegiance to living true to principles and never giving into convention. This is one of the truest event moments as Moore dials it back, unfurling the map of his heart and soul.1. Old Back In The New School
3. Lettin' The Night Roll
4. Old Habits
5. Point At You
7. I'd Want It To Be Yours
8. This Kind Of Town
9. Dirt Road Kid
10. Country Radio
11. That's How I Know You Love Me
12. One Dirt Road
13. Off The Beaten Path
14. Field Fulla Hillbillies
15. Big Ass Headache
16. For Some Ol' Redneck Reason$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
In Spite Of OurselvesPressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
Gatefold Matte Inner Sleeve
Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like, 'Angel from Montgomery', 'Sam Stone,' 'Paradise,' and 'Hello in There' speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.
Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," John Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers. Performers who have recorded from his extensive catalog, include Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, George Strait, Old Crow Medicine Show, Norah Jones, Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert and many others.
With his career spanning more than 40 years Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.1. (We're Not) The Jet Set - (ft. Iris DeMent)
2. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - (ft. Connie Smith)
3. Wedding Bells / Let's Turn Back The Years - (ft. Lucinda Williams)
4. When Two Worlds Collide - (ft. Trisha Yearwood)
5. Milwaukee Here I Come - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
6. I Know One - (ft. Emmylou Harris)
7. It's A Cheating Situation - (ft. Dolores Keane)
8. Back Street Affair - (ft. Patty Loveless)
9. Loose Talk - (ft. Connie Smith)
10. Let's Invite Them Over - (ft. Iris DeMent)
11. 'Til A Tear Becomes A Rose - (ft. Fiona Prine)
12. In A Town This Size - (ft. Dolores Keane)
13. We Could - (ft. Iris DeMent)
14. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
15. In Spite of Ourselves - (ft. Iris DeMent)
16. Dear John (I Sent Your Saddle Home)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And BeyondThe Hunger Games is a film directed by Gary Ross and based on the best-selling science fiction adventure novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. Set in a post-apocalyptic future time period after the destruction of the current nations of North America, the story follows 16-year old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games, a televised tournament to the death, in place of her younger sister. In addition to Lawrence, the film stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz.
Executive produced by Academy Award winner T Bone Burnett, The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond Original Soundtrack features the unparalleled and diverse sounds of Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, Arcade Fire, The Civil Wars, Miranda Lambert, The Decemberists, Neko Case, Kid Cudi and more. Includes the smash singles Safe & Sound (Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars) and Abraham's Daughter (Arcade Fire).1. Kingdom Come (The Civil Wars)
2. Take The Heartland (Glen Hansard)
3. Come Away To The Water
4. Run Daddy Run (Miranda Lambert feat. Pistol Annies)
5. Rules (Jayme Dee)
6. Eyes Open (Taylor Swift)
7. Lover Is Childlike (The Low Anthem)
8. Just A Game (Birdy)
9. Abraham's Daughter (Arcade Fire)
10. Tomorrow Will Be Kinder [The Hunger Games Soundtrack Version] (Secret Sisters)
11. Nothing To Remember (Neko Case)
12. Safe & Sound (Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars)
13. The Ruler And The Killer (Kid Cudi)
14. Dark Days (Punch Brothers)
15. One Engine (The Decemberists)
16. Daughter's Lament (Carolina Chocolate Drops)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bear CreekBear Creek is the newest release from singer/songwriter/guitarist Brandi Carlile who has been hailed as "the best voice in indie rock" by Paste Magazine. The lead track "That Wasn't Me," is a soulful piano-based song that showcases the warmth and subtle power of Carlile's vocals. It is the cornerstone of an earthy collection that embraces all of her musical influences: folk, pop, country, rock, gospel and blues. The album was named after the studio where most of the album was recorded, Bear Creek Studios, a converted early 20th century barn near Carlile's hometown of Seattle, WA.
The 13-song set features contributions from her longtime band mates: Tim and Phil Hanseroth ("The Twins," who co-wrote many of the songs with Carlile and play guitar and bass respectively), drummer/percussionist Allison Miller and cellist Josh Neumann plus Dave Palmer on keyboards and Jeb Bows on violin and mandolin. Drummer Matt Chamberlain guests on several tracks. Grammy winning engineer/producer/mixer Trina Shoemaker (Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Queens of the Stone Age) and Brandi and The Twins produced the Bear Creek Studios sessions. Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack) and Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Emmylou Harris) produced three tracks at Tragedy/Tragedy Studios in Nashville, TN.
Bear Creek follows Carlile's 2011 live album, Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, which the Seattle Times called "breathtaking." It was recorded during the band's sold-out two-night stand at the prestigious venue in November of 2010. To date, Carlile has sold over 800,000 albums and has played over 700 live shows.LP1
1. Hard Way Home
2. Raise Hell
3. Save Part Of Yourself
4. That Wasn't Me
5. Keep Your Heart Young
7. A Promise To Keep
1. I'll Still Be There
2. What Did I Ever Come Here For
3. Heart's Content
4. Rise Again
5. In The Morrow
6. Just Kids$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
It Goes Like This2013 album from the Country singer/songwriter and son of Rhett Akins. The Valdosta, GA, native spent his high school years dabbling in songwriting and playing in a band with friends. Thomas Rhett signed his first publishing deal with EMI while still a student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, and shortly thereafter, signed a record deal with The Valory Music Co.
The talented singer has scored two Top 15 hits - the poignant 'Beer With Jesus' and 'Something To Do With My Hands.' The album also features 'It Goes Like This.' As a gifted songwriter, he has penned two Jason Aldean hits. homas Rhett has previously been on the road with Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert, among others.1. Whatcha Got In That Cup
2. Something To Do With My Hands
3. Get Me Some Of That
4. Call Me Up
5. It Goes Like This
6. Make Me Wanna
7. Front Porch Junkies (Remix)
8. In A Minute
9. Take You Home
10. Sorry For Partyin'
11. All-American Middle Class White Boy
12. Beer With Jesus$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cass CountyInspired by the country music that soundtracked Henley's early days in east Texas, Cass County finds him harmonizing with Miranda Lambert, trading verses with Martina McBride and duetting with Merle Haggard.
I'm associated with California a lot because of that other band that I play in, but I really and truly was born and raised in Cass County, Texas, Henley said last month during a private listening party in Nashville. I'm a Southerner and a Texan. I have ancestors in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. So this is a natural progression for me. It's not me trying to do the 'Don Henley country album.' It's who I am and where I come from.
-Rolling Stone1. Bramble Rose (with Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert)
2. The Cost of Living (with Merle Haggard)
3. Take A Picture of This
4. Waiting Tables
5. No, Thank You
6. Praying for Rain
7. Words Can Break Your Heart
8. That Old Flame (with Martina McBride)
9. When I Stop Dreaming (with Dolly Parton)
10. A Younger Man
11. Train In The Distance
12. Where I Am Now$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
For Better, Or WorseOh Boy Records will release John Prine's latest, For Better, Or Worse, a duet album and follow up to the Grammy nominated In Spite of Ourselves. In this timeless album, produced by Jim Rooney, John sings with country sweethearts Iris DeMent, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Mattea, Kacey Musgraves, Fiona Prine, Amanda Shires, Morgane Stapleton, Susan Tedeschi, Holly Williams, and Lee Ann Womack.
The classic songs on For Better, Or Worse, originally recorded by artists such as Hank Williams, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens and others, are in John's blood. "I cut my teeth on Hank Williams songs," he says. "When I sing these songs there is a small pipeline straight from my heart to my lips." The tracks take listeners through the universal cycle of love's pull, love's bend, love's life, and love's end.1. Who's Gonna Take the Garbage Out (feat. Iris Dement)
2. Storms Never Last (feat. Lee Ann Womack)
3. Falling in Love Again (feat. Alison Krauss)
4. Color of the Blues (feat. Susan Tedeschi)
5. I'm Telling You (feat. Holly Williams)
6. Remember Me (feat. Kathy Mattea)
7. Look at Us (feat. Morgane Stapleton)
8. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (feat. Amanda Shires)
9. Fifteen Years Ago (feat. Lee Ann Womack)
10. Cold Cold Heart (feat. Miranda Lambert)
11. Dreaming My Dreams (feat. Kathy Mattea)
12. Mental Cruelty (feat. Kacey Musgraves)
13. Mr & Mrs Used To Be (feat. Iris Dement)
14. My Happiness (feat. Fiona Prine)
15. Just Waitin'$19.99Vinyl LP - 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
To All The Girls...Decades of heartfelt performances and compositions in popular music have long solidified Willie's reputation as one of country's greatest romantics. To All The Girls... continues Nelson's musicial relationships with some of the most talented women in country, pop, and soul.
Among the centerpieces of To All The Girls... is the emotional duet with Dolly Parton, From Here To The Moon and Back, a song Parton wrote for the 2012 motion picture Joyful Noise. Willie also tackles the Bill Withers' classic Grandma's Hands with Mavis Staples, duets with Sheryl Crow on The Great American Songbook selection Far Away Places, and brings a new shade to his self penned classic Always On My Mind with Carrie Underwood.
Willie is also joined by familiar contemporaries including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones and Rosanne Cash. To All The Girls... reunites Willie with producer Buddy Cannon, who worked with Willie on his most recent successful releases, Heroes and Let's Face The Music And Dance.
Having turned 80 years old in April, Willie Nelson has no intentions of riding off into the sunset. Since signing to Legacy Recordings, Nelson has been steadily recording an releasing albums with the same rough-and-ready spirit of his timeless recordsing for RCA and Columbia Records. Heroes was praised by Uncut for being as spirited as it is poignant. Of 2013's Let's Face The Music And Dance, Paste cheered for his strongest and most engaged performances in a decade.LP 1
1. Dolly Parton - From Here To The Moon And Back
2. Miranda Lambert - She Was No Good For Me
3. Secret Sisters - It Won't Be Very Long
4. Rosanne Cash - Please Don't Tell Me
5. Sheryl Crow - Far Away Places
6. Wynonna Judd - Bloody Mary Morning
7. Carrie Underwood - Always On My Mind
8. Loretta Lynn - Somewhere Between
9. Alison Krauss - No Mas Amor
10. Melonie Cannon - Back On Earth
1. Mavis Staples - Grandma's Hands
2. Norah Jones - Walkin'
3. Shelby Lynne - Til The End Of The World
4. Lily Meola - Will You Remember Mine
5. Emmylou Harris - Dry Lightning
6. Brandi Carlile - Making Believe
7. Paula Nelson - Have You Ever Seen The Rain
8. Tina Rose - After The Fire Is Gone$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The BladeAshley Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she immersed herself in all varieties of music ranging from country-she's not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family-to rock, pop, rap and even opera. When she was 11, Monroe won a talent contest singing "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and two years later her father gave Ashley her first guitar. She developed a passion for writing songs, discovering that she could easily communicate her thoughts and sentiments through a six-string and her dynamic, exceptional voice.
In 2008, Ashley cut a highly praised EP with singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs and a few years later, at the invitation of Jack White, she sang background vocals on an album he was producing by the iconic country-rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson. And just to prove how versatile she is, Monroe also contributed vocals to the track "Bruises" on the 2012 album California 37 by the rock band Train.
But one of the most rewarding artistic adventures for Ashley to date has been the Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed in 2011with her friend Miranda Lambert, whose chart-topping hit "Heart Like Mine" Ashley co-penned, and newcomer Angaleena Presley. Pistol Annies have provided Monroe with yet another outlet for her music. Their album, Hell on Heels, garnered rave reviews. The All Music Guide called the trio "a remarkably democratic supergroup" while veteran music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A grade, citing its "expertly executed tunes."1. On To Something Good
2. I Buried Your Love Alive
4. Weight Of The Load
5. The Blade
6. Winning Streak
7. From Time To Time
8. If Love Was Fair
9. Has Anybody Ever Told You
11. If The Devil Don't Want Me
13. I'm Good At Leavin'$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
So You Wannabe An OutlawSo You Wannabe an Outlaw, Earle's first album for Warner Bros. Records since 1997's El Corazón, explores his country songwriting roots and features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert.
"There's nothing 'retro' about this record," Earle says. "I'm just acknowledging where I'm coming from." So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, TX. Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade. "Look, I'm always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do," he says. "And I'm always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It's who I am."
So You Wannabe an Outlaw is an homage to outlaw music and is dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings. "I was out to unapologetically 'channel' Waylon as best as I could," Earle says. "This record was all about me playing' on the back pick-up of a '66 Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The vocal part of it is a little different. I certainly don't sound like Waylon Jennings. I moved to Nashville in November of 1974, and right after that Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger came out. I was around when Waylon was recording Dreaming My Dreams. Guitar Town (Earle's 1986 chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning debut album) wound up being kind of my version of those types of songs," Earle recalls.
Earle is backed on So You Wannabe an Outlaw by his long-time band The Dukes - guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelly Looney, and new members drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson. The album was produced by Richard Bennett and recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin.LP 1
1. So You Wannabe an Outlaw
2. Lookin' for a Woman
3. The Firebreak Line
4. News from Colorado
5. If Mama Coulda Seen Me
6. Fixin' to Die
7. This Is How It Ends
8. The Girl on the Mountain
1. You Broke My Heart
2. Walkin' in LA
3. Sunset Highway
4. Goodbye Michelangelo
5. Ain't No God in Mexico
6. Sister's Coming Home / Down at the Corner Beer Joint
7. Local Memory
8. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Beginning Of ThingsBeginning of Things, the new full-length album from acclaimed musician, songwriter, and performer Charlie Worsham, will be released via Warner Bros. Records / Warner Music Nashville.
Co-produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Aubrie Sellers) and Eric Masse (Rayland Baxter, Mikky Ekko) with Arturo Buenahora, Jr. (Eric Church, Dierks Bentley) serving as the Executive Producer, Beginning of Things includes 13 new songs, 9 of which Worsham co-wrote.
Of the album, Worsham comments, "We had so much fun! I had fallen out of love with music, and making this record put me back in love with it on a level I hadn't felt since I was a teenager. Beginning Of Things was a challenge in surrendering control and trusting my own talent. I'm confident that these songs and these recordings capture my musical geography and personal truth, and at the end of the day, I'm convinced that is the ultimate purpose of an artist-to speak one's truth."
Born and raised in Mississippi, Worsham attended Grenada High School and went on to study at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music. In addition to his life as a working musician, Worsham is actively involved in music education and, last year founded the Follow Your Heart Scholarship Fund in partnership with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The fund supports the youth of Grenada, Mississippi-his hometown-who possess an uncommon talent and desire to achieve great things in the arts. In its first year, the organization has raised nearly $50,000. More information can be found at www.FollowYourHeartArts.org.
Beginning of Things is Worsham's second full-length album and follows 2013's Rubberband, which received widespread acclaim. American Songwriter calls Worsham, "the sort of triple threat artist that seems in short supply on Music Row these days. He writes well, sings well, and is a skilled and tasteful guitarist to boot," while Rolling Stone asserts, "A fleet-fingered guitarist and empathetic vocalist, his talent is reminiscent of a young Keith Urban in all the best ways."1. Pants
2. Please People Please
3. Southern By the Grace of God
4. Call You Up
5. Lawn Chair Don't Care
6. Only Way to Fly
7. Old Time's Sake
8. Cut Your Groove
9. Ain't Goin' Nowhere
10. The Beginning of Things
11. Birthday Suit
13. Take Me Drunk$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Like A RoseAshley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, presents her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose. Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she's the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.
Like a Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life-attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.
Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she immersed herself in all varieties of music ranging from country-she's not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family-to rock, pop, rap and even opera. When she was 11, Monroe won a talent contest singing "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and two years later her father gave Ashley her first guitar. She developed a passion for writing songs, discovering that she could easily communicate her thoughts and sentiments through a six-string and her dynamic, exceptional voice.
One of the most rewarding artistic adventures for Ashley to date has been the Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed in 2011 with her friend Miranda Lambert, whose chart-topping hit "Heart Like Mine" Ashley co-penned, and newcomer Angaleena Presley. Pistol Annies have provided Monroe with yet another outlet for her music. Their album, Hell on Heels, garnered rave reviews. The All Music Guide called the trio "a remarkably democratic supergroup" while veteran music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A grade, citing its "expertly executed tunes."
Despite her list of previous accomplishments, everything she's done so far feels like it's been pointing the way toward Like a Rose. With songs that run the gamut from feel-good to controversial to contemplative, the album, produced by country music titan Vince Gill, offers the full range of Ashley Monroe's songwriting and performing skills. To maintain the honesty of Ashley's songs, Gill and the singer chose to record the album the way most of the greatest albums ever were made: sans gimmickry. "We just got the band in a circle and started playing the songs," Ashley says, "and once we felt like we had a feel for it, I'd do my vocal live-I never went back in to do a second vocal. Everyone put everything we had into the songs. There was a buzz in the room. We all had fun-it felt like a big old family, the way records used to be made."
Some of the songs were newly written for the album; others date back several years and felt right to revisit. The semi-autobiographical title track, one of the uncontestable highlights of the set, was co-written about six years ago with another totem of the American song-crafting community, Texan legend Guy Clark.
One song that is bound to raise some eyebrows refers to the same favored flower of the title tune, but in a much different sense: "Weed Instead of Roses" tells of a woman's desire to get a gift she actually desires from her beau, not just something that smells good.
"You Got Me" was co-written by Monroe and Karen Fairchild. Says Ashley, "It's about an addiction to something-one thing or another, whether you're stuck in a bad relationship or alcohol or whatever it is-and you try to hide it and fight it but you're kind of saying, 'Alright, you got me.'
On a more light-hearted note is "Monroe Suede," based on "a slick character that tries to get away all the time." Another is the self-explanatory "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)," a duet featuring Lambert's husband, CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton. "Morning After" confronts that uneasy feeling that often follows a too-good time and "She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind," written with Jon Randall Stewart, comes straight from one of Ashley's many journals. "Two Weeks Late" was suggested by singer-songwriter Shane McAnally, who co-wrote it with Monroe. "He came in and said, 'I heard this phrase at the ATM: I'm a dollar short and two weeks late.' That was another one that just fell out. I grabbed the guitar and we started writing it up.
"Used," another standout, is an update of a song that appeared on Monroe's Satisfied album. "It came to me when I was about 17 and my manager at the time had just bought me this old 1950s Gibson guitar," she says. It came into my mind that things are worth more used, and I thought about my mom, who had lost my dad when she was 38. I was thinking, she had two kids, she's been through a lot, and, bless her heart, it's all gonna be worth it. Vince and I worked up this new version, which made it fresh for me."
And fresh it all is. Like a Rose avoids the trappings of too much contemporary music by sticking to the basics: memorable songs, incredible musicians, a superb voice, all of it captured honestly and without frills. As the saying goes, sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Take a whiff of Like a Rose and you'll find it smells pretty darn sweet.1. Like A Rose
2. Two Weeks Late
4. Weed Instead of Roses
5. You Got Me
6. The Morning After
7. Monroe Suede
8. She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind
9. You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter) ft. Blake Shelton$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now