Monday, August 3, 2015

New Albums Forthcoming From Stoney LaRue, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, The Judds, Asleep at the Wheel and Patty Griffin

Artist: Stoney LaRue
Album: Us Time
Label: eOne
Release date: Oct 30, 2015

After three years in between his last few albums, it appears that LaRue is following up last year's critically acclaimed Aviator with another project. The title track has been around a long time. It's a track he's performed live many times over the years and even shared with a television performance on Texas Music Scene that you can watch here.

Artist: Emmylou Harris
Album: Hot Night in Roslyn
Label: Icongraphy
Release date: Sep 18, 2015

This release is a live radio broadcast recording done by Emmylou Harris and her band back in 1976 during the very height of her popularity. By this stage in her career, Emmylou was already an established artist in her own right. Two of her three extant studio albums, 'Pieces Of The Sky' and 'Elite Hotel', had been bona fide hits on the US Country Music charts, reaching numbers 7 and 1 respectively. Emmylou's latest studio album, concurrent with this broadcast, was 'Elite Hotel' and this radio recording has that record extensively featured here.

Artist: Merle Haggard
Album: Live on the Silver Eagle Radio Show
Label: Hotspur
Release date: Aug 7, 2015

By the time Merle Haggard played Nashville's Opryland theme park in 1982, he had a decade and a half of country stardom under his belt. He draws on one of the deepest repertoires in popular music on this Silver Eagle radio broadcast, including such mammoth hits as "Okie from Muskogee," "Workin' Man Blues," "Big City," and "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink." The two-dozen-song set also includes less familiar tunes that testify to Haggard's astonishing versatility, including covers of classics by Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, and Jimmie Rodgers, as well as his hit duet with Leona Williams, "The Bull & the Beaver." The complete broadcast is presented here in digitally remastered sound with background liners.

Artist: The Judds
Album: Girls Night Out- Live 85'
Label: Hotspur
Release date: Aug 21, 2015

In the mid-1980s, the mother-daughter duo of Naomi and Wynonna Judd became one of the hottest acts in country music, reeling off five straight number-one country singles in 1984 and 1985. All of those chart-toppers -- "Mama He's Crazy," "Why Not Me," "Girls' Night Out," "Love Is Alive," and "Have Mercy" -- were included in this October 27, 1985 concert at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. Broadcast on WCSM-FM in Hampton as part of the Silver Eagle Cross Country Radio series, it also includes highlights from their debut EP and first pair of albums, as well as covers of Rodney Crowell's "One Way Rider" and Little Richard's "Rip It Up." The entire broadcast is presented here in digitally remastered sound with background liners.

Artist: Asleep at the Wheel
Album: Havin' a Party- Live!
Label: Goldenlane
Release date: Aug 28, 2015

This CD and DVD combination is, as the press release announces, "One spectacular live event by Texas swing traditionalists Asleep At The Wheel.  Includes boot-stomping performances of the classics Choo Choo Ch Boogie, The Letter That Johnny Walker Read (#10 Country Singles chart), Hot Rod Lincoln and much, much more! DVD includes the full concert, professionally shot with multiple cameras, 5.1 surround sound mixes and special behind the scenes footage and interviews!"

Artist: Patty Griffin
Album: Servant of Love
Label: Thirty Tigers
Release date: Sep 25, 2015

Servant of Love is the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter's tenth album, and her first to be released on her new self-owned imprint in conjunction with Thirty Tigers. It marks the third time she has collaborated with producer Craig Ross. In Servant of Love, Patty Griffin digs deep into folk and roots tradition with its grounding in the experience and rhythms of the everyday, but she also writes in the vein of another tradition, less often mined: the transcendentalism of writers like Emerson and Whitman. Grounding itself in the natural world and finding patterns there which speak both to human experience and to the call of the spirit, Griffin's new album weaves an elemental spell out of the stuff of life.

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