Broken Bow Records first announced that rising star Dustin Lynch’s self-titled debut album will be released on Tuesday, August 21st in both the U.S. and Canada. The news comes on the heels of an outstanding week of accomplishments for Dustin Lynch’s debut single, “Cowboys and Angels,” the big ballad which Lynch wrote alongside Grammy-winning songwriter Tim Nichols and producer Josh Leo. This week, “Cowboys and Angels,” entered the Top 15 on the Mediabase Country Radio chart as well as landed at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers Songs Chart.
Corb Lund, well known north of the border in his native Canada, is quickly gaining a bigger following here in the U.S. as well. Fourth-generation Albertan rancher Lund has crafted a series of sharply drawn character studies according to his label with the new Cabin Fever, out August 14 on New West Records. His 2009 US debut Losin' Lately Gambler earned him an Americana Music Award nomination for New & Emerging Artist. From the label:
Mixing witty observations with imagery from cowboy life and elsewhere, 'Cabin Fever' places Lund in the company of songwriters like Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, and Dave Alvin. He cites his time in the punk/metal band The Smalls as an influence on his writing. Lund says, "Chaos and irreverence informs the way I write. I'm also drawn to harmony and chord choices that are outside the norms of country."
Carll also joins Lund on the hysterical "Bible on the Dash," for which he flew to Alberta to co-write and record in person. In fact, Lund and his band The Hurtin' Albertans did with very little overdubbing on the album. Lund says, "Some of my favorite records are really raw and feel casual and real. We didn't use a click track. There's cohesion with a band that plays live together so much and has been together for ten years."To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his acclaimed album Del Rio, TX, 1959, singer-songwriter Radney Foster will release Del Rio, Texas, Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome on his own Devil's River Records on August 14, 2012. A press release reveals the details on this project as well:
Foster crafts story songs with singular grit and grace. Twenty years ago, the contemporary country classic Del Rio, TX, 1959 showcased a songwriter in peak form with hits brassy (“Just Call Me Lonesome”) and bruised (“Nobody Wins”) and buoyant with blues (“Easier Said Than Done”).
Two decades on, Foster’s new Del Rio, TX Revisited: Unplugged and Lonesome reinvents his hallmark solo debut as an ambitious and haunting acoustic collection. “This time everyone was in the same room, with live takes with no fixes and no headphones,” says Steve Fishell, who produced the original Del Rio and played guitars on Revisited. “We have all new tempos and new grooves. Imagine the original version of Eric Clapton’s ‘Layla’ compared to his 1992 live unplugged version and you’ll get the idea.” Gloriously transformed high watermarks include “Don’t Say Goodbye,” “A Fine Line” and “Went For A Ride.” Elegance matches endurance with favorites (“Old Silver”) and bonus additions alike (the stunning new meditation “Me and John R.”).
Foster’s extraordinary session band effortlessly achieved transcendence. In early March, Foster along with Dixie Chick Martie McGuire (fiddle), Jon Randall Stewart (guitar), Glenn Fukunaga (doghouse bass), Michael Ramos (keyboard) and Fishell entered Austin’s Cedar Creek Recording with specific missions: Loosen all restraints. Shoot for the heart. Let feeling guide. Gems quickly emerged. “Things worked out beyond my wildest expectations,” Foster says. “Twenty years ago, I worried about every single detail. With this new record, you have these incredible musicians doing surprising things on the fly. There’s a looseness yet remarkable precision."