Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Skinny: Brand New Projects From Willie Nelson, Tracy Lawrence, Will Hoge, The Band of Heathens & Jimmie Allen

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: At the Boarding House: San Francisco Broadcast 1975
Label: All Access
Release date: September 7, 2018

By the mid-1970s Willie was writing and performing "Outlaw Country". He performed a dynamic show at San Francisco's Boarding House venue on 7th June '75, playing a selection of tunes from his recent albums, plus a number of covers, this entire show is now available as an album for the first time.

Artist: Tracy Lawrence
Album: Frozen In Time
Label: Lawrence Music Group
Release date: October 12, 2018

An official release hasn't been made on this one, but the timing of this project, along with the name and album cover would lead us to believe this will be a holiday album. No news on whether it will be Christmas standards or originals (or a combination thereof).

Artist: Will Hoge
Album: My American Dream
Label: Cumberland Recordings
Release date: October 5, 2018

The release features eight songs of rabble-rousing political commentary that turns a critical eye on the crisis of conscience and culture threatening to tear apart his country. The album is Hoge's impassioned portrait of what he holds dear - and what we all might risk losing.

Artist: The Band of Heathens
Album: A Message From The People Revisited
Label: BOH Records
Release date: September 14, 2018

The Band of Heathens have shared a new track, their version of "Take Me Home, Country Roads." While best known as a hit song first performed by John Denver, the song was also recorded by Ray Charles on his seminal 1972 album A Message From The People. Today, the Band's new version of the song is from their ambitious re-envisioning of Charles' album in its entirety. Aptly titled A Message From The People Revisited, The Band of Heathens' upcoming record offers new takes on the original album's ten tracks including "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong," “Hey Mister,” and "Heaven Help Us All" presented in The Band of Heathens' own voice while staying true to the weight and tone of the originals - as well as Charles' own indelible interpretations. The band chose to re-record the often forgotten album because of its moving commentary on social justice, abuse-of-power, and its vision for a stronger, more-unified America.

Artist: Jimmie Allen
Album: Mercury Lane
Label: Stoney Creek
Release date: October 12, 2018

Allen's debut single "Best Shot" is racing up the charts and it appears his debut album is not far behind: “It’s incredibly special to be able to introduce myself to Country music with such a personal song that was inspired by the person who always encouraged me to pursue my dreams,” said Allen. “I’ve always dreamt of what it would feel like to turn on the radio and hear my own song playing through my speakers and I’m so thankful to country radio for helping make that dream a reality.”


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