Kix Brooks, Little Big
Town and Bucky Covington are among the country artists releasing
new albums on Tuesday (Sept. 11).
Brooks’ New to This Town (Arista Nashville) is his first solo project since
Brooks Dunn’s Last Rodeo tour. The title track, co-produced by
Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, features Eagles
guitarist Joe Walsh. Brooks co-wrote nine of the album’s 12 songs. He will
perform Thursday (Sept. 13) at the Headliner in Neptune City, N.J.
Little Big Town’s Tornado (Capitol Nashville)
features their No. 1 hit, “Pontoon.” Members of the band co-wrote
five of the 11 tracks. This is their first album with producer Jay Joyce. The group’s next tour date is Thursday in Mountain
View, Calif., with Rascal Flatts. Their episode of CMT
Unplugged also debuted on Tuesday.
Bucky Covington’s Good Guys is his first full-length release in five
years. The lead single is “Drinking Side of Country,”
a duet with Shooter Jennings. A former American Idol contestant,
Covington is donating a portion of first-week sales to the International Association of Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation.
addition, Kathy Mattea’s Calling Me Home (Sugar Hill) is a tribute
to her home state of West Virginia. Highlights include Hazel Dickens’
“West Virginia, My Home” and the title track written by Alice Gerrard. A two-time CMA female vocalist winner, Mattea notched
16 Top 10 hits between 1986 and 1994, including “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses.”
New Americana releases include songwriter
Steve Forbert’s Over With You, Austin soul musician Guy Forsyth’s The Freedom to Fail, Drive-By
Truckers‘ Patterson Hood’s Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, Centro-Matic’s Will Johnson’s Scorpion,
songwriter Chris Knight’s Little Victories, Western swing band
the Time Jumpers’ self-titled album and Stephen Wade’s Banjo Diary:
Lessons From Tradition.