Ricky Skaggs, Billy Dean
and the late Waylon Jennings are among the country artists releasing
new albums on Tuesday (Sept. 25).
Skaggs’ Music to My Ears includes a mix of new songs and bluegrass standards.
He dedicated a new recording of “Tennessee Stud” to the late guitarist Doc Watson.
Along with writing a new bluegrass instrumental titled “New Jerusalem,” Skaggs also co-wrote a comical song inspired by one
of Bill Monroe’s sayings, “You Can’t Hurt Ham.” Skaggs scored 19 Top 10
country hits in the 1980s.
Dean’s A Man of Good Fortune is his first album of all new material in nearly four
years. He co-wrote seven of the 10 songs on the project. Dean scored 10 Top 10 county hits in the 1990s, then rebounded in
2005 with “Let Them Be Little.” He will perform a free show at Nashville’s 3rd Lindsley on Wednesday.
Goin’ Down Rockin’ compiles 12 recordings made in the years leading up to his 2002 death. Jennings worked with his
longtime accompanist Robby Turner during the recording sessions. Turner recently completed the recordings while keeping Jennings’
original vision for the album in mind. Only one of the album’s 12 tracks has been previously released. Jennings wrote all
but one song on the album. With 53 Top 10 country hits, Jennings is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
new albums this week include songwriter John Hiatt’s Mystic Pinball,
songwriter Jim Lauderdale’s bluegrass album Carolina Moonrise
and British band Mumford Sons’ Babel. Folk and Americana
releases include the Hillbenders’ Can You Hear Me?, Lucy Kaplansky’s Reunion and Rosco Bandana’s Time to