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CD Reviews:
New Music: Willie Nelson, David Bowie, Sparks, Trapt and more...

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Friday, July 3, 2020

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Checking out this week's new music releases (all subject to change)...

Album of the Week: Willie Nelson's "First Rose of Spring" (Legacy) is his 70th (!) solo album, featuring co-writes with regular partner Buddy Cannon along with contributions from Toby Keith, Chris Stapleton and others.

Album Title of the Week: Joe Ely, "Love in the Midst of Mayhem" (Rack 'Em);

Did Ya Know?: The gospel troupe the Sons of the Soul Revivers -- whose "Songs We'll Always Sing -- A Tribute to the Pilgrim Jubilees" (Little Village Foundation) comes out Saturday, July 4 -- is true to its name; Walter Jr. James' father led the original Soul Revivers out of Arkansas from the 40s into the 80s.

New & Noteworthy: Jeff Ament, "American Death Squad" (self-released); David Bowie, "Ouvrez Le Chien (Live Dallas 95)" (Parlophone/Rhino); Father John Misty, "Anthem + 3" (Bandcamp); Sparks, "A Steady Drip Drip Drip" (BMG); Trapt, "Shadow Work" (The Label Group/INgrooves); Various Artists, "Songs From 'Saturday Night Seder'" (Ghostlight)

Also Out: Balance Breach, "Dead End Diaries" (Out of Line); Bury Tomorrow, "Cannibal" (Music For Nations); Maryann Cotton, "Hallelujah" (El Puerto); Mikal Cronin, "Switched-On Seeker" (Merge); Currents, "The Way It Ends" (SharpTone); Dream Wife, "So When You Gonna..." (Lucky Number); Empress Of, "I'm Your Empress Of" (Terrible); Greg Foat, "Symphonie Pacifique" (Stunt); TJ George, "Fragmented Soul Vo. 2" (self-released); Little Kid, "Transfiguration Highway" (Solitaire Recordings); Michael McArthur, "Oh Sedona" (Dark River); McFtine & Minnemann, "McStine & Minnemann" (self-released); Thiago Nassif, "Mente" (Gearbox); The Real McKenzies, "Beer and Loathing" (Fat Wreck Chords); Sidewalk Prophets, "The Things That Got Us Here" (Curb/Word); Various Artists, "PRF/BLM" (Bandcamp); A.A. Williams, "Forever Blue" (Bella Union);

From the Vaults: The Charlatans UK, "Between 10th and 11th: Expanded Edition" (Beggars Archive); Freddie and the Dreamers, "The Very Best of..." (Music on CD); Grateful Dead, "The Angel's Share" (Deadnet); Powerwolf, "Beast of the Blessed" (Napalm); Jill Scott, "Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol 1" (Hidden Beach); Selena, "Ones" (Capitol/UMe)

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