Record Roundup: August Edition

by | Aug 27, 2020

August is full of new releases and I was excited to dig into a few of country’s latest projects. We’ve got award-winning legends, hit songwriters, and females blazing the country trail. What are you excited to listen to this month?

Mary Chapin Carpenter – The Dirt And The Stars

Five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter releases an eleven-track collection produced by  Ethan Johns. In a frantic world, it’s a comforting audio solace she presents to listeners.

“The writer Margaret Renkl once said, ‘We are all in the process of becoming.’ That doesn’t stop at a certain age. To be always a student of art and music and life, as she says, that, to me, is what makes life worth living. It’s certainly what makes me want to still write songs,” the CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year states.

Lindsay Ell – heart theory

On her sophomore effort, Lindsay offers a view beyond the surface. It’s a riveting, powerful message streamlined across the outpouring of her life’s stories. The concept album is a collaboration between her and legendary producer Dan Huff.

“If theory is the science of music, heart theory is the science of a heart,” Lindsay says of the album. “I hope this roadmap can be a comfort if you need it, reassurance when you need to remember to believe in yourself or maybe just a glimpse into a memory that’s made you who you are.”

Raelynn – Baytown

Last year, Raelyn brought her dynamic stage presence across America opening shows for Maren Morris’ “Girl World Tour.” There, fans got the first listen of the feisty songs that would eventually land on her latest EP. And nothing has been interjected with so much personality…well…since ever, maybe. It’s those real-life stances that make the singer unbelievably relatable.

“We were talking about past relationships, and I told her about a situation with an ex where I knew everything about him, but he never asked me about me,” RaeLynn recalls a conversation with a friend. “It made me realize that I wasn’t alone, a lot of people have probably had the experience of a relationship being one-sided like that.”

Eric Paslay – Nice Guy

After the March tornadoesdevasted the Nashville community, Eric Paslay found himself clearing debris from his neighborhood and property. His family was safe and sound, but the impact was profound. His latest project was definitely laced with precision and persistence.

“I started rebuilding our fences,” he remembers. “Luckily, I like building. I like things that are built well, which usually takes patience and time. To me, it’s like songwriting: You use what you’ve learned to get the job done.”

Mo Pitney – Ain’t Lookin’ Back

Stepped in tradition, Mo Pitney’s second album veers on that straight-on country path. He frequents the Grand Ole Opry stage and recently held a special performance at The Station Inn to celebrate the release of this album. And the track list? It’s comprised of some of the most legendary songwriters in the genre’s history: Paul Overstreet, Tim Nichols, Dean Dillon, and more.

Mo says, “This album has taken such a journey with me. A lot of life has been lived since I released my first album and this new project is a reflection of the past, present and future and I AIN‘T LOOKIN’ BACK.”

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Amanda Tempel
Amanda Tempel
A love for country music and all things Nashville is an understatement when it comes to Amanda Tempel. Her creative storytelling takes you on a journey keeping readers connected by sharing all the latest and greatest hits, up-and-coming acts, and behind-the-scenes magic of Music City that will keep you coming back for more.