Keith Urban pulls out “Ripcord” today leading the list of releases, including Cole Swindell, Mary Chapin Carpenter and a veteran, never known for her country songs.
Urban’s disc already has produced a few hits – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Wasted Time” – even before its release. He gets help from Pitbull and Nile Rodgers on “Sun Don’t Let Me Down” and Carrie Underwood on “The Fighter.” Urban had a hand in producing every song
Mary Chapin Carpenter returns with “The Things That We Are Made Of,” on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. Carpenter most recently had been on Rounder. Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), produced the 11-song set with Carpenter writing every song. Carpenter recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).
Georgia native Cole Swindell is out with his second album, “You Should Be Here,” with the title track being the first single. Swindell, who has written for Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line, had hits on his debut with “Let Me See Ya Girl” and three consecutive chart-topping, platinum-certified singles: “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” and “Chillin’ It.”
Cyndi Lauper is not necessarily thought of as a country artist, but she is today with the release of “Detour.” Lauper released a country covers album with such songs as “Funnel of Love,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Heartaches by the Number.” Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jewel and Alison Krauss sing on the disc.