Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough – Mockingbird Soul
These two were born to sing together, and this collaboration proves it. Though it’s not their first rodeo together, these best friends and longtime music-makers have knocked it out of the proverbial park with Mockingbird Soul; by mixing acoustic stylings with straight out of the swamp harmonious blues, this album scratches all our rootsy itches.
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Whitney Rose – South Texas Suite
Texas dancehall culture is one-of-a-kind; with South Texas Suite, Whitney Rose pays homage to the Lone Star State’s unique pastime, as she partners with session players and sidemen who have shaped the careers of greats like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson. Whitney Rose’s candy-coated vocals are a pleasant contrast to that omnipresent pedal steel twang, and you can almost hear the sawdust under boots two-stepping across the floor.
John Schneider – Ruffled Skirts
Swoon-worthy country crooner John Schneider, or as he’ll always be known in my smitten childhood memories, the one and only Bo Duke, is anything but a one trick pony. The veteran entertainer, who is an actual veteran, has released Ruffled Skirts, a collection of 10 90s-style emotional country groovers featuring a host of guests, including the freewheeling Cajun Navy. Louisiana, they’ve got your back.