Legends of music world among those with new CD releases

There seems to be no end to the new music that is being released this year. Apparently some people are still buying CDs because they are still releasing a lot of them right now. Some of the following information was taken from Ambush, the weekly publication from Alliance Entertainment. The following CDs were released this week.

Joan Baez, “How Sweet the Sound.” This new CD examines Joan Baez’ history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation.

Neil Diamond, “Cherry Cherry Christmas.” This amazing singer-songwriter has won more accolades than I can mention on this page. Just in time for the holidays, Neil releases his newest Christmas album.

Bob Dylan, “Christmas In the Heart.” When I first heard about this, I thought somebody was joking. It is not a joke. What it is, is Bob Dylan’s 47 album and all of the U.S. royalties from the sale of this recording will be donated to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to more than 1.4 million in need in this country during the 2009 holiday season.

Dylan is also donating all of his future U.S. royalties from this album to Feeding America in perpetuity. Songs include “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “Must Be Santa.” Incredible generosity from the world’s greatest songwriter!

James McMurtry, “Live in Europe.” Earlier this year, James McMurtry traveled overseas for his first European tour. The band played for enthusiastic crowds in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland and Belgium. Legendary pianist Ian McLagen from Small Faces and Faces joins McMurtry for this tour. McMurtry combined the best recordings from the Amsterdam and Geislingen concerts to create the CD. A DVD featuring live performances from the Amsterdam show is included.

Brian Setzer, “Songs From Lonely Avenue.” A soundtrack to an unwritten film is how this new recording came into being. Inspired by the great film noir soundtracks from the 1940s and ‘50s, Setzer set out to create songs that would carry a classic cinematic mood completely missing from today’s musical landscape.

John Gorka, “So Dark You See.” John Gorka is one of the stalwarts of contemporary folk and his work has always stood at the forefront of the genre. This is his first album in three years and its production takes Gorka into new sounds that give the CD a fresh and current appeal. It also features some of the strongest and most accessible songs of his career.

The following CDs are slated for release on Oct. 20:

Lyle Lovett, “Natural Forces.” Lyle, along with his large band, puts his unique stamp on songs written by Eric Taylor, Townes Van Zandt and Robert Earl Keen as well as presenting some of his own new songs.

Timothy B Schmit, “Expando.” The former member of Poco and the Eagles is back with a new solo recording. Schmit is joined by Keb Mo, Graham Nash and Dwight Yoakam for this Lost Highway recording.

Sam Bush, “Circles Around Me.” This legendary musician and former member of the famed New Grass Revival, and one of the finest musicians in the bluegrass circle, is joined by Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and Del McCoury on this spirited and lively recording.

Loreena McKennitt, “Mediterranean Odyssey.” A two-CD live recording from this year’s tour features all of the ethereal, mesmerizing pop rock classics from this classy lady with an incredible voice.


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