Independents Lead This Week’s Album Releases

Maria McKee, the powerhouse vocalist of Lone Justice and writer of the Dixie Chicks’ “Am I the Only One (Who Ever Felt This Way),” jumps into the fray with High Dive (Viewpoint). … Formerly of Whiskeytown, Caitlin Cary delivers the melodic I’m Staying Out (Yep-Roc) with guest vocalist Mary Chapin Carpenter. … Once a stalwart of Los Angeles’ alt-country scene, Mark Insley offers the smoky Supermodel (Rustic). … Ten demos recorded in 1966 by Texas hero Townes van Zandt resurface on In The Beginning (Compadre). … A rough-hewn songwriter with a resonant voice, Tom Russell welcomes Nanci Griffith for three duets on Modern Art (HighTone). … The Legendary Shack*Shakers release Cockadoodledon’t (Bloodshot) as they tour with fellow rockabilly punk Reverend Horton Heat. 04/22/03