Ray Charles Releases Duets Albums

Ray Charles gets an all-star salute with Tuesday’s (Aug. 31) release of Genius Loves Company (Concord), a duets album completed shortly before his death in June. Guests on the album include a dozen of music’s most famous names: Natalie Cole, Elton John, Norah Jones, B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Johnny Mathis, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor. Other notable new albums this week include country-bluegrass songwriter Shawn Camp’s Live at the Station Inn (Oh Boy), rising bluegrass singer Melonie Cannon’s self-titled debut (Skaggs Family Records), young Australian guitar-slinger Jedd Hughes’ Transcontinental (MCA Nashville) and Canadian rocker Sam Roberts’ We Were Born in a Flame (Lost Highway).