Brooks’ New to This Town (Arista Nashville) is his first solo project since Brooks & Dunn’s Last Rodeo tour. The title track, co-produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, features Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. Brooks co-wrote nine of the album’s 12 songs. He will perform Thursday (Sept. 13) at the Headliner in Neptune City, N.J.
Little Big Town’s Tornado (Capitol Nashville) features their No. 1 hit, “Pontoon.” Members of the band co-wrote five of the 11 tracks. This is their first album with producer Jay Joyce. The group’s next tour date is Thursday in Mountain View, Calif., with Rascal Flatts. Their episode of CMT Unplugged also debuted on Tuesday.
Bucky Covington’s Good Guys is his first full-length release in five years. The lead single is “Drinking Side of Country,” a duet with Shooter Jennings. A former American Idol contestant, Covington is donating a portion of first-week sales to the International Association of Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation.
In addition, Kathy Mattea’s Calling Me Home (Sugar Hill) is a tribute to her home state of West Virginia. Highlights include Hazel Dickens’ “West Virginia, My Home” and the title track written by Alice Gerrard. A two-time CMA female vocalist winner, Mattea notched 16 Top 10 hits between 1986 and 1994, including “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses.”
New Americana releases include songwriter Steve Forbert’s Over With You, Austin soul musician Guy Forsyth’s The Freedom to Fail, Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood’s Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, Centro-Matic’s Will Johnson’s Scorpion, songwriter Chris Knight’s Little Victories, Western swing band the Time Jumpers’ self-titled album and Stephen Wade’s Banjo Diary: Lessons From Tradition.