Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow Lead New Releases

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Keith Urban and Sheryl Crow are both releasing long-awaited country albums on Tuesday (Sept. 10).

Urban’s Fuse is his first new album in three years. The lead single, “A Little Bit of Everything,” has already climbed to No. 1 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart, marking his 15th chart-topper.

Guests on the album include Miranda Lambert (“We Were Us”) and Eric Church (“Raise ‘Em Up”). Reaching for a variety of styles, Urban teamed with multiple co-producers, including Nathan Chapman, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate and Butch Walker.

“This album started with me wanting to work with people I hadn’t worked with before,” Urban said. “I wanted to start in completely uncharted waters. I didn’t set out for there to be eight different producers. I thought I would find one or two guys, and then we’d go make the whole album. But I loved how everybody brought out something different in me, and I wanted to see how much was in there to come out.”

Meanwhile, Crow’s Feels Like Home is her first album of new material since 100 Miles From Memphis and Home for Christmas in 2010. She recorded the album in Nashville with producer Justin Niebank. The first single from the project is “Easy.”

Feels Like Home may be the most focused album I’ve ever made,” Crow said. “All of my albums have had a few different styles going on in them, and this album definitely has a few different takes on what country music means to me but not calculatedly so. First and foremost, I just wanted to make sure that for this album, I wrote about things that I really knew about — subjects that hit close to home.”

Other new releases include George JonesAmazing Grace, bluegrass band Steep Canyon RangersTell the Ones I Love and Steve Wariner‘s It Ain’t All Bad.

New Americana releases include Peter Cooper’s Opening Day, Tim Hus’ Western Star, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road’s self-titled album, Drew Kennedy’s Wide Listener, Jimmy Webb‘s Still Within the Sound of My Voice, the Whiskey Gentry’s Holly Grove, the White Buffalo’s Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways, Wild Ponies’ Things That Used to Shine, Brian Wright’s Rattle Their Chains and Yarn’s Shine the Light On.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.