Rolling Stone Country reports: “Unwrapping a new Mary Chapin Carpenter album is not unlike the experience of cracking the spine on a highly anticipated memoir. While the Grammy winner’s 14 albums have been less linear autobiography and more a resolute collection of sharply observed sketches, each has offered glimpses into the artist’s life, brimming with literary detail and ringing with universal truth. With the recently released The Things That We’re Made Of, the five-time Grammy winner broaches the subject of middle age, embracing change in its myriad forms. “Over the last few years, I moved to a new town and I ended a relationship. I started over,” Carpenter tells Rolling Stone Country. “It’s an enormous amount of change in my life and I think this is what these songs reflect. It’s just sort of a declaration: This is what it looks like from here.””
Billboard reports: “Drive-By Truckers have announced details of their new album, American Band. It will be released by ATO Records on September 30. It arrives during a busy year for the band, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary and heading out on the Darkened Flags 2016 Tour across America, beginning in August. The album was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium with longtime producer/engineer David Barbe. Ahead of the album’s release, the band have previewed a new song “Surrender Under Protest” on NPR – you can hear it by clicking here.“We are beyond thrilled to announce the release date of our new album American Band,” says Patterson Hood. “We are launching the Preorder and our friends at NPR are posting a first taste so you can get a little sample of what we’ve been up to.