Country Roundup, July 2011
Blake Shelton, the self-styled Most Interesting Man in Country Music, may be the marquee name amid the last six weeks or so of new releases, but his Red River Blue has plenty of competition, both on the charts and in our hearts. Spare some time also for sassy Ashton Shepherd, mushy Chris Young, the gritty Dirt Drifters, the rebellious Justin Moore and the goddesslike Gillian Welch. Also, don't miss the archival Neil Young live jam A Treasure, revisiting his country-rock prime with some of the loudest, nastiest guitar solos imaginable. Some great stuff here, from traditionalists to wanton experimentalists, so dive in.