New Music Friday — November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

DATIN | Who Do You Believe? (Production by Marty)

Christian, hip hop/rap; Menace Movement – STREAM / BUY EP

Datin, core member of the Menace Movement collective, is one of the most sought after artists on the Christian hip hop scene today. Marty—one-half of Social Club Misfits—produces this new EP with fellow Menace-man after several recent collabs with Datin and follows-up their critically acclaimed CHH Aint Dead, Vol. 1 release from May of this year.


About the focus track (“Honor Code”) | In an EP full of hard-hitting content dealing w/the issues of the day, this track #2 joint is a more laid-back jam feat. the smooth flowings of New Jersey’s Tragic Hero, Datin’s always headlining & head-turning spitting & of course prod. by none other than Marty of Social Club Misfits. Kick back & enjoy this one!

THE DILLARDS | Old Road New Again

Americana, bluegrass; Pinecastle Records – STREAM / BUY album

The streaming wait is finally over, as The Dillards release their highly-anticipated album Old Road New Again on all digital services. The star-studded collection includes guest appearances from such luminaries as Don Henley, Ricky Skaggs, Sharon and Cheryl White, Herb Pedersen, Bernie Leadon, and Sam Bush.

Known for their years appearing on the iconic Andy Griffith Show, the band is picking up right where they left off. Like most Dillards collections, this one is by turns wistful and whimsical, forward-looking and nostalgic, hopeful and apprehensive. It brings together Dillards’ band members Rodney Dillard, Beverly Cotten-Dillard, Gary Smith, Tony Wray, and George Giddens. Rodney, the lone surviving member of the original Dillards, calls Old Road New Again the “bookend” to the band’s 1968 masterpiece, Wheatstraw Suite. That album saw The Dillards evolve from a basic bluegrass ensemble to musical risk-takers who used a full orchestra, electrical instruments, studio-layered voices and drums to convey their visions. In so doing, they gave license and inspiration to generations of other experimenters.


“The Dillards did an album called Wheatstraw Suite, which is one of my favorite albums,” Elton John comments. “The first thing I did when I came to America was go and see them.” Ultimately it led John to pick The Dillards as the opening act on his first North American tour. Eagles frontman Don Henley adds, “I was a big fan of The Dillards. Wheatstraw Suite was a very influential album in my life. In fact, I drove through a snowstorm to hear them play in Fort Worth back in 1968. They were an interesting band.”

Wheatstraw Suite was a departure from the basic, somewhat traditional, recordings we had previously done for Elektra,” explains Rodney Dillard. “I wanted to move the group into uncharted musical territory, risking the ire of the hardline bluegrass traditional folks. 55 years later, after several successful recordings, I felt it was maybe time to once again plow new ground and complete my musical journey, so we recorded Old Road New Again, the bookend to Wheatstraw Suite, with the production help of Bil VornDick, and my friends and pickers whom I hold in high regard.”

While proudly displaying The Dillards’ bluegrass and string band ancestry, Old Road New Again is, like its predecessor, enhanced and enlivened by the sounds of drums, cello and electric bass. The album’s title track, which features Henley and Bernie Leadon, is a mini-history of The Dillards’ fabled musical journeys. It jauntily name-checks or alludes to many of the acts the band influenced, jammed or worked with, including the the Byrds, the Eagles (it was Rodney who suggested Henley leave Texas and seek his fortunes in California), Buffalo Springfield, the Kentucky Colonels, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. “When someone tells the story,” the chorus rings out, “this old road is new again.”

Old Road New Again track listing:
1.“Earthman” (featuring Herb Pedersen) Writer: Bob Milsap
2.“Save The Last Dance For Me” (featuring Sharon and Cheryl White) Writers: Doc Pomus / Mort Shuman
3.“Common Man” Writers: (featuring Herb Pedersen) Writers: Rodney Dillard / Beverly Dillard / Jon Vezner
4. “Always Gonna Be You” (featuring Don Henley) Writer: Mike Reid
5. “Funky Ole Hen” (featuring Beverly Dillard lead vocal/banjo) Writer: Beverly Dillard
6. “Sweet Companion” Writers: Sally Barris / Jon Randall / Jessie Alexander
7. “The Whole World Round” (featuring Herb Pedersen and Sam Bush) Writers: Mitch Jayne / Joe Stewart
8. “Tearing Our Liberty Down” (featuring Ricky Skaggs) Writers: Ritchie Lockhart/Beverly Dillard / Sam Lockhart
9. “My Last Sunset” (featuring Don Henley and Herb Pedersen) Writers: Ellen Britton / Will Hopkins
10. “Old Road New Again” (featuring Don Henley, Herb Pedersen, and Bernie Leadon) Writers: CJ Watson / Rodney Dillard
11. “Take Me Along For The Ride” (featuring Herb Pedersen) Writers: Rodney Dillard / Mitch Jayne


Southern gospel; Horizon Records – STREAM / BUY album

Continuing their ministry that has taken Southern Gospel music around the globe, The Chitans are bringing their devotion and talent to the fore with their Horizon Records debut album, Set Apart, now available on all digital platforms.

Though this year’s circumstances forced them to reorient their musical ministry away from live appearances, and their work in churches, hospitals, nursing homes, senior homes, community centers, prisons and more, The Chitans—Kaiziah, Kayandra, Jesse, Jayden, Karlainah Chitan and their parents, Layne and Karen—are bringing a new dimension to their work through a collection that shines with a joyous, yet reverent spirit that can touch listeners’ hearts even without their physical presence.



“The first time I heard The Chitans sing, I was struck by how the audience responded to them. They made an instant connection that rarely happens,” says Roger Talley, who produced the album. “I knew then that they have the potential to minister to people of every race and culture with their angelic voices and pure hearts. I’m excited about helping them broaden their ministry by partnering with them and Crossroads on this new release.”

Following the release of three singles—”Running To Jesus,” “Jesus Is Moving” and the glistening title track—that amply demonstrated the young singers’ talents, Set Apart confirms just how deeply the family has absorbed not just the message, but the distinctive sounds of Southern Gospel. Even so, the project has, in their words, “everything from Southern Gospel to Progressive Southern Gospel, from a touch of Black Gospel to a pinch of Caribbean Flavor—there’s something on it for everyone!”

“We each tried to think of which song is our favorite, but after we started listing them…well…the whole album ended up being listed,” they add. “All the songs have been a blessing and encouragement to our family. We are elated to be able to share it and we are hoping that it will bring peace, comfort, and encouragement through the Holy Spirit. We also pray it serves as an inspiration and a reminder that you are ‘Chosen.’”

THE SHARP FLATPICKERS | Sundrops on the Water – Reflections

Bluegrass; Mountain Fever Records – STREAM / BUY album

Mountain Fever Records announces the release of The Sharp Flatpickers brand new record Sundrops On The Water – Reflections, available today!

Lee Kotick‘s new powerhouse group, The Sharp Flatpickers are Lee Kotick (guitar), Gaven Largent (Dobro), Bryan McDowell (fiddle), Geoff Saunders (bass), Jake Stargel (guitar), Cory Walker (banjo), and Jarrod Walker (mandolin). The new album features special guest appearances by Claire Lynch (vocals), Ronnie Bowman (vocals), Mallory Eagle (vocals), Forrest O’Conner (vocals), Kate Lee O’Conner (vocals, & fiddle), and Mark Schatz (bass). This co-produced sophomore project was recently mastered at Ron Rice Studios in Falls Church, VA.



The Sharp Flatpickers are excited to share this record with the world. Here you’ll find original tunes inspired by Florida landscapes and a handful of select covers inspired by a lifetime of significant musical influences. The Sharp Flatpickers hope to meet you on a live tour in the future. For now, the links below will direct you to the new album and more information!

COUNTRY JOHNNY MATHIS | “The Battle of New Orleans”

Country; Avid – STREAM / BUY single

As a songwriter, “Country” Johnny Mathis has had songs recorded by George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Paycheck, Charley Pride, Johnny Horton, Jimmy Dean, George Hamilton IV, Freddy Fender, Webb Pierce, The Whites, Elvis Costello among many others. Seven Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees and two (2) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees have recorded his music. His song accolades further include gold records, country radio hits and BMI airplay performance awards. There has been a revival of Mathis’ songs in recent years with cuts by Jim Lauderdale, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band and GRAMMY Award-winner Brad Davis.



THE HOPPERS | “Why Don’t We Sing It Again”

Christmas, Southern Gospel; Godsey Media – STREAM / BUY single



THE DYSART FAMILY | Love Speaks Louder

Southern Gospel; Godsey Media – STREAM / BUY album




TEREM | “Lofi Blood”

Electronic; Illect Recordings – STREAM / BUY single

A first-class beat maker and producer, Terem—who makes his home in France—is renown for garnering sync placements by some of the world’s leading brands such as Microsoft, Nestea, MTV, FOX Sports, ESPN, NBA, L’Oreal, Tommy Hilfiger, Service Now, Cover Fx, Android & Apple Apps and Gary Vee TV, among others. Making beats since 2000, Terem claims heavy influences from jazz and soul. Production notables include projects with top French acts such as Rockin’ Squat (Assassin), Oxmo Puccino, Kohndo (La Cliqua), Namor, Elodie Rama, Dj Atom and Dj Greem from C2C and US artists (Sareem Poems, James Gardin, Red Pill, Ozay Moore, Melodiq, Braille, Trek Life, LMNO, Moka Only, Sene, Deep Rooted, and more.



About | This 1st single from forthcoming EP Dream Character (early ’21) is just an intro to a batch of new lofi, chill, jazz hop instrumentals from renown beat maker & producer, Terem. This dream-like piano/trumpet, jazz-timbered number over hip-hoppy beats sets the tone for the end of a year (& oh, what a year) & provides the soundtrack of hope for better things to come in ’21.


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