Rockabilly News: Former Hightone rockabilly diva Kim Lenz is recording with Nick Curran, Jake Irwin and Scotty Tesch at Horton Studios for her new Riley label.
The Mighty Handful, Volume 1 (ScottyMoore.Net), produced by founding Elvis Presley sideman Scotty Moore, is a smooth blues album with a rockabilly pedigree; members include Bob Moore, the late Boots Randolph, and Billy “I Can Help” Swan.
Classic Country News: Germany’s Bear Family label continues to issue attractive digipack sets in their Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight series including Webb Pierce — High Geared Daddy — and Hank Thompson — A Six Pack to Go.
Boxed set fans should dig Merle Haggard: Hag The Capitol Recordings 1968 – 1976, Concepts, Live & The Strangers and Rick Nelson: For You —The Decca Years 1962-1969.
The latter contains Nelson’s final teen idol hits, forays into country music and resurgence with the Stone Canyon Band.
Blues News: Mickey Baker— In the ’50s: Hit, Git, and Spit (Rev-Ola) features the guitarist’s session-work behind the likes of Larry Dale, Joe Clay, Champion Jack Dupree and “Love is Strange” partner Sylvia Robinson.
Ella Mae Morse — In the ’50s: Razzle Dazzle (Rev-Ola) showcases the “Cow Cow Boogie Girl” during her re-emergence as a saucy R&B crossover act.
Designed to look like a beat-up 45 rpm single, the late Luther Allison’s Underground (Ruf) sports previously unreleased recordings from 1958 and beautiful sound.
Need sanctifying? The Five Blind Boys of Alabama’sDown in New Orleans (Time-Life) boasts spirited contributions from Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Among the living, troubled ’90s hitmaker Carlene Carter returns with her first new album in 13 years, Stronger (Yep Roc).
“If people really listen to it, they’ll know my story,” Carter said.
Meanwhile, country songstress Dolly Parton has formed a new label, Dolly Music, for her first mainstream country album in over a decade, Backwoods Barbie.