After nearly 20 years as the more energetic, less vocal half of Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks gets a fresh start as a solo act. Among other solo acts on this week's playlist: Ruben Studdard, Haley Reinhart and Chuck Mead.
PICK OF THE WEEK
New to This Town, Kix Brooks featuring Joe Walsh
On his first single on his own since 1989, he wishes he could shed a few of the memories and expectations — as well as one very familiar face — that are part of the places he knows so well. In situations like that, it's good to have a friend, so Brooks brings along Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh to add a few choice licks throughout.
10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening:
The Sound of a Million Dreams, David Nail
Nail finds the same inspiration in Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger that Marc Cohn did in Al Green and Muriel Wilkins.
Eat Dirt, Susan Justice
Singer/songwriter learns the value of risk-taking and boundary-pushing on the title cut from her album, due next week.
Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
Think what you will of Justin Bieber, this former Canadian Idol singer's single is every bit as catchy as he says it is.
Eternity, Paul Van Dyk
Owl City's Adam Young brings a sense of wonder to this single from the EDM pioneer's Evolution album, due April 3.
Pure Imagination, Ruben Studdard
The Velvet Teddy Bear transforms the Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory favorite into a sweet romantic treat.
Free, Haley Reinhart
The jazz-loving second runner-up from last year's American Idol plays to her strengths with this jaunty debut single.
Many will discover Birdy this week on TheHunger Games soundtrack. They also should check out her Phoenix cover.
It Doesn't Have to Be That Good, Tommy Womack
Nashville pop-rock sage learns to accept his lot: "No matter what your life is like, it beats the pants off death."
Wabash Cannonball, Chuck Mead
Mead gets Roy Acuff's famous train back on track with help from the Old Crow Medicine Show.
Jerusalem Tomorrow, David Olney
Ancient religious charlatan finds more than he bargained for in this eerie song from the faith-themed The Stone.