Crescent City meets the Motor City in the form of Kid Rock with this choogling remake of Born on the Bayou from John Fogerty's forthcoming Wrote a Song for Everyone. The album, out May 28, also features two new songs and Creedence Clearwater Revival remakes with Bob Seger, Foo Fighters, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Hudson and others.
USA TODAY music critic Brian Mansfield highlights 10 tracks from projects nominated for Grammy Awards.
Somebody Else's Jesus, Shemekia Copeland
Blues-album contender's gospel-rock message takes out hateful, judgmental faith in favor of forgiveness and inclusion.
House Is Rockin', Corey Ledet
Zydeco accordionist Ledet throws down Stevie Ray Vaughan-style on regional roots music album entry Nothin' but the Best.
I'm Shakin', Jack White
The only cover on album-of-the-year nominee Blunderbuss lays swaggering guitar riffs on a Little Willie John chestnut.
Pressure Drop, Toots & the Maytals
Reggae Got Soul, as the title of the reggae-album entry proclaims. And, here, Toots Hibbert gives that soul joyous voice.
I Just Come Here for the Music, Don Williams and Alison Krauss
Country duo/group performances don't come much finer, as two masters dance gently around the other's loneliness.
Would These Arms ..., Jamey Johnson
Johnson honors Hank Cochran's simple, tender brilliance here and throughout country-album hopeful Livin' for a Song.
Cost of Livin', Ronnie Dunn
Dunn's close-to-the-bone depiction of blue-collar desperation earned its country song and solo performance slots.
So You Don't Have to ..., Alan Jackson
On this best country song contender, Jackson masterfully masks a broken heart with a stoic face.
Randall Knife, Vince Gill
Guy Clark's song about a father's legacy makes grown men sob. From folk-album favorite This One's for Him.
Day That I Die, Zac Brown Band
Country-album nominee Uncaged closes with Amos Lee joining Brown to ruminate on how they'd like to be remembered.