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Daryle Singletary, Elana James, Donna Hughes lead new releases

Honky tonker Daryle Singletary is back with “Strait From the Heart,” a collection mainly of covers, on a new label for him, Shanachie. This marks Shanachie’s first foray into country. Songwriter Donna Hughes releases her debut, “Gaining Wisdom,” on Rounder with help from Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent, Alecia Nugent and Carl Jackson. Tony Rice produced the disc. Elana James used to be in Hot Club of Cowtown when she was known as Elana Fremerman. Now, she has released a self-titled disc on her own label. The music continues in the tradition of the western swing of Hot Club.