New releases for June 7, 2011: Ronnie Dunn, Shawna Russell, Randy Travis, “True Grit,” “Just Go With It,” “Pretty Little Liars,” new Theodore Boone
Ronnie Dunn, former Tulsan and former half of the superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, releases his first album as a solo artist today. The self-titled album already has notched a top 10 single on the Billboard Top Country Songs chart with the passionate anthem “Bleed Red.” Look for my review of “Ronnie Dunn” in the coming days.
Okemeh singer-songwriter Shawna Russell drops her self-titled sophomore album today. Russell first came on to the national and international music scene with the release of her debut album “Goddess” (Way Out West Records), in 2008, for which she co-wrote 12 of the 13 songs. The Country Music Association named her “Who New to Watch,” and three radio singles, “Goddess,” “Should’ve Been Born With Wheels” and “Fire In The Desert,” cemented her status as a contender, with action on the Billboard New and Active, Music Row and Texas Music Charts. Look for my interview with Shawna in the coming days.
Country stalwart Randy Travis marks 25 years as a recording artist with “Anniversary Celebration,” featuring duets with Oklahoma natives Kristin Chenoweth and Carrie Underwood (Travis and Underwood scored a hit duet with “I Told You So”; this time they collaborate on “Is It Still Over?”), along with fellow country stars Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Josh Turner and more.
In DVDs, the Coen brothers’ masterful remake of “True Grit,” the Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy “Just Go With It” and the acclaimed recession drama “The Company Men,” starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones, are among the new films available for home viewing. Several summer TV series have released their previous seasons in anticipation for their new beginnings, including “White Collar,” “Burn Notice,” “Breaking Bad,” along with “Pretty Little Liars,” which features Oklahoma-born and bred actor Ryan Merriman.
In books, John Grisham is releasing the second book in his “Theodore Boone” series for young readers.
Here is a list of new CDs, DVDs and books, from Amazon.com and VideoETA.com:
Ronnie Dunn, “Ronnie Dunn.”
Shawna Russell, “Shawna Russell.”
Randy Travis, “Anniversary Celebration.”
Arctic Monkeys, “Suck It and See.”
Original Broadway Cast, “The Book of Mormon.”
Daniel Radcliffe, John Larroquette and more, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Tedeschi Trucks Band, “Revelator.”
Depeche Mode, “Remixes 2: 81-11” (3CD Deluxe Edition).
Tech N9ne, “All 6′s And 7′s.”
The Big C: The Complete First Season
Blue Crush 2
Breaking Bad: The Complete Third Season
Burn Notice: Season Four
The Company Men
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
Hawthorne: The Complete Second Season
Just Go With It
Pretty Little Liars: The Complete First Season
Shadows and Lies
White Collar: The Complete Second Season
Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham
Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 20) by Laurell K. Hamilton
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson
The Simplicity Primer by Patrice Lewis
License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver by Rick Harrison, Tim Keown
Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell