bon jovi
(island/def jam)

for an eighth studio album, the foursome from jersey returns with 12 packed tracks. included here are driving stadium rock anthems, storytelling power ballads, and get-stuck-in-your-head hooks as only bon jovi can deliver. “the distance” seems to sum up the band’s attitude, with jon singing, “i’ll never give up the fight/i’ll go the distance.” clearly stated, after 19 years together, the boys of bon jovi are in for the long haul. look for them on the road when they take their rock show worldwide starting next month.
nitt gritty dirt band
will the circle be unbroken vol. iii
(capitol nashville)

the california-formed bluegrass/country group has regrouped in this third installment of the grammy-winning circle series. following in the footsteps of the previous two, the double-disc set offers a slew of guest appearances within the 29 tracks, including such notables as willie nelson and tom petty on “goodnight irene,” vince gill on “all prayed up,” alison krauss on “catfish john,” and dwight yoakam on “some dark holler” and “wheels.”