Take Root

 

 

 

 

Met hun nieuwe plaat The Navigator neemt Hurray for the Riff Raff je mee naar het rauwe straatleven en de broeierige hitte van The Bronx.

De plek waar frontvrouw Alynda Segarra opgroeide en waar doo-wop, Caraïbische percussie en punky rock moeiteloos hand in hand gaan.

Zat 4/11 #TakeRoot17 De Oosterpoort.

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De muzikale reis van Alynda Segarra – frontvrouw en aanjaagster van Hurray for the Riff Raff – is even succesvol als tumultueus. Ze groeide op als kind van Puerto-Ricaanse ouders in de rauwe wijk The Bronx, New York City, reisde door heel de…
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Hurray for the Riff Raff, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express en nog 3 nieuwe acts bevestigd voor TakeRoot

 

 

 

ZA 4 november       Kaarten:    
Prijs € 37,50
(excl. servicekosten)

16:00

 

Kaartverkoop via: website & kassa de Oosterpoort, Plato en ticketmaster.nl

 


De Oosterpoort,
Groningen/NL

 

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Hurray for the Riff Raff

 

Hurray for the Riff Raff is de band rond frontvrouw Alynda Segarra. Ze groeide op als kind van Puerto-Ricaanse ouders in de rauwe wijk The Bronx, New York City, reisde door heel de VS met haar band en vestigde zich enige tijd in New Orleans. Met de nieuwe plaat ‘The Navigator’ keert Hurray for the Riff Raff terug naar haar roots. Terug naar het straatleven en de broeierige hitte van The Bronx.

 

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Chuck Prophet

 

Chuck Prophet behoeft nauwelijks introductie. Hij werd beroemd in de jaren ’80 als lid van de charismatische band Green on Red. Nadat die band in 1992 ophield te bestaan begon voor Prophet een mooie solocarrière. Een optreden van Chuck Prophet en zijn band The Mission Express staat voor een feestje op niveau waar de vonken vanaf spatten.
 

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The Barr Brothers

Hun sound is uniek: dromerige Keltische folk, West-Afrikaanse blues, complexe ritmes op de harp, het blijkt allemaal prachtig samen te smelten.

 

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Baptiste W. Hamon

Parijzenaar Baptitste W. Hamon zingt in zijn moerstaal Frans, maar zijn teksten en muziek passen perfect in de traditie van Amerikaanse folkzangers als Townes Van Zandt en John Prine. Zijn plaat ‘L’Insouciance’ nam hij op in Nashville.

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John Murry

Het leven lachte Murry (1979) niet altijd toe. Na veel ups en downs, waarover hij prachtige songs schreef, verschijnt binnenkort van hem een nieuwe plaat die hij opnam in samenwerking met leden van Cowboy Junkies.

 

 

 

Eerder waren al bevestigd: Jason Isbell and the 400 Un

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Het muziekfestival TakeRoot is als een reis door Amerika die je van te voren niet al te goed gepland hebt, maar naderhand graag wilt overdoen.

 

Voor meer informatie over TakeRoot kunt u een mail sturen naar:
 
Margriet van der Wal
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José Cutileiro
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iEerder waren al bevestigd: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jesse Dayton, Tift Merritt, Levi Parham en The Como Mamas. In totaal zullen zo’n twintig acts spelen op het festival. Meer namen worden spoedig bekend gemaakt, volg ons via onze website en/of social media.

De 20ste editie van TakeRoot vindt plaats op zaterdag 4 november, vanaf 16:00 uur tot even na middernacht.
t, Jesse Dayton, Tift Merritt, Levi Parham en The Como Mamas. In totaal zullen zo’n twintig acts spelen op het festival. Meer namen worden spoedig bekend gemaakt, volg ons via onze website en/of social media.

De 20ste editie van TakeRoot vindt plaats op zaterdag 4 november, vanaf 16:00 uur tot even na middernacht.

 

NET BEVESTIGD: Het Amerikaanse kwartet Ben Miller Band​ maakt een even unieke als onweerstaanbare mix van bluegrass, country en blues. Mede door hun toegenomen bekendheid konden ze hun laatste plaat 'Any Way, Shape Or Form' (2014) uitbrengen bij een groot label – een geweldig album trouwens, maar dit soort rammelblues komt live natuurlijk nog beter tot zijn recht. Daarom staan ze dan ook op vrijdag 20 oktober in De Oosterpoort​!

Meer info en kaarten: http://bit.ly/2qgYIpM
Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2qSDV99

 

 

 

NET BEVESTIGD: De Amerikaanse singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc komt op 7 september naar Groningen! Dit 27-jarige muzikale talent afkomstig uit Louisiana maakt prachtige songs die goudeerlijk zijn levensverhaal vertolken. Een absolute aanrader voor fans van Neil Young en Fleet Foxes.

Kaarten: http://bit.ly/2p04Rqa
FB event: TakeRoot Presents: Dylan LeBlanc

 

 

TakeRoot is het jaarlijkse feestje voor iedereen die rootsmuziek en americana een warm hart toedraagt. Acht uur lang staat op vijf podia een fijne mix van gevestigde namen en nieuwe ontdekkingen. Oude rotten, jonge honden en alles ertussenin. Singer-songwriters waarbij je een speld kunt horen vallen en rauw beukende bands. Je hoort het allemaal op TakeRoot. En dit jaar gooien we er een feestelijk schepje bovenop, want TakeRoot bestaat 20 jaar! De eerste vijf namen staan op het affiche: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Como Mamas, Jesse Dayton, Tift Merritt en Levi Parham.

Houd de website van TakeRoot in de gaten en volg ons op social media voor de meest actuele informatie over TakeRoot 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Music Video From Brad Paisley (and Johnny Cash) - "Gold All Over The Ground"

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 06:25 AM PDT

Brad Paisley has shared a special music video of a track off of his just-released album, Love & War — and this one a song fifty years in the works. Adapted from a poem written by Johnny Cash in 1967 to June Carter Cash, “Gold All Over the Ground” finds one country star paying tribute to another with a poignant love song.

Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, had collected these previously unpublished pieces for a new poetry book that came out this year and brought one to Paisley who put it to music. The song opens with audio snippets of Cash's voice introducing wife June Carter and, at the end of the track, proclaiming that she helped save his life. The poem, anchored by the line, "If you're ever down, I'd give you rows of roses and gold all over the ground," was first published in Cash's posthumous 2016 collection Forever Words.
 

Live From the Grand Ole Opry Lounge - RaeLynn - "Love Triangle"

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 06:21 AM PDT

 

 

Loretta Lynn To Release Wouldn't It Be Great In August

Posted: 14 Apr 2017 06:20 AM PDT

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Artist: Loretta Lynn
Album: Wouldn't It Be Great
Label: Legacy/Sony
Release date: August 18, 2017

Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) will release Wouldn't It Be Great, the new studio album from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on Friday, August 18. In what is being called "one of the most deeply personal albums of her career," Wouldn't It Be Great is comprised entirely of songs written (or co-written) by Loretta, premiering new compositions nestled alongside select soulful reinterpretations of enduring classics from her catalog.

Like its predecessor, the critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Full Circle (released March 2016), Wouldn't It Be Great was mainly recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with producers Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.

From the press release:

An exploration of Loretta's songwriting, Wouldn't It Be Great finds her communicating the universality of human experiencelove in all its intoxication and heartbreak, the things of the soul and spirit that abide, the transformative power of making music and connecting. Wouldn't It Be Great debuts new songs"Ruby's Stool," "Ain't No Time To Go," "I'm Dying For Someone To Live For"alongside newly recorded renditions of recent compositions ("God Makes No Mistakes," from Lynn's 2004 Grammy-winning Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose) and immortal classics like "Coal Miner's Daughter" (the song Loretta says she's most proud to have written, also the title of her 1976 memoir and subsequent Oscar-winning 1982 film adaptation) and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," her first of 16 career No. 1 country singles.

"I think you try to do better with every record you put out," Loretta says of Wouldn't It Be Great. "It's just everyday living and everybody wants to know, 'Well, what is it about your songs that people like?' I think you've got to tell your stories. I just think it hits everybody, you know, the songs."

Despite turning 85 this year, Lynn is showing no signs of slowing down. The historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville has slated two celebratory birthday shows on April 14 and April 15, which are both sold out. In addition, as part of its 50th anniversary commemoration, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is mounting a major exhibitionopening August 25, 2017 focused on the life, art and music of Loretta Lynn.

"I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame has asked me to be one of their main exhibits in 2017...gonna show off my 50 some odd years in country music!," said Loretta. "They best have a big space...I have a lot of stuff! I'm so proud to share my life, and music with the Hall of Fame.Y'all come see us!" The exhibit is scheduled to run through June 2018.

 

 

New Mark Chesnutt Album Features 12 Duets With Likes Of Womack, Jones, Diffie, Jennings, Watson & More

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 06:18 AM PDT

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Artist: Mark Chesnutt
Album: Duets
Label: Row Entertainment
Release date: April 24, 2017

After selling more than ten million records over his career, Mark Chesnutt is doing something a little different and a little special for his fan club members this year. His brand new album featuring a dozen duets with the likes of Lee Ann Womack, George Jones, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Waylon Jennings, Gene Watson and more is being offered solely as a fan club exclusive and only available through his website. The album will not be sold separately on the website or sold in stores. In addition to the new project, fans will get meet and greet opportunities and a signed photograph.

The project is a collection of songs and collaborations- a unique greatest hits of sorts- over Chesnutt's long and stories career. The first track is off of Lee Ann Womack's debut album back in 1997.  Track two is off Chesnutt's 1992 Longnecks and Short Stories album. All told, it's a solid combination of Chesnutt's unique traditional country voice with some of the bigger country names over the last two decades.

Duets Track Listing

1. Make Memories with Me (with Lee Ann Womack)
2. Talking to Hank (with George Jones)
3. Stay All Night (with Ray Benson)
4. A Couple More Years ( With Amber Digby)
5. A Good Way To Get On My Bad Side (with Tracy Byrd)
6. Rockin the Roadhouse Down (with Tracy Lawrence & Joe Diffie)
7. Rainy Day Woman (with Waylon Jennings)
8. Good Ones And Bad Ones (with George Jones)
9. Political Incorrectness (with Kevin Fowler)
10. This Side of the Door ( with Gene Watson)
11. When The Grass Grows Over Me (with George Jones)
12. Honky Tonk Song (with Tom Aster)

 

 

Waylon Jennings Tribute Concert Featuring Womack, Stapleton, Church, Krauss, Kristofferson, Willie and More To See Album Release In April

Posted: 09 Mar 2017 06:22 AM PST

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Album: Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings
Label: Sony Legacy
Release date: April 7, 2017

On July 6, 2015, a collection of music's legendary outlaws and rising superstars came together for a once-in-a lifetime concert in Austin, Texas, to celebrate the life of country music legend Waylon Jennings. The show is now available as the Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings CD/DVD, including concert performances by Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, Bobby Bare, Lee Ann Womack, Buddy Miller, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgrave, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Ryan Bingham, Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, Eric Church, and Willie Nelson.

Grammy Award-winner Don Was served as co-music director and led an all-star band backing the performers at this concert event. Legendary music producer Buddy Cannon also served as co-music director. “Waylon Jennings was my friend, brother, and musical soul mate”, said Willie Nelson. “Playing his songs with these incredible artists, is going to be one hell of a concert event.”

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the two-hour broadcast premiere will air on CMT at 10 pm ET/PT



Disc: 1

1. I Ain't Living Long Like This - Chris Stapleton
2. Whistlers and Jugglers - Shooter Jennings
3. Mona - Jessi Colter
4. Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line - Bobby Bare
5. Ride Me Down Easy - Lee Ann Womack
6. Yours Love - Lee Ann Womack & Buddy Miller
7. Freedom to Stay - Jamey Johnson
8. The Wurlitzer Prize - Kacey Musgraves
9. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - Robert Earl Keen
10. I Do Believe - Kris Kristofferson
11. Rainy Day Woman - Ryan Bingham
12. Dreaming My Dreams with You - Alison Krauss
13. I Ain't the One - Alison Krauss & Jamey Johnson
14. Honky Tonk Heroes - Toby Keith
15. Lonesome, On'ry and Mean - Eric Church
16. Till I Gain Control Again - Willie Nelson
17. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys - Willie Nelson & Toby Keith
18. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - Willie Nelson & Chris Stapleton
19. Highwayman - Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings & Jamey Johnson
20. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Willie Nelson & Full Ensemble

 

 

The Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is thrilled to be partnering with KNCI 105.1 FM and hosting the 10th Annual Golf & Guitars Music Festival and Children’s Charity Concert on May 15 and May 16. Golf and Guitars is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and concert featuring nationally recognized & major label country music artists that raises money for two key children's charities here in Sacramento.  Each golfer in the tournament gets to play with one of the celebrities and then gets a seat next to the stage where these artists put on a tremendous concert underneath the beautiful golf course sky. The hottest acts in country music, the up-and-coming artists you’ll soon see topping the charts and some of Nashville’s very best songwriters are all donating their time to help raise funds for children’s charities during the  Golf and Guitars KNCI Music Festival.  Half of the funds will go to the Morton Golf Foundation and half will paid out via a tournament purse to the artist’s children’s charity.
 
The Course: The Alister MacKenzie GC at Haggin Oaks
The Dates: Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th, 2014 (tournament on day two)
Ticket Prices:
Day Two Concert General Admission: $35
VIP Ticket: $150 - VIP Tickets include designated concert seating, buffet dinner and a non-alcoholic drinks for both nights.
 
The Beneficiaries:
The Morton Golf Foundation
The mission of the Morton Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, is to provide golf programs that provide exercise in a healthy outdoor environment, to create a recreational environment that builds lasting personal development and that seamlessly introduces life’s core values of the great game of golf to the youth, disabled and underserved communities in the Sacramento region.
 
The Artists:

Scotty McCreery
Kristian Bush
Jack Ingram
Craig Campbell
Jason Michael Carroll
Tucker Beathard
Chris Lane
Parmalee
Love & Theft
Statesboro Revue
Lockhart
Sunny Sweeney
Jamie Lin Wilson
Bucky Covington
Lila McCann
Kayla Ray
Erin Enderlin
Chris Roberts
Jenny Gill
Jake Worthington
Jackie Lee
Brennen Leigh
Drew Kennedy

 

Artist: Josh Gracin
Album: Nothin' Like Us, Part One
Label: Revel Road
Release date: Feb 17, 2017

Josh Gracin quietly released a new EP this last week in a project that has this description:
Every sky-scraping chorus on this five-song EP is an opportunity for the Idol alum to showcase his room-filling voice. Forceful electric guitars give these tunes plenty of high-voltage power, but Gracin sounds best when he delivers a heart-on-sleeve ballad, like the triumphant title track and the warmly sentimental “I’m Still Here.”
Gracin's original big break came when he appeared on the television show American Idol during its second season.  A debut album, the self-titled Josh Gracin, appeared in 2004, followed by We Weren't Crazy four years later in 2008. Gracin signed with Average Joe's Entertainment, and issued Redemption, his self-written and produced debut for the label in the fall of 2011.

Nothin' Like Us, Part One Track listing:

1. I Go Crazy
2. I'm Still There
3. Nothin Like Us
4. Me, A Girl and a Radio  
5. Front Porch Kinda Love  
6. On Me

Reissue Of Famed Kristofferson/Coolidge Album Full Moon To Include 8 New Unreleased Tracks

Posted: 14 Feb 2017 06:32 AM PST

Artist: Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge
Album: Full Moon (Expanded Edition)
Label: Real Gone Music
Reissue date: April 14, 2017

It may be hard to believe, but this famed duets album—which went to #1 on the country charts and #26 on the pop charts and garnered a Gold Record—has never been issued on CD or digitally outside of Japan, and even there only in the late ‘90s on a limited run.

This was a love album in every sense of the word, as the two stars had just gotten married weeks prior to the record’s release in 1973; interestingly, though Kris Kristofferson, fresh from recording his country chart-topper “Why Me,” was the bigger star at the time, Full Moon really played to Rita Coolidge’s strengths, as it was produced by her long-time producer David Anderle and set its songs in a higher key more suited to her dreamy vocals. The album scored a huge hit with Kristofferson’s “A Song I’d Like to Sing,” and followed that up with a smash version of Tom Jans’ “Loving Arms;” the duo’s rendition of Kristofferson’s “From the Bottle to the Bottom” also won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

This new Full Moon Expanded Edition not only features notes by Joe Marchese featuring quotes from Rita Coolidge herself, but also adds no less than eight unreleased tracks from the A&M vaults, two of them Kris and Rita duets.

New Music Video From Kiefer Sutherland - "I'll Do Anything"

 

Joey Feek's Unreleased Solo Album From 2005 To See Posthumous Release In April

Posted: 02 Feb 2017 05:57 AM PST

Artist: Joey Feek
Album: If Not For You
Label: Gaither Music Group
Release date: April 7, 2017

More than 12 years after its first recording, an album from the late Joey Feek of the husband and wife duo Joey+Rory will finally see its mainstream release when Gaither Music Group releases the formerly album called Strong Enough To Cry as If Not For You. Joey was signed to Sony Nashville originally in 2001 and was paired up with producer Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks/Martina McBride) and songwriter and performer Billy Crain to record her debut album. She finally recorded an unreleased solo album in 2005, but due to change in management and restructuring at Sony, her album was shelved and never released. It has been available in limited format through the duo's website, but now will see the release that so many fans had hoped to see coming before her well-documented and tragic death from cancer in March 2016. 

From the label: 
This collection captures her life story, including her small-town roots and family heritage, and showcases some of the first songs she recorded in Nashville. This special edition features a 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Joey, her family and husband, Rory. Containing her original rendition of 'That's Important to Me,' cameo appearances from her parents and a tribute to her late brother, this recording highlights Joey's unmistakable voice and honors her life of never-wavering faith that continues to inspire.
 If Not For You track listing:

1. Intro (Have I Told You Lately That I Love You)
2. Strong Enough To Cry
3. That's Important To Me
4. When The Needle Hit the Vinyl
5. Nothing To Remember
6. The Cowboy's Mine
7. If Not For You
8. Southern Girl
9. Red
10. Like A Rodeo (with Paul Overstreet)
11. See You There
12. Old Paint

New Music Video From Marc Broussard - "Sunday Kind of Love"

 

 

That Nashville Sound Sunday Newsbytes

Posted: 29 Jan 2017 07:29 AM PST

I've been on the road this week so I'm sorry for the lighter-than-normal battery of new posts. But in my absence, there's been lots of great new album announcements and a couple of other nuggets that are important to share. So here you go, a special TNS Newsbyte Sunday feature. 

* I feel blessed to be included with some names I admire a lot as one of the 89 writers that contribute to Nashville Scene's 17th Annual Country Music Critics' Poll. This marks about a decade I've contributed and the results are always really remarkable. This year was decidedly a female-dominated affair with names like Brandy Clark, Miranda Lambert, Margo Price, Maren Morris and Lori McKenna making their mark at the top of some of the lists.  Click HERE to read the series of feature articles. 

Unpublished was my take on the rewards and frustrations of writing for country music. My take: "I can’t help but draw some comparisons to country music and the political cheese grater that all of the nation went through over the last year. Even without being a political science major, I can see how much of our nation’s left and right have wrapped themselves up in “their sides” of political ideology and come hell or high water, defend that corner vehemently and blindly without analysis or thoughtful discussion. Both sides rip the other to shreds without stopping to provide context and critique to issues, agendas and policies. Unfortunately, I think the short-attention span Twitter-verse that we live in today has created much of that same lack of careful analysis of music in general. As a result, listeners wrap themselves up with just what’s heard on the radio dial or just a sub-genre like honkytonk, bluegrass, traditional country or Red Dirt music and claim it’s the best around while disparaging all other kinds of country music. With fewer and fewer places that are taking the time to provide true careful deconstruction of all kinds of songs, it becomes easier to criticize the person doing the critique rather than contribute to the conversation. The reality is that no matter where you sit on the country music spectrum, there’s good music being released and there’s stuff that’s not very good. Our job as bloggers and music critics is to search it out and provide a healthy place for discourse on it without simply regurgitating the PR machines. Finding that place in the middle seems harder and harder to do these days and there’s fewer places on the web that are doing it well."

* Dukes of Hazzard star and country music singer John Schneider has a brand new album out this week inspired by his beloved studio ranch in South Louisiana that was hit by the devastating floods and the community that bounced back and helped like a "phoenix rising from the ashes." This album was recorded in his flooded home, where friends from all over appeared to help.

“This is really the first time that the music that I’m doing is representative of life rather than thinking ‘Oh, this is a good song,” he insists. “I’ve lived every one of these songs, so it’s an entirely different kind of an album. People’s responses have been great. I guess they are hearing a truth. I don’t guess there is any such thing as ‘the’ truth, but there is a truth, and it’s ringing true.”

On his new song "How Do You Stop The Water:" “You don’t realize it until you’ve actually cut the song, but when I listened to it back – I recorded the song just a few minutes after I found out my mother had passed away. So, there’s something very tangible about the sorrow in that song – but when I heard the song back, I thought ‘I would put this song up with ‘he Stopped Loving Her Today,’ ‘Miss Emily’s Picture,’ or ‘Live Like You Were Dying.’ I think it’s that kind of a song. It’s an experience. It’s not just a tune.”

* Former One Flew South member and singer/songwriter Chris Roberts performed an incredible dedication to the late George Michael at his St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Nashville. Roberts' solo The Way West was one of our favorite albums of 2015 and this cover of "They Won't Go When I Go" shows just how versatile and interpretive this former Broadway star can be. Listen to the captured live track HERE. 

* The SteelDrivers are back in the studio recording their next project. Hear a snippet HERE. 

* March 10 is the long-awaited release date for Josh Turner's long-delayed sixth studio album, Deep South. 

“I’m really proud of this album,” says Turner. “It was really important for me to expand creatively and explore in new ways for this record. The way I pick songs is different now. There are so many things in my life and career that have matured me as an artist.” He adds, “I’ve had another child since my last project!”

* One of That Nashville Sound's very-favorite artists (and people) is Jason Eady and we're thrilled with the announcement that he'll be releasing his next singer/songwriter self-titled project on April 21 via Thirty Tigers. 

“At the beginning I told everyone I wanted to make a record where, if the power went out, we could still sit down and play all the songs the exact same way,” says Eady, who points out that steel guitar is the only electric instrument featured on the album.
 
“I’ve always been drawn to writing that’s got a simplicity to it, where you’re digging deep into real day-to-day life,” he notes. Here, that means touching on such matters as turning 40 (on the reflective, soul-stirring “40 Years”), his daughter’s growing up and going off to college (on the sweetly heartbreaking “Not Too Loud”), and the everyday struggle to “embrace the messy parts of life instead of trying to get the point where you’ve somehow fixed all your problems” (on “Rain,” a joyfully determined anthem featuring SteelDrivers fiddler Tammy Rogers). Throughout the album, Eady’s soulfully rugged voice blends in beautiful harmonies with his wife, singer/songwriter Courtney Patton. And on "No Genie in This Bottle," the legendary Vince Gill adds his harmony vocals alongside Eady.
 
“When you first get started making music, your ideas are grandiose and more about the big picture. But the longer I’ve done this, the more I’ve realized that the real joy comes from the process rather than the end goal,” he says. “Now it’s about getting better and finding more of myself with every album."

 

 

Alabama's Jeff Cook Releases Gotcha Covered, Vol 1.

Posted: 22 Jan 2017 06:58 AM PST

Artist: Jeff Cook
Album: Gotcha Covered, Vol. 1
Label: Heartland Records
Release date: Jan. 20, 2017

Jeff Cook is a founding member of the Country Music Hall of Fame group Alabama. With the band on a break from touring, Cook has turned to his Allstar Goodtime Band and has released an album of covers called Gotcha Covered, Volume 1

“My goal putting this band together was to have the ability to play the music that targets places like casino show rooms, fairs, festivals, that sort of thing,” Cook notes. “I think that’s probably what’s happened. If we go to play an R&B song, it sounds like R&B. If we go to play country, it sounds country, and everybody’s got enough knowledge of the differences to make it sound that way.”

It is, in some ways, a return to Cook’s pre-fame past. For those not in the know, Cook was a late-night disc jockey at Fort Payne, Ala., radio station WFPA for eight years during the ’60s when radio stations — particularly small-town outlets — played music from a wide variety of formats. Even Alabama, prior to its multi-platinum era, made its mark playing music at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the band routinely vacillated between songs of different genres: Muscle Shoals soul classics, Creedence Clearwater Revival rock and Waylon Jennings country.

That Nashville Sound has links to all of the tracks on the album below that you can listen to individually. 

Track listing:
1. Because  
2. Well (Baby Please Don't Go)  
3. Crutches  
4. I Feel Fine  
5. Loney Teardrops  
6. I Found Somebody  
7. Red River (feat. Cash Creek)  
8. Third Rate Romance  
9. She's a Woman (She's About a Mover)  
10. Save the Last Dance for Me  
11. All Day and All of the Night  
12. Gone Fishin'  
13. Party On, Dude- Medley: Louie Louie / Hang on Sloopy / I'm a Fool 

Charlie Worsham Teases Upcoming Release of Beginning of Things Album

That Nashville Sound Friday Newsbytes

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 06:28 AM PST

There's so much new news floating around over the last 24 hours, we're going to go The 9513/Engine 145 old-school and do a news round-up on everything happening to get it all in one column this morning. 

Little Big Town is releasing a new album called The Breaker and February 24 and it's filled with songs co-penned by one of our favorite writers, Lori McKenna. 

It appears that Josh Turner will have his long wait for a new album ended with a March 10 MCA Nashville release of a project called Deep South. 

ABC/CMT's Nashville actress and musician Clare Bowen has released a new song called "Love Steps In" and all of the proceeds are being donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

Nikki Lane has released a brand new music video for her song "Jackpot." 

PBS will have Hayes Carll featured on Austin City Limits tomorrow night (1/21). Here's a performance of "Sake of the Song" if you can't wait. 

Margo Price will be on that same episode with Carll. Here's her doing "Hands of Time." Check your local listings for time(s). 

Cody Jinks was on Music City Roots earlier this week and here's his performance of "Hippies and Cowboys." Or if you prefer, his performance of "I'm Not The Devil." 

Trio Lady Antebellum is back together after a year working on solo projects. They released their first single "You Look Good" yesterday which will be forthcoming off of their 6th studio album Heart Break being released on June 9. 

"Somebody Else Will" is the brand new music video from Justin Moore. You can watch it here. 

On the eve of the new President's inauguration, John Mellencamp has released a new politically-charged song called "Easy Target." Somewhat lost in that announcement, however, is the even-better news that he has a new collaborative album with Carlene Carter called Sad Clowns and Hillbillies coming out later this spring. 

The impeccable Alison Krauss released the title track off her upcoming Buddy Cannon-produced project, Windy City.

 

Marty Stuart (and his Fabulous Superlatives) To Release Way Out West On March 10

Posted: 19 Jan 2017 06:00 AM PST

Artist: Marty Stuart
Album: Way Out West
Label: Superlatone Records
Producer: Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers)
Release date: March 10, 2017

“If you go and sit by yourself in the middle of the Mojave Desert at sundown and you’re still the same person the next morning when the sun comes up, I’d be greatly surprised,” Stuart says. “It is that spirit world of the West that enchants me. Everything that came out of California captivated my kid mind in Mississippi.”

On the first song released out of the gate, "Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go" (which you can listen to below), "I've always been a sucker for a truck driving song. It's a true song, lived through, written from years of experience. The Superlatives and Mike Campbell played and sang their hearts out on this track," says Stuart, summoning bluegrass guitarist Clarence White. "The scariest part for me was in the middle of my guitar solo, the ghost of Clarence White took over. At the end of the take, I had to take a walk around the building."

“Working with Marty and the Superlatives was a blast, and it was fast!” says Campbell. “My role was easy, just set up the sound and let them play. Great guitars, great grooves, great vocals, they just have it all. This record is one of my favorite things I have ever been involved with.” 

Track list for Way Out West:

1. Desert Prayer- Part 1
2. Mojave
3. Lost On The Desert
4. Way Out West
5. El Fantasma Del Toro
6. Old Mexico
7. Time Don't Wait
8. Quicksand
9. Air Mail Special
10. Torpedo
11. Please Don't Say Goodbye
12. Whole Lotta Highway (With a Million Miles to Go)
13. Desert Prayer - Part 2
14. Wait For The Morning
15. Way Out West (Reprise)
 

New Music Video From Sara Watkins - "Say So"

 

 

CD Review - Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Faster and Farther

Posted: 16 Jan 2017 07:57 AM PST

Artist: Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Album: Faster and Farther
Label: Mountain Home Music
Release date: Feb. 10, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars Out Of Five

The North Carolinian husband and wife team of Darin and Brooke Aldridge have hit their stride with this outstanding new bluegrass release filled with incredible musicianship and rich harmonies. Faster and Farther, their sixth project for Mountain Home Music, has an infectious energy that has so much to like including:
- "Kingdom Come" and its frantic and desperate mandolin combined with the church-like choir on the chorus. It's soulful and the slowdown on the end draws you in like a film score. 
- Phenomenal dobro work throughout the project 
- Darin's Steve Wariner-like vocals on this River"
- Vintage Vince Gill back-up vocals on "Highway of Heartache"
- The familiarity and yet new interpretations on "Fit For a King" (Garth Brooks) and "Someday Soon" (Suzy Boguss/Moe Bandy) 
- The fantastic storytelling on "Eugene and Diane" of (timely) love-lost because of class/economic differences. (Editor's note: It's hard to find sad endings these days anywhere but in bluegrass.)
Yet it's the soaring and impeccable vocals of Brooke Aldridge that are the repeated highlights of the album. Her voice is commanding and match the production perfectly. Taking nothing away from Darin's tracks, each time Brooke takes the vocal reins, her beautiful delivery delivers on nearly every song. All in all, this is a project that delivers incredibly well and should be in a music collection for anyone who is a fan of modern bluegrass.

Willie Nelson To Release God's Problem Child In April

Posted: 16 Jan 2017 07:15 AM PST

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: God's Problem Child
Label: Legacy Recordings
Release date: April 2017
Source

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magzine, Willie Nelson announced that this new LP, God's Problem Child, will come out in April and will feature many new songs that he wrote with producer Buddy Cannon, who has worked on several Nelson records in recent years.
"We have a system that works," Nelson says of working with Cannon. "I write a verse and he'll write a verse and next thing you know, we've got a song completed. Then we'll get a melody, and he'll go in the studio with a band to record it and put his vocal on there. Then when I get a chance, I go in the studio and I'll record my vocal. Over the years, we put out four or five albums. It's been really easy to do it that way."
One of Nelson's new originals is "Still Not Dead," which Nelson says he wrote "'cause I'm still not dead." "I got up two or three times in the last couple of years and read the paper where I'd passed away," he says.

New Music Video From Danny Gokey - "Better Than I Found It" (feat. Kierra Sheard)

Posted: 15 Jan 2017 09:26 PM PST

 

Jessi Colter To Release The Psalms In March

Posted: 15 Jan 2017 03:55 PM PST

Artist: Jessi Colter
Album: The Psalms
Label: Legacy Sony
Release date: March 24, 2017

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release The Psalms, an all-new album from American country music legend Jessi Colter, on March 24, 2017. With lyrics drawn from timeless and sacred poems, these spiritual and personal recordings are spontaneous musical interpretations of the Old Testament songs attributed to the shepherd/poet/musician David. The Psalms is the first new album of Jessi Colter studio music since the release of the artist's Out Of The Ashes in 2006.

The core tracks for The Psalms--featuring Colter (piano and voice) and Lenny Kaye (electric and acoustic guitar)--were recorded at Dubway studios in Manhattan during two sessions (February 16-17, 2007 and January 4-5, 2008) nearly a decade ago. On The Psalms, the original tracks have been augmented with musical contributions from a variety of artists including Bobby Previte (drums, cymbals, tympani, triangle), Al Kooper (Hammond organ), Paul Dugan (arco bass), Mia Theodoratus (harp), John Jackson (mandolin, violin), Jenni Muldaur (background vocals), Jesse Lauter (mellotron), Black Sea Hotel (Willa Roberts, Sarah Small, Shelley Thomas) (background vocals).

In his enlightening liner notes and exegesis of The Psalms, penned especially for this release, Lenny Kaye recalls "One morning in 1995, while working with Waylon Jennings (Jessi's husband) on his autobiography in Nashville, I came into the living room to find Jessi Colter at the piano, singing the Psalms. She would place her fingers on the keys, forming simple chords and expressing melodies as they came to her. There was no forethought, no conception of composition; only the intuitive expression of the spirituality behind these most ancient of sacred poems, the divinity they wellspring within each of us. I listened transfixed while she paged through the Old Testament, choosing each Psalm, finding within them the emotive voice of the Shepherd Boy, the Warrior, ultimately the King that is David. It was one of the most beautiful expressions of belief I had ever witnessed."

"In the early months of 2007 I secured a studio with a good piano. There was no rehearsal. We would select a Psalm. She sat behind the keyboard, gathered herself, and then began to sing. There were one, perhaps two takes of each. Sometimes I accompanied her on guitar. Over the years I decorated them with chosen musicians, careful not to disturb their intimacy or their moment of improvised creation and inspiration."

"I am thrilled to work with Lenny Kaye and sing King David's Psalms, the most creative music I've ever done," says Jessi,  "...and the greatest challenge!"

Colter is an iconic American country music artist whose career began in the 1960s when, encouraged by her first husband, the mythic rock guitarist Duane Eddy ("Rebel Rouser"), she composed hit songs for Dottie West, Nancy Sinatra, Hank Locklin and others. Perhaps best-known for her musical collaborations with her second husband, Waylon Jennings, she rocketed to the top of the charts with her country-pop crossover hit "I'm Not Lisa" in 1975. In 1976, her contributions to the platinum-selling album Wanted: The Outlaws secured her place in American musical history as the premier bad-ass woman artist in the male-dominated "outlaw country music" sphere. She has fifteen major-label albums to her credit, and her songs and records have sold in the tens of millions.

 

Angaleena Presley Announces April Release Date For Wrangled

Posted: 12 Jan 2017 06:24 AM PST

 
Artist: Angaleena Presley
Album: Wrangled
Label: Mining Light/Thirty Tigers
Release date; April 21, 2017

The talented one-third of the female supergroup Pistol Annies has announced her sophomore project will be coming out in the spring. Angaleena Presley will follow her acclaimed 2014 American Middle Class album with Wrangled, her second full-length solo album, on April 21 via Mining Light Music/Thirty Tigers. The album is co-produced by Angaleena and Oran Thornton and features 12 tracks, all of which were co-written by Presley.

The album features a special song co-penned by Presley and her late and dear friend Guy Clark entitled “Cheer Up Little Darling." Clark's Texas songwriting pedigree is stuff of legends. The song — the last song completed by Guy before his death — features Shawn Camp playing Guy's No. 10 guitar, which was used to write the song with Guy, and Guy’s mandola, which Guy had been learning to play during the last year of his life.

If there’s a pedigree for a modern country music star, then Angaleena Presley fits all of the criteria: a coal miner’s daughter; native of Beauty, Kentucky; a direct descendent of the original feuding McCoys; a one-time single mother; a graduate of both the school of hard knocks and college; a former cashier at both Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie.
“In this fast-paced day and age, it’s so hard for us to slow down and live in the moment,” Presley says. “I just hope my songs can be three minutes for a person to experience something in the moment, to connect, and to feel something, whether that be tragedy or joy or something in between. I want to tell the truth.”
In 2000, Presley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she landed a publishing deal nine months later. Through her publisher she met Ashley Monroe, who later brought Presley's music to the attention of her friend, Miranda Lambert. The three artists began working together writing songs, which would later become Pistol Annies' debut album Hell on Heels, released in August 2011. The group spent much of the next two years touring North America and writing songs for their follow-up album. In May 2013, Pistol Annies released their second album Annie Up

Hear It Here: Natalie Hemby Play "Grand Restoration" From Puxico

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 04:19 PM PST

Friend-of-the-blog and all-around fantastical writer Juli Thanki of The Tennessean had Natalie Hemby into the newspaper's "studio" where she played "Grand Restoration" a couple days ahead of the release of her promising new album release of Puxico. Click HERE to hear her play live. 

 

 

 

The Mavericks To Drop Brand New Day In Late March

Posted: 07 Jan 2017 07:18 AM PST

Artist: The Mavericks
Album: Brand New Day
Label: Mono Mundo
Release date: March 31, 2017

The Mavericks have announced the March 31 release of Brand New Day, their first independent studio album on their own label Mono Mundo Recordings/Thirty Tigers. After years on major labels, The Mavericks chose to set a new course with the founding of Mono Mundo and the release of their first live album, 2016’s captivating All Night Live, Volume 1. On Brand New Day, the veteran band sets out to prove that they may have not even reached their apex yet. 

The 10 songs that make up Brand New Day feature The Mavericks genre-defying style. The album opens with the tejano/bluegrass-inspired “Rolling Along”, which sets a tone before the wall-of-sound power of the title track thrusts the listener deep into the musical journey. From the ‘60’s flavored “Easy As It Seems” to the accordion-fueled shuffle of “I Will Be Yours” to the quieter soul of “Goodnight Waltz”, Brand New Day finds the band uncovering new sounds. 

The Mavericks formed in Miami, FL in the late-1980’s, eventually moving to Nashville and launching what would be an incredible career that featured hits, sold out tours and the creation of a large and loyal fan base. The Mavericks created a one-of-a-kind sound that seamlessly blended elements of rock, Latino, folk, blues, country and more. Following a nine year hiatus, The Mavericks re-formed in 2012 going on to release two more highly acclaimed studio albums and toured relentlessly bringing their exhilarating live shows to longtime fans and new generations worldwide. 

Led by the vocals of Raul Malo, the driving swing of drummer Paul Deakin, guitarist Eddie Perez and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden, their unique style and sound cannot be neatly confined to any one genre or demographic, but has found its way onto several of our year-end favorites lists here at That Nashville Sound.

 

 

Sheryl Crow Announces Early Spring Release Of Be Myself

Posted: 06 Jan 2017 06:27 AM PST

Artist: Sheryl Crow
Album: Be Myself
Label: Warner Brothers
Release date: late March or Early April

Be Myself, has been cut with her Nineties collaborators Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake, the team responsible for hits like "My Favorite Mistake" and "Everyday Is a Winding Road." In an interview with Rolling Stone, Crow talked about the upcoming project, a bit of a departure from her pure country record. 
"I really wanted to get back to how I got started on my second record and third record," Crow says. "I wanted to revisit that sound and that feeling. It was a complete blast and the most effortless thing I've ever done."
"It began with Jeff and I saying, 'What would complete this?'" she says. "We both said, 'Tchad Blake!' I thought in a million years he wouldn't come over because he lives in Wales and I haven't seen him in 15 years. But I emailed him and he said, 'When do you want me there?' He flew over and stayed with me in an apartment over my garage. Every day at 5 p.m. we'd drink a Guinness. He went through cancer treatment a year ago, and so we both had that in common. It felt profoundly sweet having him and Jeff here."
 "As you get older you start making records that are more calculated and you're trying to compete with what you've done and not repeat yourself," she says. "You get more methodical and more analytical about the music and that doesn't necessarily make it better. I wanted to have the feeling I had when I made my first two records, which was like being a kid playing with my friends and writing about whatever came to mind."
What might be even more exciting, however, is the nugget in the interview that Crow has a second album that she's hoping to have out by the end of the year that includes some legends in it.  She has a project in the works collaborating with the likes of Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson and many others. Johnny Cash's estate has allowed her to cut a virtual duet with the Man in Black on "Redemption Day," a songs of hers he covered toward the end of his life. She hopes to get the album into stores near the end of the year.

New Music Video From Rodney Crowell - "It Ain't Over Yet" (featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White)

 

The Day The Music Died: To Those Country Music Lost in 2016

Posted: 01 Jan 2017 09:07 AM PST

K.F. Raizor, author of the website Raizor's Edge and the book We Can't Sing and We Ain't Funny: The World of Homer and Jethro is our guest writer today on That Nashville Sound. She's ever so gracious to provide wonderful tributes to honor those to whom the music we treasure just wouldn't be the same without. Thank you, K.F.

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Here are the performers who sang their final song in 2016. 

 
Guy Clark
Bonnie Brown (July 16, lung cancer, age 77): one-third of the Country Music Hall of Fame sibling trio the Browns, she lost her battle with lung cancer 13 months after her brother Jim Ed's death from the same disease. 

Rick Christian (May 3, unknown cause, age 61): songwriter best known for writing Kenny Rogers' hit "I Don't Need You." 

Guy Clark (May 17, long illness, age 74): far beyond a "songwriter's songwriter," he was more of a novelist's novelist. One of the most brilliant, heart-touching, detailed storytelling songwriters of this -- or any other -- generation. 

Jack Davis (July 27, natural causes, age 91): the co-founder of Mad magazine lent his brilliant artistic skills to a number of country music album covers, including those by Ben Colder, Johnny Cash, and nine Homer & Jethro albums. 


Holly Dunn
Andrew Dorff (December 19, unknown causes, age 40): songwriter with a number of modern hits including Kenny Chesney's "Save It for a Rainy Day." 

Holly Dunn (November 15, ovarian cancer, age 59): singer/songwriter with a string of hits in the 90s including "You Really Had Me Going" and her signature song, "Daddy's Hands." 


Richard Fagan (August 5, liver cancer, age 69): country songwriter who wrote hits for Mel McDaniel ("Real Good Feel Good Song"), George Strait ("Overnight Male"), and John Michael Montgomery ("Sold [The Grundy County Auction Incident]"). His "Overnight Male" co-writer, Kim Williams, also died this year. 


Joey Feek
Joey Feek (March 4, cervical cancer, age 40): half of the husband-and-wife duo Joey + Rory who had a TV series on RFD TV and saw their album, Hymns, debut at #1 on the Billboard country charts despite being "too country" and never having a "hit." 

Brien Fisher (March 11, unknown cause, age 82): Nashville music producer whose best-known work included hits with the Kendalls such as "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" and Vern Gosdin's "Today My World Slipped Away." 

Joey Floyd (February 15, cancer, age 54): longtime guitarist in Toby Keith's band. 


Glenn Frey (January 18, pneumonia/acute ulcerative colitis, age 67): co-founder of the legendary Eagles, the band that personified country-rock in the 70's, and lead singer on their biggest country hit, "Lyin' Eyes." 


Glenn Frey
Gogi Grant (March 10, natural causes, age 91): pop singer who recorded what is probably the best-known version of the classic song "The Wayward Wind." 


Mark Gray (December 2, unknown cause, age 64): one-time member of the country-rock band Exile and songwriter of Alabama's hits "The Closer You Get" and "Take Me Down." 

Ray Griff (March 9, post-operative pneumonia, age 75): Canadian-born country singer with a string of hits in the 70's including "If I Let Her Come In," "Patches," and "You Ring My Bell." 

Merle Haggard (April 6, pneumonia, age 79): the legendary "poet of the common man" who sang of prison, blue collar life, and heartache died on his 79th birthday. 

Bill Ham (June 22, natural causes, age 79): Texas-based manager of rock legends ZZ Top as well as the man who discovered and managed country superstar Clint Black. 


Merle Haggard
Hoot Hester (August 30, cancer, age 66): fiddler for the Opry staff band for years who backed acts as diverse as the Manhattan Transfer and Ray Charles. He helped co-found the Time Jumpers. And, on a personal note, he was my aunt's cousin. 

Dan Hicks (February 6, liver cancer, age 74): eclectic and quirky singer/songwriter, best known for the song "I Scare Myself," who incorporated elements of country, western swing, and jazz into his performances. 

Pete Huttlinger (January 15, stroke, age 54): noted flat picker guitarist who made several solo albums as well as toured with LeAnn Rimes and John Denver. 

Bud Isaacs (September 4, natural causes, age 88): the Steel Guitar Hall of Famer who played on the first #1 song to feature a pedal steel ("Slowly" by Webb Pierce in 1953), he was a steel guitar master and innovator. 

Sonny James
Sonny James (February 22, natural causes, age 86): Country Music Hall of Famer who went from playing fiddle as a session musician to international superstardom with hits such as "Young Love," "True Love's a Blessing," and "Born to Be With You." 

Kacey Jones (September 1, colon cancer, age 66): humorist, singer, musician, leader of the country humor act Ethel and the Shameless Hussies, and a writer of songs such as Mickey Gilley's hit "I'm the One Mama Warned You About." 

James King (May 19, liver disease, age 58): bluegrass singer who went from an unofficial member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys to leader of the James King Band and member of the supergroup Longview, known for his heartfelt story songs such as "Thirty Years of Farming" and "Bed By the Window." 

John D. Loudermilk (September 21, bone cancer, age 82): Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer who wrote countless songs from lighthearted novelty songs ("Road Hog") to love songs (Bob Luman's "The Great Snowman") to protest songs ("Indian Reservation [Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian]"). 

Charlie "Sonny" Louvin Jr. (January 27, unknown causes, age 61): the son of Hall of Fame member Charlie Louvin frequently played guitar with his father on the road and on the Grand Ole Opry. 

Lana Meisner (March 6, accidental shooting, age 63): wife of original Eagles bassist/vocalist Randy Meisner. 

Ned Miller (March 18, natural causes, age 90): singer and songwriter whose best-known composition was "From a Jack to a King," a hit for himself and Ricky Van Shelton and covered by acts from Jim Reeves to Elvis Presley. 

Chips Morman (June 13, long illness, age 79): Grammy-winning songwriter (for BJ Thomas' hit "[Hey, Won't You Play] Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song") who also contributed songs as diverse as "The Dark End of the Street" (an R&B hit covered by Archie Campbell) and "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)." Morman died the day after his 79th birthday. 

Don Parmley (July 30, long illness, age 82): banjo player and founder of the bluegrass band the Bluegrass Cardinals. 

Joyce Paul (February 15, unknown cause, age 78): 60's country singer who had songs such as "Phone Call to Mama" and "I'm the Girl on the Billboard." 

Gary S. Paxton (July 16, unknown cause, age 77): singer, songwriter, and producer who went from a member of the Hollywood Argyles ("Alley Oop") to country hits songwriter ("Woman (Sensuous Woman)" for Don Gibson) to Grammy-winning gospel songwriter and performer. 

Curtis Potter (January 23, pneumonia, age 75): a member of Hank Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys, he enjoyed his own career as well as performing with Tony Booth and Darrell McCall as The Survivors. 

Curly Putnam
Curly Putman (October 30, long illness, age 85): Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member who wrote or co-wrote countless hits, including "Green, Green Grass of Home," "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," and "War Is Hell (On the Homefront Too)." 

Jim Ridley (April 8, cardiac arrest, age 50): longtime editor and journalist at the Nashville Scene music paper. 

Floyd Robinson (May 28, long illness, age 79): songwriter and singer who had one charted hit, the controversial 1959 country crossover song "Makin' Love." 

Mildred Haynes Rymer (November 10, stroke, age 86): sister of Henry "Homer" Haynes of Homer & Jethro. 

Jean Shepard
Jean Shepard (September 25, Parkinson's disease, age 82): Country Music Hall of Fame singer who began as the duet partner on "A Dear John Letter" and went on to legendary status with a career that spanned seven decades. 

Red Simpson (January 8, heart attack, age 81): one of the unsung heroes of the Bakersfield sound, he had one of the great "truck driving" songs with "Roll, Truck, Roll," wrote hits for Buck Owens ("Sam's Place"), and played on Merle Haggard's legendary "Okie From Muskogee." 

Icey Sloan-Hawkins (December 17, stabbed to death, age 18): granddaughter of Jean Shepard and Hawkshaw Hawkins. She was killed by her ex-boyfriend, who was then shot by Shepard's widower Benny Birchfield (who also suffered stab wounds). 

Carol Smith (December 24, natural causes, age 94): songwriter who collaborated on a number of Sonny James hits including "True Love's a Blessing," "A Little Bit South of Saskatoon," and "Don't Keep Me Hanging On." 

Ralph Stanley
Dr. Ralph Stanley (June 23, skin cancer, age 89): one of the most important and significant figures in bluegrass history, Ralph overcame the 1966 death of his brother and music partner Carter to become the standard by which bluegrass performers are measured. 

Kay Starr (November 3, Alzheimer's disease, age 94): singer with a long string of pop and jazz hits, she also had two top ten country hits in 1950 singing with Tennessee Ernie Ford. 

Gordie Tapp (December 18, pneumonia, age 94): the head writer and one of the mainstays of the long running TV series Hee Haw. 

Bob Tubert (April 10, natural causes, age 90): Ozark Jubilee scriptwriter, music publisher who helped found the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and helped establish Belmont University's Music Business program. 

Janet Watson (February 8, unknown cause, age 70): a Broadway choreographer who worked on the play Big River, which earned Roger Miller a Tony. 

Kim Williams (February 11, unknown cause, age 68): 2012 Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame inductee who gave us, among others, Joe Diffie's "If the Devil Danced in Empty Pockets," George Strait's "Overnight Male," and Randy Travis' classic "Three Wooden Crosses." 

Steve Young
Mentor Williams (November 16, unknown cause, age 70): country music singer/songwriter who teamed up with Troy Seals for a number of country hits ("A Few Ole Country Boys") but will be best remembered for his oft-covered song, "Drift Away" (which was a country hit for Narvel Felts in 1973). He was also the longtime partner of Lynn Anderson. 

Rick Wright (February 7, car wreck, age 57): guitarist for Connie Smith's band for nearly two decades. 

Steve Young (March 17, complications from a brain injury, age 73): "outlaw" singer/songwriter best known for writing the classics "Lonesome, Orn'ry and Mean" and "Seven Bridges Road." 

 

The Late Ralph Stanley Gets Posthumous Release Of Live Show In February

 

Artist: Ralph Stanley
Album: The Bottom Live Archive
Label: The Bottom Line Record Company
Release date: February 24, 2017

Forty-three years after the legendary Bottom Line club opened its doors in Greenwich Village, The Bottom Line Archive Series has announced the next release in their series, a performance from the late and legendary Ralph Stanley. 

This release is one of an extensive quarterly rollout of more than 24 new titles over a several year period, including classic live performances by John Hiatt, Emmylou Harris, Savoy Brown, Waylon Jennings, Tony Orlando, Pete Seeger and Rory Gallagher, among others. 

Bottom Line co-founder/curator Allan Pepper says he’s got recordings of more than 1,000 shows from Greenwich Village nightclub, which always booked an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, blues, folk and other forms of music. Pepper says the label is currently having conversations with representatives from many of the additional acts.
Pepper, who has lived in Tenafly since 1978, says the records are time capsules; a way to relive formative, generation-defining musical experiences. There’s also a warm and fuzzy element: “You had the sense you were right in your own living room when you saw live music there,” he says. “People loved that.”

 

 

Tift Merritt Plans Late January Release of Stitch of the World

Posted: 18 Dec 2016 07:57 AM PST

Artist: Tift Merritt
Album: Stitch of the World
Label: Yep Roc
Release date: January 27, 2016

Stitch of the World, Merritt’s sixth studio album was written on a friend’s farm in Marfa, Texas, at Merritt’s California cabin and in New York City in the wake of several major changes in her life. The album was recorded in Los Angeles while Merritt was six months pregnant, after which she relocated to her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina.

The time since the release of Traveling Alone has also found Merritt recording and touring with Andrew Bird in his Hands of Glory, MC Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Merritt workshopped the songs on Stitch of the World with longtime friend Sam Beam of Iron & Wine after bumping into him in an airport.

Stitch of the World track listing: 

1 - Dusty Old Man - 03:47
2 - Heartache Is an Uphill Climb - 03:14
3 - My Boat - 04:13
4 - Love Soldiers On - 02:59
5 - Stitch of the World - 03:54
6 - Icarus - 03:51
7 - Proclamation Bones - 03:16
8 - Something Came over Me (feat. Sam Beam) - 03:25
9 - Eastern Light (feat. Sam Beam) - 04:34
10 - Wait for Me (feat. Sam Beam) - 04:32

 

 

Nashville's Chris Roberts (One Flew South) Writes Key Song For Upcoming Assassin's Creed Film

Posted: 14 Dec 2016 11:16 AM PST

Musical muses are fascinating things to follow sometimes. For Chris Roberts, whose The Way Westalbum was one of That Nashville Sound’s favorite dozen albums of the year in 2015, it takes many a shape- with it always ending in a deep passion for the song.  It draws on his history in Broadway’s bright lights in New York (in the production of The Civil War), the blissful harmony across the country radio airwaves (as part of Decca-signed trio One Flew South), the shared stages with the likes of Willie Nelson and Neil Young (at Farm Aid), and many years as his church’s music director in a congregation that reads like a who’s who of the music business (St. Augustine’s). 

As a member of One Flew South, Roberts isn’t a stranger to contributing to major film soundtracks. His first contribution was the whimsical “Friends For Life” for Disney’s Fox and the Hound 2 film.  Now, he’s made his home at Catch This Music, a small collective of songwriters/producers/musicians that are skilled in providing a new song one day, record a demo the next, produce an independent album the following day as a recording studio, and release a solo album for one of its artists on day four.  

At Catch This Music, he’s gotten cuts with The Swon Brothers, ABC’s Nashville and a couple of other television shows. But this most recent cut is a doozy of doozies. Along with Tony Esterly and Austin Jenckes, Roberts has penned the main track with the upcoming and highly anticipated feature film, Assassin’s Creed.  Entitled “My World,” the track accompanies the movie trailer and will be featured on the album’s soundtrack. It demonstrates the versatility of one of Nashville’s unsung heroes in writing the right song for the right project. 

The movie features a story about “a revolutionary technology that unlocks the genetic memories of Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) and who experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.  The movie opens up on 12.21.16 and you can listen to “My World” below:
 

 

 

A Christmas Story: Jimmy Wayne and Quintavious Johnson

Posted: 10 Dec 2016 08:03 AM PST

For anyone that knows Jimmy Wayne just a little bit, they recognize that his calling goes beyond writing and performing hits for country radio and fans. I first had the genuine privilege of making his acquaintance several years back when he volunteered a music performance in a children’s charity fundraiser I put on in my hometown. If you ever have the same opportunity to spend even a small amount of time with him, you’ll find his indomitable spirit and his passion for kids- especially foster kids- inspiring. There is a genuineness to it that doesn’t beat you over the head with a message. It educates and, probably much to do with his songwriting background, provides some of the most compelling storytelling you’ve ever heard.  

Let me share another unique and special Jimmy Wayne story with you all that you probably haven't heard.

In 2013, Jimmy overheard a young man singing in the hallway of a church and was so star struck by the beauty in his voice, connected with the Grand Ole Opry who gave him permission to bring him up on stage to sing with him in his segment. 

Jimmy says, "I heard Quintavious Johnson singing "Jesus Loves Me" backstage in the hallway at a church. I asked someone nearby, "Who in the world is that singing?" They pointed at a 12-year-old boy. I connected with his parent and asked if I could bring him on stage at the Grand Ole Opry to sing that song. He received a standing ovation that night at the Opry house. It was sold out! He is definitely one of the most amazing singers I've ever met my life."

That could have been the end of the story. But it wasn't. The Opry performance propelled Johnson to try out for America's Got Talent and not only was he selected to perform on the stage, but he would go on to finish in the Top 7 in Season 9.  

And yet the story goes on and comes full circle back to Jimmy. 

Jimmy had written a special Christmas song with Mark Nesler entitled "A Home on Christmas Day." He reached out to those in charge of Johnson's budding singing career and asked if he would record the track. 

Jimmy says, "His parent and former manager allowed Quinn to record this Christmas song. Thanks Quinn. I hope many people here and see this video and connect with you and help you with your career. You deserve it!"

This is that track, released earlier this week. Let it be a spark to light a fire inside you to make a difference in someone's life this holiday season. 
 

Lauren Alaina Preps Sophomore Album For Late January Release

Posted: 10 Dec 2016 07:39 AM PST

Artist: Lauren Alaina
Album: Road Less Traveled
Label: Mercury Nashville/19/Interscope
Release date: January 27, 2017

Former American Idol alum Lauren Alaina's long-awaited project is aptly titled Road Less Traveled, named after the title cut (and current Top 20 hit single), and hits everywhere Jan. 27. The 12-track LP follows her 2011 debut studio album Wildflower.  The project has Alaina as a co-write on each and every song and is packed with its share of very strong songwriters, including Caitlyn Smith and Dan Couch on fan-favorite "Same Day Different Bottle" (a revealing autobiographical ballad about her father's struggle with alcoholism) and Emily Shackleton (on "Doin' Fine" and "Think Outside the Boy"), among many others.

“I am so excited to get this album out,” Alaina shared in a press statement. “[I've] grown so much as a person, a songwriter and an artist in that time. These songs are a true representation of who I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going. This album has pushed me to accept who I am and be 100-percent honest about it. I can’t wait to share my stories, my music and myself with the world.”

1. “Doin’ Fine” (Lauren Alaina, Emily Shackleton, busbee)
2. “My Kinda People” (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, busbee)
3. “Three” (Lauren Alaina, Seth Ennis, Jordan Reynolds)
4. “Road Less Traveled” (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Meghan Trainor)
5. “Queen of Hearts” (Lauren Alaina, Lindsey Lee, Victoria Banks)
6. “Think Outside the Boy” (Lauren Alaina, Emily Shackleton)
7. “Painting Pillows” (Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Jack Rimes, Alex Masters)
8. “Next Boyfriend” (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Matt McVaney)
9. “Crashin’ the Boys Club” (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Johan Fransson)
10. “Same Day Different Bottle” (Lauren Alaina, Caitlyn Smith, Dan Couch)
11. “Holding the Other” (Lauren Alaina, Emily Weisband, Eric Olson)
12. “Pretty” (Lauren Alaina, Felicia Barton, Emily Weisband)

 

 

Alison Krauss Prepares Solo Windy City For February Release

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 06:22 AM PST

Artist:  Alison Krauss
Album: Windy City
Label: Concord
Release date: February 10, 2017

Krauss will release Windy City, an album of country and bluegrass classics, produced by Buddy Cannon and her first solo release in well over a decade early next year.

Krauss says, “On this album, I wanted to sing songs that are older than I am. There’s a real romance in singing other people’s stories.”

"Making this record was really about Buddy," Krauss told Rolling Stone Country. "A lot of times my work comes from this place of what I call the 'inner-policeman.' You want to do a good job and do something that comes from within yourself and your standards. But as I've worked with Buddy through the years, I've found that my 'why' got attached to him when I work for him. He really makes me want to do a good job.

"Buddy's nickname in town is 'Ears,'" she continues. "In a town full of people who are all so talented, he got the nickname 'Ears.' He has such an instinct for music and is so interested in the personality of the musicians in the room. Getting to work with him again made me so inspired." 

"I've never worked less on a record that took so long," jokes Krauss. "Buddy kept looking at his watch, saying, 'We have to finish this before I turn 80!' I kept telling him, 'We've still got time!' He's only in his 60s."

The project will include tracks originally sung by the likes of Brenda Lee, Willie Nelson, Bill Monroe and the Osborne Brothers.
 

 

 

Artist: Jack Ingram
Song: "Sailor and the Sea"
Label: Independent
Rating: Five out of Five Stars

Jack released a fantastic collection of songs off his Midnight Motel album this year, but our favorite track from the Texan was this little-heard and independently released dedication to his good friend and late legendary songwriter Guy Clark- about a story that he told Ingram about riding out a hurricane in a boat.  

"He told me a story about riding out Hurricane Carla, 1963, in the bay at Rockport on a boat he had helped restore & was scheduled to sail to Florida the next week. Hurricane Carla took out Galveston. It was a big one. He anchored the boat out in the bay with 100 lb test rope. He tied 10 lines of rope to the anchor, each one 10' ft longer than the previous. As one would break there would be 10 more feet of line & the boat remained steady. Storm passed. Made a few minor repairs & sailed the boat to Florida." 

Symbolically, there might not be a better premise for a song and Jack delivers a profoundly insightful dedication to Guy. 

"I loved Guy. I didn't need him to but he let me know in ways he knew I'd know that he was glad I was in his world. That felt really fuckin' good. He knew I needed that from him and he gave it to me. Guy Clark took moments of absolute CLARITY and turned them into songs that were clearer than the original moment." 

Call me sentimental, but this ode to one of our generations finest songwriters who was lost this year is one of my favorite tracks of the year. 

Listen to the track HERE. 

 

Longtime Grand Ole Opry Member Holly Dunn Passes Away At 59

Posted: 15 Nov 2016 06:19 AM PST

2016 claimed yet another country music star as it was announced late last night that singer and former Grand Ole Opry member Holly Dunn passed away at the age of 59 from ovarian cancer. 

Born in San Antonio in 1957, Holly Dunn’s first taste of country music success was as a songwriter and a co-write called "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind" which was recorded by Cristy Lane. At the time, she hadn’t even graduated from college. But that early success led Dunn to head to Nashville after she finished college. Dunn worked as a demo singer for several labels before joining her brother as a staff songwriter at CBS. She continued a strong songwriter’s initiative while pursuing her own record deal including penning Louise Mandrell’s “I’m Not Through Loving You Yet” top ten hit. 

In 1985, Holly Dunn landed a record contract in her own right with MTM Records (Mary Tyler Moore), and released her first single The first three singles barely dented the Billboard charts, but the fourth time was a charm. Her 1986 release, “Daddy’s Hands” became her first Top Ten hit and would become her most recognized and trademark song of her career. 1987's Cornerstone produced three top ten singles in "Love Someone Like Me,” "Only When I Love," and “Strangers Again.” That began a six year run where few artists were producing as many radio-friendly hits as Dunn. During that window, she had two number ones including "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" and "You Really Had Me Going." Dunn was invited to become an Opry member and was even the host of the TNN television show, Opry Backstage, in 2000 and 2001.  

But shortly thereafter, in 2003 to be exact, Holly abruptly announced her retirement from her musical career to pursue her other passion, art. On her website, she explains, “Early in my music career, I made a little promise to myself that if time and circumstances allowed, I would someday pursue my passion for making art.  I am truly thrilled to now be a full time professional artist living and working in the great Southwest that I love, and love to paint!”

 

 

Valerie June To Release The Order of Time In January

Posted: 13 Nov 2016 09:17 AM PST

Artist: Valerie June
Album: The Order of Time
Label: Concord Music Group
Release date: January 27, 2017

You may know Valerie June as the siren in red who accompanied Eric Church at his stunning performance of "Like Jesus Does" at the 48th Annual ACM Awards in 2013. I'd encourage you to get to know better with her next release. 

The Americana artist will release her follow-up to 2013’s breakout LP, Pushin’ Against a Stone on January 27th, 2017 (Concord Records). The now-Memphis-bred Brooklyn-born songwriter "weaves electric blues, African rhythms, cosmic atmospherics and delicate soul into an inventive and wholly original rumination on love, family, struggle and the passing of time."

Produced by Matt Marinelli, The Order of Time includes twelve original songs all written by June and features appearances from June’s family, her father, Emerson Hockett and brothers, Patrick and Jason Hockett. 

June has developed what The Independent’s Andy Gill describes as “the most strikingly individual delivery I’ve heard in ages.” Percolating somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday, June’s is a stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks voice, the kind that grips your imagination and paints her Southern portraits in vivid detail.

Many of those portraits are drawn from Tennessee, where June grew up between the small towns of Humboldt and Jackson. She moved to Memphis after finishing high school and considered attending art school, but ultimately settled on singing in a band. The clash of creative egos proved to be more draining than inspiring, though, and she quickly made the leap to solo artist.

The Order of Time track listing:

 

 

 

Opry Member Jeannie Seely To Release Written In Song In January

Posted: 10 Nov 2016 06:12 AM PST

Artist: Jeannie Seely
Album: Written In Song
Label: Smith Music Group
Release date: January 13, 2016

GRAMMY award-winning and longtime Grand Ole Opry Member Jeannie Seely will release her next album on January 13 entitled Written In Song. The project includes 14 tracks all co-written or self-penned by Seely and includes 14 songs recorded by country legends like Merle Haggard (“Life of a Rodeo Cowboy), Dottie West (“He’s All I Need”), Ernest Tubb (“Sometimes I Do”), Ray Price (“Enough to Lie”) and more.

The project includes special guests including Kenny and Tess Sears, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Jan Howard and Jessi Colter. 
Written In Song is such an exciting project for me for many reasons,” states Seely. “It consists of 14 songs that I have written over the years, most of them recorded by my peers and my heroes. It’s also very rewarding to know that these songs have stood the test of time and are just as viable today. I am extremely grateful to the musicians and singers who made them sound brand new.”
A BMI-awarded songwriter, Seely’s songs have been recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as by many other artists including Doyle Lawson, Lorrie Morgan and Irma Thomas. 

Written In Song Track Listing:

 

 

The Golf & Guitars Music Festival Raises Over $100,000 In 2016 For Kid Charities

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 01:16 PM PST

We had more than 108,000 reasons to love Golf & Guitars this year. That’s how many dollars that the Golf & Guitars Music Festival & Pro-Am raised this year in a record fundraising effort in Morton Golf Foundation’s largest fundraiser on May 16 & 17, 2016.

We brought the general public two nights of music and featured different performers on each night of our concert series. The hottest acts in country music, the up-and-coming artists you’ll soon see topping the charts and some of Nashville’s very best songwriters are all donating their time to help raise funds for children’s charities during the music festival. 

The Morton Golf Foundation is proud to call KNCI 105.1 FM our partner in hosting this special event. Golf and Guitars is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and concert featuring nationally recognized & major label country music artists.  Each golfer in the tournament gets to play with one of the celebrities and then gets a seat next to the stage where these artists put on a tremendous concert underneath the beautiful golf course sky.

The highlights were many over the two days:

Our line-up was one of our very best ever. With our headliner, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Love & Theft, Jackson Michelson, Lockhart, Green River Ordinance, Lauren Alaina, Drake White, Canaan Smith, Jason Michael Carroll, LOCASH, Eric Paslay, Parmalee and Aaron Lewis, we had arguably our finest line-up ever on night two.

Our Singer-Songwriter Showcase and Pairings Party on night one was equally as special. We had Logan Brill, Hailey Whitters , Jordan Reynolds , Francesca Beghe, Chris Roberts, Ella Mae Bowen, Scott Stevens, Faren Rachels, Jennifer Paige, Ashley Campbell and Megan Conner- with Jimmy Wayne acting as our first night host. When Campbell covered her father’s touching “Wichita Lineman,” our event had its first standing ovation in its history.

For the second consecutive year, Jason Michael Carroll played a round of golf with four very special local heroes out of our Wounded Warriors golf program. PING Golf generously donated a set of clubs and personalized golf bag to each of the players that was gifted to the veterans up on stage to a rousing applause.

On night one at our Singer-Songwriter Showcase & Pairings Party, not only did the Morton Golf Foundation gift 21 different high school seniors $26,000 in scholarship money mostly donated by our incredible sponsor Air Force One Golf, but Sleep Train founder Dale Carlsen generously donated $2,500 to kick off a new and upcoming foster child golf program that was brainstormed by frequent G&G participant and country artist Jimmy Wayne, a tireless advocate and former foster kid himself.

The local California Eagles, our Special Olympics golf program held here in the Sacramento region, had many of their participants on-hand on night two running our raffle for an autographed guitar signed by all of the G&G artists, raising nearly $5,000 for their own program.

Mother Nature contributed in her own way with two gorgeous springtime days with nary a cloud in the sky. The concerts under the sky are one of the highlights of every local music fan with the music held right on the 17th tee.

Another highlight was our generous foursomes that came out and enjoyed great shots and bad shots alike across both the Alister MacKenzie and Arcade Creek GC’s at Haggin Oaks. Our gracious hosts Love and Theft did wonderful jobs with their storytelling and artist introductions in their regular hosting gig they’ve handled over the last several years. They’ve just signed a brand new recording deal with Curb Records and we can’t wait to hear what is in store for them.  

All in all, it was a highly successful two days of fundraising and a memory everyone that was in attendance will remember for a lifetime.
 
Block your calendar for Monday, May 15 & Tuesday, May 16, 2017 for Golf & Guitars X.

Song Review - Jamie Floyd - "The People You Knew" (Song of the Year Candidate)

Posted: 07 Nov 2016 06:08 AM PST

Artist: Jamie Floyd
Song: "The People You Knew"
Album: Sunshine & Rainbows
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

You may not know this fantastic songwriter, but you do know her work. Jamie is the pen behind Ashley Monroe's "The Blade." Floyd released a terrific EP earlier this year entitled Sunshine & Rainbows and this powerful song ranks as its very best. She took her very real heartache and turned it into a compassionate message of understanding and observation. “It’s important to realize that you are not the only one who hurts this much," she told AXS.com. The lyric is painfully open: 'I don't even know where you are now/And you don't know what I'm thinking/Or what I've been through without you/We don't even know what we're missing/We let go but we didn't mean to/Oh when the people you know/Become the people you knew.' This blistering after-breakup song has all of the substance that should put Nashville on notice that they have a Lori McKenna-type star in the making. 

 

 

New Johnny Cash Radio Broadcast Collection Set For Upcoming Release

Posted: 05 Nov 2016 07:51 AM PDT

Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: Broadcast Archive (3 CD set)
Label: Broadcast Archive
Release date: Nov. 17, 2016

A new unique collection of three CD's worth of 1970's Johnny Cash live broadcast performances and interviews is going to be released just in time for the holidays.  One of the most iconic and respected country music performer of all time, the late Johnny Cash had no equal in the field and remains among the most influential musicians of the 20th Century. 

The project includes the full Johnny Cash performance from his 40th birthday concert given in Amsterdam in 1972, his Jamboree show from 1976 in West Virginia which also included a plethora of friends and relatives backing the Man in Black

Perhaps the most intriguing portion of the project is the third disc, an entire additional CD of media interviews which display Johnny's dry wit, enormous intelligence and wholehearted compassion, among other attri

 

A List of the 50th Anniversary CMA Award Winners

Posted: 03 Nov 2016 07:04 AM PDT

For those that missed the 50th Anniversary of the (undoubtedly the most-ever DVR'd) CMA Awards last night because they were distraught over their Cleveland Indians blowing a 3-1 World Series Lead or because they were giddy over their Chicago Cubs breaking a 108 year-old curse, here's the details you missed about last night's award-winners. I'd say CMA voters got it really really right this year. We'll have video on the site as the CMA gets it prepped and releases it. 

Here is a complete list of winners at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards:


Entertainer of the Year — Garth Brooks
Female Vocalist — Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist — Chris Stapleton
Vocal Group of the Year — Little Big Town
Vocal Duo — Brothers Osborne
New Artist of the Year — Maren Morris
Album of the Year — Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
Song of the Year — Humble and Kind, Lori McKenna
Single of the Year — Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett
Musical Event of the Year — Different For Girls, Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King
Musician of the Year — Dann Huff (guitar)
Music Video of the Year — Fire Away, Chris Stapleton
Pinnacle Award — Kenny Chesney
Lifetime Achievement Award — Dolly Parton

 

WATCH: Country Music Hall of Famer @RandyTravis performs at the #CMAawards50! @CountryMusic https://t.co/av1BKSvbCq
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 3, 2016

 

 

Legendary Songwriter Curly Putnam Passes Away

Posted: 01 Nov 2016 12:09 PM PDT

K.F. Raizor, author of the website Raizor's Edge and the book We Can't Sing and We Ain't Funny: The World of Homer and Jethro is our guest writer today on That Nashville Sound. She's ever so gracious to provide wonderful tributes to honor those to whom the music we treasure just wouldn't be the same without. Thank you, K.F.

And yet again we mourn as another legend passes.

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Curly Putman died Sunday (10/30) in Lebanon, Tennessee (a suburb of Nashville) after a lengthy illness.

Claude Putman Jr. was born in Alabama and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge in the Navy.  Nicknamed "Junior" and later "Curly," Putman moved to Nashville in 1964 and was discovered by Roger Miller.  Miller introduced him to Tree Publishing executive Buddy Killen, who signed Putman as a song plugger and a songwriter.

And oh, did he write songs.  In 1966 his mournful ballad "Green, Green Grass of Home" was a huge hit in country for Porter Wagoner and in pop for Tom Jones.  The brilliant story song was about a man celebrating his lovely hometown and his girlfriend only to awaken and discover that he was dreaming because he is a condemned man, getting ready to die at daybreak.  At the conclusion of the song the man promises, "They'll all come to see me 'neath the shade of the old oak tree as they lay me 'neath the green, green grass of home."

If that wasn't powerful enough a song to unleash on country music, Putman also co-wrote (with Bobby Braddock) what many consider THE definitive sad song in country music:  "He Stopped Loving Her Today."  Braddock, the subject of a "Poets and Prophets" interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame in the mid-2000s, detailed how Putman helped on another classic song, "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," saying that Putman told Braddock no one was interested in a song that sad with such an upbeat tempo and suggested that Braddock slow the song down.  In return for the advice, Braddock listed Putman as co-writer.

Putman was great at story songs, many with a sad twist (such as Tanya Tucker's "Blood Red and Going Down," about a girl who is dragged along by her father on a vengeful hunt for the cheating wife, and the David Houston/Tammy Wynette duet "My Elusive Dreams," about a man who keeps the family moving and endures the death of their child).  He also gave us songs such as Dolly Parton's breakout hit "Dumb Blonde" and T.G. Sheppard's "War Is Hell (On the Homefront, Too)."

Curly Putman also bears the distinction of being one of the very few, if not the only, country music songwriter to be the subject of a rock song.  In 1974 Paul and Linda McCartney and their children visited Nashville for a recording session and stayed at Putman's farm.  In celebration of his time there, McCartney named "Junior's Farm" after Putman.  (That recording session in Nashville also yielded a minor country hit for McCartney, "Sally G.")

Putman was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976.  Sadly, his deserved Country Music Hall of Fame induction, when it comes, will have to be posthumous.

 

Song Review- Jenny Gill - "His Shadow" (Song of the Year Candidat

Artist: Jenny

When your father is Vince Gill, perhaps the most-awarded singer in country music history, there’s a double-edged sword when you’re carving out your own career as Jenny Gill is doing. Name recognition is a positive, but constant comparisons and unfair accusations of “carpetbagging” are bound to arise. On this powerful and autobiographical piece, Jenny provides an emotional and raw look at this head-on. She covers the power of the musical compass that her father has laid out for her and the risks of being burned by the spotlight and not living up to the high standards the Gill name has in Nashville and beyond. It’s phenomenally well-written, providing a glimpse into what it must be like making your own name in a field in which your (last) name has already been made. As someone who followed his own father both in name and in career, “His Shadow” tells a story that hits close to home. Incredibly, Jenny carves out a substantial piece of art under her own name out of a tribute to where she comes from. You'll see this track again on our top songs of 2016 list in the coming months. 
 

 

 

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 07:06 AM PDT

Artist: Travis Tritt
Album: A Man and His Guitar: Live From the Franklin Theatre
Label: Post Oak Recordings
Release date: Nov. 18, 2016
 
Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt will release a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre, on Nov. 18. The much-anticipated release, shot and recorded at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess in an intimate theater setting. 

The project features Tritt at his best; performing an unplugged solo concert that gives fans the rare opportunity to hear a fresh take on some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come And Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It" are also included in the program. 

Tritt’s discovery that an audience loved to hear him perform songs accompanied only by his guitar served as the inspiration behind the project. In this concert, Tritt acknowledges and pays tribute to artists he grew up admiring and those that were influential to him as he punctuates the release with personal stories and anecdotes from his long career. Select acoustic numbers and humorous moments between Tritt and his guests, Marty Stuart and James Otto, are also highlighted. 

More than 25-years after he launched his music career, the Southern-rock influenced artist continues to stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. Last year, Tritt's compilation album, The Very Best of Travis Tritt, continued a trend that started in 2014 by topping the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for 50 consecutive weeks with 15 weeks spent at No. 1 and 33 weeks notched in the Top Five. 

Over the course of his career, Tritt has produced over 25 million in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the country radio charts, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Can I Trust You With My Heart” and “Foolish Pride.” Tritt was dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all whom dominated the charts in the 1990s and beyond. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.”  

CD TRACK LISTING:

Disc 1

1. “It’s All About The Money” (Donny Kees, Jody Harris)
2. “Where Corn Don’t Grow” (Mark Alan Springer, Roger Murrah)
3. “The Pressure Is On” (Hank Williams, Jr.)
4. “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” (Jill Colucci, Stewart Harris)
5. “Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man” [with James Otto] (Kostas)
6. “Country Club” (Catesby Jones, Dennis Lord)
7. “Country Ain’t Country” (Carson Chamberlain, Casey Beatherd, Teresa Boaz)
8. “500 Miles Away From Home” (Bobby Bare, Charles Williams, Hedy West)
9. “Here’s A Quarter” (Travis Tritt)
10. “Best of Intentions” (Travis Tritt)
11. “Drift Off To Dream” (Travis Tritt, Stewart Harris)
12. “Help Me Hold On” (Travis Tritt, Pat Terry) 

Disc 2
1. “Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” [with Marty Stuart] (Ronny Scaife, Marty Stuart)
2. “Pickin’ At It” [with Marty Stuart] (Travis Tritt)
3. “Come And Go Blues” (Gregg Allman)
4. “Anymore” (Travis Tritt, Jill Colucci)
5. “I Walk the Line” (Johnny Cash)
6. “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” (Waylon Jennings)
7. “A Long Time Ago” (Waylon Jennings, Shel Silverstein)
8. “Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grown Up To Be Cowboys” (Patsy Bruce, Ed Bruce)
9. “Lone Wolf” (Hank Williams, Jr.)
10. “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” (Darrell Scott)
11. “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” (Jerry Chestnut)
12. “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” (Walt Aldridge, James LeBlanc)

Scotty McCreery Covers Jamey Johnson - "In Color"

Posted: 26 Oct 2016 04:55 AM PDT

Scotty McCreery sings Jamey Johnson's "In Color," which won the 2009 CMA Song of the Year Award. In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. 

New Music Video - Margo Price Covers Bob Dylan - "Wallflower"

 

 

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Hemby Goes Home For Upcoming Puxico Release

Posted: 25 Oct 2016 06:23 AM PDT

Artist: Natalie Hemby
Album: Puxico
Label: GetWrucke Records
Release date: Jan. 13, 2017

You can officially mark this as the first highly anticipated album of 2017. Accomplished and critically-acclaimed songwriter Natalie Hemby has announced that she'll be releasing her album Puxico in mid-January. She has written songs for Lee Ann Womack, Eli Young Band, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Sunny Sweeney and Little Big Town. Hemby has accumulated five #1 Billboard singles during her career. Hemby's cuts include "White Liar" and "Only Prettier" by Lambert, "Pontoon" and "Tornado" by Little Big Town, "Drinks After Work" by Keith and "Automatic" by Miranda Lambert.

The album follows the documentary of the same name that Hemby released in late 2014. Named after the hometown of her grandparents in Missouri, the filmed celebrated the lives of the people living in the town and the Homecoming celebration happening during filming. 
"When I originally set out to make this film, I wanted to tell the story of Homecoming," said Hemby. "How it's put on, who's involved, what's involved, how do you keep it going, etc. I wanted to show that small town America still existed and the kind of unsung heroes it still creates."
"I really want people to fall in love with their hometowns again, big or small," said Hemby. "I want people to see this documentary and say, 'Hey, that reminds me of my hometown.' I want people to understand how sacred and rare it is to have a long-standing tradition and how important it is that we keep it alive." 
"When you keep these traditions alive, you keep your hometown from disappearing, and it is so important that we never let our towns disappear because they raise such extraordinary people."
Hemby recorded all of the music for the documentary and while it's unclear at press time of this article whether the album is the soundtrack release , it is categorized that way under Apple Music. You can listen to a snippet of the first single below. 

 

 

New Music Video From Sarah Darling - "You Take Me All The Way"

Posted: 23 Oct 2016 09:18 AM PDT

 

Ryan Bingham Surprises With Live Album Release This Week

Posted: 23 Oct 2016 06:35 AM PDT

Artist: Ryan Bingham
Album: Ryan Bingham Live
Label: Axster Bingham Records
Release date: Oct. 21, 2016

GRAMMY and Oscar award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham has released Ryan Bingham Live (An Amazon Music Original) exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music, and for digital download or physical purchase through the online retailer as an exclusive. Ryan Bingham Live features songs recorded during his performance in New Braunfels, TX on August 6, 2016. Last month, the Ryan Bingham Live video was released exclusively in 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD on Amazon Prime Video for customers to watch at no additional cost to their Prime membership. Rolling Stone Country premiered the clip of Bingham performing his song, “Radio,” calling it a “blistering performance” in advance of the video release.

This week, USA Today, debuted “Sunrise” the album opener on Ryan Bingham Live, saying the song “captures the frenetic energy and love that radiates at a Bingham show. The sound is incredible, and you can hear the crowd singing along every word.”

Ryan Bingham Live album track list:

1. Sunrise
2. Top Shelf Drug
3. Depression
4. Tell My Mother I Miss Her So
5. Radio
6. Bluebird
7. My Diamond Is Too Rough
8. Nobody Knows My Trouble
9. The Weary Kind
10. Hallelujah
11. Hard Times
12. Southside of Heaven
13. Sunshine
14. Bread and Water

 

 

Juno Award-Winner Crystal Shawanda Releases Fish Out of Water Today

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 07:10 AM PDT

Artist: Crystal Shawanda
Album: Fish Out Of Water
Label: New Sun Records
Release date: Oct. 21, 2016

Born on the Wikwemikong Native Reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island in Ontario, music was almost as integral to the community as food and shelter. Storytelling came easy through song. It told the history of the people, the stories of their natural surroundings and kept alive the traditions of her First Nation tribe.  

Her father was a truck driver and it was early in her teens when Shawanda accompanied him on a trip through Nashville and was hooked permanently on the music scene there. Multiple trips back and forth from home resulted in several independent albums and eventually, a permanent gig at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Broadway in Nashville. While working at Tootsie’s, she met her future husband, met her future producer Scott Hendricks (Faith Hill, Brooks and Dunn) and was signed by Joe Galante to RCA Records/Sony Music Nashville. Her first single, “You Can Let Go,” reached the top 5 in Canada, the top 20 in the U.S.  Her debut album, Dawn of a New Day- a direct translation of her surname- went on to sell 400,000 copies. She’d go on to be nominated for several awards, winning the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year in 2009 and a 2013 Juno award.  

But her island home is never far from her mind and continues to shape her musical direction and chart her course according to the values and traditions she learned as a child. She’s home frequently these days doing charity work and proudly representing her people wherever she goes.  And now she's releasing her fifth album. 
"So excited today is the day, my new album Fish out of water, is now available everywhere, and live on iTunes! When we first started working on the new album, I didn't know what direction to go! Having musical influences of all styles, I am a bit of a hybrid! When I was singing country, they said I sounded too bluesy, when I did a blues album, they said I sounded too country, and it left me feeling like a Fish out of water trying to learn how to fly, like I didn't fit in anywhere! I think everyone feels like that now and than though, and we're all just trying to find that place where we belong! So I embraced that, and rather than trying to fit in, I just recorded songs that I loved singing, that meant something to me, and felt others could relate to as well! I ended up finding a happy medium of country, blues, and all soul, and very Crystal Shawanda! This new album will make you smile, cry, sing and dance, and there's something for everyone!"

Eric Paslay Covers Willie Nelson - "Always On My Mind"

Posted: 21 Oct 2016 06:20 AM PDT

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. Here, Eric Paslay covers the legendary Willie Nelson's 1983 CMA Song of the Year, "Always On My Mind."

 

 

 

Lee Ann Womack Covers Vern Gosdin - "Chiseled in Stone"

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 06:31 AM PDT

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. Here, the great Lee Ann Womack sings the legendary track and 1989 CMA Song of the Year "Chiseled in Stone" by Vern Gosdin. 
 

Faith Hill Set To Release Deep Tracks in November

Posted: 20 Oct 2016 07:26 AM PDT

Artist: Faith Hill
Album: Deep Tracks
Label: Warner Bros.
Release date: Nov. 18, 2016

Faith Hill's former label is putting together a unique collection of cuts across her seven albums that she's put out for them that were never released as singles. Entitled Deep Tracks, the project highlights some songs that didn't have a radio spotlight on them the first time they were released on previous LPs. 

For every single about love that makes the airwaves and becomes a smash hit, Hill has had a deep collection of other songs that have stood the test of time and offer listeners not only insight into her life, but also something more universal that anyone who has felt the pangs and pleasure of love can relate to. Many of these tracks selected deal with those emotions, both positively and negatively. 

It's been nearly ten years since we heard Faith Hill on a new album (save for a Greatest Hits and Christmas project) and her long-awaited album rumored to be called Illusion seems have to been shelved. The last single released in 2012 was "American Heart." 

  1. Better Days
  2. Somebody Stand By Me
  3. If I Should Fall Behind
  4. Free
  5. If This Is the End
  6. Back to You
  7. Unsaveable
  8. If You Ask
  9. You Stay With Me
  10. Wish for You
  11. Boy
  12. Why
  13. Come to Jesus

The Wilkinsons Reunite To Cover Vince Gill - "Go Rest High On That Mountain"

 

 

Former Jypsi member Lillie Mae Rische Follows Margo Price With Third Man Record Deal

Posted: 18 Oct 2016 06:15 AM PDT

 
Artist: Lillie Mae Rische
Album: TBD
Music label: Third Man (Nashville)
Release date: 2017 Projected

Former White Stripes leader Jack White has taken a break from performing as an artist and has been busy setting up his own label in Nashville titled Third Man Records. While Third Man was originally founded in 2001, it wasn't until 2009 he had purchased office space in Nashville and with his most recent-signing of Lillie Mae Rische and following critical-darling releases by Margo Price and Olivia Jean, it's clear this new effort has a renewed energy behind it. 
"I'm proud to have become a part of the Third Man family, where there is no shortage of hard work and dedication to creating and making available the music we love so," Rische said in a release. "I'm forever thankful to Jack for believing in me and giving me a chance and all the freedom I've needed to make this album."
Rische has spent considerable time as a member of White’s touring and recording combo, playing fiddle and mandolin while also lending vocals. She was originally discovered by the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement while playing with her family band The Risches, which was formerly called Jypsi.
“Lillie Mae has been performing on stage since she was 3 years old,” White said. “She is an incredible writer who can play an array of instruments and has paid her dues from the honky-tonks on Broadway to stages around the world. She is a beloved artist in Nashville, and I think it is safe to say that she is one in a billion. You wont find anyone else quite like this woman no matter how long you live.”
Jypsi was formed in 1994 in Galena, Illinois by sisters Amber-Dawn, Lillie Mae, and Scarlett Rische, along with their brother, Frank.  In 2007, they were signed to Arista Nashville. In late 2007, the group began work on its debut album, eventually releasing three singles for the label. They've been longtime mainstay performers down at Layla's Bluegrass Station down on Broadway in Nashville.

 

 

New Music City Roots Performance Music Video From Raul Malo - "Here Comes The Rain"

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 07:29 AM PDT

 

Brad Paisley To Release Live Album and Companion DVD This December

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 07:28 AM PDT

Artist: Brad Paisley
Album (& DVD): Life Amplified World Tour: Live From WVU
Label: Arista Nashville
Release date: December 9, 2016

Brad Paisley Life Amplified World Tour, Live at WVU is the new live concert DVD and CD from Multi-Platinum Country Artist, Brad Paisley. Straight off the wildly successful "Life Amplified World Tour", the show was shot with 20 cameras in front of over 30,000 people at West Virginia University in front of a home town crowd. Directed by award-winning director Daniel E Catullo III (Rush, Rage Against The Machine, Dave Matthews Band), Brad played an electrifying 2 hour show in the rain of all his hits including "Alcohol" and "Crushin It". The show has a very special version of the John Denver song "Country Roads". which has become an anthem for WVU.

"I am so pleased to be partnering with Brad on the WVU show.  Being an alumnus of WVU this show is very special for me.  To be able to bring WVU to the world stage is something I am proud to do and I couldn't think of a better artist to do it with than Brad, who has similar feelings of WVU, having grown up not too far from the campus.   It has been a dream of mine to go back to WVU and put on a huge show, free for the students," says series Creator and Executive Producer Daniel E Catullo III, who is also the CEO of City Drive Films.

"We are delighted to have Brad Paisley come to campus as part of his tour and are honored that Daniel and his team have chosen our University as one of the places they are filming for their television series," says WVU President E Gordon Gee. "Both Daniel and Brad are tremendous supporters of West Virginia University, as well as the state of West Virginia."

New Music Video From Ty Herndon - "That Kind of Night"

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 07:17 AM PDT

 

Kip Moore To Release Underground EP Late This Month

Posted: 15 Oct 2016 07:10 AM PDT

Artist: Kip Moore
Album: Underground EP
Label: MCA Nashville
Release date: Oct. 28, 2016

The distinctively gravelly-voiced Kip Moore announced that he will release a 5-track EP that draws inspiration from his unyielding time out on the road touring.  Available starting Oct. 28, Moore co-wrote every track on the EP and audiences across the country will be able to experience the new tracks live this fall.
 
"The problem I often face is leaving behind some songs, because I never stop writing," said Moore. "I write so many that some never see the light of day.  I've been working on a full record, which looks to be coming out in late spring, but everywhere we go the fans keep asking for the recordings of these underground songs that they've been hearing for the last few years.  They're a passionate fan base so I decided to ask my label if I could record these songs live and give them the raw recordings.  These songs are completely separate from the new record I've been making, I simply made this EP for the true fans.”
UNDERGROUND EP Track List:

1. All Time Low  (Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Luke Dick)
2. My Kind  (Kip Moore, Erik Dylan, Justin Weaver)
3. Midnight Slow Dance (Live)   (Kip Moore, Mike Elizondo, Dan Couch)
4. Separate Ways (Live)  (Kip Moore, Jordyn Mallory, Dan Couch)
5. My Baby's Gone (Live)  (Kip Moore, William Rinehart, Nathaniel Rinehart) 
 

Up & Coming New Nashville- Meet Jared Deck

Posted: 09 Oct 2016 10:49 AM PDT

In this day and age where it seems every other song on the country mainstream radio dial is talking about backroads and gravel roads, there's something refreshing when there's an artist who utilizes their authenticity of being raised on the dusty plains of an Oklahoma family farm to influence their music, careful to highlight the positives and the negatives.
"In a community of 1,200 people, big dreams seem impossible. We're taught to manage expectations, put our nose down, and get to work. I was an (oil) roughneck - a worm hand, really - throwing back tongs on the drilling rig floor. Sure, it was tough, but so were we. I saw the sun set and rise each day; that kept me going."
When the recession hit that business, Jared unknowingly started his musical career with simply answering the classified ad of a small church in need of a pianist.
"I called the number, and the pastor asked if I'd ever played at a black church before. I told him, no, but I can play the blues. He said that would probably work. It felt like relearning the piano, so I applied that concept to my songwriting." 
Deck's writing has evolved and now presents the maturity of a man who has learned the hard way.
"It rattles me, reflecting moments and things about myself I might rather forget. But it also inspires me to face myself and become the man I'd rather be writing about." That attitude is apparent in the writing of Jared's self-titled, solo debut. 
His debut album tells 11 heartfelt stories of life on the road. Starting with "17 Miles," a tale of broken dreams, Jared shares his story. "As a teenager, all I wanted was to leave Oklahoma and never look back. The day I worked up the nerve to go, I had a flat tire just 17 miles down the road. Never got any further than that." All of the songs reflect a sense of wry understanding of life and an indomitable spirit, from the fractured family in "Wrong Side Of The Night," to the working-man's fight in "The American Dream;" from the crisis of faith in "Grace," to the torn heart of an oilfield father in "Unusually Blessed," Deck's songs illustrate life in the rural heartland. And because this is the life he knows only too well, these songs ring true - the honest voice of midland America. 
 
That Nashville Sound had an opportunity to sit down with Jared and talk about his new project and the inspiration that sits behind it pushing him through his music.
 
That Nashville Sound: For someone who hasn't yet had the privileged of hearing your music, how would you describe it from the artist's perspective?
 
Jared Deck: A while back, I came up with the term, Midamericana: American music from the middle of nowhere, the heartland, where the work gets done. It's the story of our people, our triumphs and our failures, set to the sounds that originated here: rock-n-roll, country, and blues.
 
This project seems awfully autobiographical with extremely personal lyrics. Is that a true assessment?
 
Writing this album started out as telling the story of where I came from, but ended up telling my own. "Grace" was the first in the cycle and the most honest I'd ever been in a song, admitting how I've changed and that I wasn't who or where I thought I'd be. Most of the songs are about dealing with failure. I wouldn't say "overcoming" failure, more about the day-to-day drudge of falling down and learning your lesson. I've learned so much the hard way, and that struggle wove it's way into these songs.
 
How much has your home of western Oklahoma influenced your music?
 
Most folks have a love/hate relationship with their hometown. Those places shape us more than we often wish to admit. They seem to push us out, then suck us back in. That's what "17 Miles" is all about, coming to grips with your origins and the person you've become along the way.
 
You helmed a cowpunk band before this solo singer/songwriter venture- what impact did that experience have on your solo project?
 
In that band, I was working to create and arrange a sound that, too often, took priority to the writing. My goals as a solo artist are to focus on writing stories, not to get caught up in arranging the band, and allow the songs to stand on their own.
 
What is country music to Jared Deck?
 
To me, folk music is who we should be, rock-n-roll is who we wish we could be, and country music is who we really are. Country isn't merely the sound of twang, it's the sound of hard work and hard luck. Like the sawdust on a carpenter's floor, it's what's left of us when the day is done. I never set out to be Country, it's just who I found myself to be.
 
 

 

 

Husband & Wife Team of Jason Eady and Courtney Patton To Release Album of Duets, Something Together

Posted: 08 Oct 2016 06:56 AM PDT

Artist: Jason Eady and Courtney Patton
Album: Something Together
Release date: Very early 2017

The new year is promising to kick off with a bang as one of the current first couples of Texas have announced the long-awaited rumor is true: Jason Eady and Courtney Patton have finished an album of duets and titled it Something Together. 

The project appears to be a combination of songs each of released individually on their own projects as well as some new tunes as well- including a couple covers. One of those covers is "My Favorite Memory" by late great Merle Haggard. 

In an interview with Courtney for Saving Country Music this last year, I had the opportunity to talk to her about this project. "It hasn’t happened as quickly as we would have wanted it to, but it’s hard to not write campy duets. To write smart duets is hard. It’s something that will happen for sure. I just get hasty in telling people when."

The project does not have a formal release date year, but in a Facebook comment, Courtney mentioned that she was hoping to have it for release/sale at shows as early as two months from now. 

Something Together Track Listing:
  1. Judgment Day (J. Eady)
  2. Twisted (C. Patton)
  3. Lonesome Down & Out (J. Eady, C. Patton)
  4. Suffering Fools (J. Eady, A. Hood)
  5. Man on a Mountain (J. Eady, D. Kennedy, J. Grider, M. Powell)
  6. My Favorite Memory (M. Haggard)
  7. The Words To My Favorite Memory (C. Patton, L. Hooper)
  8. Better Move It On Home (R. Griff)
  9. Where I've Been (J. Eady)
  10. So This Is Life (C. Patton)
  11. Cry Pretty (J. Eady)
  12. Twelve Days (C. Patton)
  13. Love Song (J. Eady)
  14. Welcome Table (Traditional)

New Music Video From Brad Paisley - "Today"

 

Steve Wariner Leans On Influences With New Project, All Over the Place

For his 20th studio album, four-time GRAMMY Award winner Steve Wariner wanted to create a remarkable tribute to the Grand Ole Opry member’s influences, both living and deceased, in addition to a celebration of his lineage. While packed with acclaimed guest musicians, the set — to be released Oct. 28 on SelecTone Records — artfully showcases Wariner’s own musical talents. In addition to producing the album, he plays guitar, upright bass, drums and both pedal and lap steel, as well as singing on seven of the songs. (The other five are classic instrumentals.) Wariner also penned 10 of the tracks.

A touching tribute to late mentor Chet Atkins, titled “CGP,” takes its name from the coveted title Atkins bestowed on Wariner: Certified Guitar Player. On the track, Wariner enlisted the talents of the only two other living musicians to have earned the same title from Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles. The album also includes “When I Still Mattered To You,” a song Wariner wrote with Merle Haggard on a cruise ship in 1996 but had never previously recorded.

Close friend Ricky Skaggs, who Wariner won his first GRAMMY with in 1992, is featured playing mandolin on “Down Sawmill Road.” Other celebrated musicians featured on the album include: Musicians’ Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Duane Eddy (“Nashville Spy-Line”), GRAMMY Award winner Eric Johnson (“Meanwhile Back In Austin”), Greg Martin of The Kentucky Headhunters (“Way It Goes”) and Jack Pearson (“Drop Top”).

But it’s Wariner’s own family that provides the bulk of the inspiration for the album, which was 20 months in the making. Throughout the creation of the album, Steve relied heavily on his son Ross, who lives in New York, for advice and consultation on the technical production aspects of the album. He wrote the Western swing tune “Mr. Roy” as a tribute to his musician father, and “Down Sawmill Road” is named for the Kentucky road where his mother grew up. His GRAMMY-nominated son Ryan Wariner wrote and plays on the track “The Last Word.” Wariner reached back deep into his rich family history for the album’s closing instrumental track, “Augustine’s Dream,” inspired by his maternal four-times great grandfather who served in the Revolutionary War.
“Getting to play and record with these wonderfully creative people means the world to me. I am grateful to all! Some I've collaborated with before, others..well, it's pure bucket list for me! This project is the perfect example of what keeps me going...what keeps me excited,” notes Wariner. “Traveling into territory I've never been to before. And there's lots of that here on this album. It's hard to describe the joy I feel making music with my sons...and family for that matter. Now I know how my father used to feel. I am so very proud of my musical roots and heritage. ”
 

New Music Video From LeAnn Rimes - "How To Kiss a Boy"

 

New Music Video From Zac Brown's New Side Project, Sir Rosevelt - "Sunday Finest"

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 06:28 AM PDT

Turn it up and watch @SirRosevelt’s debut music video, Sunday Finest! #NewMusicFriday pic.twitter.com/6KHPP0egHd
— Sir Rosevelt (@SirRosevelt) September 29, 2016

Vince Gill & Logan Brill - "I Wish You Loved Me" | Live at the Grand Ole Opry

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 05:56 AM PDT

 

Legendary Songwriter John Loudermilk Passes Away at 82

Posted: 01 Oct 2016 07:00 AM PDT

K.F. Raizor, author of the website Raizor's Edge and the book We Can't Sing and We Ain't Funny: The World of Homer and Jethro is our guest writer today on That Nashville Sound. She's ever so gracious to provide wonderful tributes to honor those to whom the music we treasure just wouldn't be the same without. Thank you, K.F.

In a year where we already lost a songwriter's songwriter (in Guy Clark), we now must mourn the death of the legendary John D. Loudermilk.

Loudermilk died (9/21) of bone cancer in Nashville.

 Loudermilk was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina.  His grandfather worked on construction of the chapel at Duke University.  His great-great grandparents, Homer and Matilda Loudermilk, were part of the infamous "Trail of Tears," the forced march of Cherokee Indians from their North Carolina home to Oklahoma in 1838.  His cousins were Ira and Charlie Louvin.

 As part of the "folk revival" in the 1950s, Loudermilk wrote and recorded songs that ranged from silly ("Road Hog," a parody of "Ground Hog" that featured a "county sheriff in my unmarked car" pulling over speeders) to sublime (what may be his best-known song, "Indian Reservation [Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian]," which he wrote after some Eastern Band Cherokee rescued him from his broken-down vehicle on a snowy night in Cherokee and requested that he write a song about them).  

 Folk singers (the Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road") country stars (Stonewall Jackson - "Waterloo"), crossover hits (George Hamilton IV -- "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" and "Break My Mind"), early rock and roll (Sue Thompson - "Norman" and "James [Hold the Ladder Steady]"), and even later rock acts (Paul Revere and the Raiders took "Indian Reservation" to #1 in 1971) did John D. Loudermilk songs.  His song "Blue Train (of the Heartbreak Line)" won the International Bluegrass Music Association "Song of the Year" in 2003 on the strength of the hit version by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. 

 Additionally, he had charted songs on both the pop and country charts himself.  His biggest pop hit of his own music was "Language of Love," which hit #32 on the charts in 1961.  In country, he had two top 40 hits, "Bad News" (later covered by Johnny Cash) and "That Ain't All."

 Loudermilk was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1976.

 Farewell to the brilliant John D. Loudermilk, who was 82. 
 

 

 

Tracy Byrd Back With New Album After Ten Year Break

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 06:29 AM PDT

Artist: Tracy Byrd
Album: All American Texan
Label: SELF
Release date: October 10, 2016

After a career that has spanned nearly 25 years after originally signing with MCA Nashville Records back in in 1993, Tracy Byrd is back after a ten-year recording hiatus with a new album entitled All American Texan. The voice that brought you the number one hits such as "Holdin' Heaven" and 2002's "Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo" has a collection of new songs that he hopes will add to the more than thirty hit singles in his career, including eleven additional Top Ten hits. He has also released nine studio albums and two greatest-hits albums, with four gold certifications and one double-platinum certification from the RIAA. 

All American Texan track listing:

1. All American Texan 
2. Before I Die
3. Texas Truck
4. Roll With It
5. Don't Call Me Momma
6. Don't Be In A Hurry 
7. Only Jesus
8. Shame To Grace
9. It's All About The Pain
10. Take It To The Bank

 

Jean Shepard, Grand Lady of the Grand Ole Opry, Passes Away at 82

Posted: 29 Sep 2016 06:35 AM PDT

K.F. Raizor, author of the website Raizor's Edge and the book We Can't Sing and We Ain't Funny: The World of Homer and Jethro is our guest writer today on That Nashville Sound. She's ever so gracious to provide wonderful tributes to honor those to whom the music we treasure just wouldn't be the same without. Thank you, K.F.

Country music legend Jean Shepard has died.

The matriarch of the "Grand Ladies of the Grand Ole Opry" passed away this morning (9/25), two days after entering hospice care for Parkinson's disease complications.

Born Ollie Imogene Shepard in 1933, Jean Shepard made her mark with the song "A Dear John Letter," the 1953 #1 smash that was the first hit for both her and her duet partner, Ferlin Husky.  After the follow-up, "Forgive Me, John," they went on separate music paths that took both to the Hall of Fame.  

Shepard was a trailblazing woman singer in country music.  Following in the (high) heels of Kitty Wells, she had several hits in the 1950s such as "A Satisfied Mind" (the same song that Porter Wagoner recorded) and "Beautiful Lies."

Her career waned after her marriage to Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins in 1960, as she concentrated on raising a family.  On March 5, 1963, Shepard, eight months pregnant with her son Harold Franklin Hawkins Jr., had (as she later wrote and recounted) "the most horrible feeling" hit her about the same time that the plane with her husband aboard crashed in Camden, killing him, Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline, and Randy Hughes.  

After the tragedy Shepard nearly abandoned the music business completely, but she came back in 1964 with the Betty Amos composition "Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar)."

More hits followed, including a number of Bill Anderson songs (from her album Poor Sweet Baby [And Ten More Bill Anderson Songs]), including the hits "Slippin' Away" and "At the Time."  

In 2011 she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Last year she celebrated her 60th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  Parkinson's forced her into retirement last November, just after her birthday.

In 1992 I got to interview her for an article I wrote on Bill Anderson.  She nearly dragged me into her dressing room and plopped me down on the sofa, then enthusiastically said, "Now, honey, what do you want to know about Bill Anderson?  I could talk about him all day!"

Her wonderful song, "A Tear Dropped By," certainly is fitting on this sad day:

 

 

 

 

JT Hodges Preps After Midnight EP For Release This Week

Posted: 28 Sep 2016 06:15 AM PDT

Artist: JT Hodges
Album: After Midnight EP
Label: Buffalo Sound
Release date: Sept. 30, 2016

JT Hodges announced via his Facebook page that he has a brand new three song EP that will be available both in a physical format and across digital retailers on 9/30. The three songs included on the project are "After Midnight," "Let's Be Ghosts," and "Drink You Down." 
“I have respected country music all of my life and no matter where country music goes stylistically it will always be a lyric based format,” Hodges said.  “It’s the kind of music where people want to hear a story and feel something real and honest. I think this new music has challenged me and set a new vibe within the sound of what everyone will hear when they listen.  I personally feel it is my best music yet.”
 Hodges originally signed with Show Dog-Universal Music in 2011 and released his debut single “Hunt You Down” from his album JT Hodges.  The follow up single “Goodbyes Made You Mine” also charted.  Another single off the album “Sleepy Little Town” spent two weeks at #1 on Sirius/XM’s The Highway.  That same year Hodges was nominated as a semi-finalist in the New Artist of the Year category for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards. 
“I am looking forward to getting my new music and the story behind it out,” Hodges said. “I’m very proud of what’s being created. It’s true to me, and I think any artist would say he or she has no regrets and can hold their head high if that’s the case.”

 

New Live Farm Aid Performance Music Video From Margo Price - "Hands of Time"

 

 

Interview Flashback - Second Acts And Next Chapters With Jessica Harp

Posted: 26 Sep 2016 09:21 AM PDT

I have been blessed to write contributions/reviews/interviews/opinion pieces for several country music and roots-oriented websites and publications over the years including Saving Country Music, Nashville Scene, Country California, Country Weekly, American Noise, The 9513 and Engine 145. As a regular contributor to the last two in that list, I did close to a 100 interviews with different artists- and since both of those great sites have come down, I will reprint some of those interviews here to give them a home in perpetuity. This interview was originally published in January 2010 on The 9513.

Jessica Harp is hoping for that rare successful second act in music. Don Henley did it after the Eagles. John Fogerty managed it after Creedence Clearwater Revival. Paul McCartney pulled it off twice after the Beatles and Wings.  

And while no one would compare the placement of Harp in music history with some of those legends, the comparison does underscore the difficulty of finding success as a solo artist after success in a band. Richie McDonald and Randy Owen have shown that impressive credentials as lead singers in bands like Lonestar and Alabama don’t always translate easily to successful radio play or album sales as individuals.  

For Harp, this next chapter in her career comes after a wildly successful first album in 2006 with then pop-star Michelle Branch under the band name of Wreckers (a shortened form of the band name “The Cass County Homewreckers” given to the girls by Branch’s husband). The band’s first and only album, Stand Still, Look Pretty, included the Billboard number one single “Leave The Pieces.” They would go on to win a CMA for Best Vocal Duo Of The Year and a Grammy For Best Duo or Group Performance for that same single.  

Fast-forward to 2009 and Harp has had a solo single called “Boy Like Me” that has reached the Top 30 and a brand new single that has just been released called “A Woman Needs.” This latter single is the title of her to-be-released album this next spring.  

The 9513 got a chance to sit down with the lovely songstress and talk about the new album and life after the Wreckers.  

Ken Morton, Jr.- You have a brand new album that will be coming out in the coming months- tell me about the new project. 

Jessica Harp- The album doesn’t have a date quite yet, it’s the new single that’s coming out soon. The album isn’t actually going to be out until early spring. It’s sort of been pushed back. It was supposed to come out in September but my record label went through a bunch of changes and it ended up getting pushed back. The record is coming out early spring, but the new single is coming out called “A Woman Needs” which is the title track for the record. It has actually been shipped to country radio so people can start to hear it. I just shot the video 
for it and that will hit CMT in January.  

KMJ- Is the overall album finished and in the can or are you still working on it? 

JH- Nope, it’s been finished for awhile. I would have loved to have it out a year ago, but you know how things go in the music business. It’s slow going. It’s hurry up and wait.  

KMJ- Sonically, what can we expect from the album in influences and music? 

JH- I would say that for anyone who listened to me when I was in The Wreckers, I think The Wreckers sort of had a folk-country influence to it, this record is 
definitely straight up more modern country. What I really love about the record is that Jerry Flowers produced my record and he’s an up and coming producer. A lot of people don’t know this, but there are about five producers in Nashville that are incredible producers but they do everything you hear on the radio. I loved having someone with a fresh set of ears produce my record because while it’s very much modern country, it sounds very fresh to me.  

KMJ- I recognize Jerry’s name as the bass player in Keith Urban’s band- did you meet him while you were on tour with Urban as part of The Wreckers? 

JH- Actually, my husband and Jerry have been friends for years. When we were going on tour with Keith, my husband said, “You have to write with Jerry. He’s an incredible writer.” And Jerry and I started writing and clicked and really hit it off. He wanted to get into producing. He took a chance on me and I took a chance on him and I’m really proud of what we came up with together.  

KMJ- What I’ve heard so far is decidedly more upbeat and more energetic than what we heard from The Wreckers. Did you make a conscious effort to write songs and pick songs that had more energy to them? 

JH- Definitely. I would never knock The Wreckers at all. I love that record. But I definitely experienced a country festival of 30,000 people and had a set of a bunch of sad sappy songs. One of my biggest goals when putting this record together was making a record that would be a blast to play live.  

KMJ- I know you’ve written all but three of the songs on the upcoming record. How important was it for you to tell your story on this album versus look for outside songwriters? 

JH- It’s always very important. I’m a singer but I’m also a songwriter and I always have been. It’s kind of cheesy, but my songs are kind of my personal journal. They’re my little diaries. They’re very autobiographical. I like to let people know who I am through my music. If I’m going to cut an outside song, it has to be a song that I think that I could have written or something that I’ve experienced. Because when I go into that vocal booth, I have to mean it. It’s very important that there’s a lot of me in any given song or record.  

KMJ- When you’re going through catalogs on songs that you didn’t write yourself, what specifically were you looking for- what kind of songs would catch your attention? 

JH- One of them was “Boy Like Me.” That was a song that Jerry wrote and played for me early on and I just loved it because it was fun and sassy and I hadn’t heard anything like that before. I wanted to cut that one. Another one was a fun up-tempo throw your hair back type of song that I thought would be geared towards a live setting. The other one was a ballad that knocked me off my feet. It’s a beautiful and incredible ballad that I can completely relate to and feel like it was something I could have written. I listened to 300 to 400 different songs while writing for the record and preparing for the recording process. Those were the three that stuck out for me.  

KMJ- I know there’s a certain Country Music Hall-Of-Famer that’s on the record with you too, isn’t there? 

JH- Yes! Vince Gill was quite kind in agreeing to come play on my record. I met Vince when The Wreckers played the Opry and he was hosting. He was actually a Wreckers fan and like the record and mentioned that he’d like to collaborate someday. After I started working on my record, there was a song called “Homemade Love” that we had cut that I felt would be just perfect for Vince to sing on. I was at an awards show and sort of tracked him down and stalked him. (Laughing) “Do you remember when you said you want to collaborate? Would you still like do that?” He was gracious enough to come in and sing on it and it made the song all that more special.  

KMJ- Do you have any favorite songs or tracks on the album yet? 

JH- I think that one is probably one of my favorites- not only because Vince is on it, but because it was one of the first love songs that I’ve written that I didn’t was cheesy. I’ve always had a difficult time writing love songs. It’s a lot easier writing the sad songs. I really love that song. Also, “A Woman Needs” is special because it’s about women finding their own place in life and finding their path. I can really identify with that. It really sums up the theme of the record for me.  

KMJ- The Wreckers was more melancholy in theme. This new album seems a little feistier. Is that more representative of who you are as a person? 

JH- Yes. I wanted people to see different sides of me. And while there are some of the sad heartbreak songs, there are definitely more feisty songs. That is definitely a piece of my personality. I wanted people to see all sides of me as an artist as well as a songwriter.  

KMJ- What do you have planned in touring or promotion as we get closer to the album’s release? 

JH- I don’t have anything set in stone yet. I’m waiting for the new single to get up and going. But I’ll definitely be touring next year and I would imagine by the spring I’ll be hitting the road. That will be the point in time we start going and won’t be home for a year. We’ll be busy.  

KMJ- You need be spending time with your husband now while you can, right? 

JH- Definitely. We’re enjoying a little downtime.  

KMJ- I’ve got a Wreckers question for you. Are you still in contact and communicate regularly with Michelle Branch at all? 

JH- Absolutely. Absolutely. We’re label-mates and proud of each other and proud of each other’s records. That was a long friendship so there’s no way we couldn’t follow each other’s lives and careers closely. 

KMJ- I have one last question for you- and this one is meant to be a little open-ended. What is country music to Jessica Harp? 

JH- Country music has always been- and it’s probably why I was drawn to it at such an early age- songs about real people and real things. They’re songs that are easily relatable and songs that mean something to people. Growing up, being a country music fan, there were always a number of songs that really meant something to me. As a songwriter, I’ve always felt like Nashville and country 
music were my home.  

 

 

 

Dean Brody Readies Beautiful Freakshow For Release Next Month

Posted: 20 Sep 2016 06:04 AM PDT

Artist: Dean Brody
Album: Beautiful Freakshow
Label: Universal
Release date: Oct. 21, 2016

Multiple-time Canadian Country Music Association Award-winner Dean Brody has announced that he'll be releasing his sixth new record late next month. According to the press release, The new project is a combination of new and old school influences, from modern country to a classic twist with a few guests to help out.  In an interview with Stephen Cooke from Local XPress.com, Brody talked about the new project:
"This new record is kind of a conglomerate of chaos," says Brody with a chuckle. "This is the problem with me, I love writing so much that I'm always trying different things. I don't know if it's a weakness or a strength. There's a reggae song that I wrote called Beautiful Girl   as you know I love Bob Marley and I love the vibe   that has a country lyric. I try all these different things, but my lyrics are always country. I try to stick to that, and tell a country story, but I just can't sit still when it comes to sitting down in the studio and going, 'We can use a pump organ? We can used a hammered dulcimer? We can get away with this? Let's try it!' "
The eclecticism is best exemplified by the title track, which features a whistled hook, harmonica, surf guitar and a vocal contribution by Halifax rapper Shevy Price that combines the California desert with Los Angeles night life.
"It's so old school that it's new," enthuses Brody. "It's arguably the most pop song on the record, but the harmonica part is so amazing, it reminds me of a spaghetti western soundtrack. It's out there, but it's not. It reminds me of old westerns and old Hollywood. There's a baritone guitar that comes in on the second verse, and the song is all about people from two different cultures falling in love and crossing that line. It's just like Romeo and Juliet, or an interracial romance that some in society might find offensive, but it could be a beautiful thing."
Other surprises in store on Beautiful Freakshow include a fun cover of the Sam Cooke classic Another Saturday Night, and the wistful ballad Blueberry Sky, that builds to a powerful climax thanks to a guitar solo assist from one of Brody's idols, Vince Gill.
"Vince's guitar part is soooo good!" he gushes. "I followed the patterns as far as my records go, with stuff that's rooted in traditional country as well as stuff that pushes the edges. I love doing both, and with an old world country song with a Vince Gill solo, it just doesn't get any better than that; you can sense the motive and the drive that goes into it. And then Time has a lyric that is reminiscent of a Clint Black kind of song. But then we've got songs like Bush Party and Beautiful Freakshow that are more towards the Sam Hunt end of the country spectrum. That's what I love about our genre, it's the ability to infuse it with so many different instruments and production elements."

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Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas Features Collaborations With Vince Gill & Mac McAnally

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 06:17 AM PDT

Artist: Amy Grant
Album: Tennessee Christmas
Label: Amy Grant Music
Release date: Oct. 21, 2016

Amy Grant will unveil her first all-new Christmas album in nearly 20 years on Oct. 21, just in time for the holiday season. A collection of 13 new recordings offers a blend of originals and Grant's own spin on popular yuletide classics.

Tennessee Christmas features an updated recording of the Amy Grant Christmas standard, "Tennessee Christmas," 6 new songs and traditional Christmas favorites "Baby, It's Cold Outside"(featuring Vince Gill), "O Come All Ye Faithful" & "Joy To The World."

Recorded in her home studio in Nashville, Grant collaborated with producers Mac McAnally (Jimmy Buffett, Martina McBride), Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Frankie Ballard) and Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band) to bring this project to life.
"I've loved traveling the world with my guitar, but my favorite musical memories have happened right here at home around Christmastime with family and friends," she said. "I hope we've captured some of that magic to share with all of you this holiday season!" 
With over 6 million Christmas records sold, all of Grant's holiday projects have been honored with RIAA platinum or gold certification. This holiday season, she will tour extensively across the country sharing music from "Tennessee Christmas," as well as her most popular Christmas hits.

Grant's career spans more than 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multiplatinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million. Grant's chart success has been consistent throughout her career, with six No. 1 hits, 10 Top 40 pop singles, 17 Top 40 adult contemporary tracks and multiple contemporary Christian chart-toppers.

Tennessee Christmas Track Listing:

1. Tennessee Christmas
2. To Be Together
3. Christmas For You And Me
4. Melancholy Christmas
5. December
6. White Christmas
7. Joy To The World
8. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
9. Baby, It's Cold Outside
10. Christmas Don't Be Late
11. Still Can t Sleep
12. Another Merry Christmas
13. O Come, All Ye Faithful

Interview Flashback - Talking Bob Dylan Influence With Love and Theft

Posted: 19 Sep 2016 05:52 AM PDT

I have been blessed to write contributions/reviews/interviews/opinion pieces for several country music and roots-oriented websites and publications over the years including Saving Country Music, Nashville Scene, Country California, Country Weekly, American Noise, The 9513 and Engine 145. As a regular contributor to the last two in that list, I did close to a 100 interviews with different artists- and since both of those great sites have come down, I will reprint some of those interviews here to give them a home in perpetuity. This interview was originally published in January 2010 on The 9513.

1984. Ronald Reagan is re-elected President. The Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles. Transformers are unleashed on the world. And from three different points across the United States, three baby boys are born that will eventually form the country group, Love and Theft. 

Stephen Barker Liles grew up in Palm Harbor, Florida on early gospel and contemporary Christian music. Eric Gunderson was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina developing a deep love for his family’s favorite artists such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and the Eagles. Brian Bandas spent his youth in Austin, Texas. His was a very music-oriented family with his grandfather and uncle both were well-respected jazz players. 

All points converged on Nashville just a few short years ago when all three came to Music City looking to make their mark in country music. They first began working with one-another as songwriting partners, but as they began to work out demos, they realized that they had something unique in their ability to fluidly trade lead vocals and in their love of harmonies. From there, Love and Theft was born. 

They signed with Disney’s Carolwood Records- now Lyric Street after a consolidation- and opened up for Taylor Swift’s 2008 World Tour. (Swift’s song “Hey Stephen” is widely accepted to be written about Barker Liles.). In March of this year, they released their first single, "Runaway" which ran away to number ten on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. They followed up that with the debut of their first album, World Wide Open.  

The 9513 had a chance to catch the guys in person before going on to do a fundraising performance for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project to chat about their first full year on the national music scene. 

Ken Morton, Jr.- I recognize the name of the band from an old Bob Dylan album, what made you guys decide on that as a band name?

Brian Bandas- We are influenced heavily by all kinds of classic music. It could everything and anything by Dylan, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash- anything in that classic musical style. When we started looking for a name, we started going through old discographies of artists we had idolized for years. We came across that name and loved the phrase. And as songwriters, who better to pay tribute to than Bob Dylan? We think he’s one of the best songwriters of all time. And there you go.

KMJ- How did you guys all meet up in Nashville?

Eric Gunderson- We all got there around the same time but we didn’t know each other then. We all dropped out of college and moved to Nashville with the hopes of getting a publishing deal or a record deal somehow. We all met through the songwriting community in Nashville. We met through some mutual friends of ours and different roommates we were living with. We actually wrote a track together- it’s the last track on our album called “Drowning” together. We recorded in the attic of my house and when we were putting the harmony part on there, we thought, “Wow, this is pretty cool.” And now we’re Love and Theft. 

KMJ- You guys mentioned some classic country artists that you were influenced by. Are there some more modern country artists who you’d say you influenced by as well?

Stephen Barker Liles- Tim McGraw is one. And the fact that we’re going to be on his tour next year is amazing.

BB- Yeah, that is pretty amazing.  George Strait. I think I have every single one of his albums. And he has a lot of albums. (Laughing)

KMJ- For someone who hasn’t had the opportunity to hear your new album, World Wide Open, describe it from the artist’s perspective.

BB- We wrote everything on there and our first goal was to not have any filler. We didn’t want to have three or four good singles on there and fill up the rest with eight more tracks. We wanted to put the same amount of energy and passion into every song. We wanted every song to stand on its own. We feel like we accomplished that. It’s definitely a work of passion, it’s all very personal to us. Everything comes from something in our lives, something that’s happened to us. Any of us could sit down and write a song about anything.

SBL- Like Bill Nye the Science Guy.

BB- It’s about one of us coming into the room and saying, “This just happened in my life,” and us writing a song about it. It’s writing about it from that point of personal place. That’s something we’re proud of, that sort of raw kind of authenticity. It’s a little scary kind of baring your soul like that. You’re kind of open to the world like that. 

KMJ- Is that where the title of the album, World Wide Open, comes from?

BB- Absolutely. Eric wrote that song about a specific situation he found himself in and after he wrote it, we all felt it applied to our own lives and to the band as a whole. This ride could go anywhere, we just don’t know where. 

KMJ- It’s not often that bands will share lead vocals like you guys do. Was that a conscious decision to do it differently or did it just evolve that way?

EG- A little bit of both. We all came into it as solo singers. So I don’t think any of us were anxious or willing to totally give up the lead vocals. We all love to sing and we all love that time when we get to sing solo. 

SBL- If you look at the Eagles, they tried it out that way. And it worked out pretty well.

BB- Yeah, we’re huge Eagles fans. 

EG- As for as lead vocals and group harmonies, that’s really what we’re striving towards. It really never ever came up though between us who would sing what. I never had to defend my position and say, “No no no, I want to sing too.” No one even ever asked that question. We all sing. We just all kept singing. 

KMJ- Were you guys ever encouraged to do it differently and find that one lead singer?

SBL- (Stephen pretends he’s a music executive) “How are you guys going to do that without one lead singer? That’s impossible to establish.” We just told them, “You know, we’re going to try it.” 

EG- Especially when we were going around looking for a record deal at different studios. I don’t remember who it was, but they were like, “You guys sound great, but I can’t see this ever working in this town. It’s hard enough with one lead singer, I don’t know how they’ll ever react positively to three.” Which is valid I guess.

BB- But that was definitely one of the biggest responses and reactions to our thing. “We love it… but the multiple lead singer thing isn’t going to work.” But through all of our songs, we’ve never had a problem of who was going to sing what. It’s never really mattered. I think the three of us have worked enough together so we know who sings what parts best. Now it’s only our first record… (laughter from all three)

KMJ- What’s been the highlight of the year for each of you so far?

SBL- The Jason Aldean Tour was the highlight for me. Oh, and playing the Grand Ole Opry. We’ve got a chance to play the Grand Ole Opry three times this year which is awesome. And this last time, we got to play the Ryman. Incredible. 

EG- For me, that’s probably our favorite thing this year. It was our second time playing at the Ryman. The first time we got to play a J.D. Souther tribute. That was an incredible honor for us. We got to get up there with Lee Ann Womack. But then we got the chance to go up and do the Grand Ole Opry right there at the Ryman. So that was pretty special. 

BB- For me, it was Jimmy Fallon. For years, that was one of my little pipe dreams. “Someday, I’m going to be on the Late Night Show.” That was the coolest thing for me.

KMJ- Great experiences for you guys. Stephen, you wrote a track on Martina McBride’s latest album Shine called “Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong.” That has to be a pretty remarkable accomplishment for you this year in itself.

SBL- Yeah. I mean songwriting is my favorite thing in the whole world. I was very honored that she picked it to record. And I just found out it’s going to be her next single that’ll be coming out right around the end of the year. I’m so very excited about that. 

KMJ- You guys opened up for Taylor Swift in 2008. How important was that to your successful launch?

EG- At that point we didn’t have a single. We didn’t have a record.

SBL- Anything.

EG- We didn’t have anything. Halfway through that tour we recorded a live EP because we wanted people to have something that wanted it something to take home. But it was really important because it gave us the opportunity to go out in front of 6,000 to 10,000 fans almost every single night. And it helped to fine-tune our live show and our acoustic show. There wasn’t any pressure to out there and sound like our record because there wasn’t a record. We could go out there and work on performing in front of a huge audience. So it was really unique in that perspective. And it was very cool for them to take a chance on us. 

KMJ- You guys mentioned the upcoming tour, you’ll be going out with Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw. How many dates- how long will you guys be out on tour?

EG- I think forty-something dates.

SBL- It goes from April to August. 

KMJ- So you won’t be seeing anyone you know- no family or friends- for five months, will you?

BB- But that’s how it’s been all year long, anyways. I think we’ve only been home 30 days the whole year. But we love it.

SBL- Yeah we do. We had like six days off at home. And I started to feel weird. We hadn’t had that many days off all year. So I actually had to go to Florida to take a vacation and go do something. 

BB- It does feel weird. I know for me, I get antsy if I’m not doing something with the band, if we’re just not doing anything.

KMJ- This last one’s meant pretty open-ended. What is country music to Love and Theft?

EG- For me, country music is really just all about the song. Songwriting is such a big part of country music. From Johnny Cash to Waylon to Hank to all these others great songwriters- all those great writers that came before us make it really inspiring to go back and listen to their songs and then go write a song. It’s cool to me to see that they were writing about some of the same things back then. It’s just the world evolving and moving on a bit. It’s about relationships and the things you love. It’s all about the songwriting. 

BB- That has been the other thing that has been eye-opening through this process. It’s the fans. It’s these people that are passionate about it. They put it on as they’re driving across the country or are listening to it as they’re working in the shops or whatever it may be. This is their soundtrack of their life. And they embrace it passionately. We’re constantly blown away by what it means to people, what a huge part of people’s lives it is. 

 

 

Interview Flashback - Under The Big Top with Phil Vassar

Posted: 12 Sep 2016 05:43 AM PDT

I have been blessed to write contributions/reviews/interviews/opinion pieces for several country music and roots-oriented websites and publications over the years including Saving Country Music, Nashville Scene, Country California, Country Weekly, American Noise, The 9513 and Engine 145. As a regular contributor to the last two in that list, I did close to a 100 interviews with different artists- and since both of those great sites have come down, I will reprint some of those interviews here to give them a home in perpetuity. This interview was originally published in December 2009 on The 9513.

Phil Vassar the singer has charted nineteen singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including two Billboard Hot Country Number Ones in "Just Another Day in Paradise" and "In a Real Love." 

Phil Vassar the songwriter has written a number of smash singles for other artists including Tim McGraw ("For a Little While", "My Next Thirty Years"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye, Bye", "I'm Alright"), Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), and Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money"). In 1999, he was named by ASCAP as Country Songwriter of the Year.

But it is Phil Vassar the road performer that is the inspiration for his new December 2009 album release, Travelling Circus. Playing the role of ringmaster- and even pictured that way on the new album cover- he’s taking his band of travelling showmen out on the road to promote the new album. Forget lions, tigers and bears. It’s guitars, pianos and fiddles, oh my. 

The 9513 had a chance to catch up with Vassar as he prepared for the launch of his new big top-themed album and talk about music, songwriting and his future on Broadway. 

Ken Morton, Jr.- Before we talk specifically about your brand new music, talk to me about the title of this new album and the meaning behind it. I take it you don’t have a secret ambition to drop everything and go to work for Barnum and Bailey quite yet.

Phil Vassar- (Laughter) Well you know I’m actually a trapeze artist. Just kidding. I’ve always called our group a travelling circus. Anybody that knows my game knows why. As I was looking for a title for the record, we looked at everything. We used to call ourselves a frat house on wheels- whatever that was. Travelling Circus just fit. It fits a theme because it’s what life is. It’s scary. It’s funny. And we’re kind of like a bus that’s like the clowns that jump out of the Volkswagen. We’re sort of like the clowns that jump out of the bus. So I thought it was a good overall theme. And then my buddy painted the cover. It’s just really cool. He told me that I’d have to be the ringmaster and I said, “Oh my gosh, that’s so cool.” And that’s before I even told him that it was a circus theme. That’s pretty interesting, you know?

KMJ- That’s a talented friend painting an album cover for you.

PV- Yeah, he did all the artwork for the record. Last year, he painted my girls and I. And he’s just great. He’s just a local guy- a local national artist. And we talked and both thought that would be cool. I’m sick of the whole glamour shots that we use on the cover. I just think that’s silly. No one wants to look at me. (Laughter) I just don’t look that good. 

KMJ- That’s funny. Well, talk to me about the new album. What can the Phil Vassar fan expect from the new record musically?

PV- I went with my band for one. The guys never get to go into the studio to do records which is kind of silly. I kind of get sick of working with studio guys because they’re working on your album at ten and then on McGraw’s record at one and then so-and-so’s at six. And I think it’s all between the lines too much. Everything to me starts to sound alike. The production is the same. I wanted to do it different. I think you can really tell. It sounds like me more live. I think that’s what I really wanted to capture. It’s more organic. And the way we set up in the studio was a little different this time. I used this little funky studio that I used to cut demos in that my engineer used to help me with instead of these $20,000 per
week fancy studios. Or per day. Whatever. Anyways, it’s a whole different deal. It’s a lot more me for sure. 

KMJ- You were the producer on this album. When you say more organic, what do mean when it’s different production-wise?

PV- I’ve always produced my own records, but I’ve always done it with somebody like Byron Gallimore, Dan Huff, or Frank Rogers. At this point, I don’t need those guys to produce my stuff anymore. I just wanted to go in with my own guys and do my thing. So that’s just how we did it. I love all my records and I’m proud of all the ones we’ve cut. I just wanted to do something different this time around. 

KMJ- Did it bring some different thinking having your own road guys in the studio this time around?

PV- Oh yeah. It allowed us to kind of hunker down in the studio for awhile. Instead of looking at the clock knowing that we can only do this and only do that, the guys would set up knowing we’d have an entire week at our own leisure and do stuff all day. And all night. The each had their own ideas and their own input. Sometimes it would work and sometimes it would be a train wreck. But what did work worked really well. And what didn’t work didn’t make the record. It was that easy.

KMJ- Any favorite tracks on the album thus far?

PV- I don’t know. I don’t know if I really have one. There’s just so much I really like. Even songs like “I Will Remember You” which is an older track that Kenny Chesney and I wrote awhile back that had never made a record, which hadn’t made the last three or four records, made this one. Everything on the record is pretty brand new, but on every album I’ve had one thing that I’ve brought something back from several years ago that hadn’t made a record previously for some reason. 

KMJ- As I looked through the writing credits, your name is on every track but with other writers. But how do you go about choosing who you want to work with? Is it pretty free-flowing or do have certain songwriters in mind for certain kinds of songs?

PV- No, never really that. I just have guys I write with. For the most part, they’re just friends. Not many. We just write and see what happens. 

KMJ- How did that Kenny Chesney collaboration and song theme come about?

PV- One of us was going through a break-up. I don’t remember which one of us. I think it was him. It’s a really good song, I just hadn’t found a spot on one of my previous records. 

KMJ- I know the record previously had a February release date on it but they’ve pulled it forward into December. What was the reason for the big move forward?

PV- I don’t know, that’s a record-label thing. It wasn’t my choice, that’s for sure. We’ve got a song just coming up the charts right now. But when you’re on a big label, they have their own agenda and it’s rarely the artist’s agenda. It seems rushing it a bit if you ask me, but it’s their decision. That’s just what we’re going through. But we’re dealt what we’re dealt and you just go out and do it. 

KMJ- Your first single off of the album was one that obviously gathered lots of discussion, “Bobby With An I.” What were your thoughts of the song and that single being released first?

PV- I just thought it was a fun song. I think it’s a great song. I think it’s funny. I’m sick of the same old songs- sick of hearing about our economy and talking about how bad life is. I thought it was time to throw something out there really different. Of course, we had a lot of people that were kind of offended by it. But I think they’re idiots. That’s what I think. It was just meant to be funny. It is what it is. It wasn’t meant to save the whales or anything like that. I wish I could do that with every song, but I can’t. We just have to stop taking life so seriously. That’s really what the song is about. 

KMJ- I thought the last track was one of the most autobiographical of the bunch and is called “Where Have All The Pianos Gone?” That’s been a distinction of yours within the country genre. Talk to me about that song and how the two work together.

PV- I wrote the song with my friend, James Slater, who’s a really good friend. And he’s another piano player- and a great songwriter. And we were talking the one day about Billy Joel, Elton John, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Barry Manilow, Ronnie Milsap- the list just went on and on. Think about all those guys and how many great piano guys there were. Lionel Richie is another. The first song I ever learned was “Easy Like Sunday Morning.” I was just a kid. We asked one-another, “Where have all the piano players gone.” And out of that, came the song. And it’s a really cool song. And I don’t know if it would have ever made another record if it wasn’t up for me to do it. 

KMJ- Beyond Travelling Circus, what does the future hold for Phil Vassar?

PV- We’re going back out on the road and it’s the biggest show we’ve ever taken out. It seems like every year, I’ve taken out a bigger and bigger show. Our Circus Tour is going to be a lot of fun. So I’m definitely working on that. And we’re in the middle of working on a Broadway show from a movie about a waitress and I’m in the middle of that. There’s a lot of different things going on. It’s all really good stuff. I’m excited about the next year and I’m just trying to keep it all rolling. 

KMJ- For this Broadway show, are you just doing the music for it or is there more to it than that?

PV- I’m just doing the songs. Music and lyrics. I don’t have any aspirations of being in it or anything. It might be fun to do something like that at some point. There’s been movies and things offered before which may be fun to do some time in the future, but we’ll have to see how it pans out. 

KMJ- Last question for you. What is country music to Phil Vassar?

PV- I think it is real music for real people. It’s a very lyric-driven genre. It’s not about how many chords you can put in a song or what the production is like. That’s what I really like about it. It’s about a song. It’s really as simple as that fact. 

 

 

 

Up & Coming New Nashville- Meet Katie Buxton

Posted: 11 Sep 2016 05:31 AM PDT

Katie Buxton is an indie folk singer/songwriter originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and based out of Nashville, Tennessee. At age twelve, Katie picked up the guitar and wrote her first song, and since then has had experience with bands and songwriting in multiple genres.
 
In 2012, she was chosen as a finalist in the Sing for the Trees Songwriting Contest with her song “The World Moves By”. In the summer of 2013, Katie attended the Berklee Five Week Performance Program where she was a finalist in the Songwriting Showcase and received mentorship from Melissa Ferrick and Sally Taylor, daughter of James Taylor. 
 
After moving to Nashville to attend Belmont University as a songwriting major, Katie was invited to join Bear House Writers Management and was one of eight to play in the ASCAP Writers Showcase in the fall of 2015. Adding to her songwriting accomplishments, she was later chosen as a finalist in the 2016 American Songwriting Awards with her song "Painted Hearts". Katie’s debut EP “From Songbirds” was released in March of 2016. Her new single "You Flew" was recorded and mixed by Sal Oliveri and mastered by Luke Gilfeather.
 
As for the meaning of the song, Katie explains "The song is about caring deeply for someone who is not ready to love or be loved and runs out of fear, and focuses especially on the process of learning to let go". "You Flew" is now available on Soundcloud, Itunes and all streaming services. 
 
That Nashville Sound had an opportunity to do a brief interview with the singer-songwriter and chat about influences and what she sees as the difference between country and folk music genres.
 
Describe your music (from the artist's perspective) for someone who hasn't heard it before.
 
I’m an acoustic singer/songwriter with a delicate, mellow sound similar to Angus & Julia Stone or Liz Longley. The lyrics I write are always intentional and are my way of spreading my honest truth.
 
How does Pennsylvania play a role in your music?
 
I’m not sure if you can really hear any Pennsylvania influence in my music now, but growing up where I did I was lucky enough to be surrounded by all kinds of music. Philadelphia has a good music scene and bigger touring artists come through the city all the time, so I was always going to concerts and finding myself really immersed in the music that was there. I also had really great opportunities to be a part of after school music programs, like School of Rock for example, that encouraged and expanded my abilities through lessons and bands I was in. 
 
How would you say Belmont has played a role? 
 
Belmont has played a huge role. I’m a songwriting major and the classes I’ve taken have challenged me to write in ways I normally wouldn’t which has made me such a better writer. The songwriting faculty are incredible - they give criticism, encouragement and resources to help us succeed and they truly believe in every student’s abilities and dreams, which is huge and has given me a lot of confidence in my music as it’s gotten better and better. Aside from the songwriting program itself, being surrounded by so many students who are also musicians, artists and writers of all kinds and who share similar goals has opened me up to so much. It’s an incredible environment because instead of feeling competitive, it feels supportive and like everyone genuinely is rooting for each other. Feeling supported has allowed me to grow into who I am as an artist without spending so much energy worrying about competing. So many of the students are incredibly talented too, which has made me push myself to always be better and has set the bar so high for whatever I create - I feel like I can always improve because I’m constantly inspired by the talent around me.   
 
What do you see as the differences between folk and country music?
 
For me, I see country as being closer to pop than folk is. Contemporary country music, with a few exceptions, is all very similar and a lot of it is written with a very defined structure and formula. Being in Nashville and surrounded by songwriters, publishers and industry professionals, so much of it is about writing hits and songs that will sell, much like the pop world. I see folk as being more diverse musically and less driven by how commercial a song is. Compared to modern country, I think folk music is more story-oriented, but I see a lot more similarities between folk and old country, like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash for example.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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