63-Disc Johnny Cash Box Set Due in October; Jazz Goes Honky-Tonkin'; Album Releases
- Rolling Stone premiered a new Dwight Yoakam song, “A Heart Like Mine.”
- Kelly Dearmore wrote the cover story on Bart Crow for the September issue of Best in Texas.
- Get ready to break open those piggy banks: on October 30, Columbia/Legacy will release a 63-disc Johnny Cash box set. The collection includes 35 albums released on CD by Columbia/Legacy for the first time in the US.
- Jason Heller of The A.V. Club wrote an interesting piece about Lynyrd Skynyrd. An excerpt: When I listen to Skynyrd nowadays, which is often, I’m not shocked by how good the songs are. I’m shocked that I could have ever denied it. True, the band had no shining virtuoso, no Duane Allman. But even on its 1973 breakthrough album, (Pronounced ’Lĕh-’nérd ’Skin-’nérd), it’s clear that years of hardship, hard work, and hard living had forged Skynyrd into something special. Country-rock was beginning to come into its own around the same time, but Skynyrd’s swampy heaviness couldn’t be further from the soporific twang of Laurel Canyon. From the bleak, contemplative “Simple Man” to the soaring “Tuesday’s Gone”—the latter showcasing the sumptuous keyboard work of the late Billy Powell—that first Skynyrd album went platinum for a reason: It speaks straight. It deals with pain, regret, fear, loneliness, loss, laughter, violence, abuse, and absolution to a degree that rivals any of its contemporaries, and in many ways surpasses them. There’s craft and wisdom to the music, but little poetry or pseudo-mysticism. Skynyrd showed a different side of the ’70s—one where people could party all they wanted, but still had to wake up, go to work, reflect on their lives, and deal with the consequences.
- Speaking of Skynyrd, you can stream the new album here.
- Check out this NPR blog post “Jazz Goes Honky-Tonkin’: The Songs of Hank Williams.”
- Here’s a new video from The Darrell Webb Band, who are nominated for the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award.
- Thompson Square cut an acoustic version of “A Dog’s Life” for Purina Dog Chow’s “Dog Families Know” campaign.
- Stephen Deusner’s interview with soundtrack supervisor/producer Randall Poster includes a little bit of information about Poster’s upcoming Civil War project: It’s traditional Civil War songs, but focused on the music and tradition that the boys brought to the war. It will have artists from the country, bluegrass and pop worlds, and some people that will surprise you, too.
- A bunch of country artists — including the Pistol Annies, Charlie Daniels, and Hunter Hayes – delivered their own takes on Little Big Town’s “Pontoon.”
- The Grammy nominations concert will be broadcast live from Nashville on December 5.
- The Wood Brothers covered Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” for The A.V. Club.
- Saving Country Music posted a field guide to the upcoming Muddy Roots Music Festival.
- On August 23, Josh Turner will be on The Late Show with David Letterman. (via press release)
- Terri Clark shared the track listing for her new country covers record.
- Jake Owen will headline this year’s CMT on Tour, which kicks off in NYC October 10.
The World Famous Headliners – The World Famous Headliners
Jerry Salley – Showing My Age
Dierks Bentley – Country & Cold Cans (only on iTunes until 8/28)
JT Hodges – JT Hodges
Dustin Lynch – Dustin Lynch
C.W. McCall – Wolf Creek Pass
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Last of a Dyin’ Breed
Mac Powell – Mac Powell
Kelly Joe Phelps – Brother Sinner and the Whale
Ry Cooder – Election Special
Los Lobos – Kiko Live (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)