Allison Moorer Announces New Album; Wade Hayes Returns to the Studio; Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | June 16th, 2014

  • Thomas Rhett and Rhett Akins raised $40,000 for Great Strides Valdosta (a fundraising event held by The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)  by staging a benefit concert in honor of their cousin Sophie, who has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.  Our Golf & Guitars event in Sacramento last month contributed an additional $10,000 to the same charity.
  • Allison Moorer announced on Twitter that her next album, Down to Believing, will be released on February 17, 2015.
  • Kellie Pickler is releasing a limited vinyl run of The Woman I Am on June 27.
  • The songs of Kenny Chesney and Jake Owen will be featured in an off-Broadway play called Somewhere with You.
  • Justin Moore is going to release his version of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” as his next single.
  • The diligent C.M. Wilcox posted a brand new Quotable Country at Country California.
  • Ray Davies, Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame late last week in New York.
  • Rolling Stone Country’s Beville Dunkerley profiled country songwriter Luke Laird. An excerpt: “I remember at one point I had 15 unreleased cuts — either they didn’t make the album or it was a new artist who lost a record deal…So you just keep grinding away. It was a little frustrating, but at the same time I’m still getting to wake up and go write songs. I still feel this way. I feel so grateful to actually do this for a living. It can be frustrating, but it still beats anything else I’d be doing.” 
  • Willie Nelson was on NPR. Listen here.
  • One Flew South’s Eddie Bush was featured in a fun story about how one of his signature guitars has ended up in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • New music videos and a couple of cool live performances from the past week or so:

Jennifer Nettles and Brandy Clark“His Hands”

Jasmine Rae and Kellie Pickler“Bad Boys Get Me Good”

John Berry“Wrong Side of Memphis”

Jana Kramer“Love”

Dustin Lynch“Where It’s At”

The Swon Brothers“Later On”

Jon Pardi“What I Can’t Put Down”

Otis Gibbs“Ghosts of Our Fathers”


  1. Erik North
    June 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    In response to the Fox News thing on giving “bro country” a chance, I have to ask: Why should we give them any more rope to hang themselves with? (pardon the metaphor). They all sound so basically alike to the point where you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart unless the artists put their names on their CDs. And even then, not always.

  2. bob
    June 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Love “His Hands”. Two great vocalists on a great song written by Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsay and Jennifer Nettles. Of course, it doesn’t have a chance of doing well on the bro country charts where for the most part anything serious is disdained.

  3. Jonathan Pappalardo
    June 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    My vinyl addiction has to stop for a while. Thanks for the link to the Kellie Pickler record. I can’t resist anything limited addition. Plus, she’s a step above almost all other mainstream music out there.

  4. paul w dennis
    June 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Jonathan – vinyl addiction never ends

    Analogue forever !

  5. Jonathan Pappalardo
    June 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I’m with you, Paul!

  6. luckyoldsun
    June 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    “Craig Morgan dislocated his shoulder sparring with MMA fighter Dan Henderson.”
    One thing that you probably shouldn’t do when you’re over 45 is get in the ring with a professional fighter.

    “•In what could be the world’s most inaccurate statement, Eric Church believes he introduced beer into country music songs.”

    Despite what the headline said, it seemed to me Church was saying only that he kicked off the current beer-and -trucks obsession at country radio.
    [Though he also taught Johnny Russell “Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer.”]

  7. bruce
    June 17, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Lucky, I agree in that I believe he was making the statement via modern-day context.

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