Allison Moorer Announces New Album; Wade Hayes Returns to the Studio; Music Videos
- Wade Hayes is cancer-free and back in the studio working on a new album.
- Kacey Musgraves played “The Trailer Song” on The Tonight Show late last week. Musgraves has also recorded backing vocals for Brian Wilson’s next album.
- Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey premiered a new song called “Try Harder Than That” that will be on her upcoming record.
- 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.
- Craig Morgan dislocated his shoulder sparring with MMA fighter Dan Henderson.
- Kelly Clarkson gave birth to her new baby girl, River Rose Blackstock.
- 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.
- Bluegrass musician Phil Leadbetter has announced that his Hodgkin’s lymphoma has returned. We wish him a speedy recovery.
- 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.”
- In what could be the world’s most inaccurate statement, Eric Church believes he introduced beer into country music songs.
- Willie Nelson was on NPR. Listen here.
- Fox News: “Country music is not dead: Give bro country a chance.”
- 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”
- A.B.: I think I understand why the eating disorder facility wants to be located there besides it being the former Cash …
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.