Angaleena Presley Signs with Slate Creek; Garden & Gun Debuts OCMS Song; New Music Videos

Juli Thanki | May 28th, 2014

  • The 615’s Rich Appel reports that, “The ink has barely dried on the deal between Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group creating a new country music record label (Nash Icons) and live events business. Now comes the fun part. Big Machine president/CEO Scott Borchetta is searching for big stars to sign up — and Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson and Shania Twain are all said to be in his sights. ‘I would look for Scott to make an announcement in the next 30 days,’ says Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey.”
  • Maya Angelou, in addition to being a remarkable woman and writer, also loved country music. Remember that CMT special on spiritual songs she hosted back when CMT aired programs about music? Angelou passed away this morning. She was 86.
  • Kelly Willis talks about her new record with Bruce Robison in this CMT Edge interview.
  • Ray Stevens is releasing a book on June 22. He’s also starring in a movie called Campin’ Buddies.
  • On the morning of June 5, Alan Jackson will be making a special announcement at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, who’ll stream the event on their site. Let’s speculate wildly. (The last time I remember a press conference like this, it was George Strait announcing his retirement.) (via press release)
  • Angaleena Presley has signed with Slate Creek Records; she’ll release a solo album in the fall. (via press release)
  • Here’s a brief video interview of Sturgill Simpson discussing Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. (warning: autoplay)
  • Emmylou Harris in the Colorado Springs Independent: “I think songs are kind of primal, in a way. Songs that have a certain truth to them? They take on more colors and facets as you get older, and they have a richer meaning. Then some other songs might fall away, like a drinking song or something that you did for fun. And you feel like, ‘Why should I bother with that?’”
  • Listen to eight songs from Miranda Lambert’s Platinum before it comes out next week.
  • Steve Gulley’s going to release a gospel album called Family, Friends & Fellowship July 22 on Rural Rhythm. (via press release)
  • Maryland’s governor, Martin O’Malley, grabbed his gitjo and busked in Annapolis on Memorial Day.
  • Chatham County Line and Aoife O’Donovan have some music available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • David Menconi interviewed Bland Hoke, an artist who’s crafting a “Banjostand” for IBMA’s annual World of Bluegrass, which returns to Raleigh in the fall.
  • Our pal Kelly Dearmore wrote a feature on Matt Hillyer, who recently released a solo album.
  • Kacey Musgraves and pop star Katy Perry shared some info about their Crossroads episode, which CMT will premiere on June 13.
  • Geoffrey Himes of Paste asks, “Is everyone’s view of musical history distorted by the accidental fact of when they turned 12? Ask anyone who’s not a music critic to draw up a list of the 10 best albums of all time and there’s a good chance that eight or nine of them will have been released after the listmaker turned 10 and before he or she turned 30. Every listmaker, no matter when they were born, will believe that that 20-year stretch was the unparalleled golden age of recorded music.”   
  • Taylor Swift’s Bangkok concert has been canceled following the recent military coup in Thailand…though the Thai army is no match for a legion of devoted Swift fans.
  • Here’s a fun photo gallery of Barbara Mandrell’s 1984 Celebrity Softball Classic. So many perms.
  • Jamie Lynn Spears talks about her new EP in a series of videos posted on The 615.
  • New music videos and a couple live performances:

Brad Paisley “River Bank” 

Jason Eady “Daylight and Dark”

Possessed By Paul James “No Windows”

Mark O’Connor “La Bamba”

First Aid Kit “Cedar Lane”

Del McCoury Band with David Grisman “Country Boy Rock ‘n’ Roll”



  1. Dave D.
    May 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

    The phenomenon discussed in the Paste article extends beyond music. Coincidentally, I was in a discussion yesterday where the conclusion was “Ask people who the top ten all-time athletes are in a given sport, and the large majority of those listed will have been active during the time when the respondent was a teenager.”

  2. luckyoldsun
    May 28, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    True to some extent–I still think of Aaron and Mays and Gibson and Seaver as the best ballplayers, and Ali, Frazier and Foreman as the best fighters–but I’d probably give then not to Michael Jordan in basketball!

  3. Saving Country Music
    May 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    The Alan Jackson June 5th presser could very well be to announce he’s signed with Scott Borchetta’s “NASH Icons” label. The timing would be right, he’s one of the names being floated out there as being pursued by Borchetta, and that’s the same place Tim McGraw announced his Big Machine signing. I just don’t see Jackson making a big retirement announcement.

  4. Barry Mazor
    May 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I’ve usually heard the “stamped forever” meme as “tell me what you were listening to your junior year in high school, and I’ll tell you what you measure things by forever..” Little older than 12……more like 16/17…

  5. Donald
    May 28, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I agree with Barry- a bit more than twelve. But the point is very well taken. It isn’t my fault the greatest albums were released between ’78 and ’88, is it? And, based on almost every theme issue of Rolling Stone, I would suggest this phenomenon includes music critics…well, writers anyway.

  6. luckyoldsun
    May 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm


    I was under the impression that the “Country Music H-o-F and Museum” markets itself as a cultural/educational/not-for-profit institution. It would be pretty crass and self-defeating for Borchetta and Jackson to hype a label signing that way, with more than a week of build-up. Journalists would just laugh. (Though if he did it with McGraw….??)

    I would hope–and expect–that Jackson has a charitable venture of some sort to announce.

  7. Barry Mazor
    May 29, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Journalists don’t laugh about announcements of label signing; they’re announcements of label signings. And renting space to other people’ for their events is not a small part of the Hall of Fame’s sources of revenue; additional new space mainly for that purpose–a lot of it, in fact–was just added during the recent expansion. But since this Alan Jackson announcement is being streamed on the Hall’s own website, it’s a sure thing that the announcement is non-commercial, and likely Hall related. I have no particular additional info about it, but I’ll likely be there.

  8. luckyoldsun
    May 29, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Maybe Jackson is signing with Jay-Z and changing his name to A-Jax.

  9. Frankie
    May 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    The Paste article doesn’t ring true for me. Most of my favorite albums came out 20 years or more before I was born.

    Plus there are scores of young guys who will say that modern music sucks, and the greatest album of all time is Dark Side of the Moon or whatever.

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