Ashley Monroe’s Album Release Postponed; Stream Caitlin Rose’s New Single; Bluegrass for the Rockaways Compilation Raises Funds for Sandy Relief

Juli Thanki | December 14th, 2012

  • The release of Ashley Monroe’s Like a Rose has been pushed back to March 5. From the press release: “The great Vince Gill and I have written a brand new song that I love so much I have to put it on my new album,” Monroe says to explain the new street date. On December 22, Monroe and Gill will play two songs from Like a Rose at the Opry.
  • John Driskell Hopkins, one of the founding members of the Zac Brown Band, has teamed up with Balsam Range for a new album called Daylight, which will be released January 22.
  • There is a lengthy interview with Merle Haggard on The Village Voice website. Haggard reveals that the recording studio currently under construction on his ranch is nearing completion, and he looks forward to making some new music next spring.
  • CMT’s Chris Parton interviews Andrew Bird about his album Hands of Glory.
  • Caitlin Rose’s next album, The Stand-In, will be released March 5. Hear the first single, “I Was Cruel,” here.
  • Bill Evans, Laurie Lewis and more are on the Bluegrass for the Rockaways digital compilation; all of the proceeds from the album’s downloads will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
  • In this interview, Wanda Jackson dishes about her career, her style, and The Band Perry.
  • Chet Flippo on country music’s “changing of the guard”: I’ve been watching this “changing of the guard” ceremony itself for several decades, and it really never changes much.  
  • Tim McGraw’s next album, Two Lanes of Freedom (out 2/5), includes a track with guests Keith Urban and Taylor Swift.
  • John Corbett will release his new album, Leaving Nothin’ Behind (co-produced by Jon Randall Stewart and Gary Paczosa), on January 29 on iTunes, February 5 everywhere else.
  • Jewly Hight writes about the holiday compilation/benefit record An East Nashville Christmas (which features BR549, Sam Bush, and more) for the Nashville Scene.
  • Keith Urban’s “For You” and the Taylor Swift/Civil Wars collaboration “Safe & Sound” were both nominated for Golden Globes.
  • Steve Berkowitz and Gregg Geller, producers of the Johnny Cash box set The Complete Columbia Album Collection, talk about Cash’s mono recordings in this video.
  • Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean column is all about Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale.
  • Fort Worth-area cowpunk band Holy Moly has a sound that’s “intertwined with a darkly macabre humor that works its way into the album artwork, song lyrics and overall sound. It’s a stomping mix of traditional country, punk-rock, blues and vintage rock ’n’ roll — Hank Williams meets Social Distortion.”
  • Ryan Adams was on Conan. Twang Nation’s got the video.
  1. Baron Lane
    December 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for the link y’all!

  2. Janice Brooks
    December 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

    While the HOF is closed could they update the death dates on the plaques?

  3. bob
    December 14, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Glad to see Striking Matches mentioned in the WSJ article about the Nashville TV show. Someone should review their 4 song EP. I suggested that in an email to another country blog about 2 months ago but never heard back. I sent the email shortly after seeing SM perform as guests of Don Schlitz at the Bluebird. The audience loved them. The standing O at the end of the show was not just for Don.

  4. Rick
    December 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Opry Alert! Speaking of Striking Matches, they will be featured on tonight’s Grand Ole Opry! The rest of the line up tonight is Canaan Smith, Del McCoury, and Old Crow Medicine Show (I consider Connie Smith another “Opry Legend” these days as she is there so often). Grade: B+! The Saturday Night Opry features Del McCoury, Jim Lauderdale with Buddy Miller, Old Crow Medicine Show, and unfamiliar names such as Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, and Lennon and Maisy Stella. What the heck is this, Music City Roots? (lol) Grade: A
    Schedule Link:

    That live CMT Edge “concrete” (sidewalk is more appropriate) concert by First Aid Kit is impressive! They sound better live than on their album. The cameraman focused mostly on the tall blond sister. I wonder why that is?…(lol) That reminds me, what ever happened to the Secret Sisters? Hmm…

    Please CMHOF, I beg you to stream that “California Angels” panel discussion live online! Pretty please? Dang…. Just a couple of week’s ago brother and sister Lorrie and Larry Collins (i.e. The Collins’ Kids) performed at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance in Burbank. I hope Larry has tagged along to Nashville and they will sing a song or two after the panel discussion is done!

    So John Corbett dropped the silly “Country” middle name this go round eh? I think he should substitute “Chris” instead! (lol)

  5. Paul W Dennis
    December 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Great interview with the Hag. While I’m not sure that I agree with him that Kristofferson was the last great songwriter, they certainly have been few and far between. Definitely looking forward to new Merle Haggard music

  6. luckyoldsun
    December 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Hag has always been something of a paranoid nut–so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that his current obsession is how the Mayan calendar will affect his stock portfolio.

    Hey, if it makes him put out a good record, I’m all for it.

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