Ashton Shepherd, Tracy Lawrence Release Singles; Urban and Allman Jam at the Ryman; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | July 1st, 2013

  • The idiots that call themselves the Westboro Baptist Church are taking on Taylor Swift.
  • A tour bus owned by Toby Keith crashed and burned on an Indiana turnpike. Keith was not on board, and no injuries were reported.
  • Dierks Bentley unveiled the menu for his Scottsdale eatery, Whiskey Row. The restaurant opens next week.
  • Kellie Pickler released a photograph that is likely a still from the music video for her new single, “Someone Somewhere Tonight.” It features her Dancing with the Stars partner Derek Hough.
  • Capitol Records will release Luke Bryan’s Crash My Party on August 13.
  • Chris Young and Justin Moore will both release albums on September 17.
  • HitShop Records has signed Natalie Stovall and the Drive.
  • Vince Gill will begin his 12th consecutive term as the President of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum board.
  • Cindy Watts wrote a nice feature on Gretchen Wilson that details the Redneck Woman taking control of her career once the radio hits stopped.
  • Tracy Lawrence has a new single. Listen to “Footprints on the Moon” here.
  • Will Hoge has partnered with Thirty Tigers and will release his ninth studio album entitled Never Give In on October 15. (via press release)
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr. — “Redneck Paradise (Remix)”

Sturgill Simpson “Railroad of Sin”

Matrimony – “Golden City”

David Jacobs-Strain“Halfway to the Coast” (via Music Fog)

Michelle Wright“Strong”

The Wolfe Brothers“The Girl, the Bottle, the Memory”

Chris Young “Aw Naw”

Parmalee “Carolina”

Dara Maclean“Wanted”

The Roys “Gypsy Runaway Train”

  1. Janice Brooks
    July 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I’m in a program through Live 365 where I pay fees each year directly to Sound Exchange. The regular packages cost a bit more but I try not to deal with a service where those payments are in question.

  2. Luckyoldsun
    July 1, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    “Vince Gill will begin his 12th consecutive term as the President of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum board.”

    What’s that all about? Is that some sort of power-center–Does it give Gill the ability to affect–or influence–who does or doesn’t get into the Hall? Or is it more of a ceremonial post?

    Seems like an awful lot of terms for a guy to “volunteer” for.

  3. Barry Mazor
    July 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    No, the Hall Board President job has nothing to do with induction; it’s about backing and supporting the institution’s stability and growth. See, for instance, the “All for the Hall” fundraising concerts, relations with important Hall backers, etc.

    It’s said over and over and over but doesn’t seem to sink in out there: Hall inductee nominations and elections are run by the CMA, through committees made up of members they trust to handle them, base don their background, not by the Hall.

  4. Luckyoldsun
    July 1, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    It’s not that it doesn’t “sink in,”–the fact that this or that group runs the election does not mean that there are not other influences–or that such influences shouldn’t be commented on.

    Your explanations of the Country Music H-o-F election selection process remind me of the “How a bill becomes a law” animated diagram in my 6th grade social studies book. It may be completely true, but it doesn’t necessarily tell the story.

    (For whatever it’s worth, I’ve only made one prediction/guarantee about who’s going to be selected for the Country hall–and despite all the anger and contempt that my prediction engendered, I completely nailed it!)

  5. Rick
    July 1, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I think it’s great that Vince is sitting atop that group of music industry executive types to keep the CMHOF’s focus on the music! Although I do believe Marty Stuart should be his Vice President so the two could switch officer positions back and forth every year! (lol) Also, I think Elizabeth Cook should be elected to the position of “Queen of the CMHOF”!

    Whoa! There is nothing “Christian” about the behavior of those fame seeking whores at the Westboro Baptist Church using public figures like Taylor Swift to gain national headlines. Guess they ignore the part of the Bible when Jesus said “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. Crikey, that is just pathetic.

    “Chris Young and Justin Moore will both release albums on September 17.” Well, I guess that’s the long and the short of it…(lol)

    I like the sentiment on the new Ashton Shepherd song but topical novelty songs don’t have much staying power. It’s no “God Bless the USA” by any stretch of the imagination.

  6. CraigR
    July 1, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I like Chris Young. I believe he has a true and great voice. But that song and it’s video cousin are so bad. He is better than that crap. When did a male video have to have unimportant females in it? Is the audience for that song so misogynistic ? Others have said it before but it seems to me that many female artist are selling country music, and the male artist are selling music for fourteen year ole boys and their big brothers. Where is the new George Jones? Hank Williams was around Chris Young’s age when he was making his best music.

  7. BRUCE
    July 1, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I think I would rather see Gill choose inductees instead of the CMA. However, I can’t say that the recent choices over the last couple of years were bad by any means.

    July 1, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Im a big fan of ashton shepherd, but im not crazy about this song at all. I hope the rest of the album is good because ive been looking forward to it.

  9. BRUCE
    July 1, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Though the “Redneck Paradise” is another song for the rednecknation, it’s just seems to be different and better because of Kid & Hank. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they have forged their own path while flipping the middle finger to the establishment.

    Both of their paths were forcasted to be failures by the pundits (you don’t want to know my definition of a pundit). Read their histories.

    As a redneck song, this one is just fun. And for some reason it’s not a stretch for them. It is more self-defining.

    We can’t have too much of these songs but I will take this one. Good ole’ Bocephus. Good to hear form you again.

  10. Thomas
    July 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    …ashton shepherd’s “this is america” is more than awful. when lyrics fight with the melody of a song, it had better not be recorded. total waste.

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