Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash Announce New Album
- The Bastards Sons of Johnny Cash plan to have a new album out sometime this year (fall or spring, depending on which part of the article you believe). Titled Bend In the Road, it will consist of 10 new originals along with covers of Billy Joe Shaver and Steve Earle.
New releases for the week of January 27, 2009 include:
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – The Tiffany Transcriptions [Box set]
Nothin’ Fancy – Lord Bless This House
Steve Martin – The Crow: New Songs For the Five-String Banjo
- Even after 41 number one songs Merle Haggard feels that in other people’s minds his accomplishments are second to his time in prison. In an interview with Karen Cotton for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, he talks about that prison time and his accomplishments; the lack of songs like “Ring of Fire,” “The Gambler” and “Okie From Muskogee” in contemporary country; and “Carrie Underwear,” who he says he likes, but asks, “where’s the songs?” (via ggcolumn)
- Kellie Pickler has been named as one of the new celebrity spokespersons for the Sexy Hair product line.
- The Houston Chronicle‘s Joey Guerra on the new Pat Green album What I’m For:
Green’s 10 new tracks aren’t terribly syrupy, but there’s nary a moment here that seems worth more than a few casual listens.
The lone exception is In This World, a plaintive ballad that boasts lovely guitar and mandolin work. Green’s vocal is equally sweet but subtle, never veering into treacly territory. Even more telling — it’s the only song Green wrote by himself. He should have stuck it out solo for the rest of the album.
- Following a number of high-profile public appearances, Jamey Johnson’s beard announced that it will begin work on a solo debut in coming months.
- The HearYa indie music blog on Justin Townes Earle‘s new album:
With Midnight At The Movies, Justin Townes Earle tips the brim of his hat to his country, blues and roots predecessors and proves that American storytelling and the purity of song are still alive. This album makes country music inspired and relevant again.
- John Rich intends to keep his private life private.
- Despite rating an amazing eight on “The Checklist,” Eric Church‘s “Love Your Love the Most” scored a measly thirty-four cents on Farce The Music‘s value chart — which basically means it sucks.
- The Loveless Cafe in Nashville opened its new music venue last Friday and Chris Parton claims The SteelDrivers set a high mark for future acts.
- The song “Oh You Pretty Woman” from the forthcoming Willie and the Wheel album is available for streaming on Asleep at the Wheel‘s MySpace. Three more songs are scheduled to be released before the album’s February 3 release date, and if that won’t hold you over, the XM radio station Willie’s Place will be featuring a new song from the album every hour throughout the weekend with commentary from Willie Nelson and Ray Benson.
- Don’t forget, today is the last day for The 9513 First Annual Country Music Awards, so get your votes in before the end of the day.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.