Blake Shelton & Charlie Daniels Among New Albums; Rosanne Cash Releases Memoir
New releases for the week of August 10, 2010 include:
- Zac Brown Band‘s next album, You Get What You Give, isn’t set to release until Sept. 21, but the first single, “As She’s Walking Away,” was made available for download today and features Alan Jackson (Amazon | iTunes). The band also has several pre-order bundles available on its website.
- Galleywinter is hosting a contest for 10 lucky winners to receive tickets to a preview party for the new Randy Rogers Band album, Burning the Day.
- Rosanne Cash‘s memoir, Composed, was released today and Amazon has a special playlist of her songs along with notes written by Cash about each title. (More: Check out Juli Thanki’s review of the book here on The 9513.)
“Seven Year Ache” (1981)
Seven Year Ache This song began as a long poem, three or four pages long, and I distilled it down into the song it became. I wrote it when Rickie Lee Jones first album was out, and it was really influential for me. I was thinking that I didn’t know any country songs about being on the streets, or street life, and I wanted to write one. This was my attempt.
- The Washington Post, The Tennessean, and The Huffington Post published interviews with Rosanne Cash about her new book.
- In exchange for your email address, Randy Houser is providing previews to the songs from his next album, They Call Me Cadillac. This week’s sneak peeks include: “Lowdown and Lonesome,” “They Call Me Cadillac,” and “Addicted.”
- The Ralph Berrier, Jr. book If Trouble Don’t Kill Me: A Family’s Story of Brotherhood, War, and Bluegrass was released today.
- At 6:30 ET this evening an acoustic set from Chris Young will be streamed live for anyone who wants to watch.
- Bill Friskics-Warren on the new Blake Shelton EP:
A nod to the ’70s heyday of Waylon and Willie, when Outlaws were more complex than macho cartoons, Shelton’s latest “six pak” harks back to a time when Nashville rebels could be rowdy and real at the same time.
- Blake Shelton will be chatting with ESPN today at 1 p.m. ET.
- There was a time in the ’80s when Buddy Miller didn’t play at all, but starting tonight and continuing each Tuesday in August, he’ll perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame as its Artist in Residence.
- Toby Keith and the Dixie Chicks might have drawn more attention, but Michael McCall says Charlie Daniels has been the most politically outspoken country star of the last decade.
- The bluegrass band Hot Rize (MySpace) hasn’t toured in more than 10 years, but later this month Bryan Sutton will join original band members Pete Wernick, Tim O’Brien, and Nick Forster for a reunion tour.
- Houston Press’ Chris Gray and William Michael Smith co-authored an in-depth article about the traditional country music scene in Houston, and mentioned that Mike Stinson (Houston transplant by way of Los Angeles) just cut a new song:
Besides Stinson’s brand-new song “Died and Gone to Houston,” other recent entries in this burgeoning, but hardly brand-new, genre include “What Would Houston Do?” by Baltimore musician Arty Hill and “Neon River” by Jubal Lee, son of “Seven Bridges Road” songwriter Steve Young.
Stinson just recorded a demo of the song, and is thinking of giving it to Gene Watson, who has had six No. 1s and more than 20 country Top 10s since breaking out with 1975’s “Love in the Hot Afternoon.”
- Twang Nation will be hosting the first-ever Twang Nation Jamboree on Aug. 25 in San Francisco.
- Beginning tonight, Butch Hancock will repeat a feat he pulled off 20 years ago at the Cactus Cafe: five straight nights of performances without repeating a song. The reason for the special performance is the changing of the guard at the Cactus Cafe, which will be handed over to public radio station KUT next week.
- Country Universe is giving away five copies of the new Marty Stuart record, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.