CMHOF Announces “Dylan, Cash & The Nashville Cats” Exhibit; Glen Campbell Music Video Released; New Albums
- On March 27, 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open a new exhibit called Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City. The exhibit, which runs through December 31, 2016, will focus on the “many rock and folk artists who came to Nashville in the late 1960s and early ’70s to work with the city’s versatile, hotshot session musicians, the ‘Nashville Cats.’”
- Watch Glen Campbell’s moving video for his final song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”
- Hot chicken purveyor/George Jones’ road manager/club owner Pee Wee Johnson passed away last Thursday at the age of 84.
- Gram Parsons’ “$1000 Wedding” is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
- At last month’s Americana Fest, Yep Roc Records taped a bunch of artists at RCA Studio A. Download those sessions via NoiseTrade.
- In other Studio A news, the recent deal that saved the building from becoming condos was spearheaded by current studio co-manager Sharon Corbitt-House. Some folks want to send her to the spa for the day as thanks for her part in preserving this piece of music history.
- E145 pal Peter Cooper is leaving the Tennessean to become a writer-editor at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Quotable Country is, as always, a must-read.
- Kacey Musgraves, Eric Church, and Florida Georgia Line have been added to the CMA Awards’ lineup of performers.
- The Avett Brothers will return to the studio with Rick Rubin in November.
- On November 17, Omnivore Recordings will release an expanded, 20th anniversary edition of The Old 97s’ Hitchhike to Rhome. (via press release)
- Learn how to make a cigar box guitar from The Art of Manliness.
- Lee Ann Womack announced a handful of concert dates; she’ll begin her mini-tour on Thursday in Tucson and wrap it up a month later in DC.
- Angaleena Presley played a few songs from her new album, American Middle Class, for CMT.
- Zac Brown joined The Foo Fighters on Letterman to cover Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.”
- IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell has resigned from her position following the board’s recent vote of no confidence. Cardwell’s done an amazing job with the organization — just look at the success of World of Bluegrass in Raleigh — and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.
- Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn discuss their new album with CMT Edge’s Stephen Deusner.
- This week’s album releases:
Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class
Bob Seger – Ride Out
Chip Taylor – The Little Prayers Trilogy
Devon Allman – Ragged & Dirty
Dirty River Boys – Dirty River Boys
Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes
Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean
High Valley – County Line
Jon Weisberger featuring The Lonesome Heirs – I’ve Been Mostly Awake
Jonathan Byrd – You Can’t Outrun the Radio
Lonesome River Band – Turn on a Dime
Matthew Ryan – Boxers
New American Farmers – The Farmacology Sessions
Pauline Andres – All Them Ghosts
Phil Leadbetter – The Next Move
Raul Malo – Around the World
Rhett Walker Band – Here’s to the Ones
Sallie Ford – Slap Back
Spinney Brothers – Tried & True
Swon Brothers – Swon Brothers
Various Artists – An Americana Christmas
You + Me – rose ave.
- And some books:
Neil Young – Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars
Also, Mark Zwonitzer’s fantastic Carter Family book, Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone, is finally available on Kindle.
Cale Tyson is barely old enough to (legally) drink, but he can sing a country weeper like a man who’s been pickling his liver and feeding pocket change to a dive bar’s jukebox since the ‘70s. On October 28, the 23-year-old will release a fine new EP called Cheater’s Wine, the follow-up to last year’s High on Lonesome.
Backed by Brett Resnick’s pedal steel and Robert Ellis on guitar, Tyson channels masters of heartbreak like Gary Stewart, Mel Street, and Johnny Paycheck on the six original songs of Cheater’s Wine.
This morning we’re pleased to premiere a track from the new record. Here’s “Borrowed Love (To Go).”
American Academy of Arts & Sciences to Induct Ralph Stanley; Alan Jackson Plays HOF Artist-in-Residence Show; Plowboy to Release Chuck Mead/Paul Burch 7″
- Ralph Stanley will formally be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences tomorrow alongside fellow…fellows Al Pacino, Annie Proulx, Robert Ballard and many more. (via press release)
- To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Lower Broadway revival, on November 11, Plowboy Records is going to release a limited edition 7” with cuts from Chuck Mead and Paul Burch’s Plowboy releases. (via press release)
- Watch Sturgill Simpson playing “Long White Line” at RCA Studio A.
- Kay West, Jewly Hight, and Eric T. Parker recapped the first of Alan Jackson’s Artist-in-Residence performances at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The audience at that show also got a sneak peek at some new music, as Jackson debuted a song called “Angels and Alcohol,” written by his nephew, Adam Wright.
- Florida Georgia Line has three songs that rhyme “party” and “Bacardi,” which seems like a lot, even for them. Here’s the full Billboard cover story on the unlikable duo.
- Martina McBride performs R&B classic “My Babe” on the newest episode of Mountain Stage.
- Check out Luke Winslow-King’s new video for “Swing That Thing.”
- Edward Morris of CMT.com put together a playlist of 15 songs about the moon.
- Eliot Bronson’s self-titled, Dave Cobb-produced album will be released on October 21. Listen to one of the songs, “River Runs Dry,” at CMT Edge.
- Like honky tonk? Listen to Jack Grelle.
- On November 3, ABC will air Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs that Changed Country Music with Robin Roberts. Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, and Brad Paisley are among the artists slated to appear on the hour-long special.
- Here’s Lindi Ortega’s cover of “Stand By Me.”
- A two-CD, one-DVD deluxe version of George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away will be released November 10.
- Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants covered Justin Townes Earle’s “Look the Other Way” for the upcoming two-disc salute to Bloodshot Records, While No One Was Looking.
- It’s wonderful to see Dawn Sears, who’s been battling cancer for some time now, onstage with The Time Jumpers again.
Blake Shelton Debuts Atop Billboard 200; Stevie Ray Vaughan on Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ballot; Nathan Stanley Wins Dove Award
- Loretta Lynn shares the story of her first Opry appearance in this Tennessean video. (warning: autoplay)
- The Tennessean also assembled a photo gallery of Lynn in the 1960s.
- Paste’s Jon Waterhouse put together “The Music Geek’s Travel Guide to Memphis.”
- The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Bill Withers are on the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot. You can vote here.
- Blake Shelton’s Bringing Back the Sunshine debuted atop the Billboard 200; it is his second album to do so.
- A marker (written by Barry Mazor) honoring fiddler Hoyt Ming, founder of Hoyt Ming & His Pep Steppers, will be unveiled on the Mississippi Country Music Trail this morning.
- Check out this Nashville Scene feature on East Nashville Radio; you can stream the station online (warning: autoplay) or via smartphone app.
- Robbie Fulks wrote a lovely blog post remembering the late Lou Whitney.
- The Dirty River Boys’ self-titled record is streaming on The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog.
- The Dove Awards were held in Nashville earlier this week. Nathan Stanley won Bluegrass Album of the Year for Every Mile, while Dailey & Vincent’s recording of “Won’t It Be Wonderful There” got the Bluegrass Song of the Year trophy.
- Jon Weisberger wrote a nice piece for The Nashville Scene on Ralph Stanley.
- CMT Edge premiered singer-songwriter Matthew Fowler’s “Everything That I Could.”
- Doug Seegers, homeless busker turned Sweden’s newest country star, was featured on NPR.
- Last night I caught Rodney Hayden’s Stageit show, where he played a few tunes from his solid new EP, Cowboy Songs. He’s going to do another streaming show on Saturday afternoon if you want to hear live music in the pants-optional environment of your own home.
- Larry Cordle’s All-Star Duets album, which has been delayed for months, will finally be released in November. It includes collaborations with Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury, and more.
- The Academy of Country Music and CBS Watch have teamed up to release a special edition, 100-page magazine celebrating George Strait.
- Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis recently played a couple songs in the WAMU Bluegrass Country studios. Here’s “Leavin'” from Cheater’s Game.
Stuart Duncan Named CMHOF Nashville Cat; Aubrey Preston Reveals Plans for RCA Studio A; Lone Bellow Debut New Song
- On November 1, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate Stuart Duncan as part of its “Nashville Cats” series. The event will be live-streamed on the HOF website.
- Zac Brown Band will release a greatest hits album on November 10. (via press release)
- Luke Bryan will participate in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on October 9, a date which will henceforth be known as “Farce the Music Christmas.”
- In Real Christmas news, Farmer Jason, the kid-friendly alter-ego of Jason Ringenberg, released a holiday album that sounds like a whole lot of fun.
- Sonny Curtis shares the story behind his song, “I Fought the Law.”
- An unknown person paid more than $37,000 for Willie Nelson’s braids, which were recently sold at an auction of Waylon Jennings’ belongings. A foolish purchase, if you ask me: if you’re going to pay that much for hair, at least get strands with intact roots so you can amass your own Willie Nelson clone army.
- The Lone Bellow have released a song from their next album, due in early 2015. Listen to “Then Came the Morning” here.
- This is a fine piece on songwriter Travis Meadows, whose songs have been hits for Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Jake Owen, and others.
- Senate candidate Rick Weiland is attempting to attract South Dakota voters with his version of the ubiquitous “Wagon Wheel,” which he’s called “Big Wheel.” Sample lyric: “I’m running for the Senate, but I ain’t a big wheel / I don’t have an RV, just my automobile / Hey, no one’s bought me.” Well, at least he’s a better singer than Bernie Sanders.
- Aubrey Preston on his future plans for the RCA Studio A building: “It’s real early in our process of discovering exactly what we bought, and listening closely to the talented preservation people who can help us understand the obstacles. My general way of going about things in the past has been to follow a path of pure preservation…There are things you want to do to update them, but in both of those situations, and in general, try to take the most pure path we can take, yet still kind of update the property to make it economically vibrant. If I was guessing right now, I would say we would try to make the property look and feel a lot like it did in 1965, and of course this will involve getting pictures from the archives. We understand RCA and New York [have archives], and there are other people who have a lot of pictures. As some of those things come forward and we understand what the building looked like in 1965, when it was opened, that will be very important to how we guide the property.”
- CMT Edge premiered singer-songwriter Kelly Pardekooper’s video for “She Moves.”
- There was a nice feature on Marty Stuart in The New York Times the other day.
- Here’s a neat little map of some of Woody Guthrie’s old New York City haunts.
- Watch Trampled By Turtles’ live version of “Wild Animals.”
- Dierks Bentley recently played a pop-up show in Annapolis as part of Vevo’s GO Show series.
- On October 28, Simon & Schuster will release the thousand-page Bob Dylan book The Lyrics: Since 1962. The Wall Street Journal reports that the book, which will retail for $200, was a “collaboration between Mr. Dylan and a group of editors led by Boston University professor Sir Christopher Ricks. It will trace the development of the song lyrics over the years, from original compositions to later revisions in recorded songs and live performances.”
- Tom Douglas made a wonderful speech when he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last weekend. Watch it here.
Springsteen’s iconic Born in the U.S.A. turns 30 this year. Last month, Lightning Rod Records paid tribute to The Boss by releasing this track-by-track Americana salute to his multiplatinum record, stripping the synthesizers and rock n’ roll swagger in favor of acoustic arrangements that hew closer to Nebraska.
The album begins with promise, as Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires deliver a striking version of “Born in the U.S.A.” With Shires’ haunting fiddle and Isbell’s quiet, yet intense vocals that emphasize Springsteen’s wrenching lyrics in a way that the original, arena rock anthem doesn’t (we all know at least one goober who puts this classic Bruce song about a disaffected, working class Vietnam veteran on his or her “Patriotic Jams” playlist every Fourth of July). It’s by far the best song of the record.
There are a handful of other strong covers punctuating the track listing: Quaker City Nighthawks’ enthusiasm is infectious on “Darlington County,” which they’ve turned into a loose, rollicking Southern rocker, and Holly Williams’ take on “No Surrender” transforms the song’s chorus from a vow of defiance to a wistful ache (her recording is similar to a slow, acoustic version of the song that Springsteen has occasionally played live). Joe Pug’s sparse, melancholy “Downbound Train” is another highlight.
However, much of Dead Man’s Town does not live up to its potential. Too often it drifts into Genericana, as otherwise solid artists suck the soul out of songs like “Bobby Jean,” “Working on the Highway,” and “Cover Me,” delivering half-hearted versions of these classic songs; it’s almost as though removing the synthesizers and radio-friendly rock arrangements also stripped the music of its intensity. The result is an album that sounds like great in theory, but in reality, it’s more miss than hit.
Stagecoach Lineup Announced; Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw to Perform at CMA Awards; New Album Releases
- The 2015 Stagecoach lineup was announced yesterday. Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton will headline. Other acts slated to appear include Merle Haggard, John Moreland, The Band Perry, Logan Brill, and Sturgill Simpson. Check out the full lineup.
- John Prine’s masterful “Sam Stone” is American Songwriter’s Lyric of the Week.
- Johnny Vincent of The Sally Mountain Show and father of Rhonda and Darrin Vincent, passed away on Sunday.
- If you weren’t at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last weekend, you can watch several archived performances by folks like Lake Street Dive, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Mavis Staples, and lots more. (h/t Arlene)
- Last week’s Wide Open Bluegrass Fest in Raleigh drew 140,000 fans.
- The Washington Post’s Emily Yahr looks at the evolution of sex songs in country music from Floyd Tillman’s “Slippin’ Around” to “Sun Daze,” Florida Georgia Line’s new single.
- Lucinda Williams played a few for CMT.
- This Alison Krauss imposter/con woman is not very good at a). Resembling Alison Krauss or b). Evading arrest.
- Rick Bragg, author of the new Jerry Lee Lewis biography, wrote an excellent piece on the time he spent with The Killer for Garden & Gun.
- Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, and Kenny Chesney have been added to the CMA Awards’ lineup of performers.
- The remaining eight shows of BB King’s current tour have been canceled after the guitar legend was diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion.
- Nora J. Tucker has been named manager and curator of the Blues Hall of Fame, which will celebrate its grand opening on May 8, 2015 in Memphis. (via press release)
- Stream the soundtrack to The Best of Me, a new movie based on one of Nicholas Sparks’ terrible books. It features new songs from Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, and more.
- Jackson Browne played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
- Paste premiered “American Beauty,” a song from Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors’ next album, which will be released in early 2015.
- Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts, and Adam Brand are among the acts nominated in the Best Country Album category for the 2014 ARIA Awards, which will be held on November 26 in Sydney. Chambers got a Best Female Artist nod as well.
- CMT debuted Brad Paisley’s new “Perfect Storm” video.
- Here’s Bill Murray singing Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm.” You’re welcome.
- Album releases:
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn – Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Brian Collins – Healing Highway
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Live at the Old Feed Store
Claire Lynch – Holiday
Crystal Shawanda – The Whole World’s Got the Blues
Doug Seegers – Going Down to the River
Hal Ketchum – I’m the Troubadour
Jackson Browne – Standing in the Breech
Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt
Joe Fletcher – You’ve Got the Wrong Man
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge – Avalon
Low Society – You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down
Mel Tillis – Live
Old Dominion – Old Dominion
Rodney Hayden – Cowboy Songs
Ry Cooder – Soundtracks (box set)
Shakey Graves – And the War Came
Shelby Lynne – I Am Shelby Lynne: Deluxe Edition
Spinney Brothers – Tried & True
Various Artists – Songs of the Spanish Civil War
Various Artists – The Best of Me: Official Soundtrack
Webb Pierce – The Complete US Country Hits 1952-62
On November 4, Ronnie Fauss will release Built to Break, the follow-up to 2012’s I Am the Man You Know I’m Not (read Sam Gazdziak’s feature on that album), on Normaltown Records. Built to Break is another solid release from the Dallas singer-songwriter, from the raucous roots rock of album opener “Another Town” to the thoughtful country ballad “Come on Down,” a tribute to blue collar laborers sung from the perspective of a factory worker, that closes the record.
This morning we’re pleased to premiere a rollicking road song from the new album. Here’s “Eighteen Wheels,” featuring Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller.
- Garth Brooks unveiled the title and cover of his upcoming Pearl/RCA Nashville album. Man Against Machine will be released on November 11.
- In other Brooks news, four scheduled Minneapolis shows have now exploded into ten.
- And last in your Garth news trifecta, Cleveland.com’s Troy Smith wonders whether Brooks has a shot at induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- Last Friday, Reba McEntire graced the Opry stage for the first time since 2009 and invited a teary-eyed Little Big Town to become the next members of the Grand Ole Opry. The band’s official induction will take place October 17.
- Gretchen Peters, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and John Anderson were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame last night.
- Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders passed away at the age of 76. While mostly known for his rock music, he did have some influence on country music with songs including the country-rock standard “Freeborn Man.” Tim McGraw using part of “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation)” on “Indian Outlaw.”
- Stream Angaleena Presley’s American Middle Class.
- Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn discuss their new album in this NPR interview.
- The town of Folsom, California (just outside Sacramento) has completed the first section of the Johnny Cash Trail and Overpass.
- Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A building looks like it may have received a reprieve from demolition as Bravo Development has reached a “sale-purchase” agreement with the nonprofit AMT Trust. From The New York Times: “The founder of the nonprofit, Aubrey Preston, is a well-known preservationist and real-estate developer who has been working on a project called the Americana Music Triangle, which seeks to promote music tourism and tie together the story of roots music as it emerged in Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis and the surrounding areas.”
- Chely Wright surpassed her Kickstarter goal of $175,000 and will begin recording her new album shortly. She sent an email out to supporters stating that additional funds will be used to tour smaller, rural communities.
- The steady C.M. Wilcox posted another Quotable Country feature.
- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be this month’s spotlight act over at My Kind of Country. The talented staff will review the band’s entire discography.
- Casey James has released a new single to radio called “Fall Apart” that you can hear here.
- Rolling Stone Country’s Beville Dunkerley interviewed Pat Green about his next independent album. An excerpt: “I’ve been getting crap from just about anybody, from every dimension — whether I’m making a record independently or for a record company, which is when people say I’ve sold out…But I’ve never made a record that I wasn’t totally invested in and that I didn’t like the sound. When you make records with big producers or big record labels, those records are really bombastic — that’s just the way they are going to sound. That was a wonderful experience, but making this next record, I’m still the same guy. I’m still writing most of the songs, still putting things together in an arrangement that I like…. I’m proud of this one. It feels organic.”
- The trial in the shooting death of Wayne Mills has been delayed.
- Stephen Burwell is the new fiddle player for Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. He replaces Jason Barie.
- Chelle Rose posted a new demo of her version of a Chris Knight song, “North Dakota.”
- The Boston Globe’s James Burnett III wrote a feature about country music’s growing popularity in New England.
- Glen Campbell’s wife and daughter called into a radio show and gave an update on how he’s faring. They say that he’s “happy and content,” but has a hard time communicating. Listen to clips from the show here.
- The Tennessean’s Cindy Watts interviewed Jimmy Wayne about his book Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, which comes out tomorrow. I’ve read this one and it’s an incredible story of heartbreak and overcoming almost unbelievable odds.
- Lulu Belle and Scotty, Link Wray, and Grand Ole Opry house band member Jimmy Capps are among this year’s North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees.
- New music videos and a couple key live performances from the last week or so.
John Williamson – “Clouds Over Tamworth”
Blake Shelton – “Bringing Back the Sunshine”
Dozzi – “Weakness”
Luke O’Shea – “Sing You Up”
Cris Jacobs with the Charm City All Stars – “Crooked Eyed John” (Live at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country)
Charla Corn – “In My Heart” (From The Texas Music Scene)
William Clark Green – “Hanging Around” (From The Texas Music Scene)
Steep Canyon Rangers – “Tell The Ones I Love” (Live at the Grand Ole Opry)
The Road Hammers – “I’ve Been Everywhere”
Darius Rucker – “Homegrown Honey”
Thomas Rhett – “Make Me Wanna”
Margo Price – “Since You Put Me Down”
Meghan Linsey – “Try Harder Than That”
Kyle Cox – “I Ain’t Been Lonely Until I Met You”
Lee Ann Womack and John Legend – “I May Hate Myself In the Morning” (from CMT Crossroads)
Alabama and Jason Aldean – “Tennessee River”
Zac Brown Band – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Next week, Canadian bluegrass band The Spinney Brothers will release Tried & True, a follow-up to last year’s chart-topping No Borders. We’ve got a copy of Tried & True – a treat for any traditional bluegrass fan — to give away to one Engine 145 reader. To enter to win this CD, leave a comment on this post mentioning your favorite song about brothers (here’s one of mine) before 9 a.m. ET on Friday, October 10, 2014. A winner will be chosen via random number generator and notified by email, so be sure to use a valid address.
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