Bobby Osborne Launches Video Series; Valerie June to Make Austin City Limits Debut; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | March 4th, 2014

  • Watch the first two installments of Bobby Osborne’s “Road to the Opry” video series. 2014 marks Osborne’s 50th year as an Opry member.
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter played a couple shows with The New York Philharmonic. Here’s Jon Pareles’ (New York Times) take on one of the performances.
  • Sturgill Simpson on new album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music: Some people can get a little hung up on the tradition and purism side of things. This is 2014 and my producer (Dave Cobb) and I had a long conversation about that. He said “aren’t you worried that people will think you’re running from whatever the last record was?”  I said that I’d already made what I call a traditional record and I felt that I’m not running from it But I certainly didn’t want to turn around and do it again right after that. We incorporated a lot of things this time that will probably take people a little while to get used to. Then I’m not going to make a Merle Haggard record because he already did it and I’m pretty damn sure that I’d never do it as good as he did it (laughs). Taking it somewhere new is the only way it will survive.  
  • Valerie June and Eric Church will both make their Austin City Limits debuts this year. June will tape her segment on May 28; Church’s is scheduled for September 23.
  • Stream Sara Evans’ new album, Slow Me Down.
  • Vince Gill and Erin Enderlin are two of the artists scheduled to play Tin Pan South later this month.
  • Drive-By Truckers will appear on Conan March 6. (via press release)
  • Feller & Hill are going to release their sophomore album later this month.
  • Peter Cooper’s new Tennesseean column is all about Colin Linden (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings) the “hardest-working Nashville-based Canadian in show business.”
  • JD Crowe helped his mama celebrate her 100th birthday.
  • The February/March issue of Garden & Gun includes a feature on luthier Randy Wood.
  • On March 25, Republic Records will release five-song EP The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 (Season 4), which features a song by Lucero’s Ben Nichols. (via press release)
  • Hunter Hayes, ConAgra, and P&G have teamed up to fight child hunger. For each iTunes download of Hayes’ “Invisible,” a donation will be made to the organization Feeding America.
  • An A&E reality show about “hick hop” “artist” Big Smo is in the works. Mr. Smo will release his debut album, Kuntry Livin’, on June 3.
  • This week’s album releases (thank you for continuing to support E145 by purchasing your music through the affiliate links below):

Drive-By Truckers English Oceans

Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys – Radio Shows

David Nail I’m a Fire

Rod Melancon Parish Lines

Grant Peeples Punishing the Myth

Bill Anderson Life!

Kevin Fowler How Country Are Ya?

Eli Young Band 10,000 Towns

Chuck Mead Free State Serenade

Fearing and White Tea and Consequences

Katie Glassman Dream a Little Dream

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs All Her Fault

Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie Dancin’ Annie

Dallas Smith Tippin’ Point

John Gorka Bright Side of Down

Stone Jack Jones Ancestor

Susan Toney Love is the Cure: The Essential Collection

Linda Perhacs – The Soul of All Natural Things

Katie Cole Lay It All Down

Eydie Gorme – Gorme Country Style

Various Artists Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Collection

  • And a book:

Gerry House Country Music Broke My Brain

  1. Six String Richie
    March 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    You might wanna add “Bring Up the Sun” by Sundy Best to that list of album releases. They’re signed to eOne and released an album today.

    • Juli Thanki
      March 5, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thanks for the heads up, Richie.

  2. Arlene
    March 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I attended the Mary Chapin Carpenter/New York Philharmonic concert at Lincoln Center on Saturday night and that New York Times review doesn’t capture what a special night it was. The only disappointment was that Joan Baez had an “off night.” (FYI. Sarah Jarosz was sitting in the audience three rows in front of us– she participated in the four standing ovations.)

  3. nm
    March 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    That David Nail album sounds fantastic, and most of the songs are well worth hearing. It also has a nice radio-friendly single.

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