Bobby Osborne Launches Video Series; Valerie June to Make Austin City Limits Debut; New Album Releases
- 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.
- Time to vote for this year’s Lone Star Music Awards.
- 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.
- Korby Lenker is the American Songwriter Writer of the Week.
- 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.
- Band of Horses played “No One’s Gonna Love You” for KEXP.
- Important: Merle Haggard owns an “I Love Haters” hoodie.
- 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.
- Paste premiered Rich Robinson’s “One Road Hill.”
- 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)
- Steep Canyon Rangers visited the CMT studio to play “Stand and Deliver.”
- 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.
- Here’s Nu-Blu playing “Trains I Didn’t Take,” not to be confused with “Trains I Missed.”
- 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
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