Carrie Underwood Speaks Out in Support of Gay Marriage; The Trishas’ Full-Length Debut Album Due Aug. 7; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | June 12th, 2012

  • This week, the music video for Glen Campbell’s “A Better Place” will be released. It’ll “offer a retrospective look at Campbell’s career, and will feature a cameo by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme.”
  • The producers of The Winding Stream engineered a Carter Family flash mob in Portland earlier this month.
  • Last week, Sara Watkins, joined by brother Sean, played a short set for WYEP.
  • Kenny Rogers, Sam Bush, Robert Ellis, and Sarah Jarosz were just a few of the country/roots acts to play Bonnaroo.
  • This Wednesday, Lee Brice will perform “A Woman Like You” on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
  • Stream Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new album over at Performing Songwriter.
  • Check out the trailer for upcoming documentary Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B. 
  • David Nail ended up with a minor fracture and detached tendon in his right ring finger at the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge.
  • Paste checked in with several banjo players, including Tony Furtado and Eric Gibson, about Deliverance (the film is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer), “Dueling Banjos,” and how they discovered the five-string.
  • The genre-defying Caitlin Rose is the subject of Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean feature.
  • Tennessean music business writer Anita Wadhwani takes a look at the Clear Channel/Big Machine deal: “By negotiating a private deal, the two companies not only sidestep the political conflict over terrestrial radio royalties, but they also bypass the nonprofit entity tapped by Congress to collect online radio royalties. SoundExchange currently collects online royalties for performers of music streamed online. The nonprofit declined to comment on the deal.”
  • Due out August 7: The Trishas first full-length album, High, Wide & Handsome. The album will include songs co-written with Jim Lauderdale, Bruce Robison, Jason Eady, and others. (via press release)
  • Due out September 18: Lowe Country: The Songs of Nick Lowe, featuring Lori McKenna, Hayes Carll, and many more. Here’s Robert Ellis’ version of “All Men Are Liars.” (via press release)
  • Roots rocker Elliot Randall and his song “Bedroom Window” are one of American Songwriter’s Daily Discoveries.
  • Watch Brandi Carlile’s recent performance at Philadelphia’s World Café Live.
  • Album releases:

Josh Turner Punching Bag

Elizabeth Cook Gospel Plow

Edens Edge Edens Edge

Mary Chapin Carpenter Ashes & Roses

The Byrds The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

Ryan Humbert Sometimes the Game Plays You

Walt Wilkins Plenty

John Denver The RCA Albums Collection

Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Houston to Denver / Not Guilty

Various Artists NOW That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 5

And a DVD: Give Me the Banjo

  1. Rick
    June 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    The Eden’s Edge album has the unique distinction that a deluxe version is being released by Cracker Barrel today as well. There are some real keepers on that album, ie the kind that would never fly on AirHead Country Radio.

    Opry Alert: Tonight’s Opry will feature Aaron Tippin, Craig Morgan, Luke Bryan and sadly three Opry Legends. Grade: B-

    So who’s going to sing “I Knew The Bride When She Used To Rock and Roll” on that Nick Lowe country album? Hmm…

    On last night’s “American Pickers” Danielle was wearing a Whitey Morgan T-shirt! (lol) If you’ve ever wondered about her tattoos, its because Danielle is a burlesque dancer among other things.

  2. nm
    June 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Any early reactions to Josh Turner’s album?

  3. bob
    June 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    @NM – 1 to 10 Ben reviewed Turner’s album. Gave it a 6.

  4. Arlene
    June 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    “Carrie Underwood spoke out in support of gay marriage during an interview with The Independent.”

    Maybe she read the interview with Chely Wright…? It would be nice if some other contemporary country recording artists with comparable sales figures made similar statements…. And better yet, said it to a reporter for a U.S., and not “just” a U.K., publication. Regardless, I respect Carrie Underwood taking a stand.

  5. luckyoldsun
    June 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Garth came out very strongly for gay rights/equality in the mid-’90s–even putting a line about it in “We Shall Be Free.” That seemed to come from his heart. I’d hate to see it become a requirement for every country star to weigh in.

  6. Barry Mazor
    June 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Nobody suggested anything about any “requirements” anywhere, ever. It would be a decent, for a good many people helpful, and still somewhat gutsy thing for country stars to do.

    There’s no requirement for decent, helpful, or gutsy–yet, interestingly enough, some people are. Garth and Carrie have joined that list.

  7. Michael A.
    June 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Well said, Barry.

  8. Jon
    June 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Yes, nice to read Ms. Underwood’s comments. Stuff like this:

    ” Steeped in star-spangled tradition, ‘country’ has traditionally proved a tricky sell outside of the genre’s core demographic: wide-arsed, Bible-thumping inhabitants of the American Midwest.”

    from Mr. Guy Adams, not so much.

  9. Leeann Ward
    June 13, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Yes, well said, Barry.

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