Clear Channel, CMT Ink Deal; Brandy Clark to Play Letterman; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | December 3rd, 2013

  • Clear Channel and CMT have formed an unholy alliance signed a deal to “create central country-music programming to be distributed across 125 Clear Channel country stations, as well as television and digital platforms, such as Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio.” An interesting factoid from the Wall Street Journal article on this deal: “Country fans have become particularly attractive to advertisers. More than 61% boast individual income above $75,000 a year, about half are homeowners and 40% have college or post-graduate degrees, according to Cumulus.” 
  • Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return as ACM Awards hosts in 2014. The show will be broadcast live on CBS April 6.
  • Brad Davis will release A Bluegrass Tribute to George Jones next Tuesday.
  • Paste’s free holiday sampler includes songs by David Mayfield Parade, Nick Lowe, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Otis Redding, and others.
  • The fine folks of Galleywinter have rounded up some Red Dirt Christmas songs for you to stream.
  • Rosanne Cash talks about her new album, The River & The Thread, with Chuck Dauphin of The 615.
  • Stream Neil Young’s Live at the Cellar Door before its December 10 release.
  • Joey Allcorn, Jesse Keith Whitley, and Trent Tomlinson are among the artists scheduled to perform at a benefit concert in honor of Wayne Mills in Nashville on December 4.
  • Gangstagrass will release new album Broken Hearts and Stolen Money on January 28. (via press release)
  • Jewly Hight picked out ten new music books to add to your reading list.
  • “I Drive Your Truck,” written by Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander, and Jimmy Yeary, is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
  • Stephen Deusner interviewed The Bottle Rockets’ Brian Henneman.
  • This week’s album releases (thank you for continuing to support E145 by purchasing music through the below affiliate links — treat yourself to an internet high five):

Eric Brace & Karl Straub Hangtown Dancehall (with performances by Kelly Willis, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Jason Ringenberg, and more)

Deana Carter Southern Way of Life

Jake Owen Days of Gold

Spooner Oldham, Oteil Burbridge, Billy Crain, Tammy Rogers & Marco Giovino – The Southern Christmas Songbook & Hymnal

Roy Orbison The Last Concert: 25th Anniversary Edition (CD/DVD)

Wanda Jackson Before the Music Died: The Complete Recordings 1954-1962

Various Artists An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story

Various Artists Sons of Anarchy: Songs of Anarchy, Vol. 3

  • And a movie:

Nashville: The Criterion Collection (Blu-Ray/DVD)

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