CMT Awards Performers Announced; Rosanne Cash Narrates BBC Radio Program About Bobbie Gentry; Album Releases
- Stream Willie Nelson’s new album, Heroes and the collection Jail House Bound: John Lomax’s First Southern Prison Recordings, 1933.
- The Infamous Stringdusters have announced the lineup for their shindig, The Festy. This year’s performers will include Trampled By Turtles, Della Mae, Tony Trischka Territory, The Steel Wheels, and more. Tickets for The Festy, which will be held October 5-7 in Nelson County, VA, go on sale Wednesday, May 16.
- Check out the markers, written by Barry Mazor, on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.
- Rosanne Cash narrated the BBC radio program “Whatever Happened to Bobbie Gentry?” Listen here.
- NoiseTrade is offering a four-song Mindy Smith sampler.
- Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, and Kenny Chesney have been announced as performers on this year’s CMT Awards, which will be held June 6 in Nashville.
- The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Band, Neil Young, and others made Paste’s list of the 70 best albums of the 1970s. I’m a little disappointed that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken didn’t make the list. What are your favorite ‘70s country records?
- NPR’s All Things Considered remembers the late “Duck” Dunn.
- Steve Earle once saved singer-songwriter Joe Pug from a beatdown in Ireland.
- Peter Cooper wrote a feature for the Tennessean on Nashville venue 3rd & Lindsley.
- On May 18, The Toby Keith Foundation will break ground on the OK Kids Korral, a “home away from home” in Oklahoma City for kids and families being treated at the OU Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital and other facilities.
- Jewly Hight interviewed Justin Moore for American Songwriter. An excerpt: You know what I realized? I’m probably not ever gonna be that artist that has five or six number ones in a row. But I want to keep putting out songs and writing songs that matter to my fans, regardless of where it goes on the chart or whatever. “Bait a Hook” went to 14, 15 something like that. But you couldn’t tell my fans that. They don’t have a clue, and they honestly don’t care. We play that song really late in the set, and other than “Small Town USA,” it probably gets the biggest reaction to any song that we do.
- It’s been a busy year for Trace Adkins as he rebuilds from last June’s devastating house fire. He’s working on a new album, and single “Them Lips” will hit radio sometime this summer.
- Herb Pedersen’s new band, Loafers’ Glory, will release their self-titled debut next week.
Willie Nelson – Heroes
Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – There is a Bomb in Gilead
Bill Evans – In Good Company
Florida Georgia Line – It’z Just What We Do
Andre Williams & The Sadies – Night & Day
J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices – I’ll Keep Calling
Various Artists – Good People, Take Warning: Ballads Sung by British and Irish Traditional Singers
Various Artists – Jail House Bound: John Lomax’s First Southern Prison Recordings, 1933
And a book: Lee Greenwood – Does God Still Bless the USA? A Plea for a Better America