CMT Launches Roots Blog; Lucinda Williams to Perform at Bridge School Benefit; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | September 11th, 2012

  • CMT launched a roots blog called CMT Edge.
  • The late Donna Hilley will be honored with the 2012 Frances Williams Preston Mentor Award from the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation.
  • Lucinda Williams and Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers are among the acts that will perform at Neil Young’s 26th annual Bridge School Benefit, which will be held October 20-21.
  • Here’s a sneak peek of Little Big Town’s Lady Gaga cover on CMT Unplugged. The rest of the show will go up on CMT’s site later today.
  • Country California has the lowdown on Jamey Johnson’s Hank Cochran tribute record.
  • Sunday’s Broncos-Steelers game marked the beginning of Faith Hill’s sixth season singing the Sunday Night Football intro. If you missed it, you can watch here.
  • Here’s a preview of the new video for Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah.”
  • NPR recently aired a feature on the book/CD Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios. American Studios is where Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis was recorded; it’s also where Merrilee Rush cut “Angel of the Morning” and BJ Thomas recorded “Hooked on a Feeling,” to just name a couple of the hits made there.
  • Framed lyrics to “Independence Day,” handwritten by Gretchen Peters and signed by Martina McBride, are being auctioned off to benefit Nashville’s Agape Animal Rescue.
  • Josh Turner’s “Time is Love” and The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow have both gone gold.
  • Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s newest Trail Mix features songs from Tift Merritt, The Grass Cats, and Eric Brace & Last Train Home. 
  • Bluegrass Today posted video of their interview with Doyle Lawson.
  • This week’s album releases:

Kathy Mattea Calling Me Home

The Time Jumpers The Time Jumpers

Chris Knight Little Victories

Avett Brothers The Carpenter

The Grass Cats The Mountains My Baby and Me

Little Big Town Tornado

Bob Dylan Tempest

Patterson Hood Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance

Kix Brooks New to This Town

Bucky Covington Good Guys

Steve Forbert – Over with You

Jerry Jeff Walker – Live from Dixie’s Bar & Bus Stop

The Dirty River Boys – Science of Flight

Mark Houser & Bluegrass Drive – Uneven Road

 

  1. Matt
    September 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    I usually don’t like piano driven ballads, but really like the “it’s never alright” track from dwight’s upcoming album. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Been listening to Chris Knight’s new album all morning, solid as usual.

  2. Jon
    September 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Look for some exciting stuff going up soon on CMT Edge – I mean, not that there’s not some already there, but more’s on the way in the near future.

    In other news, I’ll be filling in again with the Del McCoury Band on the Grand Ole Opry tonight…

  3. nm
    September 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Is it wrong of me that I hear “CMT Edge” in the voice of Kylie Harris (of the late Edge of Country on GAC)?

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