Country Stars Remember Kitty Wells; New Little Big Town Album Due in September; Punch Brothers Announce New Tour Dates

Juli Thanki | July 18th, 2012

  • Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, and Lee Ann Womack all made statements about Kitty Wells’ passing.
  • Janis Martin’s final album, The Blanco Sessions, will be released on September 18. The album, produced by Rosie Flores and Bobby Trimble, was funded through Kickstarter. (via press release)
  • Punch Brothers announced a bunch of new North American tour dates.
  • Out August 5: Catherine Britt’s Always Never Enough, which she co-produced with Bill Chambers. The album also features a collaboration with Guy Clark.
  • Coming out September 11: Little Big Town’s fifth studio album, Tornado. (via press release)
  • Bob Dylan’s new album, Tempest, also has a September 11 release date.
  • Hellbound Glory, Shooter Jennings, Rachel Brooke, and more are slated to play the 2013 MoonRunners Fest in Chicago.
  • A couple of Good Samaritans helped a wheelchair-bound fan see a Blake Shelton concert.
  • Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” went double platinum, while Billy Currington’s “Good Directions” and Luke Bryan’s “Rain is a Good Thing” were both certified platinum.
  • Woody Guthrie’s family held an intimate gathering to mark his 100th birthday.
  • RollingStone.com premiered “Come Back Little Star” from Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood’s solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. The song is a Hood-Kelly Hogan collaboration.
  • Stream Zoe Muth’s new EP, Old Gold.
  • Keith Urban is on the cover of Australian GQ.
  • The Bluegrass Today Album of the Week is Rhonda Vincent’s All American Bluegrass Girl.
  • A one-hour special taped at last year’s Johnny Cash Music Festival will air on GAC July 28. PBS affiliates will also air the program during the summer.
  • Tracy Byrd and his wife were in a car accident. Thankfully, neither they nor the other driver had any life-threatening injuries.
  1. Ken Morton, Jr.
    July 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

    The upcoming Corb Lund album is one of my favorites of the year and “Dig Gravedigger Dig” is one of the many reasons why.

  2. bob
    July 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I’ll have to check out the Catherine Britt album. Love her voice so for me it’s just a question of the songs.

  3. Leeann Ward
    July 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

    I’m excited about the Catherine Britt album, especially with Bill Chambers co-producing it and the Guy Clark participation. It’s gotta be good.

  4. Barry Mazor
    July 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Plus, Corb Lund’s record has some very nice things to say about cows. Unusual, some would say.

  5. Jack Williams
    July 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

    “Plus, Corb Lund’s record has some very nice things to say about cows. Unusual, some would say.”

    I’m intrigued.

    I’ve seen the video for Gettin’ Down to the Mountain, which I guess will be on the album as well. Good song.

  6. Barry Mazor
    July 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

    The song is “Cows Around.”

  7. Rick
    July 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I look forward to hearing that new Catherine Britt album eventually. Back when she was a guest on Music City Roots in the fall of 2011, Catherine said she and Bill Chambers were in Austin recording an album as “The Hillbilly Killers”! (lol) I guess it grew into something a bit bigger during the process…

    Its nice to read that Will Hoge is earning some songwriter royalties from airplay on AirHead Country Radio! Good show!

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