Daryle Singletary Returns to the Studio; NPR Premieres Shovels & Rope’s Swimmin’ Time; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 18th, 2014

  • John Mellencamp will “embrace his Americana roots” on his new LP, Plain Spoken, out September 23.
  • Cumulus has launched its Nash Icon format on multiple radio stations stations.
  • Check out the  trailer for The Song, a new movie about a singer-songwriter whose hit record leads to family drama.
  • In other film news, the documentary Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me will be released in New York and Nashville theaters on October 24, with a nationwide release to follow. You can watch the trailer here.
  • Listen to Kenny Chesney’s “Flora-Bama,” which will be on his next album, The Big Revival 
  • Angaleena Presley released a lyric video for “Ain’t No Man,” the first single on her upcoming solo album.
  • Logan Brill performed a four-song acoustic concert that you can stream over at Daytrotter.
  • Bob Dylan came in at Number 18 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artists’ Choice.
  • Brad Paisley leaked his song “American Flag on the Moon” from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center.
  • Meet Alexis Cunningham, one of SiriusXM’s fresh female voices of country music.
  • Tim McGraw scored his 50th Top 10 hit with “Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s.”
  • What happens when you’re George Strait’s backup singer and your golden goose retires from the road? Marty Slayton Jordan lets you know in Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean column.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard looks like he’s working on a new project too, based on this note he posted on his Facebook page: “went in and listened to what we recorded a few weeks ago..it stands up on its hind legs and makes a fist..  you may not like the singer or the songs but you will like the way it sounds..  i really don’t know where these gnawed off pieces of obscureness come from and sometimes i even wonder why i can’t write somewhat remotely close to mainstream commercial popular type songs that maybe somebody else might record some day but then..i get a headache thinking about that and i quit and get grateful that as an old cat at least my songs aren’t metaphor deficient and i still can lay down a groove that make the hip bones wanna do the shaka shaka boom boom ugha ugha whomp whomp.” 
  • Bassist Jason Moore has left Mountain Heart.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Doug Bruce“Broke Down Heart”

Nu-Blu and Sam Moore “Jesus and Jones”

Mick Lindsay“Imaginary Girl”

Small Town Pistols“If I Had a Heart” (Vikings theme song)

Michaela Anne“Ease My Mind” (Live at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country)

Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys“Walk of Life” (Live at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country)

Gwen Sebastian“Small Town Soul”

Chasin’ Crazy“That’s How We Do Summertime”

Stephanie Quayle“Sugar High”

Christie Lamb“Wish You Were a Cowboy”

John Berry“Please Come to Boston” (Tour Bus Covers)

Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry“Keep It to Yourself” (CMT Crossroads)

Eric Church“Cold One”

Erica Bryan“This House is Haunted”

  1. Leeann
    August 18, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I cannot wait to hear that Shovels and Rope album!!

    I didn’t realize Mellancamp had signed a lifetime record deal. I wonder how exactly that works/what it means? I just hope his next album won’t be recorded in mono again.

  2. luckyoldsun
    August 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    It probably doesn’t mean anything. It’s just a publicity gimmick.

    If it does mean something, then “Mellencamp vs. Republic” is sure to be a fine sequel for everyone who loved “Tim McGraw vs. Mike Curb.”

  3. luckyoldsun
    August 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    “The Big Revival”?

    Does that mean Chesney is reviving, er taking a crack at the song that didn’t go anywhere for John Anderson or Montgomery Gentry?
    Great song, but maybe country radio isn’t ready to joke about the subject matter.

  4. Scooter
    August 18, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Jim Lauderdale is someone I always wanted to check out and for some reason never did. Ive just seen his name around for years and heard a little here and there. Anyone familiar with his music have an opinion on what the definative Jim Lauderdale album would be? I know he has released a ton of albums over the years so that might be a difficult question.

  5. nm
    August 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Nice news about Singletary. I always enjoy his work.

  6. Occasional Hope
    August 18, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Yes, I think it is that song, LOS.

    My personal favourite Jim Lauderdale album is Whisper.

  7. Jack Williams
    August 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    My personal favorite from Jim Lauderdale is Headed for the Hills, which was his first collaboration with famed Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Kind of a acoustic Americana effort. His latest album “I’m a Song” is very good and maybe as good as any to start with. It’s more of a straight country album. He’s done a lot of good bluegrass albums and I have a hard time picking between them

  8. luckyoldsun
    August 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    •Tim McGraw scored his 50th Top 10 hit with “Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s.”

    The Billboard article says that only five other country artists have had 50 top 10’s, but it doesn’t name them.

    My off-the-cuff guess would be Arnold, Strait, Twitty, Haggard, and Pride.
    But I can see Tammy, Dolly or Reba possibly being in there.

  9. Jeremy Dylan
    August 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    @SCOOTER: Depending on where your tastes lie, I’d say I’m A Song (the new record), Pretty Close to the Truth (if you can find it) or Whisper are pretty good options for a newcomer.
    If you like bluegrass, check out The Bluegrass Diary (that won Jim his second Grammy) and Carolina Moonrise.

    Shameless plug: There’s a new documentary about Jim coming out next month, that will be available at jimaluderdale.com

    No idea who directed it, but they sound handsome.

  10. Jeremy Dylan
    August 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Correcting my typo, that should be http://jimlauderdalemovie.com

  11. Leeann
    August 19, 2014 at 12:18 am

    My favorite Jim Lauderdale albums are his collaborations with Ralph Stanley.

  12. Paul W Dernnis
    August 19, 2014 at 6:38 am

    It seems that whoever wrote that Billboard article had some bum information. As of 1993, 13 country artists had 50 top tens

    Eddy Arnold 92
    George Jones 79
    Conway Twitty 75
    Merle Haggard 71
    Ernest Tubb 58
    Red Foley 56
    Webb Pierce 54
    Dolly Parton 54
    Waylon Jennings 53
    Johnny Cash 52
    Charley Pride 52
    Jim Reeves 51
    Loretta Lynn 51

    That was twenty-one years ago, so surely the list is up to around twenty artists by now

  13. Dave D.
    August 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Jim Lauderdale’s The Other Sessions is my favorite; just a great country records, IMO.

  14. Jack Williams
    August 19, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I heard the guy who made the documentary talks funny.

    That’s great news. I’ll definitely buy a copy when it goes on sale.

    The second album that Jim did with Ralph Stanley was the first of his I ever got. Got it as a freebie when I renewed my No Depression magazine subscription one year. Here’s a cute video of one of the songs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOo2mDRPE7c

  15. luckyoldsun
    August 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Paul,
    Good info. It’s pretty disgraceful that Billboard editors can’t even get musical history remotely right regarding even their own publication.

    The list is probably not at 20 yet. Other than Strait and McGraw, the only artists who I figure could have joined the list since ’93 would be Reba and Willie (if he was just shy of it in ’93). Jackson, B&D, Toby and Chesney should be close now–but it doesn’t look like the former two are still in the radio game.

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