Don Henley, John Fogerty to Release New Solo Albums; Cyndi Thomson Returns; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | February 4th, 2013

  • The Eagles’ Don Henley will release a new solo album called Cass County in May. Henley said the album “leans towards country. Some of it’s traditional country, some of it is what you might call alt-country, and I’ve got a lot of interesting guest vocalists and musicians on there with me. I made a lot of the album in Nashville. Some of it was recorded here in Dallas and some of it was recorded in Southern California. I’m pretty pleased with it.” 
  • John Fogerty’s Wrote a Song for Everyone will be released May 28 on Vanguard Records. (via press release)
  • A decade after walking away from the music business, songstress Cyndi Thomson (“What I Really Meant to Say”) is back with new music.
  • In one of the least likely surprises of all time, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are the top American Idol earners of 2012.
  • Justin Moore will head out on his Outlaws Like Me Tour in March. It’ll be his first headlining tour.
  • Radio.com posted a video interview with Kix Brooks in which he talks about his current single, “Moonshine Road”: “There was this old roadhouse” near where he grew up, he says with a smile on his face, where “we got in fights, we picked up girls, we drank beer, there was always trouble. You knew something was going to happen when you went down there.”
  • Four-time Grammy winner and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan, was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack.
  • Jack Ingram filmed a cute little commercial for grocer H-E-B that aired during Super Bowl programming in Texas.
  • LeAnn Rimes is evidently “down on the corner, singing for nickels in her second-hand stockings.”
  • The Grand Ole Opry released a video interview with Lisa Marie Presley where she talks about what it meant to play the stage that her father played many decades before.
  • Check out the track listing for Willie Nelson’s 4/16 release, Let’s Face the Music and Dance.
  • Travis Tritt is this month’s featured artist over at My Kind of Country.
  • The annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards were held last week. Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Kim Elking, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick and Beth Weil, while Bean Creek and Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players tied for best band.
  • Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott will mentor singers from Adam Levine’s team on The Voice.
  • The Boot posted a feature on Kris Kristofferson. An excerpt: “I always had to wait until something hit me and I could write it,” he says. “But when I would cut an album, to me it represented the time that I spent since the last one. Just the way I was looking at the world.”
  • New music videos from the last week or so:

Holly Williams“Drinkin’”

Matthew Mayfield“Track You Down”

Whiskey Shivers“Jealous Heart”

Travis Collins“Small Town”

Adam Toms“Rich Man”

Rebekah Northern “Hey Baby”

Rich O’Toole“Messin’ Around”

Cody McCarver “Outlaws and Trains”

Hillary McBride and Blaine Larsen“Water & Oil”

Louise Day“Nothingville”

Truth & Salvage Co. – “Hail Hail”

  1. Rick
    February 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Will the new Cyndi Thomson album feature similar photos to the first one? Hmmm…(lol)

    The Question is asked: ““In the Wake of Sandy Hook, Does Country Music Have a Gun Problem?” The host of the TV show “Fear Factor” Joe Rogan recently said something that kinds of sums up that situation. Joe said: “This country has a mental health problem disguised as a gun problem, and a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem”. Its all of the psycho-active drugs that are known to cause “suicidal and homicidal ideation” that these mass murderers are taking that are the real problem. So what’s Obama doing to take these out of people’s hands?

    So Hillary Scott is helping Adam Levine compete against Team Blake eh? That is just so thrilling…zzzzz

    It would be so much better if Miranda Lambert instead wanted to compete against Carrie and Taylor! They could have a fan vote to pick either Roller Derby, Mud Wrestling, or Cat Fighting! (lol)

  2. Luckyoldsun
    February 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    When you’re talking about honest-to-goodness albums–I mean a set of new recordings conceived of as a single project, and released together as one–not tracks grabbed from anywhere and slapped together by a record label–is there anyone who’s released anywhere near as many albums as Willie Nelson? Heck, Willie may have recorded more albums than the next two most prolific artists combined. And almost all of them are good, too.

    Maybe smoking weed actually makes people more productive.

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