Don Williams to Release New Album; Earl Scruggs Center Opens; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 13th, 2014

  • Don Williams will release a new album, Reflections, on Sugar Hill Records March 11. It will include some songs written by Townes Van Zandt, Merle Haggard and Jesse Winchester.
  • Jack Ingram has signed a new deal with Blaster Records and plans to release two albums this year.
  • The meritorious C.M. Wilcox put up another Quotable Country at Country California.
  • Listen to “She Used to Love Me a Lot” from Johnny Cash’s “lost” album Out Among the Stars, which will be released on March 25.
  • Matt Kennon announced on his Facebook page that he will be releasing a new EP on February 4.
  • Steel Magnolia’s Joshua Scott Jones has a brand new single called “Honk (If You’re Tonky).” His solo album, The Healing, comes out later this year.
  • Jennifer Nettles on working with Rick Rubin: “It’s one of those things when I think the simplest answer is the right one…I love how he is so focused on a song. People talk about that a lot in country music, ‘It’s all about the song, it’s all about the song.’ It’s all about the song everywhere. (Rubin) is so song-conscious, and from the beginning, our dialogue was always all about the song.” 
  • The Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories From the American South opened in Shelby, North Carolina. Here’s Peter Cooper’s take on it. 
  • On Saving Country Music: 10 Badass Willie Nelson Moments.
  • Hee Haw: The Musical is coming to Broadway with a score composed by Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark.
  • Check out “Make Up,” Ronnie Milsap’s new duet with Mandy Barnett.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Jason Sturgeon“Angel Eyes”

Matt Bacnis Band“Southern Belle”

Katie Armiger“Safe” 

Lucy Hale“You Sound Good to Me”

Austin Lucas“Alone in Memphis” 

Swear and Shake“Fire”

The Rigneys“Double or Nothing” 

 

  1. murtry
    January 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Ooooh. I hope Don Williams does “Lungs”! ;-)

  2. Bruce
    January 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Ah. More Don Williams. Gotta love that!

  3. Rick
    January 13, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    On that Ronnie Milsap track the female vocals do not sound like Mandy Barnett at all! Crikey mate!

    I can’t say I care much for the music of Swear and Shake’s “Fire” but that animated video is a hoot! Thumbs up.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of The Rigney’s before, but they are quite good. It never ceases to amaze me how many talented musicians there are in the bluegrass realm these days.

    So has there ever been an official announcement yet that Sugarland is kaput, or does Jennifer just want to keep us guessing? Hmm…

  4. BRUCE
    January 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    If Sugarland goes kaput, don’t know that we could tell. Rarely did one ever hear Bush singing. He would stand on stage and stare at Nettles while he strummed his guitar so I guess that part of the duo would be missed – not.

  5. murtry
    January 15, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Ugh. At least Mandy Barnett sounds like a human. Robo-Milsap must be using the cheapest auto-tuner turned up to 11.

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