Drifting Cowboys Steel Guitarist Passed Away; New Releases; Bruce Robison Tour Diary; Free Sampler
- Steel guitarist Robert D. Norred, who was a member of Hank Williams‘ Drifting Cowboys for a short period in the late ’40s, passed away on Sunday.
New releases for the week of October 27, 2009 include:
- Also released today is a free Lost Highway sampler titled T For Texas T From Tennessee which includes songs from Ryan Bingham, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Willie Nelson, and Hayes Carll.
- Bruce Robison is currently on tour with Robert Earl Keen and Todd Snider (read a review of the tour’s Alexandria stop) and has been keeping a tour diary on YouTube.
- Watch the first video from NewFound Road‘s recent album Same Old Place at The Bluegrass Blog.
- If you’re looking to expand your Rosanne Cash catalog, Craig Shelburne recommends picking up The Wheel.
- Quotable Country – 10/26/09 Edition
- With Halloween quickly approaching, Jessica Cornett shared five songs to add to your haunting playlist.
Current $5.00 downloads on Amazon:
- A Truer Sound posted a radio recording of Wayne “The Train” Hancock from 1994 along with an unreleased demo that Hancock sent to radio stations and record companies before his first album release.
- Jimmy Wayne‘s third album, Sara Smile, will be released Nov. 23.
- Watch Dolly Parton perform “Here You Come Again” from her forthcoming Dolly: Live From London DVD.
- The Gobblers Knob recommends C.A.F., the recent EP from Exebelle & Rusted Cavalcade. (MySpace)
The opening track, “I Wont Love You to Death (But I’ll Love You to the Door)” is a honky-tonk number that has some serious sawdust on it’s heels. On certain tracks, specifically “Tomorrow I’m a Ghost”, the crying of the pedal steel of Kerry Hutcherson that opens the song is an indispensable table-setter while the homespun vocals of Phillip Heeson III warmly wrap around the mandolin that crawls into the tune.
- Starting next March, Crystal Shawanda will tour with Reba McEntire. (via That Nashville Sound)
- Country Haiku:
For your convenience
I have numbered my heartaches
Also my troubles
- American Songwriter published an interview with Tim Easton on the subjects of his recording process and the Alaska bluegrass scene. Scroll to the bottom to listen to several live recordings.
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