Dwight Yoakam Re-Signs with Warner Bros.; Artists Revisit Cash’s Bitter Tears; New Music Videos
- Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of The Ramones, passed away on July 11. In recent years, Ramone played in roots duo Uncle Monk.
- Warner Brothers has re-signed Dwight Yoakam, who’ll release a new album later in the year (one of the songs will be a cover of “Who’ll Stop the Rain”). He’s currently starring on Under the Dome.
- Ashley Monroe was discharged from a Nashville hospital yesterday after being admitted with a severe kidney infection late last week. She’ll resume her tour on July 18 in Cincinnati. (via press release)
- Sarah Buxton, Daniel Tashian, Kate York, and Ian Fitchuk formed a band called Skyline Motel. They released a self-titled EP that you can sample here.
- There aren’t any other details except for a mysterious pre-sale listing on Amazon, but it looks like Randy Travis may have recorded a second duets album back when he did his first one, as Influence 2: The Man I Am is scheduled to be released by Warner Nashville on August 12.
- Sugarland’s Kristian Bush released a lyric video for his first solo single, “Trailer Hitch.”
- Shania Twain to The Calgary Herald: “[Recording is] my priority this year and I will be in the studio as soon as I can get in, get my ducks in a row — I’m working on it all the time right now.”
- Meet Andy Roberts, the guy who’ll be the first fan on the planet to find out where Garth Brooks will kick off his upcoming world tour. In other Garth news, Trisha Yearwood is joining Brooks’ tour.
- The adroit C.M. Wilcox has a new Quotable Country feature up over at Country California.
- Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Bill Miller, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are just a few of the artists contributing to Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, a tribute album being released by Sony Masterworks on August 19.
- Tracy Byrd is this month’s featured artist over at My Kind of Country.
- Sharla McIver wrote a nice piece about Mary Sarah’s new album for Country Standard Time. Here’s an excerpt: “Getting the stars to agree to lend their voices, and their songs, to a mostly-unknown artist was not as difficult as it might seem. Once they heard her voice, they seemed sold. Perhaps it is Mary Sarah’s love for Patsy Cline, who originally recorded the song, also the first classic country song Mary Sarah learned while on the Texas Opry circuit, or the ease with which Nelson’s voice and hers blend. But with “Crazy,” it is often difficult to remember it is a 17- or 18-year-old girl singing with the legendary singer/songwriter.”
- Vince Gill counted down his 14 favorite guitarists for Rolling Stone Country.
- More love for Sturgill Simpson, this time from Salon.com: “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is a masterful work of musical experimentation, but it’s not revivalist: actually, it’s future-forward. Sure, it can be tempting to label it vintage-goes-bizarre, particularly the minute those pedal steel vamps swivel like a Southern version of a Rod Serling soundtrack – you’re traveling through another dimension, alright, and it’s nowhere near Music Row. But what it really is, if you strip away all the noise, is a truly modern offering. Sturgill Simpson isn’t the second coming of Waylon Jennings. He’s more likely on the path to becoming country music’s Radiohead.”
- Meet the Locust Honey String Band and stream their new album, Never Let Me Cross Your Mind.
- Leroy Troy, Roland White, and The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band were honored with Trailblazer Awards at Uncle Dave Macon Days.
- Rita Ballou had Sunny Sweeney in the studio at KOKE FM to talk about her new album, Provoked.
- Which of the states are “most conducive to life inside a theoretical country song“? Real estate blog Estately ranked them all, from Oklahoma to New Jersey.
- KJZZ uploaded a quick podcast with Phoenix Magazine managing editor Niki D’Andrea about the history of country music in Arizona.
- New music videos and key live performances from the past week or so:
Emily West – “Sea of Love”
Josh Thompson – “Wanted Me Gone”
Hannah Blaylock with Autumn McEntire – “Burned the Forest”
John Berry – “Ships That Don’t Come In”
Julie Roberts – “Good Wine and Bad Decisions”
Kip Moore – “Dirt Road”
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison – “Motor City Man”
Paul Brandt – “Forever Summer”
Beverly Mahood – “Sunday I’m An Angel”
Puss N Boots – “Tarnished Angel”
Monroeville – “Be Natural”
Maggie Chapman – “Wonder Woman” (lyric video)
Florida Georgia Line – “Dirt”
Caleb Caudle – “Trade All the Lights”
House of Hats – “Close to Me”
The Tillers – “Willy Dear”
Spanish Gold – “Day Drinkin’”
David Rosales – “Too Young to Know Better”
- Stuart Munro: I think this just moves the location of the discussion, Jack. If I named a bunch of rock artists who …
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …
- Roger: Fabulous interview and fantastic new music that I will listen to over and over again.