George Strait to Release Live Record; Nickel Creek Goes Platinum; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | August 19th, 2014

  • George Strait will release a live album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, on September 16. On August 29, CMT will air a two-hour special that was shot at that concert.
  • John Fullbright will be on Letterman August 28.
  • Angaleena Presley, the new American Songwriter Writer of the Week, talks about her new album, co-writing with Gretchen Peters, and more in this Q&A. Presley also charmed the hell out of me when she opened for Marty Stuart last Saturday, but more on that later.
  • The Secret Sisters are going to appear on Friday night’s episode of The Tonight Show. (via press release)
  • Nickel Creek’s self-titled album, which was released on Sugar Hill in 2000, has been certified platinum. (via press release)
  • Mac Wiseman will celebrate Songs from My Mother’s Hand with songs and stories at the Franklin Theatre on October 21. This is a pretty rare event, so if you’re near Franklin, Tenn., you need to go to it.
  • American Aquarium’s BJ Barham says the band has finished making an album of “the best group of songs” they’ve ever recorded together. The record will be released in early 2015.
  • David Morris of Bluegrass Today makes the case for Hazel Dickens’ induction into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
  • The “absolutely magnetic” Billy Joe Shaver celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday with a show in L.A.
  • Adam Gold (The Nashville Scene) put together a list of 19 must-see clips from The Johnny Cash Show.
  • Robbie Fulks was on BBC Radio Scotland the other day; listen to the interview here. (warning: autoplay)
  • Sasha Frere-Jones in the August 25 issue of The New Yorker: Until recently, country music was seen as stylistically retrograde—conservative music for the conservative states. But the truth is more complicated. In the nineties, Garth Brooks was blending stadium rock into his country songs. He was also singing about gay rights, something that it took a Top Ten rapper two more decades to do. In 2000, when pop stars were unlikely to write songs about domestic violence, the Dixie Chicks scored a Top Twenty hit with “Goodbye Earl,” a cheerfully ruthless narrative about two friends poisoning an abusive husband. And Taylor Swift is only one of many country artists who incorporate covers of hip-hop and R&B into their live sets, a favor that is not often returned by their peers in other genres. Country refuses to die because it isn’t particularly specialized—it’s an ecumenical church that admits all comers. 
  • On September 27, Willie Nelson and Neil Young will be in  Nebraska performing at a protest concert organized by opponents of a pipeline that will carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
  • This week’s album releases:

Otis Gibbs Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth

Cory Branan The No-Hit Wonder

Paul Thorn Too Blessed to Be Stressed

Ruthie Foster Promise of a Brand New Day

Rob McCoury The 5 String Flamethrower

Smoke Dawson Fiddle

Crowe, Lawson & Williams Standing Tall and Tough

Michael-Ann Heavy Load

Town Mountain Live at the Isis

Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer The Flower of Muscle Shoals

Benjamin Booker Benjamin Booker

Dr. John Ske-Dat-De-Dat…The Spirit of Satch

Parsonsfield Afterparty

Ray Stevens Gospel Collection, Vol. 1

Elvin Bishop Can’t Even Do Wrong Right

Phil Ochs Live in Lansing, 1973

Various Artists Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited

  1. Jack Williams
    August 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I was also there on Saturday, Juli. I really liked Angeleena Presley’s set, too. Marty and the boys were great, of course.

    Are you going to see Sturgill tonight? I am. I remember you being bummed about missing him at Hill Country BBQ last fall.

    • Juli Thanki
      August 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Yep, I’ll be there. Looking forward to it!

  2. Leeann
    August 19, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Wow! The Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited album is so good!

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