Guy Clark Announces New Album; Country Music’s Darkest Day Remembered; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | March 4th, 2013

  • Guy Clark’s camp went to Facebook to announce that he will be releasing a new album called My Favorite Picture of You this spring.
  • Peter Cooper wrote a phenomenal piece for the Tennessean on the 50th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that took the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes. 
  • Collin Raye is putting the finishing touches on a yet-untitled Glen Campbell tribute album that will have Ricky Skaggs appear as a guest star.
  • Did Martina McBride and Republic part ways?
  • Jana Kramer will be appearing in a new film called Approaching Midnight. You can catch the trailer here.
  • Joey + Rory’s 5th Annual Bib and Buckle Fest will be held at their farmhouse in Pottsville, Tenn. on June 1. Joey says, “One added feature we will have at the festival this year is a Songwriter’s Stage in the big barn where we do a lot of the TV show taping.  You will be able to hear some of the best singer-songwriters sing their songs and tell the stories behind them.” (via press release)
  • Big & Rich were awarded the CRS 2013 Artist Humanitarian Award at Country Radio Seminar for their work with visiting individual patients in hospitals, staging benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the 173rd Airborne Memorial, and their international outreach in Uganda, Sudan, Haiti and Kenya.
  • Craig Morgan has entered a dogsled race in the Arctic Circle.
  • The Center for Copyright Information launched the Copyright Alert System, a “six strikes program” to help curb the illegal downloading of music.
  • Alvin Breeden of bluegrass band Alvin Breeden & the Virginia Cutups passed away at the age of 70.
  • Another Texan, Casey Donahew, is releasing Stand Off on the same date.
  • Marty Raybon and Full Circle will release Back Forty on March 26. (via press release)
  • Jewly Hight did an interview with The SteelDrivers’ Gary Nichols for CMT Edge. An excerpt: “I’d had the lonesome songs, but I didn’t have a killin’ song until I joined the band. Normally, I don’t set out to write a particular song or for a particular artist. I just write whatever’s on my mind. … “Shallow Grave” and “When You Don’t Come Home,” we set out to write a particular type of song, and fortunately we were successful. Because lots of times, when you plan to write something, it fails. It was definitely a fun way for me to vent and be a little bit violent because that’s the opposite of my character.”
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Craig Campbell and Troy Cassar-Daley“The Sunshine Club”

Ashley Monroe “Like a Rose”

Eric Welford“What Country Is”

Cody Purvis “Rednecks in the Ryman”

Dustin Craig “I Can’t Turn Back Time”

The Henningsens “American Beautiful”

Lincoln Durham “Ballad of a Prodigal Son”

Maddison Krebs “Kisses”

Tasha Blackmore “Permanent Memory”

Gord Bamford “Farm Girl Strong”

Luke Bryan “Buzzkill”

Kait Lawson “Memphis”

The Dirty Guv’nahs “Fairlane”

Courtney Jaye “Say Oh Say”

Jerrod Niemann “Only God Could Love You More”

Steve Earle “Invisible”

Caitlin Rose “Only a Clown”

Eli Young Band “Life at Best”


  1. Saving Country Music
    March 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I clicked on the link for the Eric Welford video for “What Country Is” to see if it was a country protest song. I found out that it probably deserves to have one written about it.

  2. Rick
    March 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Item from above: “Did Martina McBride and Republic part ways?” To heck with that, I’m still trying to figure out if Sunny Sweeney and Republic Nashville have parted ways? Crikey!

    The female artists in the above videos list kick the tushies of the guys for the most part. Canadian teeny-bopper cutie Maddison Krebs has a perfect pop country voice, now all she needs is some good material. Scottish lass Tasha Blackmore needs a suntan and better enunciation, but her languid delivery is interesting. Kait Lawson is a welcome addition to the roster of female Americana artists and strikes me as a Memphis version of Kathleen Edwards without the anger issues. Courtney Jaye has a nice voice but this song was just too repetitious. The Caitlin Rose video was a bit out there, but the song sounds like Kim Richey in her “Glimmer” phase. Ashley just kicks butt period Hippie Annie or not. The Craig Campbell /Troy Cassar-Daley video was a nice little tour of Tamworth NSW during the Country Music Festival back in January. It’s nice to know the Aussies appreciate Craig’s music at least!

    Peter Cooper has a very unique writing style. I think if he were transported back to the mid 1950’s, he’d make a good beatnik! (lol)

  3. Chancy Rogers
    March 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Eric Welford is what country is . Great story , great artist. Go check out the whole album on iTunes . “One Drink At A Time” has a great old country feel

  4. Leigh Hillman
    March 17, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Eric Welford brings back that country sound people love and miss. HE IS Definatly one to keep an eye on. He is moving up the ladder fast. for more on this young man.

  5. Tianey Welford
    March 18, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Eric Welford’s new Album is “One Drink at A Time”, its on iTunes and Amazon and more. Eric is 23 now, served a year in Afghanistan. Now is a U.S. vet, His Bio is on his revernation music page. Other videos on You Tube.

  6. Diana Pierce
    March 21, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I listened to Eric Welfords song, it was great. He sounds great. Love the songs he writes, & sings.

  7. Camille
    March 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Eric Welford is a rising STAR! Love the entire album “One Drink at a Time”. True Country!

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