Haggard, Nelson, Kristofferson & Shelton to Perform at Grammys; Chuck Mead Signs with Plowboy; Isbell Releases New Music Videos

Juli Thanki | December 19th, 2013

  • First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas is holding a memorial service for Ray Price on Saturday afternoon.
  • Remember last week when you read in a news roundup that the “lost” Johnny Cash album Out Among the Stars will get released next year? Of course you do. Listen to a very short snippet of one of the songs, “She Used to Love Me a Lot,” in this trailer for the project.
  • Chuck Mead has signed with Plowboy Records. He’ll release his next album, Free State Serenade, on March 4. (via press release)
  • Here’s Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby playing “Christmas Time’s A-Comin’” for Conan. (warning: autoplay)
  • In other late night television news, Rosanne Cash will appear on Letterman January 16. (via press release)
  • Country Music Television, like the History Channel and Learning Channel, really needs to change its name.
  • Jason Isbell, Neko Case, Sarah Jarosz, The Milk Carton Kids, Kacey Musgraves, and Dale Watson will all appear on new Austin City Limits episodes, which begin airing on January 4.
  • Jewly Hight conducted a fine interview with Paul Burch.
  • Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside have broken up.
  • A new collection of country album covers just got Farced.
  • A while ago Jason Isbell made a request for people to send him pictures of loved ones affected by cancer that he could use in his “Elephant” music video. Apparently lots of folks contributed, because Isbell now has five “Elephant” videos.
  • Folkie Stone Jack Jones will release his next record, Ancestor, on March 4. Patty Griffin contributes background vocals to one of his new songs, “The State I’m In;” listen here.
  • American Songwriter’s January sampler includes cuts from Tony Joe White and Doug Paisley.
  • You’re in luck, Middle Tennesseans: WMAK (1570 AM) is becoming an all-bluegrass station on December 26.

 

  1. Dave D.
    December 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I’m extremely disappointed that Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside have broken up. I liked them a lot, and hope that guitarist Jeff Munger turns up in another band.

  2. murtry
    December 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Nice. That Johnny Cash album is already looking up with a cover of a pretty good David Allan Coe song.

  3. murtry
    December 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Whoops. Look like DAC didn’t write “She Used to Love me a Lot” … though he did make it famous.

  4. Rick
    December 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Last night’s “Special Guest” on Music City Roots was Gunnar (Sam Palladio) who brought along some of his favorite co-writers in Trent Dabbs (not my cup of tea, mate) and Striking Matches. He really should have brought along Scarlett instead! (lol) The surprise hit was the twanging instrumental band Steelism which Keith Bilbry absolutely loved! Good stuff!

    AM Music Stations (well, except for WSM) mostly fell out of favor in the late 1960′s due to the FM band displacing them with vastly superior sound quality. Nowadays AM radio tends to sound even worse than it did all those decades ago and is barely suitable for music radio. It’s a shame HD Radio hasn’t become a standard feature on all auto and home stereo radios and receivers as HD AM stations sound just as good as HD FM stations! Crikey!

    I truly hope Chuck Mead gets back to his roots and heads towards to the BR5-49 sound rather than his last Americana venture “Journeyman’s Wager”. Chuck should just embrace being one of the best true “hillbilly” music artists working these days…

    I’ll have to figure out when Austin City Limits gets aired on my cable TV system now that they are featuring some artists I’d like to see.

    Among Trailer’s re-touched album covers this go round, I have to say the Krystal Keith cover is by far my favorite! (lol)

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