Hot Rize Announces New Album; Bloodshot Compiles 20th Anniversary Sampler; Record Releases

Juli Thanki | July 22nd, 2014

  • Hot Rize will release When I’m Free, their first studio album in 24 years, on September 30. Listen to one of their new songs, “Blue is Fallin’,” here.
  • Randy Lewis wrote a fine feature on country music’s international appeal.
  • Reba’s got a new video for “Pray for Peace,” and she’s giving away the song on her website.
  • The July 31 issue of Rolling Stone includes a lengthy piece on Old Crow Medicine Show.
  • The Complete Earl Scruggs Story is streaming on Hulu.
  • Jon Pareles of The New York Times reviewed Sunday’s Pete Seeger memorial concert at Lincoln Center.
  • You’re going to hear a lot about 22-year-old guitarist Benjamin Booker this year. NPR just premiered his video for “Have You Seen My Son.”
  • The final show of Shania Twain’s two-year Vegas residency is scheduled for December 13, 2014. (via press release)
  • The main idea behind Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music: “Give yourself to love, don’t sweat the small stuff, and try not to be a dick.”
  • Filmmaker Bob Burton has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund a documentary on the life of Henry Lewy, the producer/engineer behind albums like The Flying Burrito Brothers’ The Gilded Palace of Sin, Neil Young’s Harvest and Joni Mitchell’s Blue.
  • Stephen Deusner picked 10 essential Tom Petty songs for CMT.com.
  • A portion of the proceeds from Sunny Sweeney’s Provoked will benefit an organization called Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit which aims to “support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused or neglected child can be safe, establish permanence and have the opportunity to thrive.”
  • The Country Music Association and Music Choice have formed a partnership that will result in CMA content being featured on Music Choice’s channels and on-demand service.
  • This week’s album releases (if you dig these news roundups and other content on E145, we’d appreciate it if you’d purchase your music through the affiliate links below. It doesn’t cost you extra, but we get a portion of each purchase that helps us keep the lights on):

Kelley Mickwee You Used to Live Here

Dom Flemons Prospect Hill

Chris Smither Still on the Levee

Roger Creager – Road Show

Bend the River So Long Joan Fontaine

Steve Gulley Family, Friends & Fellowship

Nathan Marshall What Ships are For

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper On Down the Line

Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics

Hook & Anchor Hook & Anchor

Sammy Kershaw Do You Know Me? A Tribute to George Jones

Bobby Patterson I Got More Soul!

Brian Larney Jupiter with You

Ward Thomas From Where We Stand

Pat Green Here We Go (remastered)

  • And a book:

Carla Jean Whitley Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: How the Swampers Changed American Music

  1. Jeremy Dylan
    July 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I did a podcast on Joni Mitchell’s BLUE album recently and was wondering if there was a good bio of Henry Lewy out there. This film seems just the ticket.

  2. Leeann
    July 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    The Sammy Kershaw tribute to George Jones is pretty good on first listen. Of course, Sammy’s no George, but their similarities have always been known and directly singing George’s songs brings out the similarities even more prominently.

    Kelley MicKwee’s album is sounding so far too. I really like “Beautiful Accident”, a duet with Owen Temple. I like the song a lot, but I particularly like the piana riff.

  3. paul w dennis
    July 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    The Kershaw album is really noteworthy for its song selections. Other than “I’ll Share My World With You”, it omits none of George’s best songs

  4. Leeann
    July 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Dang! Let me write my above sentence again!:

    Kelley MicKwee’s album is sounding good so far too. I really like “Beautiful Accident”, a duet with Owen Temple. I like the song a lot, but I particularly like the piano riff throughout the song.

  5. luckyoldsun
    July 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Nobody can do Karaoke George Jones like Kershaw!

  6. Lynchie from Aberdeen
    July 23, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Delighted to hear that Hot Rize have a new album coming out – and thanks for the link to that preview track. If the rest of the album is half as good as “Blue Is Fallin”, it’ll be a cracker.
    Any word if they’re going to resurrect Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers?

    (Apologies for posting this earlier on the wrong page)

  7. Michael A.
    July 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Has anyone else had a difficult time trying to get the free download from the Reba site?

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