Jerry Douglas Announces Flatt & Scruggs Tribute Album; SiriusXM Launches Y2Kountry; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | July 21st, 2014

  • JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams will release Standing Tall and Tough on Mountain Home Music August 19.
  • Closer Weekly interviewed some of Randy Travis’s friends who suggest that the singer will make a full recovery and get back on the stage.
  • Chuck Dauphin interviewed Sammy Kershaw about his George Jones tribute album, which comes out tomorrow.
  • Watch Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town sing The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira.”
  • Engine 145 friend Peter Cooper wrote a great piece on Michael Jarrett’s new book Producing Country: The Inside Story of The Great Recordings.
  • Rolling Stone Country has a fine article about Richard Marx and his forays into country songwriting.
  • Joanna Mosca will release Have a Little Mercy, a new EP, on August 19.
  • Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison discussed Our Year for the Texas Music Scene.
  • Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” went to Number One in its second week on the Billboard Hot Country charts.
  • Tom Petty was chosen as Number 22 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artists’ Choice, a list of the most influential artists in history, chosen by country stars themselves. Petty also takes on on the Catholic Church on his new album, Hypnotic Eye, which is streaming here.
  • Jerry Douglas got together with Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales, Tim O’Brien, and Johnny Warren  to make a Flatt & Scruggs cover album called The Earls of Leicester, due out on Rounder Records September 16, the same date Rounder will also release Three Bells, the Dobro album Douglas recorded with Rob Ickes and the late Mike Auldridge . (via press release)
  • The filmmakers behind the Gregg Allman biopic (in which one crew member was killed in an accident while filming on the train tracks) have been charged with manslaughter.
  • New music videos from the last week or so:

Megan and Liz“Simple Life”

Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys“Ink My Name” (Live at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country)

Tigirlily“A Little Fun”

Adam & I“If I’m Taken”

Louise Goffin“Follow My Heart”

Kasey Chambers“Wheelbarrow”

McAlister Kemp“Fight Me”

Florida Georgia Line“Dirt”

Dan + Shay“Show You Off”

Blackberry Smoke“Six Ways to Sunday”

Bart Crow“If I Go, I’m Goin’”

Justin Townes Earle“White Gardenias”

Hurray for the Riff Raff“I Know It’s Wrong (But That’s Alright)” 

Trampled by Turtles“Are You Behind the Shining Star?”

Josh Thompson“Wanted Me Gone”

Niall Toner“Million Dollar Bill”



  1. Matt
    July 21, 2014 at 10:19 am


    Thanks for the links to our stories. We’re stoked about the new look of Roughstock. It was LONG overdue!

  2. Leeann
    July 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Dang! I shouldn’t be too surprised that Kenny Rogers took co-writing credit for changing two words of a song, but I still am. It’s nice that Richard Marx can joke about it with him, but I can’t help but think it’s kind of lousy, even if it’s a typical thing to do in the music industry.

  3. mrsandydog
    July 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Not to quibble (which, I realize, it was someone says right before quibbling) — but that Eric Heatherly article doesn’t go into whatever happened to him. It just reminds us this he once happened.

  4. Leeann
    July 21, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I’ve always liked Heatherly’s version of “Flowers on the Wall” and his “Job” and, of course, his version of “Down by the Bay” from the Raffie Goes Country album.:)

  5. Andrew L.
    July 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I’m not crazy about what I’ve heard from Heatherly’s “Goats of the Kudzu” project, but all his other albums are still on fairly regular rotation for me. As far as I can tell the only way to get any of them newer than Lower East Side of Life is through his website, but I think they’re worth the extra cost.

  6. Dave D.
    July 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    If you add an Amazon link to Michael Jarrett’s book to the upcoming “This week’s album releases”, you can count on at least one purchase.

  7. luckyoldsun
    July 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    You put an unwarranted negative spin on Richard Marx’s anecdote about Kenny Rogers and him.

    As Marx tells it, he was a 19-year-old nobody and pitched his songs to Kenny Rogers. Rogers recorded two of his songs and took them to No. 1–helping to launch his career. Marx was delighted to have Rogers change the two words and take the co-writing credit. There was nothing lousy about it.

  8. Leeann Ward
    July 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I know that Marx seems to be very gracious about it and I also know that that’s how the business can go, but it was still taking advantage of a kid desperate to have songwriting success. I’ve heard other stories where artists have been more ethical with songwriters, so I know that way also exists in the business. So, it’s lousy in my book, even if it’s not unusual. I’d even understand if he had changed a few lines, but two words is ridiculous to claim any sort of songwriting credit. Dolly didn’t let Elvis do it with “I Will Always Love You”, though I suppose he really didn’t deserve credit, since he didn’t even change two words.

  9. luckyoldsun
    July 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    You say Marx is very gracious–again implying that he should feel aggrieved. Well, apparently, he DOESN’T feel aggrieved–He feels gratitude to Rogers for helping to launch his career. At that point in his career, Rogers had his choice of songs from the top songwriters–and he chose this kid.

    It’s not as if Rogers was going around claiming to have written the song. It’s just a matter of divvying up the revenues.

    Hey, if I (someone with zero track record) wrote a song today and managed to pitch it to Luke Bryan–and he called me up and said that he changed a couple of words and wants to cut it, listing us as co-writers, the last thing that I would feel is that I was being taken advantage of. I’d be jumping up and down and urging him to cut it right away–before he changes his mind. And I’d be thinking that if he has a #1 hit with it, I’ll buy a house with my share of the royalties.

  10. Leeann Ward
    July 21, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    As for me, I’d realize I’d written a crappy song if Luke Bryan ended up being the one who wanted to cut it and I’d just give him all the writing credit.

  11. Leeann Ward
    July 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Well, that was a mighty unnecessarily flippant comment I just made there and the better angels of my nature make me regret it.

    I do maintain that we’ll have to agree to disagree, LOS, because I still don’t think it is an ethical practice to take songwriting credit for changing two words of a song. I don’t care how grateful Marx may be about it. To me, as somebody who is not an industry insider, it’s a black and white matter and I tend to find grey in many situations.

  12. Bruce
    July 22, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    LW, Don’t apologize for your Bryant comment. You were more gracious than I would have been.

  13. Bobby P.
    July 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks for the link to my one hit wonder article!

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