Joe Diffie Delays Bluegrass Album; Blake Shelton Eyes Opry; Dierks Bentley Announces Next Single

Brody Vercher | August 11th, 2010

  • Joe Diffie‘s new album, Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album, was originally scheduled to be released later this month, but has now been pushed back to Oct. 26.
  • Farce the Music’s August edition of parodied album covers features multiple appearances from Craig Morgan.
  • In his chat with ESPN yesterday, Blake Shelton named his biggest musical influence, explained why he’ll never have his own hunting show, and revealed who is the better shot between himself and Miranda.

    You cuss like a sailor… Who’s your influence?
    Sam Kenison was a great cusser as was George Carlin, but my favorite cusser of all time Martina McBride.

  • “Depression,” the first single from Ryan Bingham‘s forthcoming album, is available for purchase at digital outlets. (Amazon | iTunes)
  • Come Oct. 12, Whitey Morgan & The 78‘s will followup their Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels album with a self-titled debut on Bloodshot Records. (via Saving Country Music)
  • A motorcycle autographed by Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, and other country stars was stolen earlier this week. The donated cycle was intended to be auctioned to benefit breast cancer research and prevention.
  • If Gary Allan and his gang ever grow up, they want to be just like Brooks & Dunn.
  • Brandon Rhyder took to his blog to address rumors that he had been fired from his booking agency and clear up any confusion behind the departure of two band members.
  • On Monday night, the Desert Rose Band played to an audience riddled with big names at Nashville’s Belcourt Theater. Peter Cooper has the details:

    […] the Desert Rose Band’s reunion concert was much more about renewal than replication. Enlivened by guest visits from Emmylou Harris and Brad Paisley, the Desert Rose Band’s original lineup presented a reunion show that existed fully in the moment, bolstered, not shackled, by memory.

  • Although it hasn’t been confirmed, an email we received suggests that Gene Watson may be the only traditional artist nominated on both the ACM and CMA ballots this year. He didn’t make it to the final list for the ACMs, and may not make it to the final five for the CMAs either, but he’s currently listed under Musical Event of the Year for his duet with Rhonda Vincent on the song “Staying Together.”
  • The next single from Dierks Bentley‘s Up On the Ridge album will be “Draw Me A Map,” which features harmony vocals from Alison Krauss.

  • For week 40 of his Nashville or Bust column, The A.V. Club’s Nathan Rabin covered the late, great Townes Van Zandt.
  • Kenny Chesney collaborated with George Jones and Grace Potter for his forthcoming album, Hemingway’s Whiskey.
  • Since his first time playing the Opry, Blake Shelton figures he’s been back about 20 times and even considers it a part of his job description as a country singer. With that kind of dedication, he just might have an invitation in his future.

    At a lunch with Opry manager Steve Buchanan in January, Shelton was asked about his opinion of the Opry and if he’d be interested in joining someday. Shelton replied that there probably wasn’t a current artist more interested or more knowledgeable about the history of country music and its artists and songwriters.

    And right after that, he said he didn’t think he’d fit in.

  • Texas Music Scene caught up with the Randy Rogers Band to discuss their new album, Burning the Day, due out on Aug. 24:

  1. Jon
    August 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Unaccountably overlooked in today’s news ;-) : I’ll be on Music City Roots tonight (7 pm CDT) with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers; other artists include the most excellent Claire Lynch Band and Gary Morris (!), along with host Jim Lauderdale and emcee extraordinaire Eddie Stubbs. The show’s audio is streamed live at, and I understand that both audio and video stream at the show’s site, .

  2. Dave D.
    August 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    You’d think ESPN would have someone spell-check Kinison.

    Looking forward to the Whitey Morgan CD.

  3. Brody Vercher
    August 11, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    You’re right, totally inexcusable on my part!

    I did come across the lineup on one of those bluegrass blogs, but only after I hit publish. Sounds like it’ll be a a good show though.

  4. Joseph
    August 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I never thought I would see “Taylor Swift” and “motorcycle” in the same sentence.

    Thank goodness Dierks’ “Draw Me a Map” is being released, since I think it’s more radio friendly than his last single. As always, Alison Krauss’ harmony vocals are absolutely beautiful.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Gene and Rhonda’s Duet is amazing. What country music should be.

  6. Drew
    August 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Great to hear Dierks will release “Draw Me A Map”, my favorite track on the album.

  7. Leeann
    August 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I’m pleased about “Draw Me A Map” too.

  8. Dan Milliken
    August 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Count me in the group excited about “Draw Me a Map” as a single. Hope we get “Bad Angel” at some point – that’s a CMA Event of the Year waiting to happen.

  9. Mayor JoBob
    August 11, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    +1 for dierks single & also, that’s quite an extra delay for Diffie’s album. That’s almost enough time to re-record the whole thing..

  10. Rick
    August 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Jon, I’ll be listening tonight as I endure most Music City Roots shows purely out of musical curiosity! (lol)

    Trailer’s album covers rate a solid “4 Hoots”. As funny as they are three Craig Morgan covers are just too many…

    The Desert Rose Band was on the Opry last night and sadly had to split a half hour segment with an “Opry Legend”. Carrie Underwood gets a whole half hour to herself on Tuesday nights when she shows up and The Desert Rose Band deserved it as well! Oh well.

    Wasn’t Blake referring to Martina specifically when she is drunk? Hmm…

    It’s amazing the Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent duet got nominated at all. Did it get any spins on Mediabase Top 40 reporting country stations? It sure deserved to.

    I can’t comment about which songs off the latest Dierks album should be singles as I haven’t heard it and don’t really care if I do. Dierks needs to get back to a more AirHead Country Radio friendly ( ie generic and mediocre) sound before he sours his welcome there among the corporate suit programmers.

  11. Ben Foster
    August 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Love Dierks Bentley’s new single. Much better than “Up On the Ridge.” I’m usually a hard sell for Dierks, but I really LOVED that single.

  12. Mike Wimmer
    August 11, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Draw Me A Map is the best song on Bentley’s album. He’s always been a really good ballad singer and writer.

    The new Ryan Bingham song is really good.

    The new Randy Rogers Band album will be their best since Roller coaster.

  13. Trailer
    August 11, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the link guys. I always appreciate the support.

    Rick, I over-did the Craig Morgan covers to satire his record company releasing so many versions of that album. (not that it works, necessarily :))

  14. Leeann Ward
    August 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I like the new Randy Rogers Band album.

  15. Ronna
    August 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Rick, gosh you are awfully harsh on Dierks considering you admit you haven’t even heard the new record! Admittedly, I am a hard core Dierks fan, so I am biased. But those “AirHead Country Radio friendly…corporate suit programmers” you mention will be eating sour grapes when Dierks wins the Album of the Year award for Up On The Ridge!

    I also think mainstream country radio listeners will start creating demand for Draw Me A Map way more than they ever did for Ridge.

    Give it a listen. Dierks might just surprise you.

  16. WAYNOE
    August 13, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I likes “Up On The Ridge” better. Has a distinct melody to it. I listened to “Draw Me a Map” and it just doesn’t stand out to me persoanlly. Glad he made the album.

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