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Juli Thanki | March 25th, 2014

  • Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison will release their second duets album, Our Year, on May 27. The 10-song record will include their fantastic version of “Harper Valley P.T.A.” as well as a take on “I’ll Go to My Grave Loving You.”
  • There’s an Ethan Johns EP available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne is streaming at The record features performances by Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, and lots more.
  • NPR broadcast a piece on Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars.
  • Here’s The Band Perry’s version of “Grey Seal” from the deluxe, 40th anniversary edition of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It’s…not good.
  • On Saturday, is going to stream the inaugural iHeartRadio Country Festival, which will include performances by Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and many more.
  • Henry Carrigan interviewed Alan Paul about his new book, One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band.
  • Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones released a video for their version of “Kentucky” from last year’s Everly Brothers tribute, Foreverly.
  • The Tillers played “Old Westside” for CMT Edge.
  • Jerrod Niemann discusses his “potentially polarizing” new album, High Noon, in this Rolling Stone article.
  • Time to see which country singer has the most dedicated/insane fanbase: voting has begun for the ACM Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year awards.
  • Buddy Miller, Lee Ann Womack, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap, and Kacey Musgraves will appear at the next “We’re All 4 the Hall” benefit, which is scheduled for May 6 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
  • Jan Howard has had a wonderful career and a full life, but getting a hole-in-one on the golf course still eludes her.
  • Sturgill Simpson is featured in the April/May issue of Garden and Gun.
  • Charlie Daniels talks about his forthcoming Bob Dylan tribute album in this interview with Chuck Dauphin.
  • This week’s album releases (thank you for helping to support Engine 145 by purchasing your music through our affiliate links):

Merle Haggard Okie from Muskogee: 45th Anniversary Edition (paired with live album The Fightin’ Side of Me)

Johnny Cash Out Among the Stars

Special Consensus Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver

Terry Waldo The Soul of Ragtime

Robby Hecht Robby Hecht

Korby Lenker Korby Lenker

Feller and Hill Here Come Feller and Hill…Again!

Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray Lean Into the Wind

Matt Fowler Beginning

Sarah Davidson Sarah Davidson

Simone Felice Strangers

Jerrod Niemann High Noon

Antigone Rising Whiskey & Wine, Vol. 1

Vernon Dixon – Corn Whiskey

Lavender Country Lavender Country

Roy Orbison Laminar Flow

Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (this 40th anniversary deluxe edition also features covers by Zac Brown Band, Hunter Hayes, and more)

  • A DVD:

A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen


  1. Leeann Ward
    March 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    There’s something oddly touching to me that the All for the Hall benefits are doing so well and that so many different kinds of artists are willing to contribute. For me, it just shows the uniting spirit of Vince Gill and the importance of the HoF.

  2. Dave D.
    March 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I’m assuming that the All for the Hall campaign must be going well; it is one of the few charitable causes to which I’ve donated that hasn’t sent requests for renewed donations in following years.

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