John Doe Offers Free Sampler; Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Play Jools Holland; Stream Hunter Hayes’ Storyline

Juli Thanki | May 1st, 2014

  • Grantland’s Steven Hyden wrote a lengthy feature on Sturgill Simpson and Lydia Loveless that’s well worth your time.
  • There’s a John Doe sampler available on NoiseTrade.
  • Stream Hunter Hayes’ new record, Storyline, on iTunes before its May 6 release.
  • If you’ve got a couple bucks to spare, Wayne Hancock could use it, as he’s got a bunch of medical expenses and is off the road for at least a month due to that motorcycle accident.
  • When the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York reopens for the season on Friday, it’ll include Alan Jackson’s fully restored 1955 Chris-Craft, which is named “Flat Top.”
  • Chatham County Line played a couple songs from their new record for Our State.
  • Jay Jones of The Chicago Tribune wrote a feature on Bristol, Tenn., the “birthplace of country music.”
  • Raul Malo discusses The Mavericks’ reunion in this American Songwriter Q&A.
  • Jewly Hight profiled Bobby Bare Jr. for The Nashville Scene.
  1. Dave D.
    May 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Since no one else has mentioned Sunny Sweeney’s new single Bad Girls Phase, I will. I was hoping that her parting ways with Big Machine would take her music back closer to her Heartbreakers Hall of Fame sound, but not so much. The fact that it debuted on the Sirius/XM Highway channel, instead of Outlaw Country, should have been a clue that she was maintaining the New Country sound. Not that it is a bad song, it’s just not my preferred style – especially knowing what she is capable of.

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