Johnnie Wright Passes Away; Stream Upcoming Merle Haggard Album; New Releases
- Dierks Bentley released his new single, “Home,” yesterday. He’s got a new record in the works that’ll be released early next year.
- Jake Schepps caught Bela Fleck’s Concerto for Banjo: It had moments of swing, Gershwin, contemporary classical, and more. If anything predominated, many moments of orchestration sounded like a symphony playing Flecktones-style music. Being a longtime listener and fan of that band, this is not a bad thing; it makes the piece so vibrant, singular, and unique. There was even a touch of a bluegrass feel in the key of G in the final movement (though it was fleeting).
- Randy Travis passed out during a benefit concert in Texas due to a combination of hot stage lights, dehydration, allergy medication, and caffeine, a spokesperson said. He is now resting comfortably.
Sonia Leigh – 1978 December
LeAnn Rimes – Lady and Gentlemen
Ricky Skaggs – A Skaggs Family Christmas, Volume 2
Bearfoot – American Story
Del McCoury – Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe (Stream or purchase MP3s/vinyl at that link)
Various Artists – Footloose (Music from the Motion Picture)
Various Artists – Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie ($3.99 on Amazon today)
Wilco – The Whole Love
Johnny Winter – Roots
Buck Owens – Bound for Bakersfield 1953-1956: The Complete Pre-Capitol Collection
Elvis Presley – Young Man with the Big Beat
Southern Culture on the Skids – Zombified (an extended reissue originally released as an eight song EP in Australia in 1988)