Johnnie Wright Passes Away; Stream Upcoming Merle Haggard Album; New Releases

Juli Thanki | September 27th, 2011

  • 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).
  • Craig Shelburne interviewed Kristin Chenoweth for CMT.
  • 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.
  • New releases:

Sonia Leigh1978 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 ArtistsNote 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)

  1. Jeremy Dylan
    September 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Jesus, that Presley cat sure is prolific for a dead bloke.

  2. Andrew
    September 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Loving the Sonia Leigh album.

  3. Rick
    September 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Wow, an album releases list that actually contains a few new albums I’d be interested in owning! That early Buck album really intrigues me and the new Norah Jane Struthers fronted Bearfoot album as well (that received a rave review from Stormy over at Roughstock). I might have to give in and actually buy something! Crikey, mate!

    Johnny Wright sure lived a long and interesting life. I received the email about his passing from Tracy Pitcox at the Heart of Texas label this morning and it was quite touching. Is “Ashes of Love” being sung again as a duet today somewhere? God only knows…

    Modern country music (and mostly Sugarland) is prominently featured in the new CW TV show that premiered last night titled “The Hart of Dixie”. The plot line combines elements of the films “Doc Hollywood” and “Sweet Home Alabama” with Rachel Bilson as the lead character. The series has an overall sweet, romantic comedy feel to it as the ambitious, single New York surgeon Dr. Hart (Rachel B.) heads to a small Alabama town to work as a GP to learn how to interact with real people on an emotional level. Its the whole “fish out of water” scenario that takes advantage of all the culture shock angles. Its worth an online viewing, and especially for fans of Rachel from her days on “The O.C.”. I wonder if any of her old O.C. cast mates will make cameo appearances? Hmm…

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Brett Eldridge, Terri Clark, The Charlie Daniels Band, and sadly Rascal Flatts for the entire final half hour segment! Oh well. Grade B-.
    Opry Schedule:

  4. Ben Foster
    September 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    I’m really liking the new LeAnn Rimes album. She gives some really interesting takes on those classic songs.

  5. luckyoldsun
    September 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I wondered if that LeAnn Rimes album would ever really come out after the awful first single, “Swingin'” tanked.

    I’ve gotta hear “16 Tons” just to experience LeAnn channelling Tennesse Ernie Ford. She seems to be going back to a bygone era of folk singers like the Carter Family and Woody Guthrie where men can sing lyrics portraying themselves as young girls and women can play the roles of men.

  6. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’m enjoying the Rimes album too.

  7. Sam G.
    September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I got to see the Cactus Brothers live a few times in college, and they were a great live band. Their two albums were sadly underrated as well. RIP to Paul Kirby.

  8. Barry Mazor
    September 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Well, within the last year I heard a reunion of the Desert Rose Band do “Ashes of Love”–with which they had a cover hit in the late 80s..If that counts as duets today!

  9. Blake Boldt
    September 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Another fan of the new Rimes album. Also, Will Hoge’s Number Seven might be the best release of the week.

  10. Scooter
    September 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I was thrilled to hear LeAnn Rimes was coming out with a new album. When I heard it was a cover album I was disappointed. Her wonderful voice really saves the day. I am loving it.

  11. luckyoldsun
    September 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Interesting how LeAnn Rimes and Curb can’t seem to come up with something that puts her back in the game. The classic covers album has been done over and over in recent years–often by artists who have passed their chart years and aren’t being given top material anymore. On just the female side it has been done very recently by Lorrie Morgan, Tanya Tucker and Roseanne Cash–and by Reba McEntire in a high profile album.

    There doesn’t seem to be any demand for this Rimes project. They’ve been sending out singles for a at least a year already and radio ignored them and–as the link makes clear–the album has now gone straight to the remainder bin.

  12. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Boy, Blake’s voice sounds super processed on the Amazon clip of “Foot Loose”.

  13. Leeann Ward
    September 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm


  14. Jenn N.
    September 28, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I’m really enjoying LeAnn’s and Sonia Leigh’s albums as well!

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