Jerry Lee Lewis, Kasey Chambers Announce New Albums; Dolly Parton Wows Glastonbury; Music Videos
- Soul singer Bobby Womack passed away on Friday. He was 70 years old.
- On October 28, Jerry Lee Lewis will release Rock & Roll Time. Here’s the title track. The biography Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, penned by Pulitzer-winning writer Rick Bragg, will be released on the same date.
- Developer Tim Reynolds, whose company may buy the building housing RCA’s legendary Studio A, tells The Nashville Scene that “if Bravo Development consummates its sale, it is our full intention to preserve and incorporate the studio into our design…We are now in the early stages of the engineer work and architectural work, but if that can be achieved, we will incorporate that studio and preserve it.” A “Save Studio A” rally is being held in Nashville this morning.
- Kasey Chambers announced on Facebook that her new record, Bittersweet, will be released August 29.
- Get a hick-hop history lesson from Jewly Hight.
- Dolly Parton played in front of a crowd of 100,000 at Glastonbury. Watch her hour-long set here. Parton was honored on Sunday for selling 100 million albums worldwide over the course of her career.
- C.M. Wilcox posted a new Quotable Country.
- Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame plaques were unveiled at ROMP late last week.
- Give a listen to Ryan Adams’ new single, “Gimme Something Good.”
- 83-year-old Paul Eckhart, who hasn’t missed a weekend Opry show in 42 years, has “retired.”
- Zac Brown Band played a couple shows at Fenway Park; check out Rolling Stone Country’s review of Sunday night’s concert.
- Joe Henry was on NPR over the weekend.
- Stream I Draw Slow’s new album at The Bluegrass Situation.
- American Songwriter chose Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” as their Lyric of the Week.
- A 2003 concert recording, John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, will be released on July 8. USA Today premiered Mellencamp’s take on “John the Revelator” this morning.
- Here’s a neat feature on Kelsey Waldon.
- The July issue of Cowboys & Indians includes an article about the country music photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A.
- New music videos:
John Fullbright – “Happy”
Nickel Creek – “Hayloft”
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
Hard Working Americans – “Blackland Farmer”
Trampled By Turtles – “Wild Animals”
Whiskey Myers – “Dogwood”
Randy Houser – “Like a Cowboy”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.