Kris Kristofferson to Play Andrew Jackson; Peter Rowan Announces New Album; Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | June 2nd, 2014

  • Jerry Sullivan of The Sullivan Family passed away on Saturday. John Lawless of Bluegrass Today posted an obituary.
  • Rolling Stone Country has launched. Gus Wenner wrote what to expect in an Editor’s Note that you can read here.
  • John Mellencamp has signed a “lifetime” recording contract with Republic Records and he will release his 22nd full-length album this fall. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it will be Mellencamp’s first record since 2010’s No Better Than This.
  • Peter Rowan’s next record, Dharma Blues, will be released on Omnivore Recordings July 8. Guests include Gillian Welch. (via press release)
  • BMLG’s Dot Records signed its first actMaddie and Tae, two 18-year-olds from Oklahoma. They cite Shania Twain, Loretta Lynn, and Lee Ann Womack as influences.
  • Kris Kristofferson will be playing President Andrew Jackson in an eight-hour miniseries on The History Channel.
  • Terri Clark will release Some Songs on September 2. Two of the album’s tracks are written by Brandy Clark.
  • Writer Karen Raizor reported on her Facebook page that Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Weldon Myrick has suffered a stroke.
  • Kelley Mickwee premiered a song from her upcoming solo record, You Used to Live Here, which is scheduled to come out in late July. (h/t our Twitter friend Grace)
  • Brooks and Dunn came in at No. 29 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice countdown, a list of the most influential artists in history, chosen by country stars.
  • Luke Bryan took a tumble off of a stage in North Carolina that resulted in stitches.
  • Our pal Stephen Deusner interviewed John Fullbright on CMT Edge.
  • Travis Tritt called out Brantley Gilbert’s team for “disrespect” when Tritt was only given eight feet of stage space during his opening set.
  • Buddy Cannon has just finished recording Kenny Chesney’s next album and will produce a new John Berry album next. (via Facebook)
  • It looks like Keith Urban isn’t going to get a statue in his Australian hometown.
  • The always-captivating C.M. Wilcox has a new Quotable Country column up over at Country California.
  • Charlie Daniels was on Fox & Friends last Friday. He talked about his 56 years in the country music business and performed. (warning: autoplay)
  • Take a listen to Jana Kramer’s newest radio offering, “Love.”
  • Pandora Jewelry has signed a strategic advertising agreement with Kellie Pickler.
  • Garth Brooks’ legal team made sure that the radio experiment known as GARTH FM was short-lived.
  • Billie Jean Osborne, the creator of the Kentucky Opry, passed away at the age of 82.
  • It’s not new, but new to me, so I thought I’d share. The congregation of St. Augustine’s Chapel in Nashville is a who’s who in country music, and each Sunday, they record performances from the likes of Radney Foster, Marcus Hummon, Sylvia, Chris Roberts, Hannah Blaylock and Lindsay Lawler ; they also offer complimentary downloads and streaming.
  • New videos from the past little while:

Tim Hicks“Here Comes the Thunder”

One More Girl“Drunk Heart”

Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry – “Roar”

Dolly Parton“Home”

Joe Nichols“Yeah”

Charlie Worsham “Young to See”

Run River North“Run River Run”

Suburban Dirts “Fire on the Campsite”

James House“Every Time It Rains”

Jamie O’Neal“Wide Awake”

SHEL “Vinyl Memories”

Logan Brill“The Bees”

Matt Williams and Alyssa Morrissey“Make Love Tonight”

Nikki Lane“Right Time”

Charlie Daniels Band“Tangled Up in Blue”

Pawnshop Kings“Fall Apart”

Howlin’ Brothers “Night and Day”

Rachel Lipsky“Bones”

Stu Larson“Thirteen Sad Farewells”

Eli Young Band“Dust”

  1. luckyoldsun
    June 2, 2014 at 11:07 am

    •Brooks and Dunn came in at No. 29 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice countdown

    So what’s the over/under on when the first Brooks & Dunn reunion will take place? Given the status of their solo careers, I suspect it won’t be too long.

  2. bob
    June 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Enjoyed reading the Nashville actually saving country music article, especially since it mentions my favorite young country artists, Striking Matches.

    I’m looking forward to the new Terri Clark album in Sept. Still love her voice.

  3. Leeann Ward
    June 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I’m super excited about that info from the Ashley Monroe write-up! It’s awesome that she’s sticking with Vince for the next album (I honestly didn’t expect that she would) and I can’t wait to hear Vince’s daughter on the album. She does have a very good and strong voice.

  4. Leeann Ward
    June 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I’m in kind of a hurry and there’s actually so much In this roundup to comment on, but I also wanted to acknowledge the potential awesomeness of Kris Kristofferson playing Andrew Jackson!

  5. Bruce
    June 3, 2014 at 8:21 am

    The show “Nashville” is getting a bit long in the tooth with the character Juliette. I mean, does have to hop in the sack and cheat in every show? Talk about a pigeon-holed character.

    A Brooks & Dunn reunion may or may not happen, but if it does, it will be due to another powerful song sang by Dunn. Brooks isn’t even heard in most songs, and listening to his solo efforts, it is understandable why. It’s a shame Dunn waited so long to go solo. He no doubt would have done better if he went solo younger.

    And that brings me to another point. Dunn’s age works against him. It shouldn’t, but it does. With so much hellywood influencing country music now, it’s no reason why the “beautiful” are at the top and promoted. I mean, bulging shirtless muscles and long sweet legs seem to be the carrying card. If you don’t have those carrying cards, you are relegated to Americana. And make no mistake, there are some great artist in that melting-pot genre.

    Let’s face it. When is the last time an average-looking person, especially female, garnered much attention from the “establishment”? I mean, Britanny Howard is a phenomenal artist, and although more rock-oriented, she wouldn’t receive the time of day if she were trying to make it in country music. Just the way it is. And it sucks.

  6. Bruce
    June 3, 2014 at 8:44 am

    By the way, Tritt was completely correct in his remarks about Gilbert. If his assertion is true, and I have no doubt it is, it shows the disrespect for past artists by these modern-day tattoo knuckleheads. The spirit of Shelton permeates still.

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