Larry Cordle Schedules New Album and Three Singles; Will, Wills and Willie; Introduction to the Westbound Rangers

Brody Vercher | February 10th, 2011

  • Larry Cordle has a new album, Pud Marcum’s Hangin’, scheduled for a March 15 release and three singles scheduled for release tomorrow.

    For country fans, Cordle offers his own expressive version of a song first recorded by country star Trace Adkins in 2008, “Sometimes a Man Takes a Drink.” The lighthearted “Uncle Bob Got Religion,” with its culminating Pentecostal breakdown chorus, leans toward a more rootsy edge definitive of the Americana crowd. Last is the title track, which vividly recounts a true story and features bluegrass icon Del McCoury’s unmistakable tenor.

  • For the latest Hot Club of Cowtown record, What Makes Bob Holler, the band paid tribute to the influence of Bob Wills with a collection of covers. Will Taylor and Strings Attached used their new record to pay tribute to Wills as well, only with a different approach. Instead of covering Wills’ songs, the band covered Willie Nelson songs and re-imagined them in the style of Bob Wills. If you’re keeping track, that’s Will covering Willie in the style of Wills. Austin 360 has a brief Q&A with Will Taylor about the project.
  • Bluegrass Country posted an audio interview and new tunes from The Greencards.
  • Randy Fox editorialized the life and influence Charlie Louvin for Nashville Scene:

    Over the years much of the attention has focused on Ira, which is understandable. Ira’s life and personality make for great copy — mercurial, stubborn, locked in a cycle that swung between drunken womanizing and Pentecostal guilt and redemption, until his tragic death in 1965 from an automobile accident. But Charlie was just as much of a character in his own way. He had much of the same temper and stubbornness, but it was balanced by sobriety, a good head for business and a dead-serious attitude about his music.

  • The Ryman Auditorium has been named Pollstar‘s theater of the year for the third time by concert industry professionals.
  • Sarah Buxton talked to The Boot about the formation and dissolution of her duo Buxton Hughes, the possibility of signing another major label deal, and new music.

    I can confidently say that I will probably never be a major-label country artist ever again, unless something is offered to me that is more on my terms. When I was signed to Lyric Street, I was always packing and unpacking. I always had a flight to catch. Now, I’m able to be home with my husband and my best friends, and really focus on putting the music first.

  • Actress Jana Kramer debuted a new country single titled “I Won’t Give Up” on One Tree Hill a couple of days ago.
  • Chris Young commented on 10 of his favorite Grammy-winning country songs for CMT.

    “King of the Road,” Roger Miller
    To me, that’s the perfect example of a song that lives and breathes on its own. There’s not a lot to that. Where that melody switches, when it does that little modulation thing … there are so many things that are so simple, but so perfect and done at the right moment in the song. Some of the visuals in that song are so different, you know? “Trailers for sale or rent” … just that line, in and of itself, who would think, “This is how I’m going to start this song”? It’s such a great space that he had to be in when the song was written. Everybody loves singing that.

  • Chely Wright discusses her song “Damn Liar.”
  • Vince Gill on the importance of “The Randall Knife” to him, which is a song he’s recording for the November release of This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark:

    Yeah, that song is a real bond between Guy and I. I played guitar on the first version he ever did (on 1983′s “Better Days”), and I’ll never forget it. We were playing, and giant tears were falling all over my guitar. (Like Clark’s father), my dad was a lawyer, and he died when I was 40. Guy gave me the original lyric to “The Randall Knife” as a present.

    When Guy talks, that’s what you think God’s gonna sound like. I think I’m gonna wake up at five in the morning and do it when my voice is as low as possible (laughs). You know, that song inspired a song I wrote for my father when he passed away called “The Key to Life.” There’s a reference: “The pain of losing him cuts like a Randall knife.” Guy and I are somewhat tied at the hip through that song.

  • Jewly Hight profiled the Westbound Rangers, a string band that she says recently made what feels like their first true album in Southern Bread and Butter for It.

    Coincidentally enough, Pierce Greenberg sent some videos of the band over this morning, too. So check ‘em out: “Pushwater,” “Old Yeller Dog” and “Time,” which is intermingled with an interview.

  1. Jon
    February 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Hey, what’s supposed to be the link to Jewly’s piece on the Westbound Rangers is actually a link to one of their videos. Jewly’s piece is here:
    http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/how-the-westbound-rangers-became-one-of-the-most-colorful-young-unplugged-acts-in-town/Content?oid=2236973

    Editor’s note: Thanks! I got it fixed.

  2. Jon
    February 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    “Pud Marcum’s Hanging” is a great song; I was in the band when he wrote it, and we did it on one or maybe two shows, but it was still pretty rough. I’m betting Cordle crushed it in the studio.

    I was half paying attention to OTH when Kramer’s song started up, and it eventually grabbed my full attention, for whatever that’s worth.

  3. stormy
    February 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Speaking of Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell said yesterday that he wrote Til I Can Gain Control Again to impress Townes Van Zandt and justify the faith Guy Clark had showed in him.

  4. Rick
    February 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I really enjoyed The Boot’s short interview with Sarah Buxton, although I’m sorry to read that “Buxton-Hughes” was short lived. I wanted to see them perform together live but wasn’t about to attend a “Country Throwdown” tour (or whatever that thing was called in 2010) to do it. Oh well.

    I think Will Taylor should have applied the Willie Nelson style to Willie’s many covers of Bob Wills songs such as on the Songs of Cindy Walker tribute album “You Don’t Know Me”! Or something like that anyway…

    Elizabeth Cook described Charlie Louvin as “a pistol”. Its nice to read more details about his life in The Nashville Scene.

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