Lee Ann Womack Announces New Album; Yale Awards Ralph Stanley Honorary Doctorate; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | May 20th, 2014

  • Lee Ann Womack’s new record, The Way I’m Livin’, will be released September 23 on Sugar Hill Records. The album includes songs by Buddy Miller, Chris Knight, Hayes Carll, Roger Miller, Mando Saenz, and more. The title track will premiere on The Wall Street Journal’s website Thursday. (via press release)
  • Download Dualtone Records’ Summer Sampler, which includes songs by Guy Clark, Shovels & Rope, and The Felice Brothers.
  • Yale awarded Ralph Stanley an honorary doctorate (Stanley’s second) yesterday. The university president, Peter Salovey, plays in a band called The Professors of Bluegrass. (via press release)
  • Yesterday Esquire premiered John Fullbright’s new video for “Happy.”
  • Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow will cohost an Austin City Limits benefit concert on June 26. Other performers include Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Earl Keen, and more. Portions of the event will be featured in the PBS special Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, which is scheduled to be broadcast in early October.
  • LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem at the Indy 500 on Saturday.
  • American Songwriter chose the Eagles’ “Wasted Time” as their Lyric of the Week.
  • Randy Lewis of The L.A. Times wrote about “Country: Portraits of an American Sound,” an exhibit that opens at the Annenberg Space for Photography on May 31. The article also includes a neat photo gallery that features Lester Flatt, June Carter, Loretta Lynn, Hank Thompson, Doc Watson, Kacey Musgraves, and lots more.
  • A campaign has been launched to raise money for a historical marker in Asheville, NC commemorating Bill Monroe’s first bluegrass radio broadcast, which happened in 1938 at WWNC.
  • Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert will perform their duet at the CMT Music Awards next month.
  • Americana singer-songwriter Jackie Greene’s next album will be released later this year on Yep Roc. Rolling Stone reports that the record is more stripped-down than Greene’s last release.
  • Riser, the Dierks Bentley documentary, is streaming on Hulu.
  • This week’s album releases (if you dig the content we post every weekday, we’d appreciate if if you’d buy your music through the affiliate links below to help us put a dent in site costs):

Hank Williams The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Zac Brown Band The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1

Chatham County Line Tightrope

The Duhks – Beyond the Blue

Maeve Gilchrist – 20 Chandler Street

John Doe – The Best of John Doe: This Far

Darrell Webb Band – Dream Big

Lonesome Shack More Primitive

Matt Harlan – Raven Hotel

The Bones of J.R. Jones Dark Was the Yearling

Danny Roberts Nighthawk

Joseph LeMay Seventeen Acres

Blue Mother Tupelo Only Sunshine

Fire Mountain All Dies Down 

Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner – Just Between You and Me

Roy Orbison Mystery Girl: Deluxe Anniversary Edition

  1. bob
    May 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Wonder if Ashley sings this song to husband John Danks. If she has, one thing it hasn’t helped is his pitching. His era and whip are even higher than last year.

  2. Saving Country Music
    May 20, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I haven’t seen a social network backlash against two artists by their own fans this side of a fictional plot line on ABC’s “Nashville” as there has been against “Something Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Really surprised their doubling down on this, but I guess at this point they’re all in, and they’ve got to trust their focus group data.

  3. Michael A.
    May 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Anyone splurge on the Porter/Dolly box set? I’m trying to convince a friend to go in on it together so I can rip the tracks to my iTunes library and allow her to keep the physical copy. It’s not looking promising.

    Excited for some new music from Lee Ann Womack this fall!

  4. bruce
    May 20, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Oh, you mean the pop/rock song of Lambert & Underwood?

  5. TexasVet
    May 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    The Texas Oklahoma Line.

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