Lee Ann Womack Announces New Album; Yale Awards Ralph Stanley Honorary Doctorate; Album Releases
- 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.
- Thanks to our pal Grace for sending us this video of Ashley Monroe performing “Has Anybody Ever Told You” at the Opry.
- 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.
- Gretchen Peters wrote “A Letter to a Young Artist” for CD Baby.
- 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.
- Henry Carrigan interviewed Candi Staton for No Depression.
- 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
- mrsandy: Also worth noting: Priscilla Mitchell was Jerry Reed's widow.
- Leeann Ward: Wow! My heart goes out to Allison Moorer. She's had so many terrible things happen in her life. It's too …
- Leeann Ward: I must have this audio book!
- Juli Thanki: Ha! Same thing happened at Sturgill Simpson's show I went to last month, only he was singing "I Never Go …
- Dave D.: On the topic of Lee Ann and dark songs, the funniest moment at this year's Americana Fest was during her …
- Jonathan Pappalardo: I love Lori McKenna. Coming from Massachusetts, she's our local girl. I've been fortunate to see her in concert a …
- bll: I suss her re-recording her hits for 'Gwendolen records' means she can stop MCA from releasing her hits against her.
- Greg Judy: Cooler festivals and marching bands at the football games!
- kevin ilinger: Fall colors bluegrass and apple cider
- luckyoldsun: If I was a "long-time fan" of Trisha, I'd probably spring for the CD.