Lee Ann Womack Splits with Universal Music Group; Sugarland Stage Collapse Victims Agree to Settlement; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 6th, 2012

  • The trailer for the upcoming Brad Pitt movie Killing Them Softly features Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around.”
  • Lee Ann Womack and Universal Music Group have parted ways.
  • Garth Brooks has been added to the Teachers Rock benefit concert, which will be televised by CBS on 8/17.
  • Ottawa Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy Mayhew passed away.
  • The Beaumont Enterprise did a quick interview with Texas singer/songwriter Drew Kennedy.
  • American Songwriter has an interview with songwriter Ralph Murphy.
  • Collin Raye has released a new single as well, this one’s called “Never Gonna Stand for This.”
  • Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Tony Brown, Eddie Bayers, Michael Rhodes, and Paul Franklin will reunite as the Notorious Cherry Bombs for a fundraiser in honor of an old friend on 8/21 at 3rd & Lindsey in Nashville. Emmylou Harris will also be making an appearance.
  • Keith Urban is mixing things up while recording his next album, opting for all new songwriters, producers and recording locations: “I wanted to have everything around me be totally unfamiliar to me, and I think it’s great in a sense that all sorts of stuff is coming out that I normally haven’t done before,” he says.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Mary Chapin Carpenter – “Soul Companion”

Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”

Heidi Newfield – “Why’d You Have to Be So Good?”

Jeremy Duggins – “One Nation Under God”

Marty Falle – “Hoochie Coochie Gal”

Angela Hesse- “Hot Summertime”

Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers – “Settle It Down”

Mike Gouchie – “Don’t Touch the Radio”

Georgia Fall – “I Wonder”

Kindle Creek – “Jump”

The Bostocks – “Another Lifetime” 

Dana Romanello – “It’s a Summer Thing”

Mic Harrison & The High Score – “Out of the Blue”

  1. Occasional Hope
    August 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Sorry to hear about Lee Ann Womack. I hope she is still able to release the album, she’d been working on – I was looking forward to that.

  2. nm
    August 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Me, too.

  3. Jon
    August 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I think you’ll find that Mr. Bayers spells his first name Eddie.

  4. luckyoldsun
    August 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Alright, well if this is nitpick-on-Ken day, then I’ll take the opportunity to point out an error that I’ve refrained from noting but that keeps recurring here: One is not “an alumni”–one is an “alumnus”, or maybe just an “alum,” if you want to be informal.

  5. Rick
    August 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    So Miss Loretta’s granddaughter had a shotgun wedding eh? Now that’s what I call real country! (lol)

    I also hope Lee Ann’s newest project gets released somehow. That would be a shame to let it languish forever on a shelf like so many previous major Nashville label albums that have never seen the light of day (including a couple each for Megan Mullins and Rebecca Lynn Howard, and at least one for Amy Dalley). Sheesh.

    I got to see Aussie artist Henry Wagons at LA’s Grand Ole Echo yesterday and he is a very entertaining perform, bordering on zany at times. I can’t say I cared for a lot of his music, but he did make me laugh multiple times and that’s worth something! (lol)

    I sampled the music videos and just wish those pretty Aussie Bostock sisters would make some music I like for a change. The only one I made it through was the Marty Falle “Hoochie Coochie Gal” video and it sure wasn’t because of the music! (lol)

  6. Ken Morton, Jr.
    August 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Lucky, while I didn’t have that special day on my calendar for some reason, I appreciate you and Jon keeping me honest.

  7. Jon
    August 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Correcting spelling and grammar errors in general might be nit-picking, but getting people’s names right isn’t; that’s just courtesy.

    Edited. And the misspelling of Bayers’ name came straight from MusicRow Magazine, so it’s my fault, not Ken’s for not doublechecking. –JT

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