Lester Armistead Passes Away; Brad Paisley Sues Sony; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | May 5th, 2014

  • Lester Armistead of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band passed away last Friday.
  • Jamey Johnson is a free agent: he’s no longer signed to Mercury Records. There’s currently no news on what his next music move might be.
  • Bryan White announced on his Facebook page that his Kickstarter-backed album, Shine, will be released on May 27. We interviewed White about the project earlier this year.
  • Healthy thoughts go out to Will Hoge, who had to cancel a show due to pneumonia.
  • Esquire calls Sturgill Simpson’s new album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, a “masterpiece” and the “best, darkest, weirdest country record of the year.” They could be right. It’s really, really good. Stream the record here.
  • Chuck Dauphin interviewed The Randy Rogers Band about their new live album and their long career for The 615.
  • The Henningsens, Josh Thompson and Holly Williams will be making concert appearances at the Country Music Hall of Fame as part of the Hot Nights at the Hall series.
  • Holly Williams also has a new high-profile backup singer. Turns out that Gwyneth Paltrow joined her onstage at The Roxy last week.
  • With vinyl sales on the upswing, United Record Pressing is expanding to a 142,000 square foot facility in Nashville.
  • Sarah Borges has signed with Lonesome Day Records. Her new album, called Radio Sweetheart, comes out on June 24. Lonesome Day also plans to release a bluegrass tribute to Bob Seger in August.
  • C.M. Wilcox has another Quotable Country column up over at Country California.
  • If Paisley wins this reported $10 million dollar lawsuit against his label, Sony, he can probably make a bunch more dreams come true, too.
  • Carrie Underwood says her next album is a bit of a departure for her: “It definitely has a different sound. There are some thematic things that are quite different. I love strong women. So I want things that I can get on stage and just feel empowered.”
  • Joshua Scott Jones, the artist formerly known as the male half of Steel Magnolia, released the cover art and track listing for his June 3 album release, The Healing.
  • Emmylou Harris came in at No. 33 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice, a list of the greatest artists in history chosen by country stars themselves.  Ashley Monroe had this to say about Harris’ influence: “I’ve always looked up to her so much because she’s a woman singing the kind of music she wanted to sing and doing it the way she wanted to do it. If it was a bluegrass record, so be it. It was something she was proud of, and she always stood true to that. She just sang, and there wasn’t a lot of extra to it. She would play her guitar and sing her heart out. And to me, personally, that’s what gets to me when I see somebody doing that — more than choreography or whatever it is that I can’t do. I guess that’s why I can relate to Emmylou because that’s what I can do the best is just play guitar and sing things I know about. So she’s definitely been a hero of mine for a long time.”
  • Kenny Chesney will perform a one-hour acoustic set in New Orleans on May 17 to raise money for Matthew McConaughey and Drew Brees’ charities of choice.
  • Australian country stars like Lee Kernaghan, Adam Brand and Steve Forde are just some of the artists contributing songs to a benefit album to help Aussie farmers stricken by drought.
  • Recent music videos:

Laura Bell Bundy “That’s What Angels Do”

The Seldom Scene “With Body and Soul”

Morgan Evans“Like a Tornado”

Bec Hance“Nothin’ More to Say” 

Sandra Lynn“You Belong” 

Sherry Lynn“Girls Will be Girls”

Gregg Allman, Zac Brown and Vince Gill“Midnight Rider”

Logan Mize“Used Up” 

Jake London“Somewhere Down the Road”

Brandon Alan“Different Way”

Nick Verzosa & the Noble Union“Love on It” 

Nate Green“Wild and Free”



  1. Dave D.
    May 5, 2014 at 9:05 am

    The Country Standard Time article should probably say that Lonesome Day Records is “re-releasing” Sarah Borges’ Radio Sweetheart, as the CD has been available for quite awhile. It’s quite good.

  2. A.B.
    May 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Jamey will be playing Opry Country Classics this Thursday.


  3. Janice Brooks
    May 5, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Our Association of Bluegrass Disk Jockeys has had a lot of buzz about the Richard Bennett release. We also are watch Rock to Bluegrass tracks.

  4. bob
    May 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Get well Will Hoge. A few months ago on his twitter, Don Schlitz recommended WH’s album “Never Give In”. (I don’t tweet but I follow some twitters.) I bought the album and have not been disappointed. More recommendations Don?

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