Levon Helm Documentary to Premiere in NYC; Hellbound Glory Debuts New Single; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | April 2nd, 2013

  • This month’s free Blue Ridge Outdoors Trail Mix features Gibson Brothers, Roger Knox, The Mavericks, and more. Download it here.
  • Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will premiere at Cinema Village in New York on April 19 before showing in select cities. Director Jacob Hartley shot the documentary over two years, starting when Helm released Dirt Farmer in 2007.
  • Hunter Hayes and Stevie Wonder will perform together at the ACM Awards.
  • Here’s a teaser for Lori McKenna’s next album, Massachusetts, which is due out late this month.
  • Luke Bryan is on the new Billboard cover. Read an excerpt from the cover story.
  • The Washington Post’s Allison Stewart wrote about new albums by Brad Paisley and The Band Perry. An excerpt: Forged in the same toothy-blond-diva generator that birthed Swift and Carrie Underwood, frontwoman Kimberly Perry carries the album’s lesser songs and makes a meal of its great ones, like the recent hit “Better Dig Two.” It’s the only track to merge the group’s three obsessions — the preservation of female virtue, the lure of faux-old-timey bluegrass and the Brontean glamour of an early death.
  • Chuck Dauphin wrote a fine feature on Jimbeau Hinson, an HIV-positive artist who’s written hits for David Lee Murphy, Patty Loveless, and The Oak Ridge Boys.
  • Stream the Deadstring Brothers’ new record, Cannery Row, at American Songwriter.
  • Speaking of John Denver, “Rocky Mountain High” is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
  • Neko Case just wrapped the final mixing session for her next record. Read about her work on the new album, and her Moby-Dick obsession, over at NPR’s music blog.
  • Evan Schlansky of American Songwriter interviewed Kim Richey.
  • On April 10, Kacey Musgraves will perform her next single, “Blowin’ Smoke,” on Ellen. (via press release)
  • Andrew Combs played “Please, Please, Please” for CMT Edge.
  • Julie Roberts auditioned on The Voice last night. She didn’t make it to the next round.
  • This week’s album releases:

The Band Perry Pioneer

Sons of Fathers Burning Days

David Mayfield Parade Good Man Down

Ian McFeron Time Will Take You

Gretchen Wilson Right on Time

Albert King Born Under a Bad Sign (remastered)

Kenny Roby Memories & Birds

Hackensaw Boys For the Love of a Friend: Live in Kinderdijk

Hem Departure and Farewell

New Black Seven – Hangovers & Heartbreak

BJ Thomas The Living Room Sessions

Jason Tannery Band – Something Old, Something New

April Verch – Bright Like Gold

Various Artists The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver


  1. Mike Wimmer
    April 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    It says all you really need to know about The Voice that Julie Roberts couldnt even get to the next round. So glad I stay away from all these singing competition shows.

    The new Hellbound Glory song is really good, bit too “loud” at times where Leroy’s vocals get a bit drowned out, but still very good.

    Luke Bryan is going to be a bit interesting over the next couple years, not because he has any real spectacular talent other than acting like a moron and picking really crappy songs to record, but he is going SO hard after the college audience and to him and his managements credit it has worked pretty well, but will those college kids still be there with him once they start growing up some and every Friday night isnt a night filled with debauchery?

    That Uncle Lucious really knocked that song out of the park. Love it.

  2. BRUCE
    April 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Your Luke Bryan commentary is spot on. Can you imagine his songs, or him, being remembered 20 years from now as a significant artist?

  3. Jon
    April 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Born Under A Bad Sign is a fabulous album; I’ve been enjoying it almost since it first came out, many years ago. King’s versions of “Cross Cut Saw,” “Personal Manager,” “Laundromat Blues” and the title track are just a few of the highlights.

    Oh, and April’s album is great, too ;-).

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