Lucinda Williams, Little Big Town Lead Fall Releases; Sturgill Simpson Plays Letterman; New Albums

Juli Thanki | July 15th, 2014

  • Lucinda Williams will release the double album Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone on September 30 (via press release). Williams played a free, small club show in Chicago on Saturday when her outdoor gig at Taste of Chicago was canceled due to rain.
  • Little Big Town’s Pain Killer is due out October 21. Here’s the track listing.
  • Marty Stuart’s photography is featured on The New York TimesLens blog.
  • Here’s a song from Cowboy Jack Clement’s final record, which comes out today.
  • Wall Street Journal columnist Taylor Swift looks better leaving the gym than I look on my best day.
  • Garth Brooks’ tour will begin in Chicago on September 4; tickets go on sale July 25 — any bets as to how soon they’ll sell out? Also, his Dublin concerts have officially been canceled. Refunds are being issued.
  • The Southern Folklife Collection blog published a post about “short-lived ensemble” The Church Brothers & Their Blue Ridge Ramblers, a bluegrass band from North Carolina.
  • Out September 23: My Name is New York, a three disc Woody Guthrie collection that pairs songs he wrote about NYC with interviews of Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nora Guthrie, and Arlo Guthrie. Listen to the title track here and Seeger and Nora Guthrie talking about how “Tom Joad” came together here.
  • “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
  • The late James Alan Shelton left behind some serious medical bills. Luthiers Huss & Dalton are raffling off a Shelton signature model guitar to help Shelton’s widow, Greta, cover those costs.
  • Rolling Stone spent five minutes with Bruce Robison, who talked about songwriting and his new record with Kelly Willis.
  • Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, and John Evans have a side project called The Ego Brothers. Here’s hoping they find time to make a record.
  • 40 years ago, The Ryman was in danger of getting torn down. The Tennessean’s Nate Rau recently wrote about the movement that saved the legendary venue.
  • This week’s album releases:

Cowboy Jack Clement For Once and For All

Robyn Ludwick – Little Rain

Trampled By Turtles Wild Animals

Flatt Lonesome Too

Peter Himmelman The Boat That Carries Us

Denver Rowdy Love

The Revelers Swamp Pop Classics, Vol. 1

John Hiatt Terms of My Surrender

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Open Carefully, Message Inside

Tim Stafford Just to Hear the Whistle Blow

Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time: 25th Anniversary Edition

  1. Scooter
    July 16, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Really looking forward to getting the Robyn Ludwick album. Loved the last one. She’s a real gem.

  2. Leeann
    July 23, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    The Jack Clement album is quite good!

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