Lyle Lovett Readies New Album; Miranda Lambert Announces New Single; Country Singers Celebrate First Amendment

Juli Thanki | December 14th, 2011

  • The Country Music Association has pledged $10 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s expansion efforts.
  • Lyle Lovett’s new album, Release Me, is set for release on February 28.
  • James McMurtry’s Mountain Stage performance can be streamed here.
  • Lauren Alaina and Rodney Atkins will perform on Fox’s American Country New Year’s Eve Live, airing at 11p.m. on the 31st.
  • Miranda Lambert’s next single from Four the Record is “Over You,” co-written with Blake Shelton.
  • Bob Kingsley will be given the President’s Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Awards and Dinner in February. The award is presented to “an individual who has made a significant contribution to the marketing, production, growth, and development of the Country Radio Seminar and the multiple services that Country Radio Seminar provides to the country radio and music communities.”
  • Cuts from the Pistol Annies, Those Darlins, Matraca Berg, Abigail Washburn, Lucinda Williams, Hayes Carll, and The Drive-By Truckers made the American Songwriter Top 50 Songs of 2011 list.
  • A download of The Goat Rodeo Sessions is available for $3.99 on Amazon today. It’s one of the best albums of the year by incredibly talented musicians.
  • Jake Owen was forced to cancel his sixth annual charity concert due to heavy rains.
  • Sarah Jarosz, Joe Nichols, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Brad Paisley, The Civil Wars, and more are taking to Twitter tomorrow, on National Bill of Rights Day, in celebration of the First Amendment.
  • Darryl Worley and Wynn Varble have recorded a version of “The Fishin’ Hole.” Anyone who texts a donation to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency or similar state organizations will be given a ringtone of the song as a thank you gift.
  • There is a 15-song retrospective of Gretchen Peters’ career that you can download over at NoiseTrade.
  • Here’s a short (under 30-minute) documentary about bluegrass and old-time music in the UK.

  1. Razor X
    December 14, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    You might want to double check that link for the Goat Rodeo Sessions.

    • Juli Thanki
      December 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Fixed, thanks!

  2. Rick
    December 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Gosh, my favorite pick to appear on that American Songwriter list is the adorable Amanda Shires placing at # 5 with “When You Need A Train, It Never Comes”. I had the pleasure of seeing Amanda live this year in an acoustic duo performance with Rod Picott and it was borderline spellbinding. Its nice to see Amanda get that type of recognition by American Songwriter. Go Amanda!

    Thanks for the Pop Matters link. I really enjoyed their Country and Bluegrass Top 20 lists for 2011. Good stuff!

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