Martina McBride Rides the Rails; Del McCoury to Release Bill Monroe Tribute Record; Infamous Stringdusters Host Online Listening Party

Juli Thanki | September 15th, 2011

  • George Strait’s “Here For a Good Time” became his 84th Top 10 single, while the album of the same name became his 24th #1.
  • Gretchen Peters posted a new blog entry about “Five Minutes,” a song from her upcoming album Hello Cruel World.
  • Texas duo Beck & Cauthen changed their band name to Sons of Fathers after hearing from Beck’s (Odelay Beck) representatives. The release of their now self-titled record has been pushed back to November.
  • Martina McBride has partnered with Amtrak to promote her upcoming album. McBride will travel by train to 11 cities including Philadelphia, DC, and Kansas City, where she’ll perform concerts.
  • Country California is giving away a copy of Luke Bryan‘s Tailgates & Tanlines.
  • Peter Cooper spoke with Hank3 for his newest Tennessean column and provided a succinct review of Cattle Callin': ” Distorted guitars groan atop drums that hit with the speed and impact of a flurry of Roberto Duran jabs, creating a splattering heavy metal sound that evokes… Well, I don’t know what a seizure feels like, but I know what it sounds like now.”
  • Chris Young and Taylor Swift have joined Give the Gift of Music, a campaign which spreads the word that “music makes an excellent gift.” The site features videos in which Young talks about the guitar he received as a present while Swift mentions hearing “This Kiss” and immediately adopting Faith Hill as her musical role model.
  • Give a listen to “Invisible Riverside,” a new Ryan Adams song.
  • Gibson is offering a limited run of one hundred J-200 Ray Whitley Special guitars to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s expansion. Each guitar, which will have a few precious stones on it, will come with a custom case and be associated with a year in country music history.
  • Tomorrow, from 4-6pm Eastern, the Infamous Stringdusters are hosting a listening party on Turntable, where they’ll be digitally spinning tracks from bands slated to perform at The Festy, an annual celebration of music/beer/the outdoors. Check in with the Festy Facebook page at 3pm Friday for the listening room link.
  1. Jon
    September 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

    The Del album is a dandy.

  2. Stephanie
    September 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    This is NRA country. You’ve got to be fing kidding me?!

  3. Sam G
    September 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Nice of Justin Moore to perform a theme song for the National Restaurant Association. I’m sure Cracker Barrel and Shane’s Rib Shack will put it into heavy rotation immediately.

  4. Ben Foster
    September 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    I’m loving Sonia Leigh’s new video. She is fantastic.

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