Memphis Launches Music Hall of Fame; More Performers Added to CMA Awards Lineup; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | October 16th, 2012

  • Restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home is underway.
  • Download a new James Hand song here.
  • If you missed Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss singing “Make the World Go Away” on Letterman the other night, watch their performance here.
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean column is about Johnson and his Hank Cochran tribute record. An excerpt: “To put together an album full of Hank Cochran songs that have meaning and impact, it’s not difficult at all,” Johnson says. “What was difficult was not recording the other 1,000 Hank Cochran songs that have meaning and impact.”
  • Proceeds from iTunes purchases of Radney Foster’s “Louisiana Blue” video will go to the Red Cross for Hurricane Isaac relief efforts.
  • The Memphis Music Hall of Fame is kicking things off this afternoon with a ceremony in which the 2012 inductees will be announced.
  • Eric Church on the success of Chief: “I had no clue (it would be this kind of commercial success.) Honestly I’m glad I didn’t because it really made it sweeter when all of those things happened because I didn’t have an expectation – I didn’t put a bar up and said any song has to be able to jump over this bar. It did it without me doing that. “(Making ‘Chief’) had nothing to do with the number of units sold or number one songs, because we had never had any up until then. I didn’t ever think we’d get there. For this to be the record and the songs that had the key to unlock that lock – whether it be country radio or whether it be with the format or whether it be with the country even across other genres, it was the thing that kind of put us on the map. I’m proud that this record did that. I’m also proud that people go back to ‘Carolina’ and ‘Sinners Like Me.’ Those were made the same way ‘Chief’ was made, from the standpoint that we made the music for the music’s sake. We didn’t make it because we had any level of success that we were tying to it or that we needed to do. We were just trying to make the best record that fit that time. And I think they still hold up. I still get people coming up to me every night – some people like ‘Carolina’ or ‘Sinners’ more than ‘Chief’ and I am proud that there’s a lot of people going back and checking them out.” 
  • Brian T. Atkinson lists ten highlights from the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
  • CMT Edge posted a new video from Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.
  • Blake Shelton, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, and Lady Antebellum have been added to the lineup of performers at November’s CMA Awards.
  • posted some previously unseen, fan-filmed footage of Elvis performing at Madison Square Garden in 1972.
  • Hot Buttered Rum wrote a couple “postseason anthems” in support of the San Francisco Giants.
  • Out November 20: A Fiddler’s Holiday, a live album from The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band. The taped concert will air on PBS this December.
  • Jason Aldean on new album, Night Train: “Here we are on the fifth record. We’ve had four other albums to practice on before this one. I think each time you can hear a difference in songs. It’s like anything, the more you do something, the better you get at it, and the more success you have, the more comfortable you become in trying things maybe you were a little nervous to try before. With this record I think we just said, ‘Alright, this is kind of an anything goes deal.’”
  • This week’s album releases:

Jamey Johnson Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran

Jason Aldean Night Train

Infamous Stringdusters Silver Sky: Deluxe Edition

Miss Tess Sweet Talk

Front Porch String Band Hills of Alabam

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers They’re Playing My Song

Rosie Flores Working Girl’s Guitar

James Hand Mighty Lonesome Man

Lonesome River Band Chronology, Volume 3

Scotty McCreery Christmas with Scotty McCreery

Hunter Hayes Live (exclusive iTunes EP)

Various Artists True Bluegrass Banjo

Various Artists True Bluegrass Fiddle

  • And a DVD:

Chely Wright Wish Me Away

  1. Jon
    October 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    The two collections at the bottom of the new releases list – banjo and fiddle – are archive compilations from Rebel Records, both really great. The latter includes Bobby Hicks’ recording of Bill Monroe’s “Scotland,” which is one of the best bluegrass tracks ever cut.

  2. Rick
    October 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Gosh, so I have a choice between the new Jamey Johnson Hank Cochran Tribute or Jason Aldean’s new album? That will be a tough one…(lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Elizabeth Cook, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride, Connie Smith, and Bill Anderson as the token “Opry Legend”! Grade A! Go Opry!
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    I saw Corb Lund live last Thursday night and he sang some of the songs off his new album but I prefer the older stuff as it just seems more melodic. Corb said he was flying back to Canada the next day to shoot a Canadian CMT sponsored Halloween style video for his new song “Dig, Gravedigger Dig”. Corb mentioned he has been co-writing songs with Hayes Carll and they seem to be a good fit as far as wacky senses of humor are concerned. I wonder if Corb has ever called Hayes a hoser? Hmm…

  3. Leeann Ward
    October 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Also released this week was Paul Brandt’s Just As I Am. The album features many great artists, such as: Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, The Isaacs, Jon Randall Stewart, John Anderson, Dan Tyminski, and his wife, Liz Brandt.

    • Juli Thanki
      October 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks for the heads up, Leeann. I’ll have to pick that one up.

  4. Leeann Ward
    October 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I haven’t listened to it yet, but Sara Watkins is, apparently, featured a few times on Grant-Lee Phillips new album, Walking in the Grean Corn.

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