Merle Haggard on Tavis Smiley; Jerrod Niemann Working on New Album; New Marty Raybon Single and Video

Juli Thanki | December 21st, 2011

  • If you missed Merle Haggard’s appearance on Tavis Smiley, the interview will be posted here shortly.
  • Zoe Muth  and Joe Nichols made CMT’s Craig Shelburne’s list of the year’s overlooked albums.
  • Singer-songwriter Matt Ellis is offering a free download of his song “Another L.A. Christmas.”
  • Edward Morris of CMT caught an anti-death penalty benefit show that featured Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash.
  • Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum got engaged this week.
  • Marty Raybon has a new video and single called “I’ve Seen What He Can Do.” The track will be included on Raybon’s upcoming album on Rural Rhythm Christian.
  • Give a listen to The Civil Wars’ “Lily Love,” which will be found on The Chieftains’ upcoming 50th anniversary album full of collaborations with artists including the Pistol Annies and Decemberists.
  • Del McCoury’s radio show is now syndicated. It also underwent a name change and will now be called “Del McCoury’s Blue Side of Town.”
  • Saving Country Music’s Triggerman interviewed Derek Dunn of the now-defunct .357 String Band. Dunn revealed he’s working on two EPs that will be released in 2012.
  • Carrie Underwood has finished recording her vocals for her next album.
  • Leeann Ward and Sam Gazdziak have been sharing their “12 Songs of Christmas” over at Country Universe.
  1. Rick
    December 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Really ejoyed Craig Shelburne’s “Overlooked Albums” list, which is far more to my taste than most of the stuff he swoons about. Any list that includes Sunny Sweeney, Zoe Muth, the Sweetback Sisters, and Caitlin Rose is all right by me! I recently saw the siren songstress Shannon McNally perform live and she mentioned how she was currently enraptured by the music of Gene Clark. The 1977 album reissued on CD recently that Craig mentions is likely involved somehow! (lol) I’ll have to check out the Cactus Blossoms. Sounds like the perfect act for “A Prairie Home Companion”! Are you listening Garrison?

    Back when I was a big Allison Moorer fan (prior to the “Duel” album, her liberal awakening, and marriage to Steve Earle), the only time I saw her perform live was with The Chieftains. I had gone to see Allison hoping she’d do an opening set, but that didn’t happen. She did sing lead on “Blues For Dixie” which redeemed the whole evening. Can’t say I’ve had any interest in the Chieftains since…

  2. Ben Foster
    December 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I have found myself beginning to seriously crave new music from Carrie Underwood lately. Glad to hear things are moving along with the new album!

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