Miranda Lambert Releases “Dead Flowers” To Digital Outlets
- Miranda Lambert‘s “Dead Flowers” is now available on iTunes and Amazon for the new and improved price of $1.29.
- NPR’s World Cafe has an audio interview with Jamey Johnson along with performances of “High Cost of Living,” “In Color,” “That Lonesome Song” and a web-only outtake of “Nothing Is Better Than You.”
- Via Rodney Hayden‘s newsletter:
The New American Voices Tour with Drew Kennedy has been going great. If you get a chance make sure and come out and catch a show. Remember to check www.americanvoicestour.com We’ll be heading to Europe in August and will be doing a west coast run in September it looks like. We’re still booking shows so let us know if there is a certain venue that we should visit (that would be good for an acoustic show) or if you’d be interested in hosting a house concert.
Meanwhile, if you live in the Central Texas area, there are shows scheduled for New Braunfels tonight, Fredericksburg tomorrow and Austin next week.
- As part of CMT coverage for Bluegrass Month, Edward Morris listed ten of Alison Krauss‘ videos, which he dubs “understated triumphs.”
- The Bluegrass Blog on the new Alecia Nugent album, Hillbilly Goddess:
Every song is a gem and Alecia sings with authority, passion and grace. The production and arrangements (as per other Carl Jackson-related releases) owe much to the way modern country music is recorded. For instance, there are two acoustic guitar tracks on almost every song (Tim Stafford and Andy Falco) and subtle percussion is also found throughout.
- The taping of Austin City Limits with Kenny Chesney was filmed Tuesday night and is planned to air early this fall. The show featured Mac McAnally as a special guest and the first public performances of “Boats” and “Somewhere In The Sun.”
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri recalled the first time he met Stephen Bruton.
- Wade Bowen is a Texan through and through, but don’t label him a Texas-country singer.
“I am proud of Texas, and I’m proud of growing up here. But I really stress to people that I’m not a ‘Texas artist,’ ” says Bowen, calling from a tour stop in Lake Charles, La. “I’m an artist from Texas.
“I really want my music to be beyond that realm. So many people want to draw boundary lines. I think there’s a way to do it all and to stay true to yourself and to reach the entire country, the entire world, eventually. That’s the goal.”
- Rumor has it that a second edition of Chris Knight‘s The Trailer Tapes will be released on September 1, and will include fan favorites like “It Ain’t Easy Being Me,” “The River’s Own” and “Love And A .45″ along with four bonus tracks.
- Front Line Management acquired Dale Morris & Associates, home of Cowboy Troy, oh, and Kenny Chesney. Morris & Associates has been Chesney’s only management company since 1993 and his move to Front Line comes in the wake of Tim McGraw‘s move from Front Line to Red Light Management.
- Lee Ann Womack answered five questions for Detroit Free Press.
Young people tend to drive music sales, and right now they’re giving a lot of love to young acts like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. At this stage of your career, what’s your target audience?
My audience is people who like country music — real country music. I’ve always done a mixture of different kinds of music. It’s not all twin fiddles and steel guitars, but that’s my favorite. You can bet I’ll never stop doing it because I can’t. I couldn’t if I wanted to. It’s too much a part of me. If I’m not going to get to do that, I might as well go sell real estate.
- Dolly Parton released a new children’s book today titled I Am a Rainbow.
- In the second installment of Anya Hinkle‘s behind-the-scenes feature for BluegrassJournal.com, she provided a neat glimpse of how recording in the studio worked for her band, Dehlia Low. (Incoming)
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.