Miranda Lambert Tops Billboard 200; Tim Stafford Announces New Album; John Fullbright to Receive Rising Star Award

Juli Thanki | June 12th, 2014

  • Willie Nelson played “The Wall” from his new record, Band of Brothers, for Rolling Stone.
  • Out August 12: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s Cold Spell. (via press release)
  • The Allman Brothers Band’s 1971 release At Fillmore East is getting expanded into a six-CD collection (due out July 29) with 15 unreleased tracks.
  • According to a feature posted on The 615, Gene Watson has plans to record a gospel project, another duet album with Rhonda Vincent, and a new album of original music.
  • Kenny Chesney’s back with a new single and new shirts that actually have sleeves.
  • On June 27, John Fullbright will receive the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s Rising Star Award; previous winners include Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton. (via press release)
  • Today’s mandatory viewing: this short mockumentary that introduces viewers to “Connor Redwood,” that guy who yells “Hey!” in all those neo-folk tunes.
  • Kacey Musgraves will perform on The Tonight Show this evening. (via press release)
  • Musgraves, Willie Nelson, and Alison Krauss & Union Station played Radio City Music Hal the other night; here’s Jim Allen’s review for CMT.com.
  • Ann Powers recapped CMA Fest for NPR.
  • Irish Americana band I Draw Slow is featured on CMT Edge, as is their music video for “Valentine,” which stars Petyr Baelish Stuart Alan Jones Aidan Gillen.
  • Here’s a behind the scenes video of Dierks Bentley recording “Ride On,” the featured track for the History Channel’s not-at-all-historical new show Biker Battleground: Phoenix.
  • American Songwriter premiered a new Ghost Wolves video.
  • The Sutler, a venue that The Nashville Scene describes as a scruffier, bawdier, less stuffy version of the Bluebird” is reopening.
  • Eric Church on country radio: “It’s very feel-good. It’s a little bit shallower than it was a few years ago – it’s ‘Let’s drink, forget our worries, beach, bonfire, lake.’ When something’s working, everybody falls into a pattern. One thing I miss is turning on the radio and just having a song punch me in the gut, and, as a songwriter, knock me on my ass. And I think we could use more of that.”  
  • Lonesome River Band is working on a new album that’ll be released in the fall on Mountain Home Records.
  • The New Yorker premiered Loudon Wainwright III’s fun new song, “Man and Dog.” Wainwright is one of the few singer-songwriters who can get away with penning lyrics about picking up poop.

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