New Alan Jackson Album Slated for 2012 Release; View Trailer for Hank Williams Movie The Last Ride; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | October 3rd, 2011

  • Fiddle player Sonny Mead passed away at the age of 81. Mead played with many bands over the years, including George Winn and The Bluegrass Partners, the Cripple Creek Boys, and Heights of Grass.  He even made it on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Listen to a little of his work here.
  • The Last Ride, a movie about Hank Williams’ last days, now has a trailer. It stars Henry Thomas, the kid from E.T.
  • Trisha Yearwood’s mother, Gwen, passed away after a lengthy cancer battle. Mother Yearwood was a co-writer on Trisha’s cookbooks.
  • Check out a fun interview with Megan Mullins and the rest of her new band, The Tennessee Hot Damns.
  • According to Cybergrass, Marty Godbey’s book, Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe, is a good one.
  • Check out the quirky new album Bright Lights from Gwendolyn, especially the tender track “Sing This Song.” The album is getting some critical love, too.
  • David Nail has his sophomore album release scheduled for November 15. It’ll be called The Sound of a Million Dreams.
  • New Grand Ole Opry inductees Rascal Flatts are planning ahead. They will have a new album coming out April 3, 2012.
  • Avett Brothers’ bassist Bob Crawford will be taking an indefinite hiatus from the band to tend to his three-year old daughter. She is battling a brain tumor.
  • Three Tall Pines, the bluegrass quartet out of Boston, will have a new album called All That’s Left out on October 15th.
  • In her review posted on No Depression, Julie Watson says the new Kentucky Headhunters record, out the end of October, is Southern rock at its best.
  • New music videos with some can’t-miss live performances:

Randy Travis — “Everything and All”

Kellie Pickler -- “Tough”

Ashton Shepherd — “Where Country Grows”

Jonathan Byrd — “Father’s Day”

Brett Eldredge — “Poison and Wine” (a Civil Wars cover)

Steel Magnolia — “Rainbow”

Eric Church — “Drink in my Hand”

Reba McEntire –“Somebody’s Chelsea”

Benn Gunn — “Laughter and Beers”

Mustered Courage — “Kiss From a Rose”

McKinley & Beggs – “Things I Like To Do”

The Sheepdogs — “I Don’t Know”

Christy Angeletti — “If You Had a Heart”

JoCaine — “Summer Nights”

Jimmie James — “Take A Little Trip”

Patrick Carrico — “Bottle of Beer”

Sean Patrick McGraw — “What I’d Do”

The Boxcars –“What I Did and What I Said” (IBMA Awards Performance)

JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams — “Prayer Bells in Heaven” (IBMA Awards Performance)

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers — “Me and Paul Revere” (IBMA Awards Performance)

Sierra Hull & Highway 111 — “Best Buy” (IBMA Awards Performance)

  1. Saving Country Music
    October 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Yet another trailer for the “Last Ride” movie, but no info on a release, at least, as far as I can find.

    Why do I have a feeling this is one of those movies we hear about for a long time, and then eventually ends up on Amazon ON-Demand for $2.99.

  2. Barry Mazor
    October 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    What Hank Williams contributed just might be more interesting than (and I’ve heard this before) that he died. If you want to watch the car go on and on that New Year’s, for some reason, there’s already this:

    I’m not saying it’s particularly good; I’m just sayin’…

  3. Rick
    October 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Its great to see some coverage of Gwendolyn here at Engine 145. She is definitely one of the friendliest LA based Americana artists I’ve had the chance to meet and chat with at the Grand Ole Echo shows over the last couple of years. I received an advance version of her CD well over a year ago and I’m glad its finally made it to commercial release and is garnering some attention. I especially like her yodel in “Discover Me”. Go Gwendolyn!

    I purchased a copy of the debut album from the Tennessee Hot Damns awhile back and found it a bit lackluster and disappointing. Having seen Megan perform live a couple of times, I know she is capable of a lot better than this, so all they really need is better songwriting! (But then again, who doesn’t?) If the THD’s did a cover album of classic old timey country songs, I’d be the first in line to buy that one. It still kills me that the Broken Bow label recorded a lot of songs with Megan that have never leaked out as advance copies! Darn.

    When Sierra Hull was in LA a few months back I requested “Best Buy” as it wasn’t part of their initial set list. Its great to see the song performed live again on that video from the IBMA festival. Because Christian Ward plays such mean western swing style fiddle on that tune, I told him he needs to go down to the Station Inn and play with the Time Jumpers! (lol)

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