New American Voices Rides Again; The Lost Trailers Disband; Country Throwdown Cancels Dates
- Remember that tour The 9513 sponsored last year that featured the stories and songs of Drew Kennedy and Rodney Hayden? New American Voices, it was called. It was such a positive experience that we’ve all decided to do it again, and this time Drew and Rodney are taking their music to mostly new areas further west than last year’s tour. So if you’re in the New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, or Arizona areas, check the schedule and see if they’re coming to a city near you. You won’t be disappointed.
- Country recording artist Judy Lynn Kelly, who got her big break in her teens when she was hired to fill in for Jean Shepard during a touring show of performers from the Grand Ole Opry, passed away last week at the age of 74. (Listen: “I’ll Pick Up My Heart,” “My Secret,” “Footprints On The Moon“)
- If you take a listen to “Hard Hat And A Hammer” from Alan Jackson‘s latest album, Freight Train, and hear a tinging in the background that sounds a lot like a hammer hitting an anvil its because you’re actually hearing a hammer hitting an anvil.
- When it’s released later this year, the documentary Wish Me Away will chronicle Chely Wright‘s story as a gay country music performer. (via That Nashville Sound)
- Jett Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams, accepted her father’s Pulitzer special citation on Monday, May 24.
New releases for the week of June 1, 2010 include:
- Country California: Quotable Country – 05/31/10 Edition
- Had Shannon McNally (MySpace) been around in the 1970s, Craig Shelburne bets she could’ve been an Outlaw and suggests you check her out if you’re a fan of Waylon Jennings, or even his wife Jessi Colter.
- On Sept. 28, Time Life will release Hank Williams Complete Mother Best Recordings….Plus!. (via press release)
Hank Williams Complete Mother Best Recordings….Plus! is comprised of fifteen audio discs and a bonus DVD. The shows contain so many priceless moments, including Williams’ first-ever performances of “Cold, Cold Heart” and “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)” just days after they were written, as well as many songs he never recorded elsewhere such as “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “On Top of Old Smoky.” On the DVD, two of Hank’s original band members reminisce about his brief, incendiary career. Sadly, both of them died shortly afterward. . The project also contains a booklet with an introduction by Hank Williams, Jr. and over one-hundred pages on the history of Williams, written by respected music writer and Hank Williams historian, Colin Escott. This deluxe, limited box set is packaged in an antique working radio where the listener presses the radio dial and selections of Williams will play.
- The Lost Trailers plan to disband before the end of the year. No TV special is in the works.
- There seems to be some kind of disconnect between the song and the concept for John Rich‘s new video “Country Done Come To Town.”
- The first-year Country Throwdown Tour was forced to cancel dates in Houston, Dallas, San Diego, and Phoenix due to low ticket sales.
- The Country Music Association and iTunes teamed up to offer fans a free, 10-song digital sampler that includes tracks from Chris Young, Randy Houser, Radney Foster, David Ball, and more. (via That Nashville Sound)
- In honor of yesterday’s commemorative holiday, Joe Pug gave away his song “Bury Me Far (From My Uniform.”
Often songs are difficult to write but, once written, easy to release,” explains Pug. “That was certainly not the case with ‘Bury Me Far (From My Uniform).’ The song nearly wrote itself and yet I released it with great reluctance. There is a certain reverence that any decent person affords soldiers and their sacrifices. I was, and remain still, troubled that this song might violate that decency. Having never served myself I’m not always sure whether it is inspiring or insulting. I’ve certainly gotten my fair share of both reactions. In the end, the song stands on its own, and the distinction is yours to make.
- Farce the Music: Country Doppelgangers
Watch the video for the new single from The Eastside Bulldogs, “Come On Up And See Me Sometime.”
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