New Johnny Cash Album; Free Eric Church Download; Doc Watson Statue Unveiled

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 1st, 2011

  • Proving that he might be the only artist to have more posthumous recordings than Tupac, Johnny Cash has another new album forthcoming with unheard music on it. (Not that I’m complaining one bit.) From the press release: “Johnny Cash Bootleg III: LIVE Around the World is a collection of rare and unreleased live recordings it is a travelogue from his earliest days on the road at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas Texas in the 1950s – through to his becoming an International Superstar and a great statesman ambassador at the White House in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s.” Bootleg III comes out on September 27th.
  • Five years after his last release, Lee Greenwood has new music available. The singer/songwriter known best for “God Bless the USA” has released a new seven song EP, I Want To Be In Your World.
  • Zach and Josh Carter, known as The Carter Twins, have released the new Acoustic EP and are offering it free to fans here.
  • Dream River Films is unveiling Courage, a short film in a trilogy of Texas Westerns called The Armadillo Tales. The films feature singers, songwriters and actors from the Texas. Courage stars recording artists Guy Forsyth, Stephanie Urbina Jones, guitarist John Inmon, Bob Fanucchi and Zach Young. It will premier in Dallas, Texas on Monday, August 15 at the historic Texas Theater. Check out the trailer here.
  • Randy Houser got engaged to former American Idol contestant Jessa Lee Yantz last week.
  • Eric Church is offering a free bonus track to Chief called “Lovin’ Me Anyway” on his website.
  • You should go buy Ashton Shepherd’s new album and help a girl out. She still lives in a single-wide trailer in Alabama and sells vegetables out of the back of her pickup truck when she’s not on tour. At least that’s what NPR says.
  • It’s been available since July 1, but don’t miss out on your chance to download the free Eli Young Band exclusive track “Room Goes Dark.”
  • To promote his new album Country Again, Ronnie Milsap did an interview with and reminisced about the days of playing with Charley Pride and in Roger Miller’s hotel.
  • New music videos (or in a couple cases, new to you):

Emerson Drive“Sleep It Off”

Gord Bamford“Hank Williams Lonesome”

Donny and Marie –- “The Good Life”

Darren Warren“Cowboy Up and Party Down”

Shelley Rann –- “I’m All Over That”

David Bradley“Hard Time Movin’ On”

Kira Isabella — “Love Me Like That”

Brett Eldredge — “Signs”

Jason Jones — “Ferris Wheel”

The Heartbroken — “Seventeen”

Victoria Banks — “I’m Gone”

Chad Brownlee — “Carried Away”

Jason McCoy — “I’d Still Have Everything”

Vanessa Carlton — Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave” (live cover for Billboard)

Tiffany “Feel The Music” (live performance for ABC)


  • And last but not least, below is the EPK for The Bankesters’ self-titled album:


  1. Ben Foster
    August 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    With all these new Johnny Cash albums coming out, I’m almost starting to wonder if he faked his death ;)

  2. Andrew
    August 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    It’s just a matter of time before we get an album of Cash and Elvis duets.

  3. Rick
    August 2, 2011 at 2:33 am

    That article about the disputed wills of Jim Reeves’ deceased widow was quite a hoot! What a mess…

    Ashton Shepherd’s story reminds me a bit of Bonnie Owens in Bakersfield back in the late 1950’s. Bonnie had married Buck when they were still in their teens and after a couple of kids came along they got divorced in the early 1950’s. Bonnie pursued a solo singing career after the divorce and when she wasn’t out on the road (usually as an opening act) she worked as a waitress in the Blackboard honky tonk that launched Buck’s career. I would guess the Blackboard is where Bonnie first met Merle Haggard but I haven’t checked to verify if that’s true.

  4. Noeller
    August 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Just when I didn’t think Luke Bryan could do something to make me dislike him more, he goes and does this. Yeeeeeeeeeech. I really enjoy Metallica…and I enjoy Country music. Not a fan, when one butchers the other.

  5. Thomas
    August 3, 2011 at 4:46 am

    …a country record by lily allen? i’ve always enjoyed the country vibe in “not fair”, therefore i can see some beauty in such a project. if it takes a north-london accent to lead country music from the muddy glory of the backroads back in a new and more interesting direction again, i’ll be totally ok with that.

  6. Thomas
    August 4, 2011 at 5:05 am

    …new outfit same ol’ problem – there’s never enough time to follow every interesting lead here.

    glad, i clicked on that “bankesters” clip – beautiful music.

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