New Josh Turner Album Due June 12; Kathleen Edwards Cancels Shows Due to Vocal Strain; HoF Extends Chet Atkins Exhibit

Juli Thanki | April 13th, 2012

  • Josh Turner’s new album, Punching Bag, is scheduled for a June 12 release.
  • Chet Flippo on Willie Nelson’s new record, Heroes: Maybe his songwriting pen isn’t as frenetic as it once was, but he still gets his writing licks in. And maybe his voice isn’t as strong as it once was, but he still tells the story — and sells the story. He’s still adding the occasional new original song, as well as originals from other writers and recycled older material. The thing is, I think his ear for a good song is as acute as it has ever been. 
  • Via press release: on July 17, Billy Joe Shaver will release CD/DVD set Live at Billy Bob’s Texas.
  • The Chris Thile documentary How to Grow a Band got a C+ from A.V. Club reviewer Nathan Rabin.
  • The folks behind bluegrass documentary The Porchlight Sessions posted some new video featuring a performance from Abigail Washburn.
  • Lera Lynn’s version of “Ring of Fire” is available here as a free download.
  • Paste has footage of the two songs The Civil Wars performed on Jimmy Kimmel the other night.
  • Here’s the new video for Peter Cooper’s “Opening Day.”

  1. Rick
    April 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    That All For The Hall concert in Nashville had quite a line-up of artists. The Hag, Pistol Annies, and Don Williams all on the same bill eh? Sounds like my kind of show.

    So “Kathleen Edwards had to postpone the rest of her North American tour due to “symptoms of vocal strain…”. Ummm, how could anyone tell the difference? I think Kathleen should have invited Sarah Buxton to substitute for her on this tour…

    OMG! Taylor Swift wrote a song with Justin Beiber! That is just like so totally outrageously awesome!…(lol)

    I think a couple of the blurbs in the news roundup got mixed up! I think that actually its Mindy McCready’s new baby boy that has been named “Punching Bag”.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Gary Morris, Thompson Square, Jana Kramer, and Hunter Hayes along with the Opry stalwarts. Grade: B-
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  2. nm
    April 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I am in full-on fingers-crossed mode that Josh Turner’s new album will be a return to the form of his first couple of releases. I’m absolutely sure he can do it, if he just has chosen the right songs.

  3. Rick
    April 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Here’s an Amazon country freebie that seems to have been overlooked! The band is named Family Reunion and the song is titled “A Hard Man (Is Good To Find)”. Thankfully it’s sung by a female unlike on “GLEE” or “Smash”! (lol) The album artwork features cartoon characters that look like escapees from South Park, but I don’t know if there is a connection. This would be a perfect song for those female pioneers of trailer trash country “Those Darlings”…

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IOS90S/ref=dm_att_alb2

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