New Merle Haggard Album; Stringbean’s Killer Denied Parole; Reba Worries About Kids’ Work Ethic

Juli Thanki | July 20th, 2011

  • Merle Haggard is releasing a new album (his second for Vanguard Records), Working In Tennessee, on October 4th. It’s a collection of self-penned Haggard riches, plus a couple Johnny Cash classics and a new version of Merle’s stalwart “Working Man Blues” featuring Willie Nelson and his son Ben Haggard. Want a sneak peek?
  • Americana duo The Milk Carton Kids have been offering their album Prologue for free, but it somehow managed to crack the Top 10 over on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts anyway. Check it out if you dig Gillian Welch, Justin Townes Earle, or The Civil Wars.
  • Yep Roc Records is having a sale! Pick up $5 CDs and/or $10 LPs from artists like Dave Alvin, Rodney Crowell, Carlene Carter, John Doe, Reckless Kelly, Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, The Baseball Project, and Southern Culture on the Skids. If Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell’s Begonias is absent from your music collection, now would be the time to get it. You know, if you dig stunning country duets.
  • Speaking of Thad Cockrell, he’s started a new band, Leagues. They’re giving away three free songs in exchange for funding a full-length album.
  • Writer Jewly Hight will be chatting with Elizabeth Cook on Sirius XM Outlaw Country today at 12pm CST. Cook is a chapter in Hight’s fantastic book on women in roots music Right By Her Roots.
  • One of Stringbean and Estelle Akeman’s killers was denied parole.
  • Get to work, kids of America. You don’t get Reba triceps—or Reba cash—by playing video games all day.

 

  1. Leeann Ward
    July 20, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Yes, the Carey/Cockrell album is definitely full of stunning duets. I wish they’d do another one. Downloading the Milk Carton Kids album as I type.

  2. Rick
    July 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Speaking of both country duets and Elizabeth Cook, when is Elizabeth going to do a traditional duets record? I think Jeff Bates would be a fitting male counterpart for such a venture.

    I think Daily & Vincent should have chosen Molly Kate Cherryholmes instead, or better yet invited her to tag along too! What bluegrass music truly needs is a lot more Texas style twin fiddle playin’, something the Cherryholmes band excelled at!

    So Luke Bryan likes zombies eh? Well that explains the affection he has towards his loyal fan base. What makes a doughnut Canadian anyway? Do they make the dough with Labatt’s beer and fry them in the left over grease from grilling up back bacon, eh?

  3. Rick
    July 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Just a quick note: There was a gal I had never heard of before on Music City Roots tonight named Amy Black who is quite good! Its not very often MCR features acts I’m unfamiliar with that really catch my ear, but Amy’s got the knack. Her vocals sound a bit like Jennifer Nettlesome without all of the annoying affectations and histrionics, and her face slightly reminds me of Melissa Etheridge. I’m gonna keep an ear out for this gal.

    PS – Amy lives in Boston and tours mostly in the northeast close to home. She definitely needs to come to McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica! I’ll have to see what I can do about that…(lol)

    Link: http://amyblack.com/

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