New Releases Abound: Dale Watson, Little Big Town, Marty Stuart, Randy Rogers Band, Ricky Skaggs & More
New releases for the week of August 24, 2010 include:
Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford – Dogwood Winter
Various Artists – Bloody War: Songs 1924 – 1939
Various Artists – My Country – Smash Hits (To Benefit Fisher House)
- Austin Music Source’s John T. Davis on the new Dale Watson record, Carryin’ On:
Waltzes, drinking songs and two-steps abound. Watson, after all, has honky-tonks and beer joints encoded in his DNA. But it’s fun and instructive to hear him step out of his comfort zone and surrender a little of his famous autonomy in the interests of stretching his wings. Instead of railing against Nashville, he’s found a way to make it work for him.
- Brad Paisley played his first stadium show as a headliner last Saturday to a sold-out crowd of 51,000 at Gillette Stadium. The Boston Globe’s Scott McLennan was there:
Paisley not only had the sonic blend right, but also stretched out more as a singer and songwriter. He could be funny without sounding like a yahoo and somber without coming across as maudlin. A quick wit has tuned “Alcohol,’’ “Ticks,’’ and “I’m Gonna Miss Her’’ into modern country classics, while his sincerity has done likewise for “Waitin’ on a Woman’’ and “She’s Everything.’’
- Dolly Parton hasn’t been in a major feature film since 1992, but she landed the role of a choir director’s widow in the upcoming musical-driven movie Joyful Noise, which will also star Queen Latifah.
- Bluegrass band Balsam Range recorded the Walt Wilkins song “Trains I Missed” as the title track to its new album, scheduled for release on Sept. 20. Listen to a preview on The Bluegrass Blog.
- Country Haiku:
This guy next to me just died
He was a gambler
- As of today, Jamey Johnson’s current single, “Playing the Part,” is available for download via iTunes. (Read Karlie’s review here.)
- If you’ve ever wondered what Ricky Skaggs might have sounded like had he moved to California and become and folk-rock artist, Michael McCall says the title song to his new album, Mosaic, will give you a good idea.
- In an interview with The Wall Street Journal‘s Jim Fusilli, Ricky Skaggs talks about his new record and the resistance it would have received from a label he didn’t own:
“When I was with a major label, I had to run everything up the flagpole and get permission to make music,” he said. “I was told I had to make commercial country music. No duets, no bluegrass records. ‘Let’s not confuse the marketplace.’ That kind of crazy stuff.”
- Singer-songwriter-music journalist Marshall Chapman has a new book titled They Came to Nashville due out on Oct. 30, the gist of which is conversations with folks like Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Bobby Bare, and Miranda Lambert about Nashville. (via email)
- Chuck Dauphin listed 10 unheralded country songs from the likes of Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill and more for the LimeWire Music Blog.
- Jimmy Wayne co-authored a fictional book titled Paper Angels that’s based on his past experiences. It’s release is scheduled for the fall of next year.
- Nathan Rabin covered Hank Thompson for week 41 of his Nashville or Bust column:
Hank Thompson And The Brazos Valley Boys were a dance band above all else, and a damn good one at that. They were slaves to the rhythm. Their music was a means to an end; if they didn’t get toes tapping and asses out of seats, they weren’t doing their job right.
Saying that the Brazos Valley Boys were good is an understatement: They were voted Billboard’s top country-and-western band a staggering 14 years in a row, thanks in no small part to members like legendary guitarist Merle Travis.
- Country Universe reached sub-50 numbers in its countdown of the greatest singles of the nineties.
- The new Little Big Town record captured all four members singing together in the studio like they do in concert instead of having each member record separately:
“There’s more energy (that way) versus everyone doing individual passes on the mike,” Schlapman said. “Listeners might not realize that records are normally cut in so many parts and that normally every vocal is recorded separately, so this is just different, and very enjoyable.”
That approach comes to the fore on fourth track “Shut Up Train,” Fairchild said, as the opening acoustic guitar leads into the four singers “just going for it at the same time, like it was a performance.”
- This week, Randy Houser is only previewing one song from his upcoming release: “Out Here In The Country.”
Dale Watson performed “Carryin’ On,” the title track to his new album, on We Are Austin Live yesterday.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …