New Releases Abound: Dale Watson, Little Big Town, Marty Stuart, Randy Rogers Band, Ricky Skaggs & More

Brody Vercher | August 24th, 2010

  • New releases for the week of August 24, 2010 include:

  • 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:

    Mr. conductor?
    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.

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  1. [...] Tuesday on the blog, Brody linked to a Boston Globe review of Brad Paisley’s H20 Tour currently making its way around the country. [...]
    August 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Marty Stuart & Dale Watson Album in the same day awesome

  2. Karlie
    August 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Wow, super-size news! Good stuff. They Came to Nashville sounds interesting.

  3. Dave D.
    August 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    New Marty release + new Dale release = Christmas in August

  4. Benny
    August 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    concerning Christmas – you forgot to mention Clay Walker’s new Christmas album that came out today too, but that’s ok I just randomly found out about it myself:

  5. Benny
    August 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    oh nevermind, seems its just a reissue..?

  6. Noeller
    August 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    thanks for the Michelle Wright mention. That album is still legendary up north here. Very excited to have her out touring with a “Greatest Hits” show this fall.

  7. Rick
    August 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Are those frickin’ Doonesbury characters on the cover of that “My Country – Smash Hits”? Must be specifically targeted at the Obamavoter market segment! Actually I’d like to hear the Jypsi cut and if its decent I would be willing to buy the single, but it doesn’t look like single track MP3 offerings are part of the plan. Oh well…

    The new Little Big Town CD is on sale at Target and Best Buy for $ 7.99 this week and Target is also featuring the Randy Rogers Band CD at that price. (At least I think it was Target? Crikey…)

    If Balsam Range were to change the first part of their name to “Balsamic” they’d get a lot more attention from yuppies, and maybe even a guest spot on the Food Channel!

    Nice to read about Hank Thompson. Its just too bad he didn’t move to Nashville and become an “Opry Legend” regular in his later years.

  8. Rick
    August 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I clicked on that Bluegrass Blog link for Balsam Range (very nice song by the way) and caught the banner ad at the top for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival in Bristol TN/VA (?) running Sept 17th through the 19th. Holy crap, a $ 40 weekend pass and a huge roster of interesting and varied artists including Unknown Hinson, Dale Watson, & Todd Snider! Why don’t we ever have anything like that in Southern California? (The “Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass Festival” up in San Francisco doesn’t count.)
    Check out the performing artist roster: (Crikey!)

    That Dale Watson video was pleasant but it sure sounds an awful lot like the Glen Campbell hit “Gentle On My Mind”. It seems Dale has mellowed out so much he is becoming the new, modern day Glen Campbell! I bet he takes a better mug shot though…

    August 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks to 9513 for giving a shout-pout to Marty Stuart’s Ghost Train. It is a superlative presenation.

  10. luckyoldsun
    August 24, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I just checked out the Carter Family III, which I had not heard of. It looks pretty interesting.

    It will be ironic if John Carter Cash, after bombing as Johnny Cash Jr. achieves success as a performer embracing his mother’s heritage!

  11. luckyoldsun
    August 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    There are only a few country artists of whom I buy any new disc they put out. Dale Watson’s at the top of that list. I’ll definitely buy this one within the next month.

  12. Nicolas
    August 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I forgot to get my copy of Little Big Town’s album today. I know for sure what I’ll be doin’ tomorrow now, lol.

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