New Releases (March 29): Band of Heathens, Doyle Lawson, The Grascals, Willie Nelson and More — Plus New Alison Krauss Video

Brody Vercher | March 29th, 2011

  1. Jon
    March 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Here’s a bit of news that some folks might be interested – sort of in the “new release” category – about a free download from an album I’m producing on a great singer from southwest Ohio…

  2. Jon
    March 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

    And, more sadly, news that a fine picker and songwriter, Jake Jenkins – Miss Leslie fans should be familiar with his name, as she’s recorded a number of his songs – here:

    Here’s Jake in action with Karl Shiflett back a few years ago:

  3. Rick
    March 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

    That’s quite a list of new album releases! That Ray Charles tribute type album really sounds interesting and I do like the Mark Jungers album title (although I disagree heartily!).

    I wonder if Alan Jackson’s new label affiliation (with old friends) will help re-energize his songwriting? Well, I hope it does anyway…

    WOW, The Lone Star Music Awards!!!! I got out my trusty old “Who Really Gives A Sh*t?” meter and the damned thing blew up! Amazing…

    So Lady Gaga is giving country music a try? She must want a piece of Taylor Swift’s and Carrie Underwood’s album sales action to supposed “country music fans”. Hell, it can’t be any worse than the Jane Dear Girls, so go for it Gaga.

  4. t.scott
    March 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    The angels in heaven must sound like A.K. and sweet Emmylou

  5. Stormy
    March 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Two other new releases today that are very good:

    Isreal Nash Gripka Barn Doors and Concrete Floors (should make you happy if you were disappointed with Junky Star, or if you liked Junky Star)
    I reccommend for fans of Ryan Adams or Ryan Bingham…possibly other guys named Ryan.
    Amy Black–One Time (Should fill a mid 90’s strong women instead of girl power country hole, if you have one)
    I reccommend for fans of Suzy Boggus, Trisha Yearwood and other women who cover Matraca Berg a lot.

  6. Alison
    March 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Honestly, my biggest issue with the Lady Gaga song isn’t that she’s trying to capitalize on country music but that the original song is such an obvious rip off of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” that I can’t even listen to it. I’m a sucker for a pop hook, so yeah, I have some Gaga on the old iPod but this song is beyond even my forgiving ears.

    I am, however, VERY excited about the Willie, Wynton and Norah album. I just love them all and think the subject matter, plus those performers, will be just fantastic. Thanks for the heads up!

  7. Billy
    March 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I love that Alison Krauss song. She is so talented.

  8. Jeremy Dylan
    March 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    The Ray Charles record is tremendous, and Nelson is in very strong voice on it.

  9. Freddy
    March 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    The “country” version of the Gaga song is more like Guns N’ Roses than country.

  10. Waynoe
    March 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

    @Jon – So now you are advertising?

  11. Brandon
    March 30, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Thanks for the heads up on these. Listening to that free Buffalo Gospel album at work this morning. It’s great. Free music is always a nice thing to wake up to!

    Keep up the good work.

  12. TX music jim
    March 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Lone Star Music Awards who gives a S________ Lots of people. The new Texas music theater in San Marcus was packed A lot of great performances were enjoyed by those in attendance. It wasn’t the CMA’s it was actually entertaining and yeah I know the Texas Red Dirt scene is a niche market but everything is these days. BTW the Band of Heatherns new album is a good listen.

  13. solongsowrong
    March 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    This Alison Krauss song is a fine example why she’s my all time favorite artist.

    Don’t quite understand why Dan Tyminski started out walking across the field with a guitar in hand, but had a mandolin to play once they got to the tent. LOL

  14. Waynoe
    March 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    @SOLONG – Anohter example of the video not fitting the song. Reference the latest Zac Brown.

    On the Alison & Union song, I would have liked to hear more group marmonies. But this is good nonetheless.

  15. Paul W Dennis
    March 31, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Interesting video on the Alison Krauss & Union Station song – in fact the video is far more interesting than the song itself

  16. Waynoe
    March 31, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Must be as the video doesn’t fit the song so you choose on eover the other. Makes sense.

  17. solongsowrong
    March 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm


    Not sure why you singled me out to comment on the video not fitting the song. My only comment about it was that I wondered why instruments were switched.

    Can’t really comment on the fitting part. I have no idea what was going through the producer’s head when he made this video, so I have no reference as to if it matches the song or not. Since I have some insight into what the story is behind the song, I’m very interested about the story behind the video. So if you have some factual knowledge on this, I wouldn’t mind hearing why it doesn’t match. If it’s just your opinion though, never mind.

  18. Waynoe
    March 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm


    Didn’t mean to come across that way. I had previously made that same comment on ZBB “Colder Weather”.

    Don’t need inside anything. Videos are like songs. They are what they are in the eyes and ears of the beholder. If a song is about a bear and the video is about a monkey, doesn’t fit. Don’t have time to research all the hidden meanings. Heck, we never would listen to anything if we had to do that first.

  19. solongsowrong
    April 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm


    So if they are what they are in the eyes and ears of the beholder, logic would say they are what they are to the people involved as well, don’t you think?

    Didn’t see any bears or monkeys in this one, but I did see some paper airplanes… in the video, the title, and the lyrics. Just because you don’t have or take the time to research the hidden meanings before comming up with an opinion and a comment, doesn’t mean it doesn’t fit. It only means it doesn’t fit to you.

    All promo’s I’ve seen so far for the album, seem to be centered around the images and feel of this video. Hidden or not, there is a thread that apparently holds it all together for a fit.

    But agreed, since instructions don’t come along, in most cases I would rather listen and watch, than take the time to figure out all the meanings.

  20. Waynoe
    April 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Yes. My first reaction to music is just to listen.

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