New Rodney Crowell Album Due 4/15; Trace Adkins Enters Rehab; 20 Feet from Stardom Nominated for Oscar

Juli Thanki | January 16th, 2014

  • Rodney Crowell’s next record, Tarpaper Sky, will be released on New West Records April 15. (via press release)
  • Geoffrey Himes wrote a Nashville Scene feature on Ray Benson, whose first solo album comes out next week.
  • Trace Adkins is entering rehab after falling off the wagon (he’d been sober for 12 years). According to TMZ, Adkins was on a country music cruise when he got into a fight with a Trace Adkins impersonator; when the ship docked in Jamaica, the real Adkins left the cruise.
  • Stream “Call Me” from St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ excellent full-length debut, Half the City (out February 18).
  • FX animated series Archer went country with the help of Kevin Kinney (Drivin’ N’ Cryin’) and Jessy Lynn Martens.
  • Brian T. Atkinson of CMT Edge interviewed James King.
  • Ralph Stanley dance remix? Ralph Stanley dance remix.
  • Kacey Musgraves will open for Katy Perry on the pop star’s Prismatic tour, which begins in Raleigh June 22. And according to The Village Voice, Musgraves “makes country music you can use.”
  • Chris Young, Chase Rice, and Jon Pardi have been named the opening acts for Dierks Bentley’s Riser tour, which kicks off May 9 in Charlotte.
  • Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Two Bags will release his roots rock debut, Salvation Town, on April 1. Rolling Stone premiered a track from the forthcoming record.
  • Stream Doug Paisley’s Strong Feelings before its January 21 release date.
  • Give a listen to a live performance by Abigail Washburn’s new band, The Wu-Force. (Washburn recently released a Wu-Force teaser that you can watch here.)
  • The 78 Project: Volume 1 is coming out on January 28. The record will include performances by Richard Thompson, Valerie June, Rosanne Cash, Vandaveer, and several others.
  • CD/DVD package The Discovery of Eilleen Twain will be released February 11. It features songs Shania Twain recorded in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. (via press release)
  • Canadian country singer Jason Hastie is giving away his house to someone in need (who can also pay for most of the expenses — minus the thousand dollars the Hasties are contributing — required to move the house off Hastie’s property).
  • Jennifer Nettles is playing an online show tonight at 8 p.m. It’ll stream on Yahoo’s Ram Country. (warning: autoplay)
  • Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart are working on an album for release later this year.
  • Adam McIntosh (guitar) and Shayne Bartley (banjo) have joined American Drive.
  1. mrsandydog
    January 16, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Minor correction: This won’t be Ray Benson’s first solo record. He released “Beyond Time” in 2003.

    • Juli Thanki
      January 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

      D’oh, you are right. My bad for not double-checking; thanks for the correction.

  2. Janice Brooks
    January 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Best wishes to Trace Adkins or anyone who admits they need help. Anxus to see what Marty and Travis come up with.

  3. Ken Morton, Jr.
    January 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I’m about halfway through that new Ray Benson album and it’s very strong thus far. The Willie Nelson duet “It Ain’t You” is a killer. A little research shows that it’s a Waylon Jennings co-penned song that was never recorded. You can listen to it here:

  4. Luckyoldsun
    January 16, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Forget rehab–Trace and his “impersonator–There are Trace Adkins impersonators? Who knew?–should settle their dispute in the WWE.

  5. Leeann Ward
    January 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I’m very excited about the Rodney Crowell and Marty Stuart/Travis Trittalbum announcements. I’m very curious to hear what Stuart and Tritt come up with now that Stuart has taken such an awesome musical turn in the last decade or so. I was a fan of both artists even before then, but I’m looking forward to something even better now.

  6. Rick
    January 16, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    So is Trace’s new nickname around Nashville going to be “Deacon”? (lol)

    I’m interested in what a Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart collaboration would sound like as well. Will it be a synergistic pairing or a musical debacle? Hmm…

    In 2013 I got to see a Ray Benson solo show where he sang many of the songs off this new album. They were mostly okay, but I’d have much preferred to see an Asleeep at the Wheel gig instead. Oh well.

  7. Bruce
    January 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Wow. First a new Don Williams album and now a new Tritt/Stuart album. This could shape up to be a great year! Both will be superb no doubt.

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