New Sara Evans Single; Joe Pug Releases Free EP; Patsy Cline Autograph Fetches Top Dollar
- Listen to Sara Evans‘ new single “Feels Just Like a Love Song.” ( MySpace | iLike )
- Saguaro Road Records is giving away a free download of Tanya Tucker‘s “Love’s Gonna Live Here” on Amazon. The track is from her upcoming album My Turn, which can be streamed in its entirety on CMT before its release next week.
- Miranda Lambert picked up the saxophone to add to her live show.
- Country California’s C.M. Wilcox on regionalism:
I’m not as crazy about the insular, myopic attitudes you sometimes find within these scenes. Like rabid Red Dirt fans loudly proclaiming the superiority of everything Texas to everything anywhere else (especially everything Nashville). Or some Nashville industry type who hangs out with bassists from justly forgotten ’90s bands proclaiming that Texas music is “quite un-polished (poorly recorded both vocally and musically)” compared to “the polished sound of good vocals and fine musicianship that Nashville is known for.”
- Watch the new video for Justin Townes Earle‘s “Midnight at the Movies,” the title track to his most recent album.
- How do the chances of a Gretchen Wilson comeback compare to the possibility that Carrie Underwood‘s fan club is actually a cult? Find out in Farce the Music’s relative size chart.
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri recapped Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson‘s second set at Cactus Cafe on Monday evening.
- Musicouch ranked classic country artists based on the amount of money their autographs fetched at auction. Patsy Cline took the top spot, followed by Hank Williams, Jim Reeves and Jimmie Rodgers. (via The Boot)
- In an interview with Deborah Evans Price, Brad Paisley says his new album, American Saturday Night, reflects where he’s at in his life right now and he gives some insight behind a couple of the songs.
- Jeff Dykhuis continued his coverage of Country Fever — including acts like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Reckless Kelly and the Randy Rogers Band — on his blog, American Music Photography.
- Texas Music Matters posted a live recording of Sarah Jarosz‘s “Song Up In Her Head.”
- After a 25 year hiatus from recording Larry Jon Wilson has a new self-titled album out that compares favorably, according to the press release, to Johnny Cash‘s American Recordings and Kris Kristofferson‘s This Old Road. Houston Press’ Doug Wallen described the project in a recent article:
These dozen tracks let Wilson’s persuasive vocals and acoustic guitar fill the room, though the Black Swans’ Noel Sayre added a few peals of violin later. The sessions’ one-take nature makes the impressive medleys “Loser Trilogy” and “Whores Trilogy” all the more so, and on the soul-influenced “Throw My Hands Up,” Wilson sings, “Music City’s tryin’ to break me, man / It never knew how to take me.”
- Tim Krekel, the songwriter behind Crystal Gayle‘s No. 1 “Turning Away” and a co-writer, with Matraca Berg, on Patty Loveless‘ “You Can Feel Bad” and Martina McBride‘s “Come Around,” died yesterday from cancer. He was 58.
- The Cherryholmes updated their iLike page with a couple of live tracks from their concert at The Rutledge during last year’s IBMA week. Both tracks, “Sumatra” and “Don’t Believe,” are free. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- Levon Helm‘s new album, Electric Farmer, can be streamed in full at EW.com. It will be released next Tuesday. (via No Depression)
- In an interview with Melissa Block for All Things Considered, Todd Snider says his favorite kind of songs are sad, but funny, too, by guys like John Prine, Shel Silverstein and Billy Joe Shaver. He also talks about being bipolar and putting his desire to be a good husband above being a good songwriter.
- Holly Williams credits a near-fatal car accident for changing her outlook on life and her work ethic.
- Chris Mosser from The Roadhouse show on KVET posted video of Paul Eason performing “The Mountains of Nuevo Leon” live. Browse his channel for some more great stuff, like Ryan Bingham‘s acoustic performance of “Dylan’s Hard Rain.”
- Joe Pug released a free, five-song EP today titled In The Meantime. It consists of unreleased songs recorded during the sessions for his original EP, Nation of Heat.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.