New Whitney Duncan Album In Works; Miley Cyrus Has Death Threats and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Announce Gospel Album

Ken Morton, Jr. | February 28th, 2012

  • Whitney Duncan, fresh off her Survivor experience, has taken to Kickstarter to help raise funds for a new album called Where The Back Roads Run. “This is so fun for me, because I can make the record I want to make!  I really hope ya’ll are as excited about this project as I am…it was 2 years ago that Warner Brothers released “Right Road Now” and 4 years ago since I was in the studio making it.”
  • The family of Johnny Cash gathered together this past Sunday in Arkansas to kick off the restoration of the old family home. Arkansas State University and Arkansas Heritage Sites are behind the project. “My sister Joanne and I are the last two siblings, and we’re just overjoyed about what’s going on, and the restoration of our old home place is very exciting for all of us,” said Tommy Cash. “My parents would really be proud that we’re being honored this way and I couldn’t help but think about them all day today and how much they would’ve enjoyed being here.”
  • Lone Star Music has four preview songs off of the 3/26 release by Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Grifter’s Hymnal.
  • Miley Cyrus revealed to fans via Twitter that she’s been receiving death threats.
  • Jim Lauderdale, 18 South, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Nanci Griffith, Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade, Scott Miller, Caitlin Rose, Charlie Louvin, The Black Lillies, Mike Farris with the McCrary Sisters and Sam Bush make up the artist list on Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts From Season One. It is a brand new album featuring live performances shot in the Loveless Café from the radio show, Music City Roots.
  • Actress Lily Tomlin will be cast as Reba McEntire’s mom in the upcoming television series Malibu Country.
  • Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver will release a brand new bluegrass gospel album called Sing Me a Song About Jesus on March 20. “I have several good Gospel song writers that I have looked to in the past, and now I also have two really good writers in my band, Corey Hensley and Mike Rogers.”
  • Songwriter Roy Baham passed away at the age of 74. His biggest hit was Billy Walker’s “Charlie’s Shoes,” but he wrote songs for Carl Smith, Ray Price, Anita Carter, Lucille Starr, Burl Ives, Dave Dudley, Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely, Charlie Walker, Skeeter Davis, Bobby Bare and Justin Tubb.
  • Kacey Musgrave landed the opening slot on the John Mayer tour. She also has a new music video out this week for her new single, “Merry Go ‘Round.”
  • Jewel tweeted earlier this week that she’s hoping to have both a new album and a new holiday album out in 2012.
  • Ronnie Dunn became a grandfather
  • Despite going through extensive treatments for his stage IV colon cancer, Wade Hayes will be making an appearance for a fundraising concert to raise funds and awareness about the disease at the Country Music Hall of Fame on March 6. Trace Adkins and Exile will also be making an appearance.
  • Shania Twain has started the pre-production on her bigLas Vegas show.
  • Our own CM Wilcox has revived the old The 9513 Mailbag concept over at Country California
  • Scotty McCreery does a pretty good Brad Paisley impression in this prank he pulled out tour.
  • Little Big Town will be live streaming the recording of the new album.
  • Juli will have some additional album release announcements later this week, but here are some new album releases coming out today:
    • Pat GreenSongs We Wish We’d Written II
    • Craig MorganThis Ole Boy
    • Adam GregoryDifferent Places
    • Oak Ridge Boys and Dukes of DixielandWhen Country Meets Dixie
    • Lyle LovettRelease Me
    • Carolina Chocolate DropsLeaving Eden
    • Hobart Brothers & Lil’ Sis HobartAt Least We Have Each Other
    • Lonesome River BandChronology, Volume 1
    • Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll BoysBack at the Quonset Hut
  1. Jon
    February 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Ahem, new album release today: Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Lost Souls & Free Spirits: The Rebel Collection Old & New (Rebel) – 8 songs from Chris’s 3 albums done for Rebel 1997-2000, 3 from 2009′s self-released Cloud Of Dust, and 3 new cuts, including chart topper “Final Farewell.” See http://www.chrisjonesmusic.com .

  2. Rick
    February 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I admire Whitney Duncan’s tenacity but she really doesn’t have that nice of voice and she has trouble staying on pitch. It doesn’t matter how hard she tries as I just don’t see her music career going very far. Oh well.

    Its great to read that Kacey Musgraves will be featured on the John Mayer tour. I wonder if Kacey and John will sing a duet version of “Oh Tonight”? Go Kacey!

    I read a blurb about the new Chuck Mead album where it sounded like it might be covers of great old country songs he used to perform with BR5-49 way back when. If so, I’ll likely spring for this album.

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