News Roundup for July 12, 2011

Juli Thanki | July 12th, 2011

  • In yesterday’s roundup we forgot to list a new edition of Country California’s always excellent Quotable Country.
  • Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are returning as CMA Awards hosts. This year’s awards show will be held November 9.
  • Rural Rhythm Records is packing up and moving from the Los Angeles area to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Says label president Sam Passamano, Jr.: “I think one of the most compelling reason for us to relocate our business to the Southeastern area has to do with being a lot closer to our artists and having the ability to meet and have creative conversations that can go much further than one or two hour phone calls.”
  • Rural Rhythm also formed a partnership with BlueHighways TV to bring the label’s artists to the network’s viewers via HD television specials, guest appearances, and more.
  • Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys are on their first international trip: they’re playing the Second Annual Russian Bluegrass Festival in Vologda tonight before heading to Yekaterinburg in what is “the first introduction of bluegrass to locals ever in this region.” Go get ‘em, guys.
  • Kip Moore made his Opry debut Saturday, performing two songs.
  • The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Prestonburg, Kentucky, released the official lineup for the July 27-31 festival. It includes Chris Knight, JD Crowe, Dailey & Vincent, The Roys, Dale Ann Bradley, and lots more. 5% of ticket sales go to a number of local charities including the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky.
  • New releases:

David Bromberg — Use Me

Kasey Chambers — Little Bird

Blake Shelton — Red River Blue

Ashton Shepherd — Where Country Grows

William Elliott Whitmore — Field Songs

Chris Young — Neon

  1. Jonathan
    July 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I’m a bit biased because he’s local, but I’m glad to see Ben Sollee building a steady following, and his Tiny Desk performance was solid.

    His album, Inclusions, is one of the year’s best pop records.

  2. Leeann Ward
    July 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Yay! I didn’t realize William Elliott Whitmore had a new album.

  3. Barry Mazor
    July 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Am I alone in getting a weird thing where there are no breaks between the news items on the main blog version without comments, but there are, as probably intended, when going to the “join the conversation” version with comments. Odd.

  4. Juli Thanki
    July 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    We’re still ironing out a few bugs, Barry. I’ll check it out. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. CMW
    July 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Also out today, a new self-titled album from Rodney Hayden:

  6. Juli Thanki
    July 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    ^Thanks, CMW! That one had totally slipped my mind, but I’ll be picking it up for sure.

  7. J.R. Journey
    July 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    This is my first (of many I’m sure) visit to this site, and I have to say I am ecstatic to see Thanki and crew reviving this format of country blogging. I wish you the best of luck, long life, and all that good stuff.

  8. Rick
    July 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I like the fact Juli’s blog looks almost exactly like The 9513! Hey, when you’ve found a great formula, why mess with it?

    What was a label named “Rural Rhythm Records” doing here in Los Angeles anyway? “Jam Packed Freeway HipHop Records” maybe, but there are no rural rhythms around her! (well except for Topanga Canyon sort of)

    I’m going to Best Buy to purchase Ashton Shepherd’s new CD on principle even if I don’t listen to it much. I just want to support those rare releases of “real” country music from mainstream Nashville labels. I’m down to doing this once or twice a year nowadays…

    I heard Joe Pug on “A Prairie Home Companion” recently and, well, its not a style of music I care for.

    How long until Cheyenne Kimball starts recording a solo mainstream country album? I’d say within a month or two as that gal seems to have a lot of drive and ambition.

  9. Ben Foster
    July 12, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    I also love how Engine 145 retains the same basic layout as The 9513. Makes it just like old times!

  10. Juli Thanki
    July 13, 2011 at 8:08 am

    The Verchers did a fab job designing the site and logo.

  11. Leeann Ward
    July 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

    So glad the Verchers were involved with this new site.

  12. Brady Vercher
    July 13, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Congrats on the launch y’all! And thanks Juli and Leeann. I’m hoping to drop by and participate once time frees up after Brody’s wedding.

    Glad to see Rodney Hayden’s album get mentioned. I’m a sucker for cowboy songs. He has the entire thing up on his website for anyone interested in giving it a listen.

  13. Leeann Ward
    July 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I’ve given it a cursory listen and I like it a lot so far. Congratulations to Brody on his upcoming marriage.

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