Omnivore to Release Hank Williams’ Garden Spot Programs; Juno Award Winners Announced; New Music Videos
- The Juno Awards were held Sunday night. Brett Kissel took home the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award, Dean Brody’s Crop Circles was named Country Album of the Year, and Justin Rutledge’s Valleyheart won the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Solo) Award.
- Out May 20 on Omnivore: Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Programs 1950, a collection of fully restored performances; Williams’ biographer, Colin Escott, penned the liner notes. (via press release)
- Tim McGraw came in at #38 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice list.
- Peter Cooper did a wonderful piece on the many influences of Charlie Daniels.
- The ever-mirthful C.M. Wilcox has a new Quotable Country column up over at Country California.
- Jason Aldean sings Merle Haggard’s “Going Where the Lonely Go” on forthcoming tribute record Working Man’s Poet. Listen here.
- Russell Crowe and Jimmy Fallon performed “Folsom Prison Blues” on The Tonight Show.
- Our old The 9513 buddy Stephen Deusner interviewed Desert Noises’ lead singer, Kyle Henderson, about the band’s new album, 27 Ways, and why you should listen to it half-naked.
- CMT’s Calvin Gilbert reviewed the iHeartRadio Country Festival: “[The festival] was similar in format to the nightly concerts at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Or for those who haven’t attended those concerts in Nashville, it was sort of like an awards show except there were no mind-numbing acceptance speeches and, fortunately, the artists were able to perform more than one or two songs.”
- Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Marcus Hummon’s Passion Cantana will premiere in Nashville on April 4; it stars former One Flew South and Summerlin Road singer Chris Roberts. Hummon also was featured in a Tennessean article about his son, rising star Levi Hummon.
- A series of small club concerts this year put on by Josh Abbott, Wade Bowen, Kristian Bush, Tyler Farr, Kyle Park, Chase Rice, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Josh Thompson, Randy Rogers Band and The Swon Brothers have collectively raised more than $36,000 for the ACM Lifting Lives Foundation.
- Columbia Nashville signed a strategic partnership agreement with Chase Rice.
- My Kind of Country’s Jonathan Pappalardo says Sara Evans’ new album “exposes a hidden truth of her career – that she was never that artistic at all, just a trend follower who happened to come of age at a time when good quality songs were still the mainstay of mainstream Nashville. With that era firmly in the rearview mirror, we’re left with a singer resorting to whatever she can to find a platform, and the results are more than a little desperate.”
- The Boot’s Sterling Whitaker interviewed Mickey Gilley about his first tour since he was paralyzed in a freak moving accident a few years ago. An excerpt: “I can’t play the piano yet, because my hands haven’t recovered totally, but they’re better. So I don’t know if I’ll ever play the piano again — the doctors said I have a 50-50 shot at maybe playing the piano again, but it’s not really required, because I’ve got a seven-piece band.”
- The six-piece bluegrass band, Detour, will release digital album Going Nowhere Fast on Mountain Fever Records this week.
- Cindy Watts interviewed Brett Eldredge for The Tennessean.
- Brad Paisley will guest-star on the CBS television show, The Crazy Ones.
- Radio.com posted an interview with the guys from Rascal Flatts about what to expect from their upcoming album, “Rewind.”
- Brantley Gilbert’s “Bottoms Up” was certified gold by the RIAA.
- Saving Country Music provided an update on the Wayne Mills shooting, four months after the tragic incident.
- New music videos from the past week or so:
Radney Foster – “Whose Heart You Wreck (Ode to the Muse)”
Aleyce Simmonds – “Stronger”
Tracy Lawrence – “Lie”
Christie Lamb – “Manhunt”
Joe Bachman – “Lookatchu”
Matt Skinner Band – “Ashes to Ashes”
Jordan McIntosh – “That Girl”
Hugh Bob & The Hustle – “Blame Me”
The Tillers – “Old Westside”
The Henry Girls – “The Weather”
Nick Lawrence – “Roughneck”
Luke Bryan – “She Get Me High”
Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
Cody Bryan Band – “When We Were Made”
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- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
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