Omnivore to Release Hank Williams’ Garden Spot Programs; Juno Award Winners Announced; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | March 31st, 2014

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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”

Brandy Clark“Get High”  (Clark also played a number of songs for a session at Blackbird Studios.)

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”


  1. Michael A.
    March 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    A few months back I believe a Larry Cordle duets project was expected, but I haven’t heard any information on it since then. Anyone have any updates on the status of the project?

    • Juli Thanki
      March 31, 2014 at 4:48 pm

      Last I heard (a few months ago) the release date was postponed; as far as I know, a new date hasn’t been announced, but I’ll check into it.

  2. nm
    March 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Pappalardo misses the point with his Sara Evans piece, I think. To my ears, she has always been a highly talented singer (which I think is what he means by “artistic”) who is also a dedicated trend follower. Far from being just another woman who got good songs to sing in the later 1990s, she’s someone who brought more emotional truth to the songs she recorded then than most of her female contemporaries. She didn’t have to sing huge to have an impact, like Martina McBride, and she didn’t need to have shiny pop sounds the way Faith Hill did. She didn’t have the sense or the guts or whatever it would have taken to stay with the country music that was her strength, and she didn’t have the pop sensibility or the arena-ballad chops to pull off the end-of-the-’90s shift of genres the way most of her female country contemporaries did. But before that, I would rank her just behind Lee Ann Womack as a singer who could really give you the meaning of the material.

  3. Razor X
    March 31, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    NM, I don’t think Jonathan would disagree with your assessment. Nor do I, for that matter. She’s always been one of my favorite female singers, but her recent choices in material have been disappointing, to say the least.

  4. nm
    March 31, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Razor, he says “she never was that artistic at all”. Which is sort of my point, in saying that I think he missed the point.

  5. luckyoldsun
    March 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    He’s just someone who views the music business as a morality play with artists being good or evil depending on how closely they stick to the sound he likes. The guy actually cites Reba McEntire as someone to hold in contempt for her late career musical direction and lack of regard “for quality.” How could anyone be offended by what he writes about Sara Evans after he deems Reba McEntire unworthy?

  6. nm
    March 31, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Offended? I’m disagreeing with him; I’m not offended. These are not the same thing.

  7. luckyoldsun
    March 31, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    OK–Offended was the wrong word. I’ll change it to surprised.

  8. Paul W Dennis
    April 1, 2014 at 5:45 am

    As I noted on another blog I got to see Sarah perform live twice early in her career – both times I thought her records sounded much better. The first time she performed she had a cold and I dismissed it as an off night. The second time around,her voice was strong and clear but she went frequently off pitch and out of key.

    Maye she’s gotten better since then, but based on what I saw, I’ve tended to regard her as being the result of careful production, rather than actual vocal talent

  9. Paul W Dennis
    April 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “Going Where the Lonely Go” is probably the best recording Jason Aldean ever made

  10. Leeann Ward
    April 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Agreed, Paul, on the Jason Aldean track.

  11. bob
    April 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I only recently became familiar with “Going where the lonely go” when I bought the Suzy Bogguss Haggard album “Lucky”. Even though I’m not an Aldean fan, I think “Amarillo Sky” is his best song. The lyrics are much more interesting to me than this “lonely” Haggard song. Writers on “Amarillo Sky” were Big & Rich, Rodney Clawson & Bart Pursley.

  12. Bruce
    April 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm


    Agree totally on your Sara comments.

    Agree on the Aldean comments, if for no other reason it beats butts, booze, and tailgates and you can even hear a steel guitar!!!

  13. luckyoldsun
    April 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I got Sara Evans’ first CD, “Three Chords and the Truth” when it came out–and she struck me as a Patty Loveless soundalike/imitator. Now, I’ve always thought Patty is a great singer, but I’ve read that within the industry, SHE’S been criticized for having trouble keeping on pitch. So I found it amusing to see that particular issue raised about Sara.

  14. bruce
    April 2, 2014 at 12:11 am


    Please cite your source(s) concerning Loveless. I believe your statement needs some authenticity.

  15. Barry Mazor
    April 2, 2014 at 12:19 am

    There are millions of people with nice pitch. It doesn’t make any one of them a singer.

  16. Stuart Munro
    April 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I’ve seen Evans live at various points in her career, and covered her last summer (at Indian Ranch, the last American country music park still standing). I’ve noticed her occasional troubles with pitch, but was nonetheless pretty much blown away by her voice and her use of it.

  17. luckyoldsun
    April 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    I don’t just make up what I post here. As I noted, I’m a big fan of Patty Loveless. In fact, I own a dozen CD’s of hers.

    A bit of Googling turned up this from Nashville Scene, article dated June 10, 2004 by Michael McCall, a very prominent writer on country music:
    The article is about Pro Tools pitch correction software.

    “Patty Loveless, revered by many as one of the best country singers of her time, often has struggled with pitch; on occasion, it’s on record for all to hear. One Nashville producer says he can’t listen to Loveless’ records because of her pitch problems. Another Nashville producer responded by saying that the producer who said that “needs his ass kicked. Nashville needs more singers with as much feeling in their performances as Patty Loveless.”

    Other Nashville stars evoke more intense disagreement. Along Music Row, it’s widely known that Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, John Michael Montgomery and Gary LeVox of the group Rascal Flatts—to name just a few prominent examples—struggle perennially with pitch problems.”

  18. nm
    April 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve heard Loveless live any number of times and not noticed any pitch problems.

  19. bruce
    April 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Hate autotune. Give me the real thing. Thanks for the web-link. It was interesting reading. I can’t believe I said that about a writer/reviewer/critic or whatever the hell they are called.

    Also I didn’t read in it where Loveless used autotune so I assume she doesn’t. Didn’t surprise me that McGraw does. He is one of many manufactured artists nowadays.

    Heck, Jack White is purer than most of the others.

    If I ever find out that my all-time favorite Don Williams uses it, I will forever be depressed.

  20. John
    April 3, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Patty herself has admitted to problems with pitch though I can’t say I’ve ever noticed it on her records.Patty was on the Opry this weekend past and when she hit the first note on Nothin But the Wheel I thought it was off key/pitch. Perfect pitch doesn’t a singer make. It’s “Can you make them feel what you feel inside” Patty owns that sentiment.

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