Opry to Celebrate Charlie Daniels’ 75th Birthday; Steve Martin Named Person of the Week; New Music Videos
- Celebrating their 30th year together, Sawyer Brown will release their first new project in four years today called Travelin’ Band. It will be available digitally most everywhere but only physically through their website. “We’ve been working on this album so long that they were still called albums when we started working on it,” jokes lead singer, Mark Miller, who also produced the CD. Travelin’ Band features new songs by Miller and bandmate Hobie Hubbard, as well as songs by Tom Douglas, Jeffrey Steele, and Love and Theft‘s Stephen Barker Liles.
- Former Atlantic Records artist and beautiful redhead Jesse Lee has released an EP through her website called Come After Me.
- The Grand Ole Opry has been hosting “very special” nights lately and the next one up will be Charlie Daniels’ 75th birthday celebration on Saturday, October 29th. “Charlie is without a doubt one of the greatest all-around entertainers to have ever hit the Opry stage,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “When the night calls for him to perform crowd favorites and to bring some of his best friends along for a milestone birthday celebration, you know we’re in for two unforgettable shows.”
- Miranda Lambert is offering a special sneak peek at a song called “Mama’s Broken Heart” off her upcoming album Four the Record. Miranda has another song on the new album that is a dedication to Blake Shelton’s brother. “The song is about his brother that passed away, [he] got killed in a car accident when he was 24 and Blake was 14,” Miranda said.
- Kellie Pickler was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this past week and, as usual, the two of them didn’t disappoint in the humor department.
- Keith Anderson and his wife Lauren welcomed their first child into the world, a little tyke named Crozlë J Anderson. Hopefully, for Lauren’s sake, he wasn’t a “XXL.”
- Count Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys as the latest pop artist wanting to cross over into country music.
- Willie Nelson and family have done a song together to help raise money to save the last of the wild horses and now have a music video for “Wild Horses.”
- Steve Martin was named Person of the Week on World News with Diane Sawyer. Read the transcript here.
- Corey Hensley, the bass player in Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, collapsed on stage during a performance last week but seems to be doing well.
- Singer/songwriter Deborah Allen has written a children’s book called The Loneliest Christmas Tree.
- An upcoming court hearing will determine whether Tim McGraw can continue his recording career or if his roller-coaster ride with Curb Records will go on. According to The Tennessean, “The Nov. 29 hearing, which is expected to last two days, will “first make a final determination on whether or not Curb is entitled to prevent Mr. McGraw, by injunction or otherwise, from recording for other entities other than Curb,” court records state.”
- The Tennessean also has a nice feature on the adopted kid named Rodney Atkins, highlighted by his devotion to his own kids.
- Eclectic and slightly weird, the Nashville band known as Buffalo Clover is never dull. Here’s an interview with the current band line-up.
- We’ve mentioned before on Engine 145 that Sherrie Austin has just completed work on her upcoming November release Circus Girl, a self written, self produced and self financed project. But the former Facts of Life star will be returning to television as well. From the press release: “Austin has just finished shooting a docu-series for Sundance Channel called ‘Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys’ which could potentially shake up the traditionally conservative country music town of Nashville. The critically acclaimed show, now in its second season, celebrates and explores the relationships between straight women and their gay best friend and features Austin and her close friend and collaborator Shane Stevens; writer of the Lady Antebellum #1 hit song ‘American Honey.’”
- Folk singer Daisy DeBolt of the duo Fraser and DeBolt passed away at the age of 66 from cancer. The now-defunct Canadian music publication The Record once named Fraser & DeBolt as the greatest Canadian band never to have made it. Check out the duo performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1971.
- Mallary Hope had two big announcements this week. She’s written “Georgia Peaches,” the second single to be released by American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina. In addition, Hope has released her next single as a solo artist, called “Illusion.” You can listen to it here.
- Bluegrass Today has a feature on a new bluegrass family band named Flatt Lonesome, complete with video footage of the talented group playing.
- It’s well worth a couple minutes of your time to watch this video of longtime Texas singer/songwriter Roger Creager—who has released five albums in the Lone Star State—talk about his funny and harrowing (?) encounter with a shark.
- New music videos and a couple of live performances from the last week or beyond:
Coldwater Jane – “Marionette”
Kayleigh Leith — “Stand Up Straight”
Hali Hicks – “Can’t Hide Country”
Craig Morrison — “Fences”
Lindi Ortega – “Black Fly”
Christine Leigh — “Shine”
Mockingbird Sun — “Lucky Guy”
Whiskey Shivers — “Gimme All Your Lovin’”
Randy Travis – “Everything and All”
Redhead Express — “Chasing Butterflies”
Soul Circus Cowboys – “Lay It Down”
Joshua Black Wilkins – “Queen of Diamonds”
Pam Millar — “Small Town Girl”
Kacey Musgraves — “Get Outta My Yard”
SteelDrivers — “Ghosts of Mississippi” (Fan Fest live performance)
Sierra Hull – “What Do You Say” (Fan Fest live performance)